New Media and Digital Design

We are in the midst of a constantly changing and ever shifting digital revolution, and new generations are leading the way, discovering new media and new forms of communication seemingly every day. Fordham’s new undergraduate interdisciplinary program in New Media and Digital Design aims to lead the way to train students to actively engage with the media and design worlds on practical as well as theoretical levels. Combining the forces of the Departments of Communication and Media Studies, Visual Arts, English, Computer and Information Science, and the Gabelli School of Business, this interdisciplinary major aims to create such leaders, whose career success will be propelled equally by innovative capability and deep social, historical, and ethical understanding of new media. Students will emerge with a deep understanding of how new media functions, how it makes meaning, and how to use it practically, and wisely, in a wide variety of “real world” settings.

The major’s objectives are as follows:

  • To integrate the various disciplinary learning components with the goal of providing a broad foundation for the fields of new media and digital design.
  • To use the variety of disciplines to encourage innovative thinking and new applications in the fields.
  • To examine, in an analytical manner, the new modes of information-gathering, collaboration, democratic participation, and self-expression in the rapidly changing world of technologically-based media.
  • To continually stress the need for students to understand the social and ethical implications of these new forms of human engagement.

Courses outside the program

The following courses offered outside the department have the NMDD attribute and count toward the New Media and Digital Design major and minor:

CourseTitleCredits
CISC 2350INFORMATION AND WEB PROGRAMMING4
CISC 2500INFORMATION AND DATA MANAGEMENT4
CISC 2530DIGITAL VIDEO AND MULTIMEDIA4
CISC 2540INTRODUCTION TO VIDEO GAME DESIGN4
CISC 2850COMPUTER AND DATA ANALYSIS4
CISC 3850INFORMATION RETRIEVAL SYSTEMS4
CISC 4001COMPUTERS AND ROBOTS IN FILM4
CISC 4650CYBERSPACE: ISSUES AND ETHICS4
CISC 4660MINDS, MACHINES, AND SOCIETY4
CMBU 4471SPECIAL TOPIC: BUSINESS OF NEW MEDIA3
COMC 2271MEDIATED COMMUNICATION AND SOCIAL THEORY4
COMC 3172PRINCIPLES OF ADVERTISING4
COMC 3350MEDIA LAW4
COMC 3370ETHICAL ISSUES IN MEDIA4
COMC 3374MEDIA EFFECTS4
COMC 3380INTERNATIONAL COMMUNICATION4
COMC 4340FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION4
DTEM 1401INTRODUCTION TO DIGITAL TECHNOLOGIES AND EMERGING MEDIA4
DTEM 1402DIGITAL CULTURES4
DTEM 2417DATA VISUALIZATION4
DTEM 2421DIGITAL PRODUCTION FOR NEW MEDIA4
DTEM 2425DIGITAL VIDEO PRODUCTION I4
DTEM 2450COPYRIGHT AND DIGITAL MEDIA4
DTEM 2452VIDEO GAME DESIGN4
DTEM 2471WRITING FOR ONLINE MEDIA4
DTEM 3463CIVIC MEDIA4
DTEM 3476SOCIAL MEDIA4
DTEM 4480DIGITAL MEDIA AND PUBLIC RESPONSIBILITY4
FITV 2425DIGITAL VIDEO PRODUCTION I4
INSY 3442WEB APPS DESIGN AND DEVELOPMENT3
INSY 4431WEB ANALYTICS3
INSY 4432MOBILE COMMERCE & APPS3
INSY 4505E-COMMERCE3
JOUR 3717ONLINE JOURNALISM4
JOUR 3719DATA JOURNALISM4
JOUR 3741JOURNALISM WORKSHOP: REPORTING2
MGBU 3226SPECIAL TOPIC: EXPLORING ENTREPRENEURSHIP3
MGBU 3227SPECIAL TOPIC: INNOVATION AND RESILIENCE3
MKBU 3434INTEGRATED MARKETING COMMUNICATION3
VART 1128INTRODUCTION TO DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY4
VART 1135VISUAL THINKING I4
VART 1265FILM/VIDEO I4
VART 2003GRAPHIC DESIGN & DIGITAL TOOLS4
VART 2055ENVIRONMENTAL DESIGN4
VART 2265FILM/VIDEO II4
VART 2400FUNDAMENTALS OF WEBSITE DESIGN4
VART 2500TYPOGRAPHY AND DESIGN4
VART 2600GRAPHIC DESIGN CONCEPTS4
VART 2700LOGOS, BRANDING, AND PRESENTATION4
VART 3030ART DESIGN AND POLITICS4
VART 4200ART AND ETHICS4

For more information

Visit the New Media and Digital Design program web page. 

NMDD 1001. EXPLORE NEW MEDIA AND DIGITAL DESIGN. (3 Credits)

This course critically explores notable histories, geographies and practices of digital design. Students will gain an understanding of fundamentals of contemporary design paradigms, internet architecture and governance and the politics of designing media that operates at intimate, local and global scales.

NMDD 1800. INTERNSHIP. (1 Credit)

NMDD 3020. EXPLORATIONS IN DIGITAL STORYTELLING. (4 Credits)

This class explores storytelling in emerging platforms. From the still image and the soundscape, we will evolve to discuss digital filmmaking, game design and interactive web narratives. Integrated workshops in cinematography, sound and video editing, and other storytelling technologies will enable students to create story projects of their own. Four-credit courses that meet for 150 minutes per week require three additional hours of class preparation per week on the part of the student in lieu of an additional hour of formal instruction.

Attributes: COMC, COMM, CVW.

NMDD 3220. INTRODUCTION TO GAME NARRATIVE. (4 Credits)

Students will examine how game stories motivate players and propel games from beginning to end. By examining games old and new, analog and digital, students will identify themes and narrative strategies while the class offers both design and technology instruction to enable them to create their own game stories. Four-credit courses that meet for 150 minutes per week require three additional hours of class preparation per week on the part of the student in lieu of an additional hour of formal instruction.

Attributes: COMM, DTEM, FITV.

NMDD 3308. PROFESSIONAL SOCIAL MEDIA. (4 Credits)

Four-credit courses that meet for 150 minutes per week require three additional hours of class preparation per week on the part of the student in lieu of an additional hour of formal instruction.

Attributes: COMC, COMM, DTEM, JOUR.

NMDD 3338. DIGITAL STRATEGY FOR CAUSE MARKETING. (4 Credits)

This course provides a comprehensive overview of the current landscape of digital cause marketing. Students will have a chance to explore the variety of tools, best practices and strategies commonly found in the industry while taking a deep dive into case studies of digital content marketing for social causes in action. Four-credit courses that meet for 150 minutes per week require three additional hours of class preparation per week on the part of the student in lieu of an additional hour of formal instruction.

NMDD 3450. USER EXPERIENCE DESIGN: DESIGN FOR EMPOWERMENT. (4 Credits)

This course focuses on how human-centered design and participatory design methods can be used as approaches to empowerment. Students will gain a hands-on experience with conducting user research, synthesizing findings into insights, ideating, sketching, rapid prototyping, and validating concepts with users. Course reading, discussions, and activities will be organized into a user-experience project to help students get out and interact with real users, needs, and challenges.

Attribute: DTEM.

NMDD 3880. DESIGNING SMART CITIES. (4 Credits)

“Smart Cities” represents the rapid integration of digital media and communication networks into all modes of urban living and the reorientation of urban economies toward digital industries. This course combines an introduction to smart urbanism with a community-based research and design project for service-learning credit. Students gain experience in the field both conducting a digital needs assessment and designing digital networks that prioritize access, empathy and local participation. (Community service required.) Four-credit courses that meet for 150 minutes per week require three additional hours of class preparation per week on the part of the student in lieu of an additional hour of formal instruction.

Attributes: COMC, COMM, DTEM, JOUR.

NMDD 3890. DATA VISUALIZATION AND REPRESENTATION. (4 Credits)

Four-credit courses that meet for 150 minutes per week require three additional hours of class preparation per week on the part of the student in lieu of an additional hour of formal instruction.

Attribute: DTEM.

NMDD 3900. INTERNSHIP SEMINAR. (4 Credits)

Four-credit courses that meet for 150 minutes per week require three additional hours of class preparation per week on the part of the student in lieu of an additional hour of formal instruction.

NMDD 4600. SENIOR CAPSTONE SEMINAR. (4 Credits)

A seminar and hands-on working group for senior capstone projects in the New Media and Digital Design program Four-credit courses that meet for 150 minutes per week require three additional hours of class preparation per week on the part of the student in lieu of an additional hour of formal instruction.

Prerequisite: NMDD 1001.

NMDD 4800. INTERNSHIP. (4 Credits)

Four-credit courses that meet for 150 minutes per week require three additional hours of class preparation per week on the part of the student in lieu of an additional hour of formal instruction.

NMDD 4999. TUTORIAL. (4 Credits)