Master of Arts in Digital Media

Program Description | Admissions | Degree Requirements | Courses 


Program Description

The MA Program in Digital Media at Sam Houston State University focuses on digital media in a multi-platform, multimedia environment. Changes in communication, storytelling, and information technologies are reshaping not only ways in which audiences receive and interpret media, but also the construction and delivery of messages. The union of digital, print, and analog media challenges practitioners to create messages that can reach audiences in multiple ways on many platforms. These practical challenges in a dynamic and changing media landscape offer new opportunities for media education.

The program offers a choice between digital media production and digital media studies. The digital media production emphasis is designed for students who want to create and manage digital media projects, and the digital media studies emphasis is designed for students who want to research and understand digital media.

DIGITAL MEDIA PRODUCTION – Students explore the digital combination of text, graphics, audio and video into engaging stories and interactive environments. Students learn advanced production practices needed to work in executive management and upper-level reporter, producer, filmmaker and creative manager media positions.

DIGITAL MEDIA STUDIES – Students apply mass communication research methods and theories to the study of digital media. Students learn how to critically reflect on digital media practices, audiences, law, policy and products leading to continued studies at the PhD level or to teach at the college level.


Admissions

Students seeking admission to the graduate program in Digital Media must meet the following requirements and submit all documents to the Office of Graduate Admissions:

  1. Graduate Application
  2. Application fee
  3. An official transcript from the baccalaureate degree granting institution
  4. GRE scores
  5. A 500-word personal statement outlining your goals and objectives for this program.
  6. For Digital Media Production: A digital media portfolio or a link to a digital media portfolio is required. Students without a portfolio or undergraduate coursework in digital media production may need to take additional undergraduate courses as determined by the faculty. Email a link of your portfolio to robin.johnson@shsu.edu if you plan to pursue the emphasis in digital media production.

A holistic review of each student’s application file will be completed on a competitive basis.


Degree Requirements

Master of Arts in Digital Media Studies (Thesis)

Master of Arts (MA) in Digital Media Studies (Thesis)
Course Name Hours
Specified Courses (24 credit hours)
Choose all from:
MCOM 5300 Digital Media History & Theory 3
MCOM 5310 Critical Approaches to Media 3
MCOM 5320 Digital Media Ethics and Law 3
MCOM 5330 Advanced Digital Writing 3
MCOM 5340 Social Media 3
MCOM 5050 Special Topic 3
MCOM 5360 Mass Communication Theory 3
MCOM 6360 Mass Communication Research Methods 3
Free Electives (6 credit hours)
Choose six from any approved graduate courses 6
Thesis (6 credit hours)
Choose all from:
MCOM 6098 Thesis 6
Total 36

Master of Arts in Digital Media Production (Non-thesis)

Master of Arts (MA) in Digital Media Production (Non-thesis)
Course Name Hours
Specified Courses (21 credit hours)
Choose all from:
MCOM 5300 Digital Media History & Theory 3
MCOM 5320 Digital Media Ethics and Law 3
MCOM 5330 Advanced Digital Writing 3
MCOM 5340 Social Media 3
MCOM 6300 Advanced Preproduction 3
MCOM 6330 Digital Editing 3
MCOM 6373 Digital Video Production 3
Restricted Electives (3 credit hours)
Choose one from:
MCOM 5350 Special Topic 3
MCOM 6310 Advanced Multimedia Production 3
MCOM 6320 Documentary Scriptwriting 3
MCOM 6340 Digital Entrepreneurship 3
MCOM 6350 Narrative Scripwriting 3
Free Electives (6 credit hours)
Choose six from any approved graduate courses 6
Thesis Project (6 credit hours)
Choose all from:
MCOM 6099 Thesis Project 6
Total 36

Courses

Mass Communication (MCOM)

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