Digital Media (BA)
Digital media integrates multiple exciting fields — a major born to reflect the versatile skills needed to succeed in today’s entertainment and communications landscapes.
- Available as
- Bachelor of Arts
- 4 years
- Fort Wayne
Why Study Digital Media?
Media assets come in many forms: print, web, video, sound clips, GIFs, and ads. Content, in all its forms, is a priority in industries of all kinds. There is incredible demand for professionals who understand how it’s created, built, published, digested, and enjoyed—as well as for people to manage data, measure results, and lead content teams.
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Why Saint Francis for Digital Media?
University of Saint Francis is home to regarded programs in business, communications, computer science, music technology, and the visual arts. When you major in digital media at Saint Francis, you’ll have access to expertise, equipment, and experiential learning opportunities found across these departments.
In this program, you’ll gain a foundation in visual storytelling, digital design, marketing, and people and project management. You’ll also choose a vocation-driven concentration that will give you deeper knowledge and practical skills in a specific area; or for an extra personalized educational experience you may even concentrate in more than one:
- Media Analytics
- Music Technology
- Strategic Communication
- Visual Media
- Web Media
Rooted in the Franciscan tradition, our digital media major also prepares you to be a socially responsible professional and an ethical digital citizen.
Beyond developing production, design, software, spreadsheet and other technical skills in your classes, you’ll gain real-world digital media experience through:
- Collaborative projects with real-world clients
- Senior capstone projects
- Student productions and publications
- Service-learning opportunities
Thanks to a strong alumni network and ties to the local business community, our students find internships with companies and organizations like:
- Disney College
- Fort Wayne Komets (hockey)
- Fort Wayne Mad Ants (basketball)
- Fort Wayne TinCaps (baseball)
- Indy 500
- Parkview Health
- PBS Fort Wayne
- SportOne Club 1 Basketball
“Getting a job in my field before graduation was a great feeling and it relieved me of a lot of stress. I always dreamed of working for a sports team and now I’m doing it! Saint Francis gave me the confidence, plus the skills, to get hired.”Ryan Nix ’17 Senior Designer at Section 127
“Our Digital Media program thoroughly prepares students by allowing them immediate hands-on opportunities to learn and develop their skills in a vibrant industry across many media and business disciplines. Students regularly encounter the chance to quickly apply their developing skills into professional projects.”Miles Fulwider Digital Media Program Director
Our Faculty and Facilities
Digital media majors at Saint Francis get to work with some of the most advanced technology on campus (and in the region), as well as benefit from the knowledge, mentorship and connections of a multitalented faculty.
The breadth of the digital media major gives you a unique opportunity to learn and find inspiration from faculty members from across disciplines; you’ll discover possibilities and find mentorship in unexpected places. One day you’ll be working with an audio production professional with extensive ties to the music industry and the next an award-winning advertising executive.
Our Media & Design Facilities
You’ll have 24/7 access to high-end computer labs, design studios, and production rooms, all equipped with industry-standard tools and software. Students studying in the computer information sciences work in dedicated computer labs, that are not part of the Saint Francis network. This gives them the opportunity to learn real-life trouble-shooting skills as they work through simulated server failures and network crashes
Our Music Technology Center
Inside the Saint Francis Music Technology Center in downtown Fort Wayne, you will find top-of-the-line equipment, recording studios and mixing suites, as well as a 2,000-seat auditorium that brings in regional and national acts.
Campus and Community Involvement
With a range of programs involving creativity, communications, and technology, Saint Francis offers many clubs and organizations that fit your interests, including:
- American Advertising Federation
- Artists in Action
- Communications and Public Relations Society
- f/8 Photo Club
- Film Club
- “Game Meat” Gaming Club
- Marble Lounge Records
- Music Technology Club
- Peer Ministry
- Phi Alpha Honor Society
- Student Activities Council
- Various music ensembles
What You Can Do With a Degree in Digital Media?
Among U.S. News & World Reports Best Creative and Media Jobs 2020 list, you’ll find many roles related to digital media careers, including public relations specialist, art director, graphic designer, and sound engineering technician. Occupations like video/film producers and sound engineers are growing at a faster-than-average rate, and statistics-related positions, such as data analyst, are among the most in-demand today.
Here are just a few roles you might find as a digital media professional:
- Digital marketing manager
- Communications specialist
- Multimedia designer/content producer
- Audio producer
- Visual information specialist
- Brand storyteller
- Web project manager
As you gain experience, you might also find opportunities for advancement: content teams need leaders!
Where You’ll Find Our Graduates
Our Digital Media program, launched in the 2020-2021 school year, combines expertise from across disciplines such as music technology, business, communications, art, and graphic design. Saint Francis graduates in these and related programs find work at companies such as:
- Arts United of Greater Fort Wayne
- Digitas North America
- Do It Best Corp.
- Fort Wayne Museum of Art
- Fusion Media
- Indianapolis Colts
- LABOV Marketing Communications and Training
- Lowe’s Companies, Inc.
- NeighborLink Indianapolis
- Northeast Indiana Public Radio
- Parks and Recreation of Fort Wayne
- PBS39 Fort Wayne
- Platinum Retail Marketing
- REV RV Group
- Smile Direct Club
- SportONE Parkview Fieldhouse
- University of Notre Dame (Office of Campus Ministry)
- USA Football
- Warner Music Nashville
- Vera Bradley
- Visit Fort Wayne