Digital Media at Messiah University
Kick your creative energy and storytelling talents into high gear by pursuing a digital media degree at Messiah University, one of the top private Christian universities in the U.S.
Digital media is an emerging field, and the multimedia communication skills you’ll develop through our core courses will prepare you to meet the growing demand for digital media specialists in a wide variety of fields.
Messiah University is fully accredited by NASAD (National Association of Schools of Art and Design), which includes the complete digital media program.
As a digital media major at Messiah University, you’ll be able to:
- Focus on a particular area of digital media that is of interest to you.
- Take plenty of interesting electives or additional digital media courses.
- Take part in a collaborative digital media project in your senior year.
- Prepare for a career as a Web, graphic, sound or game designer; video editor; mobile application or game programmer; or minister of worship.
- Study in one of the 40+ study abroad locations offered by Messiah University.
- Sharpen your skills in our studios dedicated to digital art, digital video and digital audio, and work in the new Calvin and Janet High Center for Worship and Performing Arts which has state-of-the-art digital equipment as well as two iMac labs dedicated to theater and music technology.
- Practice your skills in our studio space which includes a green room, Foley effects studio and fully equipped broadcast control room.
As a graduate of the digital media program, you will be equipped to secure positions such as:
- Web designer
- Sound designer
- Game designer
- Video editor
- Mobile application programmer
- Game programmer
- Graphic designer
- Minister of worship (church media)
For more information on career planning for the digital media program, visit the Messiah University Career and Professional Development Center.
Messiah’s nationally recognized internship program places students in a variety of digital media internships. A few examples include:
- Krone Group Advertising and Design
- AdAbility, Inc.
- D2 Media
- The Hartford Courant
- Central PA Magazine
- Messiah University Press and Marketing and Communications Office
- CURE International
- Turkey Hill
As a digital media major, you can choose from four different concentrations. Each concentration is offered through a different campus department.
- The interactive design concentration is offered through the Department of Art and Design. To learn more about the Department of Art and Design, visit their website.
- The digital video and story concentration is offered through the Department of Communication. To learn more about the Department of Communication, visit their website.
- The mobile applications and game design concentration is offered through the Department of Computer and Information Science. To learn more about the Department of Computer and Information Science, visit their website.
- The church media concentration is offered through the Department of Theatre and Dance. To learn more about the Department of Theatre and Dance, visit their website.
At Messiah University, we offer four very different and practical digital media concentrations within this interdepartmental major: interactive design, digital video and story, mobile applications and game design, and church media. Regardless of which of our four concentrations you choose, the core courses Messiah offers in digital video, sound design, computer science and visual art provide you with a solid foundation for a career in digital communications. Digital media majors all take required coursework in areas including film, computer programming and sound design found within other departments.
You won’t have to wait to test out your skills in a business setting, because you can also get real world experience at Messiah by participating in one of our digital media internships. You will take part in a collaborative digital media project during your senior year and practice your skills in the film and media production studio — opened in 2015 but constantly evolving to stay up-to-date to the industry standards—that includes a green room, Foley effects studio, broadcast control room and more. In fact, Messiah's accrediting body, NASAD, called this studio "enviable." Better yet: you'll have access to this high-tech space and equipment early in your college career, rather than junior year at larger universities. In addition to on-campus learning, you may even choose to study at one of our 40 study abroad locations worldwide!
Through your coursework and hands-on experience, you will prepare for a career as a web, graphic, sound or game designer; video editor; mobile application or game programmer; or minister of worship.