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Digital Media Studies

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IMPORTANT NOTE: Detroit Mercy is currently conducting a full curriculum and strategic planning review of the Digital Media Studies program. We are exploring new synergies with other technology, communications and design programs on campus, and we plan to re-launch the program with a new curriculum format in the near future to provide enhanced and comprehensive learning opportunities for our students. In the interim, Detroit Mercy will not accept new students in the DMS program in 2018.

Design and technology combine in this unique program that prepares graduates for the constantly changing field of digital media. Students are inspired by real-world studio projects ranging from branding to video game design, documentary filmmaking and experimental gallery installations. The professors are working professionals and weave urban-centered outreach, service learning and social justice projects into the curriculum.



Great Things At Detroit Mercy

  • Small class sizes—our average student-to-teacher ratio is 11:1; that means plenty of individualized attention aimed at making sure our students succeed.
  • In the tradition of our Jesuit and Mercy sponsors, Detroit Mercy offers a great, well-rounded education. We don’t just teach digital media; we create community leaders.

Your Boundless Future

Jobs for people with the training and skills you receive in the Digital Media Studies program are everywhere. Print, digital and web and video game graphic designers are in high demand. Creative experts in marketing, advertising and branding are also sought after. Opportunities are also available in digital video and photography as well as the growing fields within social media.

View the Bureau of Labor Statistics information for this profession.


Contact Info

Allegra Pitera
Associate Professor of Architecture

Featured Alumnus

Dean Storm, '11

“I currently work with Spirit of Space and we make films about architecture. During my third year I realized I had a passion for filmmaking and architecture and I started experimenting with how I could merge these two different ways of working into a career path. I learned that filmmaking was a very valuable way to communicate ideas and communicating those ideas became a part of who I was and what I wanted to explore both in my professional pursuits and my thesis. I’m pretty thankful for the fact that Detroit Mercy was both encouraging and gave a sense of approval to the path that I was choosing at that point. As an architecture student, you think you have to become an architect, but at Detroit Mercy, you’re taught early on that there are other individuals that came before you who have studied architecture and have gotten their master’s and didn’t become architects and that’s OK.”

Featured Faculty

Allegra Pitera, director of the Digital Media Studies Program

Allegra Pitera has lectured, taught or reviewed projects at Harvard University, Lawrence Technological University, Carleton University, among others. “Digital Media Studies is a hands-on opportunity to work with media theory, design and technology to explore what you love to do with digital media.”

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