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Degree Requirements

Important Information

Beginning in Fall 2021, declared Digital Media students and declared Graphic Communications Technology, Motion Media, and Tech Package Design minors will be required to have a suitable laptop which is in good working order with the latest software and antivirus updates for their entire period of undergraduate study.

  • Notebook computer (PC or Mac) capable of handling the Adobe Creative Cloud—Graphic Design portion. Here are some example requirements.
  • DSLR Camera capable of still and video capture
  • Student subscription to Adobe Creative Cloud.

Note that precise specifications, which will be updated as technology changes. Computer labs will continue to be available for courses that require specialized software and/or hardware: i.e., most junior and senior courses.


 

Digital Media is a method for solving problems that are independent of any industry. It weaves in and out of everyday lives, business ventures, government, education, and more.  It requires a blend of innovation and technical proficiencies to inform and inspire action.  

 

The Core Areas of Digital Media

  • Art
  • Science
  • Technology
  • Business

For the official requirements for a Bachelor of Science in Digital Media, see the University of Houston Catalog*

Course Sequence Chart Technical Electives

15 Semester Hours

  • DIGM 3252 - Graphic Communication Output Credit Hours: 2.0
  • DIGM 3152 - Graphic Communication Output Lab Credit Hours: 1.0
  • DIGM 3350 - Digital Media Materials and Processes Credit Hours: 3.0
  • DIGM 3355 - Package Technology Credit Hours: 3.0
  • DIGM 3356 - ePublishing Credit Hours: 3.0
  • DIGM 3370 - Two Dimensional Computer Generated Imagery Animation Credit Hours: 3.0
  • DIGM 3374 - Video Production 2 Credit Hours: 3.0
  • DIGM 4350 - Venue Transmedia Credit Hours: 3.0
  • DIGM 4371 - 3D Modeling and Animation Credit Hours: 3.0
  • DIGM 4373 - Photographic Tone and Color Reproduction Credit Hours: 3.0
  • DIGM 4375 - Package Design Credit Hours: 3.0
  • DIGM 4381 - Mobile Application Design Credit Hours: 3.0
  • DIGM 4382 - Simulation and Gaming Credit Hours: 3.0
  • DIGM 4390 - Current Issues in Digital Media Credit Hours: 3.0
  • DIGM 4396 - Internship in Digital Media Credit Hours: 3.0
  • DIGM 4397 - Selected Topics in Digital Media Credit Hours: 3.0
  • HDCS 4369 - Entrepreneurship Credit Hours: 3.0
  • HDCS 4374 - Entrepreneurial E-Tailing Credit Hours: 3.0
  • HDCS 4375 - Strategies in E-Tailing Credit Hours: 3.0
  • ELET 2300 - Introduction to C++ Programming Credit Hours: 3.0
  • COSC 1306 - Computer Science & Programming Credit Hours: 3.0
  • SCLT 2380 - Distribution Channels Credit Hours: 3.0
  • SCLT 3381 - Industrial and Consumer Sales Credit Hours: 3.0

Things you need to know:  

  • All DIGM courses are in Sugar Land, SAB1.  
  • DIGM has a strict prerequisite structure.  Courses must be taken in order.  (see chart)
  • Not all DIGM courses are offered every semester.  
  • You are required to have a laptop
  • You are required to have an Adobe subscription
  • DIGM courses have strict policies around transferring from other schools
  • You must take DIGM 1300 before you can declare as a DIGM major.  
  • Always check with your academic advisor.
  • Students must have a minimum of 2.00 in major

Major GPA will be calculated based on the major requirements.

  • 2.00 minimum cumulative grade point average in courses attempted at the University of Houston
  • 36 of the credit hours must be advanced (junior or senior level)
  • Final residency - The last 30 semester hours to be applied toward a bachelor’s degree must be taken in residence at UH
  • 9 advanced credit hours in the department of major in residence at UH
  • 120 hours required for this degree
  • Limit of 66 credit hours in lower-level (1000 and 2000 level) transfer credit toward an undergraduate degree at the University of Houston
  • Students may use no more than two semester hours in physical education activity courses
  • Students must satisfy TSI to graduate

What you need to know before you transfer

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 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 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.
  5. 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.

 

 

*Students should review the degree provisions of the catalog in effect at the time of their first completed term of enrollment for the most accurate degree plan.