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Digital Media Studies Program

Program Overview/Mission

Innovation at the click of a button – that's the world of digital media. University of Houston-Clear Lake's Digital Media Studies graduate program is the first of its kind in Texas. It provides students with the cutting-edge interdisciplinary instruction in theory and production of emerging media. The program responds to a cultural shift toward media convergence by giving students the flexibility to create an academic plan that best meets their intellectual needs and career goals.

Goals and Objectives

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

  • Taking courses in communication, public relations, art, business, marketing, computer programming, gaming and instructional technology;
  • Applying what they learn in design and production courses, such as web design, 3D modeling, animation, digital video and compositing;
  • Working with real clients on real projects;
  • Creating professional portfolio that reflects their training
  • Completing graduate internship 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 - March 31
    Spring: Aug. 15 - Oct. 15- Extended to 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 submit a portfolio to the Digital Media Studies Program Director along with a detailed description of their skills and experience.

    You must also submit 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 the statement with a resume and a portfolio of previous work 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

Lecturer of Communication,
Human Sciences and Humanities

Contact number: 281-283-3479
Email: baldwin@uhcl.edu
Office: Arbor central 1307.14

Faculty Bio

Diana Bowen
Diana Bowen

Diana Bowen

Assistant Professor of Communication,
Human Sciences and Humanities

Contact number: 281-283-3354
Email: bowend@uhcl.edu
Office: Bayou 2233.04

Faculty Bio

Michael Brims
Michael Brims

Michael Brims

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

Contact number: 281-283-3391
Email: brims@uhcl.edu
Office: SSB 2109.16

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
Email: ChanTa@UHCL.edu
Office: Bayou 1508.10

Faculty Bio

Debra Clark
Debra Clark

Debra E. Clark

Associate Professor of Communication,
Human Sciences and Humanities

Contact number: 281-283-3399
Email: clarked@uhcl.edu
Office: Bayou 1508-24

Faculty Bio

Anne Henry
Anne Henry

Anne M. Henry

Lecturer of Communications and Digital Media Studies,
Human Sciences and Humanities

Contact number: 281-283-3317
Email: Henry@uhcl.edu
Office: Bayou 2233

Faculty Bio

Brent Kice
Brent Kice

Brent Kice

Assistant Professor of Communication,
Human Sciences and Humanities

Contact number: 281-283-3482
Email: kice@uhcl.edu
Office: Arbor Central 1307.17

Faculty Bio

Anna Klyueva
Anna Klyueva

Anna Klyueva

Assistant Professor of Communication,
Human Sciences and Humanities

Contact number: 281-283-3442
Email: klyueva@uhcl.edu
Office: B2529.03

Faculty Bio

Stuart Larson
Stuart Larson

Stuart Larson

Department Chair of Communication and Studio Arts and Associate Professor of Graphic Design ,
Human Sciences and Humanities

Contact number: 281-283-3362
Email: larsons@uhcl.edu
Office: SSB2109.11

Faculty Bio

Curriculum and Instruction

The Digital Media Studies degree requires 36 hours of study. Students are required to take 9 hours from a common core, 21 hours of specialized coursework, and 6 hours in a capstone experience. Specialized coursework is organized into three concentrations: Public Relations and Social Media, Production and Design, and Gaming.

Master of Arts in Digital Media Studies offers four options for program completion:

  • Master’s project
  • Master's thesis
  • Professional external internship
  • Comprehensive examination (requires 2 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 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 the 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 - the Camera Equipment Checkout Center offers students in the Communication and Digital Media Studies programs the ability to check out Digital Camera equipment along with lights, microphones, tripods and other support equipment for class projects and assignments. 

Equipment Checkout Hours (subject to change):

Monday: 11-3:50
Tuesday: 12-3:50
Wednesday:11-7
Thursday: 12-3:50
Friday: 11-3:50
Location:
Arbor Bldg, Room 1305.02

Contact:
281-283-3337
CheckoutHSH@uhcl.edu

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
ChanTa@uhcl.edu
281-283-3323