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Digital Media Certificate

Non credit, one-year certificate with two Tracks/Concentrations:
PHOTOGRAPHY/VIDEO (LENS-BASED MEDIA) AND EXPERIENCE DESIGN

MassArt’s Digital Media Certificate is ideal for artists, designers, educators and professionals in a range of fields seeking skill-building in digital content creation. The program offers courses in photography and video production and post-production, animation, web/object/experience design, and mixed reality. For artists and makers seeking to add lens-and time-based media, interactivity, AR/VR, and other digital dimensions to their work, this certificate program provides an expansion in scope of their creative practice, support and mentorship for new projects, and/or acts as a pathway to a degree. 


Students who are new to digital making have the opportunity to build digital literacy through foundational courses in digital fine arts, design, and communication. After gaining a solid foundation, students craft a customized program, choosing from concentrations in Lens-Based Media and Experience Design. The Lens+Time-Based Media Concentration develops strong foundational skills in digital photography and video, with the option to explore modes of lens-based storytelling ranging from traditional documentary film to VR video experiences. The Experience Design track creates fluency in various modes of visual communication from web broadcast to interactive object-making


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CORE COURSES
Foundational Requirements*

  • Digital Fluency                    SUMMER ONLY
  • Digital Making                    SUMMER ONLY

Core Courses: Lens-Based Media

  • Digital Photography: The Camera        FALL AND SPRING
  • Digital Photography: Post-Production    FALL AND SPRING
  • Digital Video: Camera + Sound        FALL AND SPRING
  • Digital Video: Editing + Post-Production    FALL AND SPRING
  • Capstone: Digital Media Portfolio    FALL / SPRING / SUMMER

Core Courses: Experience Design

  • Digital Media + Design                FALL ONLY
  • Intro to Experience Design            SPRING ONLY
  • The Language of Code                FALL AND SPRING
  • Coding Language Foundation 

       (Max MSP, Processing, HTML/CSS)      FALL AND SPRING

  • Capstone: Digital Media Portfolio    FALL / SPRING / SUMMER

SAMPLE ELECTIVE COURSES

  • Digital Compositing and Collage
  • Data Visualization
  • Interactive Video
  • Advanced Projects in Lens-based Media
  • Design for 3D Printing
  • Introduction to AI and Machine Learning
  • Responsive Objects
  • Introduction to Max/MSP
  • Intro to VR: Unity
  • Websites for Artists and Makers


PROGRAM PATHWAYS

LENS-BASED MEDIA (PHOTOGRAPHY AND VIDEO) FOCUS

Students interested in both Digital Photography and Video may opt for a Lens-Based Media focus that builds skills in both of these increasingly connected areas. Students who come to the program with foundational digital literacy skills may be exempt from one or both of the foundational requirements, opening the opportunity for more elective courses in any area of digital media.

  • Digital Fluency (or equivalent skills)* SUMMER ONLY
  • Digital Making (or equivalent skills)* SUMMER ONLY
  • Digital Photography: The Camera  FALL AND SPRING
  • Digital Photography: Post-Production FALL AND SPRING
  • Digital Video: Camera + Sound FALL AND SPRING
  • Digital Video: Editing + Post-Production FALL AND SPRING
  • Lens-Based (Photography or Video) Elective
  • Additional Open Elective (if exempt from Digital Fluency)
  • Additional Open Elective (if exempt from Digital Making)
  • Capstone: Digital Media Portfolio

*students who demonstrate requisite skills may be exempt from this course, and opt instead to do an additional elective in any area of Digital Media.

EXPERIENCE DESIGN FOCUS

Students interested in Experience Design explore the basics of this wide-ranging field including media basics and design principles. Elective blocks offer the freedom to explore specific interests more deeply, including Mixed Reality, AI, Data Visualization, and Interactive Art. Students who come to the program with foundational digital literacy skills may be exempt from one or both of the foundational requirements, opening the opportunity for more elective courses in any area of digital media.

  • Digital Fluency (or equivalent skills)* SUMMER ONLY
  • Digital Making (or equivalent skills)* SUMMER ONLY
  • Digital Media + Design  FALL ONLY
  • Intro to Experience Design SPRING ONLY
  • The Language of Code FALL AND SPRING
  • Experience Design Elective
  • Experience Design Elective
  • Additional Open Elective (if exempt from Digital Fluency)
  • Additional Open Elective (if exempt from Digital Making)
  • Capstone: Digital Media Portfolio

*students who demonstrate requisite skills may be exempt from this course, and opt instead to do an additional elective in any area of Digital Media


LEARNING OUTCOMES

  • Gain and hone digital skills including a detailed understanding of basic hardware, operating systems, and file management / backups.
  • Gain professional skills in digital photography and video production
  • Build skills and agility in digital photography and video post-production using industry-standard software and techniques
  • Understand the varied meanings and facets of Experience Design
  • Learn the language of coding for digital design and interactive artmaking.
  • Use coding languages to create interactive artworks and applications
  • Gain an understanding of contemporary trends in media art and design, in relation to the student’s own practice and goals
  • Expand an existing tactile/analog art practice to include digital tools and techniques
  • Build a professional portfolio for further education or professional development
  • Professional Development for marketing, social media, and visual storytelling

View our Tuition and Fees page to see the approximate cost of the program.
 

No. You pay “as you go”—when you register for a course, you’ll pay for that class.

This program is not eligible for financial aid.
 

The certificate can be completed in one calendar year, or can be spread out over a longer period (18 months to 2.5 years) for students who wish to move at a slower pace.
 

Students should have a home computer with a minimum of 8G RAM (16-32G is ideal), a webcam, and a stable internet connection. Students focusing on Photography and Video should consider investing in a DSLR or mirrorless camera (recommendations can be made by the Program Director based on student budget and goals). For advanced lens-based media classes, students may be encouraged to invest in additional accessories including high-speed memory cards, external lighting units, and microphones, if their goals include professional commercial photography and video production.
 

The Digital Media Certificate may be completed online with no in-person coursework, and all foundational and other required classes are offered online only. However, several in-person classes offered on campus satisfy the elective requirements for the certificate.
 

For each individual 7-week class, students should expect to spend 1-3 hours working outside of scheduled class time each week.
 

Students who are already working digitally may be exempted from Digital Fluency, by providing the Program Director with background information and completing a short online exemption survey that demonstrates requisite knowledge. The same is true for Digital Making, though exemption from this foundational class is generally for students with a strong digital background and practice. 
 

Cost of materials varies widely depending on the individual student’s interests, concentration, and goals. Equipment investment is generally optional, though students working toward a professional career in lens-based media will be encouraged to consider investing in camera equipment, with the guidance of the Program Director.