Media Arts Courses

Are you engaged by interactive and digital media? Learn to design websites, develop databases and program multimedia applications with our media arts courses at DeVry. Our media arts classes cover the fundamentals and expose you to today’s industry trends. Some courses also let you practice real-world simulations in our hands-on labs. You can learn web design as well as graphic design for digital media, gaming, programming and more.

Classes Start Every 8 Weeks

Explore Media Arts Courses by Program

Graphic and Multimedia Design Courses

Web Video Fundamentals with Lab*^
Credit Hours: 4

In this course, students learn to enhance web presentations with video and audio. Technical integration includes:

  • Linking files
  • Streaming media
  • Embedded video

PREREQUISITE(S): Corequisite: WGD260

Advanced Imaging with Lab*^
Credit Hours: 4

This course explores advanced techniques to achieve sophisticated visuals and imagery. Students use Adobe Creative Suite and other software to:

  • Enhance designs
  • Maximize creative capabilities
  • Streamline workflows

PREREQUISITE(S): MDD310 and WGD210

Advanced Illustration with Lab*^
Credit Hours: 4

In this project-based course, students develop skills in vector-based illustration. Multimedia tools are used for:

  • Advanced drawing and line art techniques
  • Blending tools, gradients and transparency effects
  • Web illustrations and animations

PREREQUISITE(S): MDD310

3D Model Design and Construction with Lab*^
Credit Hours: 4

This course focuses on dimensional model design and construction. Students learn a managed approach to model construction, and:

  • Work from concept sketches to completely articulated models
  • Discover ray-traced illustration, rendered video and print
  • Complete projects that emphasize reusability of constructed assets

PREREQUISITE(S): MDD310

Animation with Lab*^
Credit Hours: 4

This course focuses on the pre-production and production phases of animation design. Students use multimedia tools to:

  • Develop classical animation studio techniques
  • Convert elements of an animated movie into a storyboard
  • Refine animations for digital production and delivery

Classes offer an integrated design environment.

PREREQUISITE(S): GMD411 and MDD310

Multimedia Design and Development Courses

Multimedia Standards*^
Credit Hours: 4

This course focuses on usability and accessibility standards. Using these global, industry-wide standards, students:

  • Develop practices and policies for multimedia
  • Learn to effectively manage multimedia projects and assets

PREREQUISITE(S): WGD242

Business of Graphics*^
Credit Hours: 4

This course focuses on business issues critical to leading successful multimedia projects. Students develop a media project plan, and also explore:

  • Scoping work for clients
  • Management principles for creative production
  • Legal considerations and financial aspects

PREREQUISITE(S): WGD229

Web Design and Development Courses

Web Accessibility with Lab*^
Credit Hours: 4

Building on web design and development skills, students learn to implement accessible websites that meet industry standards and legal requirements for accessibility. Topics include assistive technologies, creating accessible content, and industry standards and regulatory acts.

PREREQUISITE(S): WBG410

Web Development and Administration Courses

Web Architecture with Lab*^
Credit Hours: 4

This course introduces students to web architecture and connectivity. Topics build on networking concepts and principles, including:

  • Internet protocols: TCP/IP, DNS, smtp, http and ftp
  • Internet or intranet infrastructure design that meets specific needs

PREREQUISITE(S): NETW191

Advanced Web Application Development with Lab*^
Credit Hours: 4

This course expands skills needed for web-based applications. Coursework reinforces existing and introduces new concepts:

  • Design, coding, scripting and database connectivity
  • Data interchange
  • Message exchange
  • Web application components

The lab uses a programming language such as Java, C++.Net or Visual Basic.Net.

PREREQUISITE(S): CIS407A

Web Game Programming Courses

Interactive Web Page Scripting with Lab*^
Credit Hours: 4

In this course, students learn to program dynamic, interactive web pages and games. Topics include:

  • Basic programming fundamentals
  • Object handling techniques
  • Game design fundamentals

Students use a scripting language to build basic interactive web page components and examples of web-based games.

PREREQUISITE(S): Corequisite: CIS336 or WGD260 or CEIS236

Programming Multimedia for the Web with Lab*^
Credit Hours: 4

Students in this course use multimedia authoring tools and techniques. Lab exercises include creating web-based games and dynamic web pages. Other techniques and topics include:

  • Integrating and controlling multimedia assets
  • Movie clips and sound effects
  • Images and animations

PREREQUISITE(S): CIS363B or MDD310 or WBG310

Game Development with Lab*^
Credit Hours: 4

This course introduces basics of game design and development. Hands-on lab experience helps students develop skills to:

  • Use object-oriented game engines with libraries
  • Apply game design principles to develop game examples
  • Review industry best practices and technical considerations

PREREQUISITE(S): CIS363B or WBG340

Dynamic Website Development and Database Integration with Lab*^
Credit Hours: 4

This course introduces advanced techniques to design and develop dynamic websites. Techniques and tools include:

  • Cascading style sheets (CSS)
  • Database integration
  • Server-side scripting
  • Large site management

PREREQUISITE(S): CIS363B or WBG340

Web Graphic Design Courses

Visual Design Fundamentals^
Credit Hours: 3

This course examines the foundations of visual design.

Students explore the design process using software to complete projects. Topics include:

  • Elements of design, such as line, color, form, function and space
  • Combining elements for enhanced visual design

PREREQUISITE(S): None

Advanced Design and Rapid Visualization^
Credit Hours: 4

This course helps develop skills in creating graphic media.

Students create media that enhances user understanding through:

  • Design and use of type
  • Rapid visualization for design concept and idea formulation

PREREQUISITE(S): WGD201

Digital Imaging Fundamentals^
Credit Hours: 4

Students in this course explore the fundamentals of digital imaging. Key elements include:

  • Editing, optimizing and preparing images for web-based delivery
  • Color, special effects and compression formats

PREREQUISITE(S): None

Information Design^
Credit Hours: 4

This course addresses principles of information design. Real-world examples explore concepts that focus on users. Using a collaborative approach, students explore:

  • How to analyze, explain and communicate instructions
  • Using text and graphics to convey ideas and information

PREREQUISITE(S): Corequisite: WGD205 or WGD210

Web Animation^
Credit Hours: 4

This course focuses on design and production of animation developed for web applications. Topics include automated animation and other techniques. Other subjects include:

  • Timing
  • File-size optimization
  • Formatting requirements
  • Scripting

PREREQUISITE(S): CIS363B

Advanced Web Design^
Credit Hours: 4

In this course, students work in teams to develop a web design for a fictitious company. Students apply skills and knowledge from previous coursework to complete the website. Phases of the project include:

  • Researching the company’s industry
  • Evaluating competitors’ web designs
  • Using emerging web development tools

PREREQUISITE(S): CIS363B or WGD235

Responsive Web Design^
Credit Hours: 3

This course focuses on advanced techniques associated with responsive web design. Students explore:

  • HTML, CSS and other scripting methods
  • Current trends in web design and development
  • Planning and producing digital projects for a variety of devices

PREREQUISITE(S): CIS363B

Media Portfolio^
Credit Hours: 3

At the end of this capstone course, students have a professional portfolio. It showcases a student's web graphic products, including component samples and web designs.

PREREQUISITE(S): WGD251

FAQs: Media Arts Courses


What type of education do I need to get a career in media arts?

Professionals in the field of media arts can have a wide range of educational experiences, and the education requirements can vary based on the specific role you choose to pursue. Some roles may require a bachelor’s degree or higher, whereas others may only require an undergraduate certificate or associate degree. If you are interested in a career in this field, take a look at current job postings and the education requirements that are expected. This can help you determine which media arts degree or certificate program might be the best choice for you.


What courses are needed for a media arts degree?

The media arts classes that you need to take will depend on the particular media arts degree or program that you are enrolled in. As an example, if you’re looking to earn a Bachelor's Degree in Multimedia Design and Development from DeVry, you would need to complete the following classes, among others:

  • Web Interface Design with Lab
  • Information Design
  • Multimedia Standards
  • Visual Design Fundamentals
  • Responsive Web Design
  • Project Management

How do I become a media arts professional?

Like any career field, there isn’t just one single path to become a media arts professional. It’s important to learn about the industry and try to determine what type of job you’d like to have. This can help guide your education and industry certification plans. Advancing your knowledge and skills by enrolling in a media arts degree program can be a great place to start, as it can help you learn more about the industry and be prepared to take on new challenges.


Can I learn about media arts through online courses?

Yes! Online media arts classes can help you understand key concepts of the field as well as allow you to gain hands-on skills. At DeVry, our media arts courses can be taken online, on your schedule. Our classes start every 8 weeks and cover all the same concepts as our in-person classes.


Additional Online Courses


*Courses marked with an asterisk (*) require successful completion of required math and English transitional studies courses. Required transitional studies coursework may affect program length and cost.
^Courses marked with a caret (^) are licensed in New Jersey; students whose enrolled location is in New Jersey may enroll in these courses in the onsite, online and blended modalities.
Note: To enroll in a course with a corequisite, students must have either successfully completed the corequisite course during a prior session or concurrently enroll in the corequisite course.