Digital Media Certificate

Businesses and media organizations today must create, produce, and manage content for multiple platforms, from print and broadcast to online. Whether you’re an emerging media professional or work in the marketing or communications department of a business or nonprofit organization, you can benefit from training in digital media.  

The eighteen-credit digital media certificate program offered by CGS introduces you to the power of multimedia content—written, audio, and visual—and how it can be used to communicate with and persuade audiences. You’ll choose from a variety of courses in communications, arts, English, film studies, psychology, and political science. This certificate can be completed as a standalone program or in conjunction with another degree at the University of Pittsburgh.

CGS Difference

CGS offers a small college atmosphere with all the benefits of a large research institution. 

Who should participate:

  • Professionals operating in multimedia environments
  • Individuals responsible for e-commerce efforts
  • People interested in producing content for online publications and sites, films, documentaries, etc.
  • Entrepreneurs
  • Educators

Program Expectations

Graduates of this program will be able to:

  • Understand how concepts, design, and technology come together to facilitate communication with mass audiences
  • Design, create, and manage digital communication efforts
  • Understand the importance of visual and textual communication in maintaining organizational success
  • Produce engaging interactive programs and presentations

Credit Requirements

The digital media certificate requires eighteen credits, including nine credits of core classes and nine elective credits. Students must achieve a minimum grade of C (2.0) or better for all courses required for the program.

Required courses: (9 credits)

Subject Catalog Number Title Credits
COMMRC  0320 Mass Communication Proces 3
COMMRC  1122 Media Criticism  3
ENGFLM or ENGFLM/FMST 0355 or 0401/0130 Visual Literacy or Introduction to Visual Culture 3

Electives: (9 credits)

Choose three of the courses listed below. 

Subject Catalog Number Title Credits
COMMRC 1105 Television and Society 3
CS 0134 Website Design and Development 3
ENGCMP  0520  Integrating Writing and Design 3
ENGCMP  0610  Composing Digital Media 3
ENGCMP  1112 Professional Uses of Social Media 3
ENGFLM/FMST  0400/0120 Introduction to Film 3
ENGFLM /FMST 1390/1275 Contemporary Film 3
ENGFLM /FMST  1485/1410 Film and Politics 3
ENGFLM / HAA/FMST 1683 / 1820/1540 Documentary Film 3
ENGFLM/FMST 1695/1525 Horror Film 3
ENGLIT  0354  Words and Images 3
ENGLIT  0550 Introduction to Popular Culture 3
ENGWRT 0650 Readings in Journalism: Reading and Writing the Digital Landscape 3
HAA  0090 Introduction to Contemporary Art 3
HAA/ENGCMP 0425 Digital Humanity 3
HAA  0470 Photography and Art 3
PSY  1080 Psychology and the Media (previously listed as PSY 1050 Special Topics) 3
PS  1836 Politics Through Film 3
SA 0110 Visual Thinking 3
SA  0130  Drawing Studio 1 3
SA  1270 Digital Imaging 3
Film Production Courses
FILMST/FMST  0001/0800 Filmmaking 1: Fundamentals (Motion Picture Fundamentals) 3
FILMST/FMST  0120/0802 Photography 1 (Basic Digital Photography)   3
FILMST  0151 Web Design 1 (Introduction to Web Design) 3
FILMST 0245   Photo Editing 1 (Photoshop Foundations)        3
FILMST/FMST 0250/0830 Business of Photography and Multimedia 3
FILMST/FMST  0400/0826 Post-Production 1 (Introduction to Digital Editing)         3
FILMST  0410 Photography 3 (Advanced Digital Photography)  3
FILMST  0420 Post-Production 2 (Advanced Digital Editing Techniques)    3
FILMST/FMST 0430/0835 Audio Production 3
FILMST/FMST 0601/0845  Filmmaking 2: Sight and Sound (Video Production I) 3
FILMST/FMST 0610/0850   Digital Effects 1 (Digital Effects and Compositing)        3
FILMST/FMST  1600/1846 Filmmaking 3: Story to Screen (Video Production II)  3

Please Note: Requirements are subject to change. Check with an academic advisor before registering.