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Bachelor of Science in Computer Information Systems: Web and Digital Media

In today’s digital age, technology serves as the foundation of every industry. The need for skilled professionals in this field is rising, given that organizations rely heavily on technology to achieve their goals. Our Computer Information Systems (CIS) Web and Digital Media major is designed to provide you with hands-on training in the latest technology trends, including the use of industry-standard software such as Adobe. You will explore the exciting possibilities of web design and digital media with a marketing approach, which will equip you with the skills necessary to succeed in this fast-paced industry.

Personalized Guidance

At Beacon College, we understand that each academic journey is unique. That’s why, from day one, CIS Web and Digital Media students are paired with a dedicated faculty member who serves as their advisor. This mentorship ensures a personalized approach to education, helping you construct a degree plan that best aligns with your long-term goals. Throughout the four-year journey, faculty advisors provide invaluable guidance and support.

What You’ll Learn

As a CIS Web and Digital Media major, you will learn to cultivate creative, technical, and business skills with the ability to utilize critical thinking to analyze situations involving technology, data, and digital media. You will develop an ability to impact local and global computing in regard to individuals, organizations, and communities through technology and analytics. Furthermore, you will specifically be able to assess technology and media-related problems and implement effective solutions both independently and as part of a team. You will develop an understanding of professional responsibilities and ethical, legal, and social issues regarding technology and digital media.

Blaze Your Path

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As a visual learner, I enjoy the design projects and further exploring the graphic design field. I’m glad to be a part of this amazing program.

— Justin Cenci

Through the CIS Web and Digital Media classes, I’ve learned about industry standards and have also been given the freedom and the chance to express myself through digital art.

— Zachary Murray

Early on in high school, I figured out I wanted to pursue a career in graphic design. After taking time off college, I realized Beacon had the best support system to help me succeed.

— Jake Borowski

Sample Courses

Digital Imaging and Design

Students use Adobe Photoshop to explore the artistic potential of imaging technology and solve visual problems. They learn how to plan and produce digital images that demonstrate an understanding of design, composition, color, and visual communication. Hands-on projects include image manipulation, photo retouching, photo montage, and text and layout techniques for digital art, ads, and publications.

Web Design

An introduction to the design, creation, and maintenance of web pages and websites. Students gain fundamental knowledge of HTML and CSS, as well as effective navigation and the appropriate use of graphics, type, color, and multimedia.

Visual Communications

The Visual Communications course is an introduction to the fundamentals of design, and it guides students through hands-on production projects that examine digital imagery, typography, color theory, and layout. The course explores the production workflow while generating creative design solutions and compelling messages.

Digital Video

Digital Video is an introduction to the phases and tools of video production. Students combine audio, video, and graphics to develop digital video projects. They become proficient in a variety of editing techniques on a timeline. Emphasis is placed on developing quality video for the web.

Publication Design

Using Adobe InDesign, this course introduces page layout and design for both print and screen. Instruction focuses on the use of type and layout as key elements in graphic communication. Students learn how to import text and imagery, arrange multi-page publications, and prepare digital files for commercial reproduction and distribution.

Advertising Design

This course provides vital advertising concepts, vocabulary, and graphic production skills for the aspiring digital media professional. Advertising Design trains students to apply critical thinking and problem-solving in terms of branding, demographics, and target marketing. Class projects expose students to a variety of media and delivery strategies as they create both individual advertisements and advertising campaigns.

Vector Illustration and Layout

Using Adobe Illustrator for vector drawing, students learn how to produce original graphics, digital illustrations, and production layouts. The course focuses on aesthetics, visual communication, principles of design, and typography. Projects include vector art, logos, ads, posters, and publications.

Sample Student Work

Field Experience and Internships

CIS majors are required to complete 80 hours of experiential learning and internships. The knowledge, skills, and experience you gain — both in the classroom and through internships — will boost your resume and confidence with real-world work experience. Recent internship experiences include publication design, graphic design, web support, social media marketing, videography, and digital media.

Internships and Experiences

Career Opportunities

Students with a B.S. in CIS Web and Digital Media possess the skills to seamlessly step into dynamic professional roles or opt for advanced studies in graduate school. This degree opens doors to a multitude of design and multimedia career pathways and opportunities for specialization, including but not limited to:

  • Multimedia art
  • Graphic design
  • Advertising design
  • Digital illustration
  • Digital art
  • Publication design
  • Digital media
  • Web design
  • Interactive design
  • Digital video/audio editing
  • Photography
  • Digital imaging and retouching
  • Animation
  • 3-D modeling
  • User interface (UI) and user experience (UX) design

In addition, obtaining a degree in CIS Web and Digital Media provides individuals with valuable skills that are in high demand across multiple industries such as marketing, advertising, entertainment, and e-commerce. Whether someone is interested in branding, user experience design, content creation, or multimedia production, the opportunities are endless for those who possess expertise in web and digital media.

CIS Web and Digital Media Minor

A minor in CIS Web and Digital Media improves technical skills and cultivates a range of transferable skills highly valued in various professional fields. It can be a fulfilling and enriching complement to a primary degree.

Associate of Science in CIS Web and Digital Media

The associate of science degree in CIS Web and Digital Media provides students with an educational foundation before entering the workforce or pursuing further study. The A.S. program requires professional training. The A.A. program requires the completion of a total of 61 credits, with 18 credits in the major.

Learn More About CIS Web and Digital Media 

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