Study Digital Media

Put your career in motion

Sometimes the term “Digital Media” seems to be an elusive, perhaps intimidating term, encompassing a vast array of industries.

It’s not so complicated when you stop and realize that you are exposed digital media in many forms during your every day routine. You experience digital media every time you see a video or any kind, or graphics in motion– whether it’s seen online at your desktop computer, on television, through your gaming system, on your mobile device, or a digital billboard.

Digital media is not just limited to full-length feature films. Short form filmmaking, like music videos, commercials, title sequences, video game trailers, how-to videos, promotional videos of any kind is digital media, too.

As technology continues to evolve allowing mobile smartphones, electronic reading tablets and other devices to become even more prevalent (and affordable), the demand for digital media, and digital media artists, is without a doubt, only going to grow. According a study conducted by the Pew Research Center in April 2012, “nearly nine-in-ten (88%) U.S. adults own a cell phone of some kind as of April 2012, and more than half of these cell owners (55%) use their phone to go online.”

In the Digital Media program, FIDM Students learn the skills to:

  • Work as a Digital Artist in many specialized areas of the industry.
  • Utilize software for 3-D modeling, digital storytelling, web design, and visual effects.
  • Communicate effectively with other industry professionals involved at all stages of the production process.
  • Convey a message using interplay between video and audio components of a project.
  • Contribute meaningfully to any creative and technical discussions from the very first day on the job.
  • Succeed in this dynamic industry.

Explore details for FIDM’s Digital Media major curriculum here.


Digital media students filming at FIDM

The Digital Media Program teaches a synergistic approach to modern technologies and trains students to blend sight, sound, and motion seamlessly.

Classes such as Editing, Digital Composition, Motion Graphics, 3-D Modeling & Animation, and Sound Design prepare students for success in the Digital Media world. The approach of the program’s industry-savvy instructors ensures that students learn skills that are relevant and in-demand.

FIDM Productions’ Digital Media Center at the Los Angeles campus is a state-of-the industry production facility housing edit bays, machine rooms, an insert stage, and classrooms.

Upon graduation, students will have compiled a diverse body of work that can be used to create a DVD portfolio/reel for distribution on the web or to show potential employers.

A Closer Look

The Digital Media Program provides students with the opportunity to integrate imagination and technology. The program teaches a synergistic approach to modern technologies and trains students to blend sight, sound, and motion seamlessly.

The Digital Media Program is designed to build specific skill sets that provide a strong foundation of general knowledge. Students emerge with a thorough understanding of all aspects of the production workflow, from pre-production through post-production.  The program focuses on editing, sound design, digital composition, motion graphics, 3-D modeling and animation, production, digital storytelling, and web design. Our graduates are complete digital artists who have learned their crafts in the context of creative expression and are prepared for specialized careers in the industry.

Alumni Stories

The FIDMDigitalArts Blog features new Alumni Stories every month. Read about these grads’ paths to success:

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To learn more about the Digital Media industry, read our “Top 10 Count Down of Everything You Need to Know about Digital Media.”

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