Online Bachelor’s in Digital Media Program Guide

When you create and design in the digital space, you do more than give it color and shape. You act as a guide. You inspire and motivate. You find limitations — then break them.

New technological developments and aesthetic trends have changed the way design and digital media fit into our lives and careers. As communication evolves to meet our digital needs, there’s opportunity for digital media professionals to design apps, enhance the user interface and experience, create stunning outreach campaigns, and expand our visual language.

If your goal is to establish yourself as a creative professional in the digital world, we can help. The Maryville University online bachelor’s in digital media is career-focused and experiential, so you can develop in-demand skills with cutting-edge tools and software. Prepare to pursue your passion and design your digital future. Be brave, and start here.

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At a glance

Apply with no application fee and no
SAT/ACT required

Explore transfer options — Maryville is 
transfer credit friendly

Access 100% online coursework that is
NASAD accredited

Evolve your digital media skills with industry-leading Adobe tools

Complete project-based courses and an
optional internship

Create a dynamic portfolio with
professional faculty feedback


Maryville’s online Bachelor of Fine Arts in Digital Media comprises 128 credit hours and includes coursework in general education, your digital media major, and electives. The major is designed to help you develop skills through a digital media core, then expand your knowledge and add context to your skills through art history and interdisciplinary coursework.

Required Digital Media Major Courses

ADDM 100
Foundation Design
ADSA 101
Drawing for Design
ADGD 230
Design Research, Theory, and Process
ADGD 265
Introduction to Digital Media
ADDM 200
Designing for Meaning
ADDM 300
Typography, Grid, and Hierarchy
ADDM 210
Icon and Identity
ADGD 275
Digital Illustration
ADIN 380
Intro to Motion Graphics
ADDM 220
Digital Photography
ADGD 310
Web Design I
ADIN 440
Motion Graphics
ADIN 300
Principles of Game Design
ADIN 450
UX/UI Design
ADDM 320
Sequential Art
ADDM 400
Digital Media Capstone I: Ideate, Research, and Prototype
ADDM 410
Digital Media Capstone II: Produce, Refine, Reflect, and Review
ADDM 420
Professional Practices: Portfolio Development
ADDM 430

Art History Core Courses

ADAH 100
World Arts and Ideas I
ADAH 225
Myth, Meaning and Symbol in Art
ADAH 330
Graphic Design History I
ADAH 335
Graphic Design History II

Interdisciplinary Core Courses

COMM 121
Introduction to Contemporary Communication
COMM 232
Introduction to New and Social Media
MKT 365
Marketing and Digital Media
PSYC 230
Psychology of Design: Why People Tweet, Play Games, and Have Favorite Colors

To ensure the best possible educational experience for our students, we may update our curriculum to reflect emerging and changing employer and industry demands.

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Admission requirements

  • High school diploma or GED
  • Minimum GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale (high school) / 2.0 on a 4.0 scale (college)*
  • Official transcripts from all colleges or universities previously attended
  • Official high school transcript (required for applicants with fewer than 60 transfer hours from a regionally accredited school)

*Applicants who do not meet the GPA requirement may be considered for provisional admission.

Transfer credit policy

  • Eligible transfer credits accepted; associate degree completion may satisfy general education requirements
  • The acceptance of transfer credit is at the discretion of Maryville University
  • No standardized tests required

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Accreditation and rankings

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Named an “Apple Distinguished School” for 2021-2024

Ranked a “Best National University” for 2022 by U.S. News & World Report

Why Maryville Online?

We’ve been progressively challenging the norms of higher education for nearly 150 years. We started as one of the first universities to educate women. Today, we continue to push the boundaries and prepare students like you for a digital world. At Maryville, we understand what it takes to step beyond your comfort zone.

Maryville University is a nationally ranked private college recognized for comprehensive and innovative education focused on student learning, outcomes, and success — both online and on campus. We’re located just 22 miles from downtown St. Louis.

Early Access program

Did you know that Maryville undergraduates can qualify for graduate level credits? Once you are accepted — and you have not yet completed your elective requirements — we invite you to explore Early Access as an option.

Through Early Access, you can get a head start on earning a graduate degree by taking master’s level courses that count toward your undergraduate and graduate degrees. Graduate-level Early Access courses are billed at the undergraduate tuition rate — so you can save time and money.

You can learn more at our Early Access page.

Faculty spotlight

Johnathan Fahnestock, MFA

Program Director of Graphic and Interactive Design

When you earn your BFA in Digital Media online at Maryville, you’ll learn from industry-leading creative professionals like Professor Fahnestock. He has extensive experience as a graphic designer, art director, and multimedia specialist in the advertising, marketing, and e-learning industries.

His teaching practice focuses on the aesthetic, technical, and theoretical aspects of design across a variety of mediums and specialties. He can help you develop foundational creative skills in areas like graphical user interface design, usability, web design, interactive application development and scripting, motion, and instructional interactive media.

He’s an inspiring role model — and he’s driven to help students like you develop the creative chops to shape the future of visual storytelling. This is your chance to learn from him. Let’s be brave together.

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