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Digital Media Studies Program

Program Overview/Mission

The Master of Arts in Digital Media Studies program (DMST) is a growing, dynamic, innovative, and multidisciplinary program dedicated to providing experiential, balanced, problem-based, and client-oriented education for those who want to master their skills and knowledge, advance their career, and become agents of change.

The program is unique in its attempt to balance theory and praxis, develop students' problem-solving skills, help students understand opportunities and challenges of digital media, and provide knowledge of research-based best practices to be used in their place of work.

Through our core courses, the DMST program offers a customized student experience with a solid foundation of knowledge for digital media professionals. To build an individualized approach to the graduate experience, we offer small classes that allow for individual attention. We offer various exit options to fit students' needs and schedules. We bring in clients for student projects to provide an opportunity to work with those in industry.

The degree responds to a cultural shift toward media convergence by giving students exposure to courses that cross the disciplines of strategic communication, art, video production, business, design, and animation. The degree also emphasizes teamwork and network building, so students will not only graduate with an industry-relevant production portfolio but also with the network in place to launch a successful career.

Goals and Objectives

DMST students master and expand their skills in content creation and management, video production, graphic design, media production, critical thinking, and writing through:

  • Taking courses in communication, public relations, video production, art, business, marketing, gaming, and instructional technology;
  • Applying what they learn in design and production courses to client-based projects, such as web design, 3D modeling, animation, digital video, and compositing;
  • Working with real clients on real projects;
  • Creating professional portfolios that reflects their training;
  • Completing graduate internships with a professional organization; or
  • Conducting original research for a graduate project or thesis.

Program Degrees

Admission Requirements

  • Digital Media Studies
  • Admission Deadline

    Fall: Jan. 15 - Aug. 10
    Spring: Aug. 15 - Dec. 1

  • Application
    A standard university application is required.
  • Requirements

    You are expected to have had courses in Graphic Design, Digital Photography, Media Writing and Web Design. If you feel you have the experience to waive the entrance requirements, please give a detailed description of your skills and experience in the portfolio you submit to the Digital Media Studies Program Director.

    All applicants must submit a portfolio and a "Statement of Purpose" describing previous education, work experience, and relevant coursework. Include why you are interested in Digital Media and why you are interested in our program. Please also tell us which track (Gaming, Production Design or Public Relations & Social Media) that you would like to pursue. Include any additional information you would like us to know. The statement should be no more than 800 words. Send Submit the statement with a resume and a portfolio link to your UHCL E-Services account (assigned after you have completed the ApplyTexas online application) or mail directly to the DMST Program Director:

    Leo Chan Ph.D.
    Digital Media Studies Master's Program
    University of Houston-Clear Lake
    Bayou Building 1508.18 Box 10
    2700 Bay Area Blvd.
    Houston, TX 77058

Program Faculty

Andrea Baldwin
Andrea Baldwin

Andrea Baldwin

Senior Lecturer,
Human Sciences and Humanities

Contact number: 281-283-3479
Office: Arbor Central 1307.14

Andrea Baldwin Faculty Bio

Michael Brims
Michael Brims

Michael Brims

Associate Professor of Communication and Digital Media,
Human Sciences and Humanities

Contact number: 281-283-3391
Office: SSB 2109.16

Michael Brims Faculty Bio

Leo Chan
Tak Shing (Leo) Chan

Tak Shing (Leo) Chan

Associate Professor of Communication and Digital Media Studies,
Human Sciences and Humanities

Contact number: 281-283-3323
Office: Bayou 1508.18

Tak Shing (Leo) Chan Faculty Bio

Debra Clark
Debra Clark

Debra E. Clark

Associate Professor of Communication,
Human Sciences and Humanities

Contact number: 281-283-3399
Office: Bayou 1508-24

Debra E. Clark Faculty Bio

Brent Kice
Brent Kice

Brent Kice

Associate Professor of Communication,
Human Sciences and Humanities

Contact number: 281-283-3482
Office: Bayou 2233.03

Brent Kice Faculty Bio

Anna Klyueva
Anna Klyueva

Anna Klyueva

Associate Professor of Communication/Public Relations,
Human Sciences and Humanities

Contact number: 281-283-3442
Office: Bayou 2529.12

Anna Klyueva Faculty Bio

Stuart Larson
Stuart Larson

Stuart Larson

Associate Professor of Graphic Design,
Human Sciences and Humanities

Contact number: 281-283-3362
Office: SSCB 2109.10

Stuart Larson Faculty Bio

Curriculum and Instruction

The Digital Media Studies degree requires 36 hours of study. Students are required to take 9 hours of the required core curriculum, 6 hours of instruction in theoretical foundations, and 12 hours of instruction in practical applications. Students then select three additional hours in the area that most interests them. The course work is followed by a six-hour capstone experience in the form of a master's project, master's thesis, graduate internship, or comprehensive examination. Students are expected to maintain a 3.00 GPA or higher.

Program Summary

Core Curriculum: 9 hours

Theoretical Foundations: 6 hours

Practical Applications: 12 hours

Outside Elective: 3 hours

Capstone: 6 hours

Total: 36 hours

Capstone Experience and Exit Options (6 hours)

DMST 6839: Master's Project

DMST 6939: Master's Thesis

DMST 6739: Graduate Internship

DMST 6909: Master's Exam Option (requires two additional advanced and approved courses in the student's concentration in lieu of capstone hours and a minimum grade of "B-").

Graduate projects, theses, and exam options begin in the spring semester. External internships may begin any semester. Capstones are available only to students who are in good academic standing with a GPA of 3.00 or higher.

Student Resources

University of Houston-Clear Lake's Digital Media Studies program provides its students with access to a variety of facilities and resources to enhance the educational process. Our teaching labs are equipped with Apple iMacs, Desktop PCs, Abobe Master Suite CC, and Autodesk Maya 3D animation software.

Learning extends beyond the classroom. As a student, you have access to university-sponsored student organizations such as the Communication and Digital Media Association. You are also encouraged to explore student memberships in organizations, such as the Houston Interactive Marketing Association or the American Institute of Graphic Arts, to connect with other professionals in your field.

The Camera and Equipment Checkout Center

Students have access to the digital camera equipment along with lights, microphones, tripods, and other support equipment available for checkout for class projects and assignments.

Location: Arbor Bldg., Room 1305.02

Contact: 281-283-3337

Available equipment:

DSLR & video cameras, lenses, microphones, mixers, lights, and tripods available for check out.

Additional Information

For more information about the Digital Media Studies program, contact:

Leo Chan
Program Director