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Digital Communication and Media


Programs in digital communication and media prepare people to publish information using electronic technologies. Sometimes these programs are called electronic media technology.

Programs in digital communication and media prepare people to publish information using computer technologies. Students learn how to develop, use, and manage digital media. They study emerging trends and issues in communications.

Digital communication and media programs include topics such as:

Programs in digital communication and media overlap with programs in mass communication, telecommunications, and journalism.


Internships allow students to develop skills at companies or organizations. Some digital communication and media programs require students to develop a portfolio or complete an internship.


Many community colleges offer associate degree programs in digital communication and media. An associate degree program usually takes two years of full-time study. Upon completion, a student may choose to enter the workforce or transfer to a college or university for further study.

Many colleges and universities offer a bachelor's degree in digital communication and media. This program may be a concentration in a larger journalism program. A bachelor’s degree usually takes four years of full-time study to complete.

A few universities offer graduate degrees in digital communication and media. A master’s degree typically requires two years of study beyond a bachelor’s degree. Doctoral (PhD) degree programs usually require two or more years of study beyond the master’s degree.

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Program Admission

You can prepare for this program by taking courses in high school that prepare you for college. This typically includes four years of English, three years of math, three years of social studies, and two years of science. Some colleges also require two years of a second language.

For this program, schools recommend that you know how to use a computer and the Internet.

Below is a list of high school courses that will help prepare you for this program of study:

Graduate Admissions

Admission to graduate programs is competitive. You need a bachelor's degree, good grades, and good test scores.

Additional requirements at some schools include:

Typical Course Work

Program Courses

This program typically includes courses in the following subjects:

Graduate Program Courses

Graduate study in digital communication and media typically includes:

Things to Know

Students of digital communication and media may need to buy their own computers and photo-editing software.

Digital communication and media programs are often part of mass communication or journalism departments.


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