MA in Digital Communication and Media Arts - Media Arts Concentration

Master of Arts 2013-2014

Digital Communication and Media Arts

Media Arts Concentration​
Degree Requirements
Students in this degree program must meet the following requirements:
  • Complete a minimum of 52 graduate credit hours in addition to any required introductory courses of the designated degree program.
  • Complete all graduate courses and requirements listed in the designated degree program.
  • Earn a grade of C- or better in all courses of the designated degree program.
  • Maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher.
  • Students pursuing a second (or more) graduate degree may not double count or retake any course that applied toward the completion of a prior graduate degree. If a required course in the second degree was already completed and applied toward a previous degree, the student must meet with a faculty advisor to discuss a new course to be completed and substituted in the new degree. This rule also applies to cross-listed courses, which are considered to be the same course but offered under different subjects.
  • Students pursuing a second master's degree must complete a minimum of 52* graduate credit hours beyond their first designated degree program in addition to any required introductory courses in their second designated degree program.
    *53 graduate credit hours required for MS Information Systems.

Students with a GPA of 3.9 or higher will graduate with distinction.

For DePaul's policy on repeat graduate courses and a complete list of academic policies see the DePaul Graduate Handbook in the Course Catalog.


Course Requirements
Introductory Courses
No Introductory course may be substituted for any other course at any level.

Introductory courses may be waived for any of the following conditions:
  • The student has the appropriate course work to satisfy an Introductory Course.
  • The student has appropriate and verified professional experience to satisfy an Introductory Course.
  • The student passes a Graduate Assessment Examination (GAE) in the Introductory Course area, if such an examination is available.
DC 409 Digital Cinema Proseminar (8 credit hours)
Foundation Courses
CMNS 570 Introduction to Digital Cmn
DMA 527 Digital Media Arts Survey
DMA 525 Foundation of Digital Media
MCS 575 Digital Media Ethics
Advanced Courses
Students must take the following class twice:
DMA 555 Digital Media Studio (4 credit hour repeatable class)
Students should also complete 3 of the following 6 workshop classes:
DMA 410 Design Workshop
DMA 415 Audio Workshop
DMA 425 Still Image Workshop
DMA 475 Moving Image Workshop
DMA 480 Web/Media Delivery Workshop
DMA 490 Portfolio
Major Elective Courses
Students also choose 4 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 Areas 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 ben 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
NMS 502 New Media, Old Media
NMS 504 Text and Image
NMS 508 Design Rhetorics
NMS 509 Special Topics in New Media Studies
NMS 520 Web Design I
NMS 521 Web Design II

Allied Field Area - Art, Media, and Design
ART 405 Advanced Color
ART 427 Digital Art
ART 460 Web Art and Design
ART 461 Art and Photography
ART 489 Video Art
ART 490 Advanced Topics in Studio Art