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Digital Media Transfer Equivalencies

Digital Media is a coherent program that begins in the freshmen year with DIGM 1350 and ends in the senior year with DIGM 4399. Courses follow each other in a pipeline manner in which courses build upon the content of previous courses. This process ultimately leads to a successful senior show and senior thesis. Given the nature of the program, it is extremely unlikely that courses taken in other colleges or universities will properly prepare students for success in Digital Media at UH. Experience has shown that a lenient transfer equivalency policy leads to poor senior-year results.

For this reason, the Digital Media program only accepts direct course-by-course articulation from Wharton County Junior College. This is because WCJC ’s faculty (who are qualified to teach at UH) teach our courses using our syllabi. Other schools do not cover the same topics as UH DIGM classes nor do they prepare students long term for their senior show and senior thesis.

The course-by-course articulation from WCJC to UH is:

UH Course WCJC Course
DIGM 1350 IMED 1301
DIGM 2351 ITSE 1301
DIGM 2352 ARTC 1302
DIGM 2353 ARTC 1305

That said, students may be able to transfer courses on a case-by-case basis from community colleges and other schools using this process:

  1. Students should review the syllabi for the freshman and sophomore classes (1000- and 2000-level) and determine which DIGM courses that they believe they have covered through participation in other programs.
  2. Students should prepare hard-copy and/or digital portfolio materials (as appropriate) for each applicable course.
  3. To earn transfer equivalency for DIGM 1350, students must:
    1. Take and pass the Adobe Photoshop certification examination.   Adobe-issued certification is also accepted.  
    2. Take and pass the Adobe Illustrator certification examination.   Adobe-issued certification is also accepted.
    3. Provide a writing sample that demonstrates the student's ability to write in a technical manner.
    4. Make an appointment to speak with Dr. Jerry Waite, DIGM program coordinator.
    5. Meet with Dr. Waite for a one-on-one interview to discuss the student’s portfolio, certification exams, and a term paper.
    6. If transfer equivalency is evident, Dr. Waite will complete a Transfer Credit Petition Form and provide it to the student who will then submit it to the Academic Services Center either in Sugar Land or on Main Campus.
  4. To earn transfer equivalency for DIGM 2351, students must:
    1. Take and pass the Adobe Dreamweaver certification examination OR Adobe-issued Dreamweaver certification examination.  Alternatively, students may pass the Adobe Muse Certification.
    2. Make an appointment to speak with Dr. Jerry Waite, DIGM program coordinator.
    3. Meet with Dr. Waite for a one-on-one interview to discuss the student’s portfolio and certification exam.
    4. If transfer equivalency is evident, Dr. Waite will complete a Transfer Credit Petition Form and provide it to the student who will then submit it to the Academic Services Center either in Sugar Land or on Main Campus.
  5. To earn transfer equivalency for DIGM 2352, students must:
    1. Take and pass the Adobe Lightroom Certification.
    2. Make an appointment to speak with Dr. Jerry Waite, DIGM program coordinator.
    3. Meet with Dr. Waite for a one-on-one interview to discuss the student’s portfolio and certification exam.
    4. If transfer equivalency is evident, Dr. Waite will complete a Transfer Credit Petition Form and provide it to the student who will then submit it to the Academic Services Center either in Sugar Land or on Main Campus.
  6. To earn transfer equivalency for DIGM 2353, students must:
    1. Take and pass the Adobe InDesign certification examination. Adobe-issued certification is also accepted.
    2. Make an appointment to speak with Dr. Jerry Waite, DIGM program coordinator.
    3. Meet with Dr. Waite for a one-on-one interview to discuss the student’s portfolio, personal brand, certification exams, and a term paper.
    4. If transfer equivalency is evident, Dr. Waite will complete a Transfer Credit Petition Form and provide it to the student who will then submit it to the Academic Services Center either in Sugar Land or on Main Campus.

No community college or lower-division (1000- or 2000-level) course may be given transfer equivalence for any upper-division (3000- or 4000-level course). Under certain circumstances, upper division hours earned at another four-year college or university or another department at UH may be granted equivalency for DIGM upper division courses. Please contact Dr. Jerry Waite for specific counseling in such cases.

Please note the University’s policy on transfer courses as it applies to residency: Twenty-four (24) of the last thirty (30) semester hours to be applied toward a bachelor's degree must be taken in residence. The 6 credits allowed to be taken at external institutions within the final residency may be used only for:

  • Core Requirement
  • Selected foreign language courses

Always consult your UH academic advisor before enrolling in courses off campus.