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 18 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.
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.
Students must meet requirements for admission to the College of General Studies. A certificate application must be completed and returned to the College of General Studies via our online portal.
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
- The digital media certificate requires 18 credits, including nine (9) credits of core classes and nine (9) elective credits.
- Students must achieve a minimum grade of C (2.0) or better for all courses required for the program.
- Credits earned at other accredited educational institutions may be eligible for transfer. However, a minimum of nine (9) credits must be earned at the University of Pittsburgh.
Many CGS programs offer a blend of face-to-face and flexible online class formats, all designed to meet our students' needs and schedule constraints.
Online courses are marked with an (●). Courses offered in both face-to-face and online formats are marked with an (#). Courses with no indicator are offered face-to-face only.
Visit CGS Courses to learn more about our flexible offerings and how to search for classes in the course catalog.
Required Courses: (9 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.
|COMMRC||1105||Television and Society||3|
|COMMRC||1126||Media and Consumer Culture (#)||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|
|ENGCMP||1130||Projects in Digital Composition||3|
|ENGCMP||1201||Digital Narrative and Interactive Design||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|
|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|
|ENGWRT||0710||Intro to Audio Storytelling||3|
|ENGWRT||1377||Media Literacy: Writing and Reading Your Way Through The Digital Landscape||3|
|FILMST/FMST||0001/0800||Filmmaking 1: Fundamentals||3|
|FILMST/FMST||0250/0830||Business of Photography and Multimedia||3|
|FILMST/FMST||0601/0845||Filmmaking 2: Sight and Sound||3|
|FILMST/FMST||0610/0850||Digital Effects 1||3|
|FILMST/FMST/ENGWRT||1132/1860/1132||Elements of Screenwriting||4|
|FILMST/FMST||1600/1846||Filmmaking 3: Story to Screen||3|
|HAA||0090||Introduction to Contemporary Art||3|
|HAA||0470||Photography and Art||3|
|PS||1836||Politics Through Film||3|
|PSY||1080||Psychology and the Media (previously listed as PSY 1050 Special Topics)||3|
|SA||0130||Drawing Studio 1||3|
|SA||0180||Digital Studio: Photography||3|
Tip: Download our handy planning checklist to track your progress towards your CGS program requirements.
|Important: As you plan your certificate coursework, please make sure to review the CGS Course Overlap policy for information on how many courses can be double-counted if a student elects to pursue a CGS certificate in combination with other CGS and non-CGS majors, minors, and certificates. If you have questions, please contact your CGS advisor or CGS Advising at CGSAdv@pitt.edu.|
Requirements subject to change. Check with an academic advisor before registering.