Bachelor’s Degree in Digital Media & Communication
Digital media and communication are at the center of our country’s sociocultural behaviors and interactions. Fields such as journalism, television, film, public relations, marketing and education are all grounded in the principles of digital communication, making a degree in digital media a powerful step toward an impactful career.
At Hilbert College, we offer the academic knowledge and practical experience to break into the ever-growing field of communication. Our expert professors and in-depth curriculum can empower you to graduate with not only a degree but also the confidence and expertise to compete for roles with significant growth potential.
Benefits of a Bachelor’s Degree in Digital Media and Communication
Earning your bachelor’s degree in digital media and communication from Hilbert College allows for the best of both worlds: a dynamic, well-rounded core curriculum paired with four unique specializations: Film and Visual, Graphic Design, Integrated Marketing, and Multimedia Journalism.
Our program prepares you with the skills to not only land your first career in digital media but also evolve with demand and industry trends. You’ll graduate equipped for a career with long-term growth potential, as well as the real-world tools to make an immediate impact in various work settings.
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4 Concentrations to Specialize Your Bachelor’s Degree in Digital Media and Communication
We’re proud to offer four unique specializations that allow you to customize your learning based on your interests. Our advisers and professors can help you pick a path that’s right for you. Your options are:
- Film and Visual
- Graphic Design
- Integrated Marketing
- Multimedia Journalism
Earning a degree in digital media from Hilbert College Global can prepare you for a plethora of rewarding, well-paying careers in the field. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the median annual wage for media and communications workers was $62,340 in May 2021, significantly higher than the median annual wage for all occupations ($45,760). You can also expect to earn a higher salary after accruing experience in the field.
What Is the Typical Salary for Bachelor of Arts in Digital Media and Communication Graduates?
The median annual salary for individuals who hold a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Digital Media degree is about $56,000, according to Payscale. However, that figure can vary depending on your career path. Check out some of the roles that our students pursue after graduation:*
News Analyst, Reporter or Journalist
Median Salary: $48,370
Median Salary: $50,710
Film & Video Editors & Camera Operators
Median Salary: $60,360
Public Relations Specialist
Median Salary: $62,800
Median Salary: $63,920
Median Salary: $69,510
*Salary data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
DMaC Job Outlook
Overall employment in media and communication occupations is expected to grow by 6% from 2021 to 2031, with about 115,8000 openings each year resulting from growth and replacement needs, according to the BLS.
Why Choose Hilbert for Your Bachelor’s Degree in Digital Media and Communication?
Our degree in digital media stands out because of the collegial and career-focused environment curated in our classrooms. Thanks to student-to-teacher ratios of 12:1, our professors give individualized attention to each student to help them reach their career goals. No matter where you want your professional journey to take you—from integrated marketing and graphic design all the way to visual effects and multimedia journalism—at Hilbert College, you’ll get the tailored instruction you need to make the most of your degree.
Bachelor’s Degree in Digital Media and Communication Curriculum
Our digital media and communication degree curriculum varies depending on your concentration. Compare paths here:
The Center for Creative Media
The digital media and communication (DMaC) program includes foundational core courses to help hone students’ communications skills, as well as plenty of hands-on experience.
Beginning freshman year, you’ll have full access to state-of-the-art equipment in Hilbert’s Center for Creative Media. The center, solely for the use of DMaC students and accessible at all hours, features three high-definition video editing suites, an iMac computer lab and a dedicated audio recording suite. Professional quality video and audio equipment is also available for overnight checkout.
Our Digital Media and Communication graduates are paving their own careers - take a look at our alumni, Tom Wills and Al Leight, for different DMAC tracks. View more DMAC graduates.
Al Leight, '08
Reporter for WKBW-TV, Channel 7 in Buffalo
"Hilbert afforded me opportunities to assume leadership roles, while the smaller class sizes provided for a more intimate and personal educational experience.
The dedication of faculty to each student and the resources available at Hilbert provided me with the experience and knowledge to land interviews and, ultimately, be successful in my desired field of work."
Tom Wills, '12
Freelance Camera & Steadicam Operator in Philadelphia
What advice would you give to someone studying digital media and communication?
Have an open mind. Even though you're coming in convinced that you're going to be a graphic designer, or that you're going to be a filmmaker, spend some time focusing on other options. Creating a digital image can be very similar to making a film, or to working with other media, so try to embrace all of the ways that you can create. It’s all storytelling.
What are the most important skills employers are looking for?
When they survey employers, communication skills are always at the top of the list. Focus on fundamental communication skills like writing and public speaking.
Why should students choose to enroll in this program at Hilbert College?
We have kind of a generalist approach. Our students aren't just learning to be filmmakers. They're not just learning to be journalists or graphic designers. They're doing all of it. As the job world changes, they can adapt, because they've got a taste of all those things.
What course in the BA in Digital Media and Communication program are you most excited to teach?
Introduction to Mass Media. We go through each of the media industries, and we go through their history. We talk about the current state of the industry, and then we discuss where it's going next, like what's going to happen in newspapers in 20 years. I find that conversation exciting and interesting, and it's also just fun to talk about media.
Frequently Asked Questions
What can you do with a bachelor’s degree in digital media and communication?
Earning your bachelor’s degree in digital media can prepare you for careers in fields such as marketing, journalism, public relations and graphic design.
What is the average salary for graduates with a bachelor’s degree in digital media and communication?
The median annual salary for digital media graduates is about $56,000, according to Payscale.
How long is the Bachelor of Arts in Digital Media and Communication program?
For a full-time student, the degree has an expected time of completion of four years.
What are the benefits of earning a bachelor’s degree in digital media and communication?
Earning your digital media degree allows you to become a dynamic worker who can fulfill multiple roles and responsibilities.
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