Core Requirements (14 credits)

a) Proseminar in Telecommunication (TC800) - 1 credit course

This course is team taught by faculty from the DMAT, policy, and management specializations in Telecommunication. It includes DMAT foundations (see class description for TC840 below) as well as ethics, copyright, privacy and other policy issues. Industry structure and economics will also be addressed.

b) DMAT Foundations (TC840) - 3 credit course

This course uses web page design as a focus for introducing students to key digital media arts technologies, design principles, genres, delivery mechanisms, tools, and production techniques. The overview emphasizes Audio, Video, Image Manipulation, 3D, and Interactivity.

c) DMAT Research (TC841) - 3 credit course

This course focuses on DMAT research -- formative and summative research for creative work, informal studies, usability testing, human computer interface research, usage studies, surveys, experiments, case study, content analysis, focus groups, and ethnography. Example studies are examined to show the kinds of questions can be asked and answered about digital media through research.

d) Design and Development of Media Projects (TC842) - 3 credits

Design and development of digital media arts projects in video, audio, multimedia, 3D/VR and/or other new media. Emphasis on proposal development, team building, project management and workflow methods, production techniques and evaluative methods in the creation of significant media projects.

e) Specialization Courses - 4 credits

There are four courses, one for each of the DMAT emphasis areas: Video, Audio, 3D, and Interactive. Most students will pick one of the courses depending on their emphasis area, though students have the option of taking more than one. Each course builds on the DMAT Foundations, emphasizing specific technology and design topics.

Combined courses include:

TC 442: Advanced Video Design and Production

TC 443: Audio Industry Design and Management

TC 446: Advanced Interactive Media Design and Production

TC 847: Three Dimensional Graphics and Simulation (currently the 3D offerings appear as TC848 special topics courses)

DMAT Elective Credits (10 credits)

Each student, with the guidance of their advisor, chooses course work to construct an area of personal emphasis from the following set of courses:

a) DMAT Special Topics (TC848) - 1 to 3 credits each, variable offerings. Application required.

1 to 3 credit courses that focus on either theory or specialized skills in video, audio, new media, and/or 3D/VR. Course topics vary greatly to keep up with the rapid change in the industry. Prerequisites vary depending on the course.

b) Internship (TC893) - 0 to 3 credits

DMAT students who have not had work experience in digital media arts are encouraged to seek internship opportunities to provide them with professional experience and a window into the world of work. DMAT students can take up to 3 internship credits.

c) Independent Study (TC890) - 0 to 3 credits

DMAT students are encouraged to identify special projects and other learning experiences which would advance their particular learning goals. DMAT MA students can take up to 3 independent study credits.

d) Outside DMAT Credits - credits variable

DMAT students can take courses in an area outside of DMAT. The courses should complement their emphasis area. The courses may be other offerings in the College of Communication Arts & Sciences or the courses may be offerings in a different college (Art, Education, Engineering, Business, Psychology, Geography, Computer Science, Music). DMAT students can take up to 6 outside DMAT credits.

Production Thesis (TC899) - 6 credits

Each DMAT student will create a production thesis in their area of emphasis with the guidance of a faculty committee.

The DMAT Program Emphasizes the Following

Portfolio (credit built into DMAT courses)

Each DMAT student should leave the program with a polished portfolio, which hilights the works that they created in the program. Each DMAT course will contain a portfolio-building component. Workshops will be offered to provide additional assistance. Toward the end of the student's degree, MA students will present their portfolio at the annual "DMAT student showcase".


Each semester, students can submit class projects to an annual showcase exhibition and competition. Top projects will be judged by faculty and industry professionals. A live event showcasing the best projects is held once a year.

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