B.S. in Digital Media Design

Our DMD degree program offers a flexible and practical path to a creative career. The program links design to the broader visual arts. There is no other program quite like it. A broad-based liberal arts degree, this technically and conceptually rigorous program engages art and design as concurrent creative practices. You will be engaged in the creative re-imagining of our shared future. The program will encourage you to develop a broad spectrum of analogue and digital skills required by today’s creative economy.

Why Digital Media Design?

Bring your passion. Gain knowledge about how to turn your ideas into significant works of art and/or design. Expand your range of technical abilities. Discover the expressive power of different media, from the radically new art of simulation to the ancient art of ceramics. Find your own voice, learn how to share your vision and how to work with the visions of others. Become a professional in your chosen area(s) of interest.



The Digital Media Design major is a Selective-Admission program. All prospective students interested in this major must both apply as an undergraduate student AND submit a successful application to the program before they can declare the major. This includes freshmen, transfers from other institutions, and students already enrolled at UK who wish to change their majors or add DMDE as a second major. Admission into this program is competitive and takes into consideration academic performance and creative goals

  1. DMD Application: Digital Media Design Program Application
  2. UK Admissions: UK Admissions

Transfer Students, click here for the transfer process 

Facilities & Equipment

  • 7 digital media labs
  • Fabrication lab
  • Illustration Tablets
  • Lighting Studio
  • Sound Booth
  • Printing Lab
  • Media Center
    • Over 80 DSLR cameras
    • Professional Lenses
    • Over 100 Video Cameras
    • Video & Photography Grip
    • Sound Recorders
    • Professional Strobe Lighting

Digital Media Design for Pre-med

The B.S. in DMD degree for pre-med is especially suited for students interested in the latest advances in bio-technologies related to data visualization and simulated environments (virtual and augmented realities). In the course of pursuing their degree students will have the opportunity to work with practicing physicians at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine (CoM). Students will engage in consequential research projects in conjunction with DMD and CoM faculty in our simulation and 3D fabrication studios.

The B.S. degree in DMD for pre-med is not for every student. Prospective students should be aware that in addition to a significant course of study in the basic sciences, art and design studios involve very considerable commitments in time and effort. We are looking for highly motivated, academically-prepared and hard-working students. Students coming out of this program will be well prepared to take the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) and should be well positioned to go on to medical school. 

    Classes & Requirements

    Students explore areas of interest, including:

    • graphic design
    • digital drawing and illustration
    • photography
    • video
    • animation
    • digital design and fabrication
    • programming for the web and Internet Of Things
    • printmedia

    Art Track

    Major Requirements

    Digital Media Design Foundations

    Digital Media Design students must complete a set of foundational art courses to prepare them for higher level studies. This program consists of four studio courses, two art history surveys, and a specialized introductory course in academic and creative strategies. Students also participate in a Foundation Exhibition, celebrating work created across the foundations courses, competing for juried awards.

    Studio Requirements

    A minimum of nine art studio (A-S) courses at the 300-level or above, of which at least six are digital-based (printmedia, digital photography, graphic design, video, web-based art, 3D fabrication, and more).

    Art History and Visual Studies

    At least six hours of art history, visual studies, film history or theory must be taken at or above the 300-level from an approved list.

    Required Outside Concentration

    In addition to the major requirements, each student, with the approval of his or her academic advisor, will select a minimum of 18 hours in related course work in an outside area of concentration, of which 12 hours must be from a single discipline or focused area, such as film studies, WRD, media arts, business, etc., and 6 must be at the 300 level or above.


    CFA & UK Core Requirements

    • College Requirements (6 ch)
    • UK Core Requirements (30 ch)

    Pre-Med Requirements

    Students need not enroll in the labs associated with these various courses. They are not necessary for students pursuing careers in medicine. Calculus is also not required.

    • PHY 151 Introduction to Physics (3 ch)
    • PHY 152 Introduction to Physics (3 ch)
    • BIO 148 Introductory Biology I (3 ch)
    • BIO 152 Introductory Biology II (3 ch)
    • CHE 107 General College Chemistry II (3 ch)
    • CHE 230 Organic Chemistry I (3 ch)
    • CHE 232 Organic Chemistry II (3 ch)
    • CS 115 Intro to Computer Programming (3 ch)
    • CS 215 Intro to Program Design Abstraction/Problem Solving (4 ch)
    • STA 296 Statistical Methods and Motivations (3 ch)

    Digital Media Design


    • A-S 101 Creative Practices in Art Studio (1 ch)
    • A-S 001 Foundation Exhibition (0 ch)
    • A-S 130 Drawing (3 ch)
    • A-S 200 Introduction to Digital Art, Space, and Time (3 ch)
    • A-S 285 Lens Arts (3 ch)
    • 1 100-level art course (3 ch)

    Major Requirements

    • Nine Art Studio courses at the 300-level or above, at least six of which are Digital Media Design courses.
    • A-S 585 Industry Pathways and Practices
    • A-S 547 Advanced Digital Projects Capstone

    Electives (6ch)

    Total: 120 credit hours