We prepare students to become technical professionals for employment in creative, advertising, educational, and other commercial environments.
The Digital Media Technology degree program emphasizes the study of processes and management of digital media, web development, game development, animation, visual effects, media communication, digital art and design, audio technology and media production. According to IBISworld.com, these services combined account for more than 400 billion dollars of the United States economy. It is projected that 151,000 new jobs will be creation in media and communications between 2020 and 2030.
Students will complete 37 hours of Required Courses and must complete three courses from one of the below focus areas. Students are strongly encouraged to complete one of several minors to complement their academic and career pursuits. Browse this site to find out more about the available focus areas.
With approximately 287,200 video game designers in the United States, the video game designer's job market is predicted to grow by 9.3% between 2016 and 2026.Click here to learn more about the Game Development Focus Area.
Businesses every year will hire 17,900 front end developers, search engine specialists, content managers, or UI/UX designers. Click here to learn more about the Web Development Focus Area.
Employment of special effects artists and animators is projected to grow 16 percent from 2020 to 2030, much faster than the average for all occupations.Click here to learn more about the Visual Effects Focus Area.
About 18,000 openings for broadcast, sound, and video technicians are projected each year, on average, over the decade. Click to learn more about the Audio Technology Focus Area.
Overall employment of film and video editors and camera operators is projected to grow 29 percent from 2020 to 2030, much faster than the average for all occupations.Click here to learn more about the Media Communication Focus Area.
About 23,900 openings for Digital Artists and designers are projected each year over the next decade.Click to learn more about the Digital Art and Design Focus Area.
The demand for Digital Media Technology professionals continues to remain robust in the United States. The US Bureau of Labor Statistics projects 82,000 new hires a year for all fields related to the Bachelors degree in Digital Media Technology. Demand for digital media occupations is expected to arise from the need to create, edit, translate, and disseminate information through a variety of different platforms. Every company needs digital media specialists to support their operations.
The Digital Media Technology Bachelors degree program consistently emphasizes hands-on learning. Many of the courses that are in this degree require applying what you have learned in a variety of different projects. You will find yourself working with software and hardware tools to plan, design, development, and publish projects that are useful in a variety of different business, education, and commercial settings.
The Digital Media Technology program is designed with a healthy balance of technical, managerial and organizational content to equip students with knowledge, skills, and teamwork ability to succeed in various organizations. In addition students can complete one or more focus areas to become more in depth experts in fields such as game development, web development, animation, visual effects, audio technology, digital art and design and more.
Faculty in Digital Media Technology are highly qualified with degrees in animation, journalism, media technology, and graphics technology. They all have experiences instructing undergraduate and graduate students in the Digital Media Technology area. They are actively engaged in professional development and research in their respective specialized areas. Faculty members are practitioners from industry and maintain close ties to colleagues in the field to ensure courses are relevant and robust.
Course-to-course articulations for specific Digital Media Technology courses have been created between EIU and several community colleges including Lake Land College, Parkland College, College of DuPage, Frontier Community College, Harper College, Heartland Community College, Illinois Central College, Joliet Community College, College of Lake County, Lincolnland Community College, McHenry Community College, Moraine Valley Community College, Rock Valley Community College and more. You can find the specific courses we have articulated here.
Research interests include: Impact of learning with dynamic graphics, Authentic learning pedagogy, Virtual Reality, Interaction Design, and emerging trends in the field of Digital Media Technology
Research interests include: CAD/CAM, Rapid Prototyping, manufacturing systems, User Interface (UI) and User Experience (UX) design, virtual reality, and Geographic Information System (GIS)