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Master of Science in Digital Arts

Student in MS in Digital Arts program working on virtual reality project

In a world of smartphones, tablets, wearable computers, and Augmented Reality (AR), the role of a digital artist is more important than ever. Not only is there an insatiable appetite for new content, but the skills demanded from a designer, storyteller, and artist to create that content has extended far beyond traditional skill sets. An infinite number of opportunities await those with the proper abilities and imagination.

Why You Should Apply

ITU’s Digital Arts program offers you:

  • To produce live action, animation, and interactive and augmented media.
  • Build portfolios featuring animation, movies, and multimedia.
  • Flexible night and weekend class schedules, and online course offerings that allow you to continue your career while furthering your education.
  • A STEM program that is designed to teach students the skills required to thrive in Silicon Valley’s ever-evolving tech sector.
  • A program offered by a university that is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).

Course Sampling

  • Virtual Reality/Augmented Reality
  • UI/UX
  • Documentary Production
  • Still Life & Figure Drawing

What You Will Learn

Here are our program learning outcomes:

  • Apply foundational digital production skills to create stories, visualizations and designs.
  • Create professional grade digital productions by utilizing general production pipelines from conception to production, marketing and distribution.
  • Analyze products and situations to effectively articulate and identify opportunities for innovation and experimentation in art, design and product development.
  • Apply collaborative skills and evaluate team dynamics to successfully complete team-oriented master digital art projects.
  • Apply understanding of software, hardware and the production process to identify appropriate industry standards to complete digital productions.
  • Create a portfolio of projects that showcase multiple art and media skills in design, animation, filmmaking and interactive design.

Building Your Career in Digital Arts

At ITU, our internship and internship learning programs give you the chance to use your new skills and get ahead in your career.

You can identify your career goals with one-on-one guidance, industry workshops, job placement strategies, and networking opportunities. These expert-led programs offer you the necessary help to succeed beyond the classroom.

What Our Students Say

2014 Digital Arts graduate Selene Lee was one of the first students to graduate from the program. After completing her internship at ITU and graduating, she left a variety of exciting job offers on the table to help the program continue to grow into the future.

“For our department, the goal isn’t to just teach the students purely technical skills. I think the aim is really to explain things in a way that will allow them to become leaders. I think in other schools they teach you just individual skills instead of the whole concept. At ITU, I didn’t just learn the technical side of things, but I also learned the business side of things as well. That helped me with the work I do today.”

Meet Some of Our Great Faculty

Professor Jake Wachtel is an award-winning international journalist and producer, who has received the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Citation for his coverage of the 9/11 attacks. At ITU, he leads courses in New Media Production, General Production Pipelines, Producing Digital Media, and Digital Media Startups. His courses are tailored to empower students with the skills and toolsets that can be applied to all digital media.

Admission Requirements

  • Sealed official transcripts from all universities attended
    • Minimum cumulative undergraduate GPA of 2.75 or graduate GPA of 3.0, on a 4.0 scale. Transcripts, listing courses taken and grades received, must be mailed directly from the institution or through a verified e-Transcript provider. International Students please review additional requirements listed below.
  • Statement of purpose (500-750 words)
    • Please describe why you are interested in the intended program of study, and how you hope to use this education to achieve your future goals.
  • Resume demonstrating relevant work or volunteer experience
    • Two pages maximum.
  • GRE or GMAT scores
    • Recommended. Scores must be sent directly from the testing center.
  • Two letters of recommendation
    • Recommended. Required if minimum GPA is not met. Letters should speak to the student’s professional and academic experience and potential to succeed in graduate school.

International Applicants

Application Deadlines
Fall (Classes start September)August 15
Spring (Classes start January)December 15
Summer (Classes start May)April 15

Program Requirements

  • Required Courses
    • 4 Core Courses: 12 Credit Hours
    • Capstone Project: 3 – 6 Credit Hours
    • Internship: 1 Credit Hour
  • Elective Courses: 11 – 20 Credit Hours
    • Cross Disciplinary Electives: Up to 3 Credit Hours.
    • Transfer Credits: Maximum 9 Credit Hours can be transferred from a regionally accredited graduate school with department chair’s approval.
    • Internship: 1 – 9 Credit Hours.
  • 36 Total Credit Hours
  • Core Courses
    • DGA 501 New Media Production
    • DGA 511 General Production Pipelines
    • DGA 621 Producing Digital Media
    • DGA 631 Digital Media Startup
  • Capstone Course or Thesis
    • DGA 690 Master’s Project
    • DGA 692 Master’s Thesis
Fee Structure
Program Tuition*$21,600
Fees**$1,709
Insurance Premium***$1,994.24
Total****$25,303.24
* Based on 36 Credit Hours.
** Fees are subject to change.
*** May be waived if student has equivalent insurance coverage.
**** For a full-time student, graduating in four trimesters, including one-time and per trimester fees. Actual total tuition will vary based on each student’s course of study.

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Last modified: July 26, 2017