DePaul University College of Communication > Academics > Graduate Programs > Digital Communication and Media Arts (MA) > Concentration Requirements > Digital Communication Concentration
The Digital Communication track requires an Introductory Competency course (4 credit hours) plus 13 courses (52 credit hours): four core courses and nine elective courses and a degree completion option.
Students choose one course:
*Evaluation of the Introductory Competency course will follow standard CDM practice. All or part of the Introductory Competency course may be waived if a student has the equivalent academic background, or can demonstrate core technology competency.
Students may take an additional competency course as a Media Arts elective.
Students are required to take all of the following:
Students are required to take at least one elective course that focuses on digital technology from each area: MCS, JOUR, and PRAD. Students must take two media arts electives (from the College of Computing and Digital Media). Students must also take four additional courses (two if student chooses the Master’s Project degree completion option, taking DMA 695 and MCS 599), either from another College of Communication graduate program, the College of Computing and Digital Media, the pre-approved outside electives, or in another department/college at DePaul. Outside electives must be approved by graduate advisor or program director.
* Topics must be approved by graduate program director. Some examples of topics include: Alternate Reality Gaming, Communication and Technology, Complex Narratives, Creativity in Practice, Digital Media Campaigns, Mass Communication in the Digital Age, Race, Class, & Gender In the Digital Age, Teaching Media Literacy.
** Topics must be approved by graduate program director. Some examples of topics include: Brand and Business Impact of Digital Media, Content Strategy for PR and Advertising, Creating Effective Social Media, Creative and Critical Thinking, Data Driven Marketing (Big Data), Digital Media Campaigns, Digital and Social Media for PR, Social Media and Culture.
Students will have the option to take pre-approved elective courses in either New Media Studies (NMS) or Art, Media, and Design (AMD) as part of their additional electives, allowing students to develop an enriched focus.
Students who want to switch between DCMA tracks should be aware that some completed courses in one track may not count towards the requirements of the other. If a student is considering switching tracks, they should consult their advisor and graduate director for assistance.
Students complete a three-part comprehensive exam based on questions derived from a minimum of one College of Communication core course (CMNS 570 or MCS 575) and two additional courses pulled from either the other core course and/or from the College of Communication elective courses.
In consultation with a faculty member in the College of Communication (a professor with whom the student has had a class), the student should choose a paper or project they did for that professor’s course. This paper/project should be something to which the student wishes to expand upon or devote more time. This option is available to students holding a 3.5 GPA or higher and who have completed at least 10 courses (40 credit hours) in their program.
Two project courses (DMA 695 and MCS 599) replace two additional elective classes. Students will enroll in MCS 599 in the quarter they defend their project. The student will create an original project (i.e., web- or film-based projects, or projects related to professional or educational organizations) and a 30- to 40-page accompanying written report/analysis. This option is available to students holding a 3.7 GPA or higher and who have completed at least 6 courses (24 credit hours) in their program.
Students must maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.000 in their graduate courses to remain in good academic standing. Students who do not meet this minimum cumulative requirement will be placed on academic probation and will be expected to attain the minimum cumulative requirement within two quarters. Failure to do so may result in dismissal from the program.
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