The Master of Professional Studies in Digital Media Connect program offers students without prior programming experience the opportunity to break into the digital media field and gain experience using a variety of cutting-edge technologies and tools.
The Master of Professional Studies in Digital Media Connect program can help professionals without prior experience break into the Digital Media industry. Our curriculum is organized around core courses, concentration electives, and a capstone that can be completed as an individual thesis or a team project. This pathway provides 12 additional quarter hours of credit that are required to complete the degree.
For students considering a career change into digital media, the four foundation courses provide students a rigorous bridge that can help students connect their current background to a new digital media path. Courses focus on visual communications foundations, programming foundations, and web creation.
Our core courses in media creation, usability, design thinking and narrative structure provide a baseline for producing content-rich experiences. A series of electives is offered in seven distinctive areas: 3-D animation, game design, digital video, social media, digital media management, or one of two tracks in interactive design: visual design or usability and production. In the capstone experience, you’ll work with the guidance of faculty to channel your passion into a project that provides tangible evidence of your abilities.
Whether you are a full- or part-time student, our cohort structure allows you to build meaningful working relationships with students from around the globe. Team-based assignments strengthen your project management and leadership skills, and allow you to take part in the design and development of more complex media projects than you could by working alone. The team efforts will also prepare you for your future as a professional in digital media’s collaboration-oriented culture.
- For those with prior programming experience who want to study 100% online, please visit the Digital Media Online page
- For those with prior programming experience who want to study on-ground, in Boston, please visit the Digital Media Boston page
- Change careers and break into the digital media industry without getting a second bachelor's degree — prospective students should be aware that there are 12 quarter hours required of programming course work that should be completed in their first quarter of the program
- Four foundation courses provide students rigorous bridge courses to help students connect their current background to a new digital media path
- In-depth Capstone experience working under the guidance of a faculty advisor
- Six elective options provide specialized focus on distinctive areas of digital media as well as optional digital media workshops
- Cohort program format designed to enhance collaboration and networking opportunities for students
- Specialized Knowledge
Design and produce interactive websites and application prototypes incorporating a variety of digital media based on established HCI (Human Computer Interaction) principles, theory, and research.
- Broad and Integrative Knowledge
Assess broad communication and entertainment project goals to then design a variety of interactive digital media projects drawing on the perspectives and methods of several interrelated creative fields.
- Applied and Collaborative Learning
Apply digital media narrative principles and a range of technologies, visual, design, and programming ideas to provide creative and timely solutions for practical digital media challenges.
- Civic and Global Learning
Develop a formal proposal, real or hypothetical, addressing a challenge or opportunity in cross-cultural and global information and communication.
- Experiential Learning
Synthesize and transfer learning to new, complex situations within course work or beyond the classroom.
Who Will Your Classmates Be?
This program is appropriate for individuals with backgrounds in communications, graphic design, marketing, journalism, gaming, video, or science and technology.
An undergraduate degree is required. It is recommended that you enter the program with foundational knowledge of visual communications or programming (such as an undergraduate art or computer science course). However, introductory courses in both subjects are offered as part of the program for students with no formal experience.
- Online application
- Statement of purpose (500–1000 words): identifies your educational goals and expectations of the program; please be aware that the University's academic policy on plagiarism applies to your statement of purpose
- Professional resume
- Unofficial undergraduate transcripts (Official transcripts required at the time of admission)
- Two letters of recommendation: from individuals who have either academic or professional knowledge of your capabilities such as a faculty member, colleague, or mentor, preferably one from your current employer
- English Language Proficiency Proof: students for whom English is not their primary language must submit one of the following:
- Official associate or bachelor's degree transcript from an accredited college or university in the U.S, stating degree conferral and date
- TOEFL, IELTS, or NU Global Exam scores
|Start date:||Recommended admissions deadline:|
|September 16, 2019||September 6, 2019|
|October 28, 2019||October 18, 2019|
Required Core Courses
Complete one of the following:
Complete one of the following options:
Technical course from the workshops list
Complete one of the following:
Optional digital media workshops are designed to provide valuable technical skills and tools for students in all graduate degree programs.
Students may complete one of the following:
Choose one from the following:
Complete 20 quarter hours from the following:
Complete 20 quarter hours from the following:
Complete four courses from one of the following tracks:
Usability & Development Track
Complete the following:
Complete 15-17 quarter hours from the following:
Northeastern's signature experiential learning model combines academics with professional practice to help students acquire relevant, real-world skills they can apply to their desired industry. Each program offers its own unique experiential learning opportunities, but they might include:
- Experiential Learning at Work — Working professionals collaborate with their employer to develop a project that addresses a key business need their company has in an area they want familiarity with.
- Experiential Network (XN) — Students work virtually with a sponsoring organization on a short-term project over a six-week period.
- Full-Time Co-op Opportunities — Students on co-op work in a paid position in their field of study for three to six months.
Our faculty represents a wide cross-section of professional practices and in fields ranging from finance to education to biomedical science to management to the U.S. military. They serve as mentors and advisors, and collaborate alongside students to solve the most pressing global challenges facing established and emerging markets.
By enrolling in Northeastern, you gain access to a network of more than 245,000 alumni and 3,200+ employer partners, including Fortune 500 companies, government agencies, and global NGOs. Our current students and faculty across strategically located regional campuses further foster that lifelong global community of learning and mentoring.
Below is a look at where our Digital Media & Design alumni work, the positions they hold, and the skills they bring to their organization.
Where They Work
What They Do
- Art and Design
- Information Technology
- Media and Communication
What They're Skilled At
- Adobe Creative Suite
- Social Media
- Digital Media
Learn more about Northeastern Alumni on Linkedin.