Digital technology has radically altered the ways in which we understand, create and consume media arts. The courses offered through the Digital Media Arts department provide opportunities for young artists and designers to develop the formal and technical skills that will enable them to create works that engage and challenge a changing society. Majors will pursue one of four areas of specialization: video, audio, web, or graphic design. These areas are broadly defined and will commonly overlap, corresponding to students’ specific skills, interests, and goals. The courses in this discipline emphasize the integration of theory and practice.
Hamline’s digital media arts major is ideal for future artists, designers, makers, and professionals who will become immersed in the vanguard of current and developing media arts practices, such as audio-visual installation, net art, interactive media design, performance, 3D printing, sound art, physical computing, graphic design, filmmaking, and sound design. Department faculty are engaged with emerging digital media forms and theory, which positions students on the leading edge of a rapidly evolving media arts landscape.
Faculty in the Digital Media Arts program include artist/practitioners in a range of fields as well as scholars engaged in analyzing the ways digital media is changing society.
The Digital Media Arts program is an active participant in the Collaborative Research Program and works with students to develop proposals for consideration.
Digital Media Arts courses all include an automatic $25.00 course fee which is used to assist with software licenses, consumable supplies and the upgrade of hardware. Students enrolled in digital media courses have exclusive access to Digital Media Labs.
Computer and Software Requirements
The Digital Media Arts program provides enrolled students with exclusive access to specialized lab space for work on course projects. Access for students working on advanced individual projects or collaborative research projects who are digital media arts majors or minors may be arranged with the permission of the Department. All computers used in the Digital Media Arts courses are connected to dedicated high speed servers and student have individual folders for their course work.
DMA Majors should own a laptop capable of running the latest version of Adobe Creative Cloud and plan on subscribing to Adobe Creative Cloud.
Joshua Gumiela, assistant professor. BA 2003, MFA 2011, Southern Illinois University.
Curtis Lund, assistant professor. BFA 2001, Iowa State University College of Design; MFA 2015, University of Minnesota College of Design.
David Ryan, associate professor, chair. BA 1982, Taylor University; MFA 1987, Ohio University.