Media Arts Concentration, Digital Communication and Media Arts - Communication (MA)

Menu

Course Requirements

Introductory Courses

Course Title Quarter Hours
DMA 402INTRO TO VISUAL COMMUNICATIONS4
DMA 405INTRO TO INTERACTIVE MEDIA DESIGN4

Foundation Courses

Course Title Quarter Hours
CMNS 570INTRODUCTION TO DIGITAL CMN4
DMA 527CREATIVE PROCESS AND STRATEGY4
DMA 525FOUNDATION OF DIGITAL MEDIA4
MCS 575DIGITAL MEDIA ETHICS4

Advanced Courses

Course Title Quarter Hours
DMA 535STORYTELLING ACROSS MEDIA4
DMA 695THESIS I4
DMA 698THESIS II4
Select two of the following workshop classes:8
FUNDAMENTALS OF CINEMA PRODUCTION (FORMERLY DC 414)
DESIGN WORKSHOP
AUDIO WORKSHOP
STILL IMAGE WORKSHOP
MOVING IMAGE WORKSHOP
WEB/MEDIA DELIVERY WORKSHOP
PORTFOLIO
PLAY AND EXPERIENCE DESIGN
INTERFACE AND EXPERIENCE DESIGN
DESIGN AND HUMAN EXPERIENCE

Major Elective Courses

Students are required to take 4 Major Elective Courses according to the following criteria:

  • Students should choose 2 graduate level elective courses from a College of Communication program.
  • Students should choose 2 additional graduate level elective courses from a College of Communication program or another College of Computing and Digital Media program or another college/department at DePaul University.

Students do not have to follow a particular sequence for their elective course requirements. However, students may focus their electives in an Enriched Allied Field Area of Art, Media and Design or New Media Studies. Some classes in the Enriched Allied Field Areas of Art, Media and Design and New Media Studies have been pre-approved for students and do not require the permission of an advisor. Other classes may require an advisor's permission. Pre-approved Enriched Allied Field courses are listed below.  

Allied Field Area - New Media Studies

Course Title Quarter Hours
NEW MEDIA, OLD MEDIA
TEXT AND IMAGE
DESIGN RHETORICS
SPECIAL TOPICS IN NEW MEDIA STUDIES
WEB DESIGN I
WEB DESIGN II

Allied Field Area - Art, Media and Design

Course Title Quarter Hours
ADVANCED ART STUDIO
DIGITAL ART
WEB ART AND DESIGN
PHOTOGRAPHY AND MEDIA ART
VIDEO ART
ADVANCED TOPICS IN ART, MEDIA AND DESIGN

Master's Thesis Project

Students must complete a Master's Thesis Project as part of the degree requirements. Students have two options for how to complete the Master's Thesis Project.

  • Individual - The student will create an original project and a 20-30 page accompanying written research documentation and report/analysis.
  • Collaborative - Students work in teams of 2-4 students to complete an original project and a 40-60 page accompanying written research documentation and report/analysis.

Students must have completed the necessary prerequisite classes and at least 8 courses (32 credit hours) in the DCMA program toward their 52 required credit hours (credits earned from Introductory Courses do not count toward the required total credits). Students should schedule a meeting with a faculty member to discuss the requirements. 

Thesis milestones:

  • Fall - Before the end of the fall quarter, students should submit a written proposal to advising faculty outlining their Thesis concept.
  • Winter - Enroll in DMA 695.
  • Spring - Enroll in DMA 698.
  • Spring - Participate in end of year showcase and/or symposium.