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Digital Media

Take your ideas to new heights by combining creativity and innovation to share your content across diverse channels. Using mediums such as photography, video, design and audio, you’ll find new ways to engage audiences across the world.

Degree Type

  • Bachelor of Arts
  • Minor

Academic Division

  • Communication, Media & Music Division

Format

  • Residential

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Of Communication, Media & Music Division graduates from the class of 2019 were employed or enrolled in graduate school within six months of graduation.

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Student-to-faculty ratio with an average class size of 22.

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Of students participate in internship or practicum experiences.

Create
Without Ceasing

At Cornerstone University, we’re dedicated to innovation. In a constantly-changing culture where so much is vying for our attention, we raise up graduates who provide quality, life-giving content that rises above the noise.

With faculty that have hands-on experience and partnerships with local and global organizations, we produce graduates who are prepared to make a difference and are equipped with the tools they need. You’ll enter the workforce with your own portfolio of skills that you’ve gleaned during your four-year journey.

The digital media program at Cornerstone will provide you with everything you need to become an expert content creator, from skills in photography and graphic design to writing for blogs and television. Leave your mark on the world in new, creative and innovative ways.

Careers

With the market becoming more and more digital, employers are looking for tech-savvy employees who can provide quality content on any platform. In fact, many employers are demanding their employees have skills across multiple areas of media. A digital media degree from Cornerstone puts you one step ahead of the game and makes you a competitive applicant for any multimedia job.

Opportunities

  • Advertising
  • Graphic designer
  • Videographer
  • Web designer
  • Production coordinator

Internships

Digital media majors at Cornerstone get real-world experience at internships across Grand Rapids. They work with marketing firms, sports teams, production companies and more.

Opportunities

  • Access of West Michigan
  • The Geek Group
  • Insomniac Events
  • John's Audio Video, LLC
  • 91.3 WCSG

Course List

The digital media program at Cornerstone is designed to inspire your intellect, deepen your character and prepare you to lead in your career with influence and wisdom.

From caring professors to one-on-one advising appointments, we have resources to support you in reaching your goals and being successful in your classes. Select the sample four-year degree plan to see a list of the classes you’ll take as a student with a major in digital media.

Four-Year Planning Guide (PDF)

Media Core Courses

COM-400 Capstone Seminar

Examines, from a Christian worldview, the ethical and vocational issues associated with the study of human symbolic interaction. The interactions between philosophy, theory and practice will be analyzed.

MDA-111 Introduction to Story

This course explores the means by which meaning and value are constructed in narratives through the critical analysis of stories told from a variety of mediums. Students will develop knowledge of story structure and its application to form and aesthetic choices made in the construction of media productions. An emphasis will be placed on understanding how an artist’s “voice” is developed and communicated through storytelling.

MDA-213 Graphic Design I: Introduction to Graphic Design

This course teaches an overview of the graphic design field and industry, introducing students to the preferred software, concepts and workflows of this industry. Specifically, students are given an introduction to design concepts such as balance, contrast, scale, proportion, typography, and composition. Students are given collaborative design projects to work on which introduce and reinforce the taught principles of design. Students participate in interactive lectures, group conversations, online research and study, and more.

MDA-236 Introduction to Digital Photography

A beginning course in still/digital photography. Instruction covers basic photographic concepts, camera handling and the aesthetics of photography.

MDA-261 Audio Production I

Extension of theories and techniques used in MDA-261 and application to a live sound reinforcement context. Other topics include signal flow, speaker coverage, feedback control, equipment management, amplification wattage and basic troubleshooting. Students will complete a lab component mixing live sound for Cornerstone events.

MDA-271 Film and Video Production I

An exploration of the elements of video production from a theoretical and practical perspective through the three phases of production. Students will gain an understanding of the fundamental process and technology of video production through the “hands-on” application of exercises and projects.

MDA-318 Writing for Media

A “hands-on” class where students learn the basics of many genres of media writing in one semester – news writing, advertising, documentaries, and dramatic script writing. Students are able to explore where their interests and skills lie and grow in learning to express themselves in all these different forms of media writing.

MDA-380 Internship

Practical work experience using audio, film or video skills in an appropriate setting relevant to the student’s area of emphasis.

Digital Media Core Courses

COM-339 Social Media

The course aims to provide students majoring in communication and other fields with knowledge about finding and distributing information in conversations over social media. Students will be introduced to common platforms, techniques and ethical considerations.

MDA-161 Audio/Video Technical Production

Coverage of the basics of being an A/V Technician. The course covers cabling and component interconnect as well as system design. This class will also teach the student how to provide the basic audio visual technical support needed in a typical environment.

MDA-225 Graphic Design II: Graphic Design for Print and Media

This course teaches students design principles, with corresponding software skills and workflows, for print and digital media. Students will learn how to use industry-standard design software, such as Adobe InDesign and Photoshop, to create layouts and design files for print and digital. Concept development is also taught as a core component of this course. On a per-project basis, students will begin with pencil and ink wire frame drawings and compositional sketches, before moving on to digital workflows, thus becoming experienced with a mature, healthy creative workflow that exists partly outside of the spectrum of digital software (where ideation and design strategy is key). Students will specifically learn how to create projects intended for high-end industry print output (on four-color press), as well as digital workflows intended for digital distribution or collaborative creative processes. In InDesign, students will learn about inks, resolution, graphical outputs and compositing. In Photoshop, students will learn about photographic manipulation and retouching techniques, along with compositing, masking, layer effects, and more.

MDA-262 Live Audio Production

Extension of theories and techniques used in MDA-261 and application to a live sound reinforcement context. Other topics include signal flow, speaker coverage, feedback control, equipment management, amplification wattage and basic troubleshooting. Students will complete a lab component mixing live sound for Cornerstone events.

MDA-281 Audio Production II

An extension of the skills and concepts introduced in Audio Production I, as students refine and learn to apply their knowledge of audio collection, arrangement, coloring, and sweetening in a variety of production types. Both group and individual productions and the opportunity for professional critiques by Cornerstone University Radio personnel will be given.

MDA-282 Film and Video Production II

Students apply the principles and skills of camera, lighting, sound, directing, producing, editing, etc. for a variety of non-fiction production environments and purposes. Students will work on both group and individual productions to benefit the community and communicate with their publics.

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Program Learning Outcomes

Program learning outcomes are the foundation of a CU degree. Explore how our digital media program prepares you with the essential knowledge and 21st-century skills to reach your God-given potential and become a lifelong learner.

Cornerstone really embodies community. Whether it be with students, staff or professors, there’s this genuine feeling that they want to walk this journey with you and care about you along the way.

Stefanie Sherman (’19)

Faculty

CU professors are devoted to the success of our students. Select a faculty member to learn more about their campus involvement, research interests and teaching responsibilities.

Related Programs

A digital media degree can serve you well no matter what career path you’re on. Explore other tracks such as graphic design to discover your niche and make it your own.

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SAT & SUN: Closed

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Undergraduate

At Cornerstone University, you’ll get the full college experience with a Christ-centered worldview. Learn more about the undergraduate experience below.

Adult

Persevere in what you know you’re capable of. Our programs for adults provide a creative approach to learning anchored in Christ-centered virtues as you follow your unwavering purpose.

Graduate

Go further as an influencer in your work and community. Our graduate programs prepare you to open new doors as you reach your God-given potential.

Seminary

At Grand Rapids Theological Seminary, we’re dedicated to learning, serving and leading through rigorous scholarship and a humble approach to Scripture.