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Digital Media Practices


The creative industries are a cornerstone of New Orleans’ culture and economy. Digital Media Practices provides students opportunities to develop and refine digital media skills omnipresent across exhibition spaces and streaming platforms. Students pursue fundamentals through coursework in content creation, storytelling, and media manipulation. Our workshop-style classes allow for experienced and supportive faculty to define student goals and actively collaborate — key soft skills in creative industries.

This program relies on its relationships with several aligned departments in the arts, sciences, and humanities, as well as coursework in our Strategy, Leadership and Analytics Minor. The goal of the senior project is for students to creatively integrate storytelling with digital practices across cinematic, sound, and gaming media. Declared majors have priority enrollment in classes that emphasize the use of industry standard technologies and equipment. While many students choose to create fully produced narrative short films, program faculty challenge students to formulate innovative projects of their own design, including documentary short films, full length screenplays, multi-episode podcasts, radio dramas, interactive media exhibitions, experimental video games, or a combination of similar elements.

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The coordinate major in digital media practices first requires students to declare a major in another discipline before declaring the DMPC coordinate major. The program is an interdisciplinary, 30 credit program that can include courses from Music, Theatre and Dance, Communication, Art, or English. Students will take 5 required courses and 5 electives:

  • DMPC 2001 Digital Filmmaking Fundamentals I
  • DMPC 2002 Digital Filmmaking Fundamentals II
  • DMPC 5550 Advanced Digital Filmmaking I
  • DMPC 5560 Advanced Digital Filmmaking II

And one of the following:

  • COMM 3150 Film Analysis
  • COMM 4750 New Media Theory
  • ENLS 4750 New Media Theory


The full list of courses available for elective credit in the Digital Media Practices major are as follows:


  • DMPC 1110 Intro to Creative Industries

Any DMPC 3000 or 4000 level course. For example:

  • DMPC 3220 Digital Production Non-Profits
  • DMPC 3030 TV & Film Sound Design
  • DMPC 3040 Lighting and Cinematography
  • DMPC 3750 Media Health & Wellbeing
  • DMPC 3910 Special topics in DMPR
  • DMPC 3910 Color Grading and Digital Image Correction
  • DMPC 3911 Introduction to Screenwriting
  • DMPC 3913 Introduction to Documentary Filmmaking
  • DMPC 4070 Contemporary Film as Art and Industry
  • DMPC 4570 Service Learning Internship
  • DMPC 4910 Independent Study


  • ARST 1550 Foundations of Art: Digital Arts I
  • ARST 2550 Digital Arts II
  • ARST 1350 Foundations of Art: Photography
  • ARST 2350 Intermediate Photography
  • ARST 3550 Time Based Media


  • MUSC 2300 Introduction to Computer Applications in Music
  • MUSC 2310 History of Electronic Music
  • MUSC 2218-03 Composition for Electronic Media
  • MUSC 3213-03 Composition for Electronic Media
  • APMS 2210/3210 Voice/Vocal Jazz
  • APMS 3330 Music For Film
  • MUSC 4400 Music and Digital Signal Processing
  • MUSC 4410 Music Performance Systems
  • MUSC 4420 Algorithmic and Computer Music


  • ENLS 4750 New Media Theory
  • ENLS 3610 Creative Writing
  • ENLS 4660 Topics in Adv Creative Writing


  • THEA 2100 Fundamentals of Acting
  • THEA 2110 Beginning Acting
  • THEA 3210 Directing I
  • THEA 3340 Production and Design I
  • THEA 6110 Acting for Other Media


  • Dance 4600 Choreography and Media


  • COMM 2700 Visual Communication
  • COMM 3650 Feminist Doc & new Media
  • COMM 3825 Digital Media in Theory and Practice
  • COMM 4170 U.S. Film History
  • COMM 4850 Cinema Technology Modernity

Computer Science:

  • CPMS 1500 Introduction to Computer Science I
  • CPMS 1600 Introduction to Computer Science II

Program Director

Casey Beck

Student Project Spotlight

Listen to a DMP student-edited podcast about the 2022 Bobby Yan Lectureship in Media and Social Change, featuring The Atlantic editor & Floodlines podcast host Vann R. Newkirk II.