Digital Media Major

The digital media major focuses on the intersection of the internet, digital video, audio and photography within an increasing array of delivery systems. Take a tour of our Advanced Media Lab.

Eastern Mennonite University offers one of the few digital media majors at a Christian college. Our unique program emphasizes proficiency in the interrelated digital media forms of video production, digital photography, graphic design and web design. Students learn electronic field production in documentary and narrative video classes.They practice the disciplines of video editing, lighting, audio production through assignments and real-world projects.

Visual and Communication Arts Faculty at Eastern Mennonite University have deep connections to the professional world with projects that have aired on the Discovery Channel, National Geographic and ABC. Whether in person or online, guest lecturers bring expertise from the film and video world. Recent speakers have included the first female steady-cam operator, a National Geographic photographer and a Discovery Channel producer.

The EMU digital media major unfolds in the context of our Christian liberal arts community, a multicultural, peace-oriented environment that values effective cross-cultural communication and passionate engagement with the world. Students work on personal projects, study visual theory, and engage the community through documentary work. EMU prepares students for a range of digital media jobs from video production to web design (as well as preparation for further graduate training).

Internship opportunities abound in the EMU/Harrisonburg area and many students have completed internships while studying at the Washington D.C. Community Scholars’ Center. Our current students and recent graduates have had opportunities to work on real world projects in Haiti and Kenya.

Students have access to our collection of professional HD video cameras, lighting and support equipment for video production.Students also have free access to our collection of Canon digital SLRs and lenses. The Advanced Media Lab, home to our advanced Photoshop, video editing and 2-D animation classes, features fifteen 27 inch (Intel based) iMacs, a large HD display, a Blu-ray projector and a surround sound system. Software includes Final Cut Pro, Adobe Photoshop CS5.5 and After Effects CS5.5. Our intro Digital Media Lab features the latest Adobe CS5.5 Creative Suite and fifteen workstations (21 inch and 24 inch Intel based iMacs) for digital photo editing and web design.

Career Possibilities

Curious about the vocational possibilities for EMU alums? Visit our VACA careers page.

See our faculty page for examples of faculty work.

Media Coverage

VaCa student work has received attention from national and international media. The Washington Post covered our class documentary on the Kurdish community in Harrisonburg, and the BBC ran student photos from the documentary on their Web site.

Digital media major

The major in digital media consists of 50 semester hours.

VACA Core (12 credits)

ART 111 Foundations of Design (3)
COMM 332 Cinema and Visual Communication Theory (3)
DIGM 213 Graphic Design (3)
PHOTO 112 Digital Photography (3)

Additional digital media major courses

ART 321 Survey of Western Art OR
*ART 323 Survey of Modern and Contemporary Art (3)
ART 492 Senior Studio Practicum (4)
COMM 231 Pop Culture and
Mass Communication (3)
DIGM 251 Video Camera and
Non-Linear Editing (4)
DIGM 261 Web Design (3)
DIGM 352 2-D Animation/After Effects
DIGM 362 Video Web Applications and Social Media (3)
*DIGM 453 Documentary Video Production (3)
PHOTO 352 Color Photography (3)
PHOTO 464 Advanced Photoshop (3)

Electives:
Choose two courses from the following list:
COMM 241 News and Feature Writing (3)
*DIGM 281 Audio Production (3)
*DIGM 454 Narrative Video (3)
*DIGM 456 Live Event and Field Production (3)