Unleash your creativity and enhance your technical skills with our online digital media and web technology degree.

Follow your interests and prepare for a career in digital design with University of Maryland University College's Bachelor of Science in digital media and web technology, where you can explore web technology, motion graphics, or digital design. You'll gain hands-on experience in creating digital works using industry-standard software and incorporating design theory and efficient workflows.

These program requirements are for students who enroll in the 2017–2018 academic year. For prior year academic requirements, visit the catalog archive in the Current Students section.

This program is also available as a minor.

About the Digital Media and Web Technology Bachelor's Degree

In your online digital media courses, you'll learn the theories, technologies, techniques, and best practices that govern the effective design of interactive, immersive, and engaging digital media across many different platforms. We'll lead you through the entire design process, from preplanning to concept design to final publishing. You'll use industry-standard Adobe Creative Suite software, including InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator, Flash, and After Effects.

What You'll Learn

Through your coursework, you will learn how to

  • Design, develop, and manage digital media using current and emerging technologies that adhere to industry standards
  • Analyze needs and effectively manage projects and resources, applying sound business principles and technology
  • Design and develop digital, interactive, and web-based media to meet customer requirements and usability standards
  • Develop, test, and implement web and multimedia applications using techniques for scripting and programming
  • Effectively apply relevant theories, practices, and principles when designing and developing works of digital media

Coursework Examples

In past projects, students have had the opportunity to

  • Design websites and web applications using JavaScript, XML, PHP/MySQL, and ColdFusion
  • Use Adobe InDesign to create publications for print, web, and mobile devices
  • Create a business kit including a company logo, letterhead, business card, and envelope for a client
  • Create simple animation and motion graphics that featured animated text, digital video, flash animation, and more

Digital Media and Web Technology Bachelor's Degree Requirements

Our curriculum is designed with input from employers, industry experts, and scholars. You'll learn theories combined with real-world applications and practical skills you can apply on the job right away.

Courses in the Major

  • CMST 290
  • CMST 295
  • CMST 495
  • Any upper-level CMST courses (21 credits): Focused study in either web design or digital design recommended; see Degree Focus tab

Degree Focus

Choose from one of these recommended groups of classes or mix and match to align with your career goals and interests.

Web Design Focus

  • CMST 385
  • CMST 386
  • CMST 325
  • CMST 320
  • CMST 388
  • CMST 450
  • CMST 488

Digital Design Focus

  • CMST 310
  • CMST 311
  • CMST 325
  • CMST 320
  • CMST 425
  • CMST 341
  • CMST 351

Electives

The bachelor's degree in digital media and web technology requires 49 credits of minor and/or elective coursework.

General Education Requirements

Research Course

  • LIBS 150
    (to be taken in first 6 credits)

Writing and Communication Courses

  • WRTG 101 
  • WRTG 293 or other writing course
  • COMM 202 or other communication, writing, or speech course 
  • WRTG 393 or other advanced upper-level writing course

Arts and Humanities Courses

  • HIST 125 or other arts and humanities course 
  • HUMN 100 or other arts and humanities course

Behavioral and Social Sciences Courses 

  • ECON 103 or other behavioral and social sciences course
  • BEHS 103 or other behavioral and social sciences course

Biological and Physical Sciences Courses 

  • BIOL 103 or other science lecture and laboratory course(s) 
  • NSCI 100 or other science lecture course

Math Course 

  • MATH 106 or other 3-credit approved math or statistics course

Computing Courses 

  • CMST 301 or IFSM 201
  • CMIS 111 or another computing course appropriate to the academic major

Since some recommended courses fulfill more than one requirement, substituting courses for those listed may require you to take additional courses to meet degree requirements. Consult an advisor whenever taking advantage of other options. Please also see more information on alternate courses (where allowable) to fulfill general education requirements.

Overall Bachelor's Degree Requirements

In addition to the general education requirements and the major, minor, and elective requirements, the overall requirements listed below apply to all bachelor's degrees.

  • You must complete a minimum of 120 credits
  • You must maintain a minimum grade point average of 2.0 overall and a minimum grade of C for any class applied to the academic major or minor
  • Within the 120 credits required, the following coursework must be taken through UMUC:
    • 30 credits (normally the final 30)
    • Half of the required number of credits within both the major and the minor
    • 15 credits at the upper level (earned in classes numbered 300 to 499), preferably within the major or minor
  • At least 45 credits must be upper level and include
    • At least half of the credits required for the major
    • 3 credits in advanced writing
  • The remaining upper-level credits can be earned in any part of the curriculum
  • At least half the required number of credits for any academic major or minor must be earned through graded coursework. Credit earned by examination, portfolio assessment, or noncollegiate training does not count as graded coursework

Double majors: You can earn a dual major upon completion of all requirements for both majors, including the required minimum number of credits for each major and all related requirements for both majors. The same class cannot be used to fulfill requirements for more than one major. Certain restrictions (including use of credit and acceptable combinations of majors) apply for double majors. You cannot major in two programs with excessive overlap of required coursework. Contact an admissions counselor before selecting a double major.

Second bachelor's degree: To earn a second bachelor's degree, you must complete at least 30 credits through UMUC after completing the first degree. The combined credit in both degrees must add up to at least 150 credits. You must complete all requirements for the major. All prerequisites apply. If any of these requirements were satisfied in the previous degree, the remainder necessary to complete the minimum 30 credits of new classes should be satisfied with classes related to your major. You may not earn a second bachelor's degree in general studies and may not obtain a second associate's degree within the second bachelor's degree. Contact an admissions counselor before pursuing a second bachelor's degree.

Electives: Electives can be taken in any academic discipline. No more than 21 credits can consist of vocational or technical credit. Pass/fail credit, up to a maximum of 18 credits, can be applied toward electives only.

Career Preparation

This program is designed to help prepare you to work in areas such as web design, electronic publishing, motion graphics, multimedia, animation, and graphic design.