Digital Media Design Degree

Develop the skills needed to design engaging and effective digital media, and explore the artistic and technical aspects of creating interactive systems.

Key learning outcomes

Through the graduate program in digital media design you:

  • Develop an understanding and application of the latest tools in the communication portfolio, such as web design, video, and still photography.
  • Build deeper knowledge of modern production methods and perspective to harness new and emerging technologies.
  • Gain experience in applied learning through varied coursework and a thesis or capstone.

Program Overview

The degree includes nine courses—at least one taken on campus—and a thesis or capstone project.

  • Get started. You begin by completing three admission courses chosen from the program curriculum. This is your opportunity to demonstrate your commitment and ability to perform well as a Harvard student.
  • Apply to the program. While you are completing your third admission course, you submit your application. We have application periods in the fall, spring, and summer.
  • Continue your studies, online and on campus. As you progress through the program, you choose from courses offered on campus or online, in the fall, spring, or summer. To fully experience Harvard, you take at least one course on campus as part of your degree. Short, intensive on-campus options are available.
  • Complete your thesis or capstone project. If you choose the thesis track, you work with a thesis director to conduct in-depth research on a topic relevant to your professional plans. You'll emerge with a solid understanding of how research is executed and communicated, producing publishable quality results. If you choose a capstone track, you'll apply knowledge and skills obtained in the program to produce an innovative digital media prototype, ordinarily in web design or video production, and present it to a faculty committee for artistic and technical critiques.
  • Graduate with your Harvard degree. You participate in the annual Harvard Commencement, receiving your Harvard University degree: Master of Liberal Arts (ALM) in extension studies, field: Digital Media Design.

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Degree Course Listings

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Affordability is core to our mission. Our 2016–17 graduate tuition is $2,550 per course; the total tuition cost of earning the graduate degree is approximately $25,500.

There are a number of financial aid options available once you’re admitted to the program.