Media Design (MDIA) major

Good design is at the heart of effective communication, especially in today’s distraction-laden world. As a Media Design major, you’ll learn to express your creativity through graphic design, text, photography, video, digital illustration and animation — and how to integrate these elements into impressive multimedia communication that captures attention and engages users. This exciting field is ideal for inventive, tech-savvy women who love to communicate through digital and traditional media.

Customize your studies

This flexible interdisciplinary major allows you to blend courses in media design, art, art history, creative arts and communication, and there’s room to customize further based upon your career interests. For example, you might use your 12 credits of electives for a minor in business to work in e-marketing or content development, or in history or art history if you want to work with museums, or in political science if you want to get involved in political campaigns or math if you plan to focus on infographics.

Beautiful and useful

You’ll master the fundamentals of design and learn how to make beautiful, technically sophisticated digital media using creative tools from the Adobe Creative Cloud and other applications. You will expand your media design skills and cultural literacy through courses in digital and traditional arts, communication, art history, exhibition design and planning community events. Courses in self-employment, grant writing, internship and portfolio assessments advance your professional presentation skills.

As a media design major you will develop an expansive portfolio and the communication skills to present your wide range of media expertise. Because this major is rooted in interdisciplinary creative strategies you will develop confidence and fluency in the expression of your style and viewpoint across media. Your knowledge of design and communication theory will help you work in team settings to understand your audience and create useful media to meet the needs of diverse clients.

How you can use your degree

This versatile major prepares you for a variety of career paths. Depending on your area of interest, you might develop websites, create web content, design media in commercial spaces, theaters, museums or galleries, work on a video production team, plan or document special events though multi-media design or photography or run a social media campaign. Some of our graduates work for advertising agencies or marketing and communication departments of major companies and not for profit organizations, while others freelance in illustration or graphic design for a variety of clients. 

Beginning Requirements
A-100Community Art/Design Midsemester0
MDIA-193CMDIA in the Professions2
A-189SForm and Space4
or FA-112 Intro to the Arts: Digital Art
A-146Self Employment in the Arts1
A-121Analytic Drawing3
MDIA-1342-D Design3
A-147Grant Writing for Artists & Educators1
AHS-251Pages Through Time: Art of the Book4
MDIA-2343-D Design3
MDIA-262Graphic Designs & Illustration3
MDIA-130Aesthetic Engagement Ext Assessmnt Lev 10
MDIA-230Aesthetic Engagement Ext Assessmnt Lev 20
MDIA-330Aesthetic Engagement Ext Assessmnt Lev 30
MDIA-395Ext Assessmnt Aesthetic Engagement Lev 40
Intermediate Requirements
A-100Community Art/Design Midsemester0
MDIA-381Content Development Media Design3
A-140GGlass Forming1
or A-140S Special Projects
MDIA-359Digital Art for MDIA Majors3
COMM ElectivesTake 9 credits from COMM, excluding: COMM-230, COMM-380, COMM-4909
A ElectiveArt (A) Elective, 300 or 400 level3-4
MDIA ElectiveMedia Electives from MGT-100, CA-300, CLD 437, CA-400, MDIA-459, A-464, MDIA-362, MDIA-481, A-483, A-484, or any A-1405
INTERN-383Internship Seminar2
MDIA-399Formal Introduction to Advanced Work0
MDIA-400Ext Assessmnt Aesthetic Engagement Lev 50
Advanced Requirements
A-100Community Art/Design Midsemester0
A-364Digital Photography3
MDIA-482Ext Assmnt of Effective Citzenship Lvl 40
MDIA-401New Media3
AHS-409Modern & Contemporary Art3
A-384Art Gallery Mgt & Social Media1
MDIA-491Media Design Senior Art Semina1
ELECTIVEChoose Electives to enhance your degree, or declare a Minor12-18
MDIA-450Ext Assessmnt Aesthetic Engagement Lev 60