The Digital Media Arts (DMA) Program at Canisius College is on the cutting edge of graphic design, web design, digital filmmaking and game design. With hands-on courses and state-of-the-art equipment, the DMA major prepares students to enter a fast-paced and highly creative industry. Canisius has many opportunities to explore outside the classroom with internships and the award-winning Canisius College Video Institute. Students gain essential skills and create a diverse portfolio of work to help kickstart an exciting career. 

State-of-the-art facilities enable students in a 100% hands-on approach to learning. Students learn how to use cutting-edge software, including Adobe Creative Cloud, Final Cut Pro, Ableton Live, Maya, Mudbox, Unity game engine and a wide range of web development tools, including WordPress content management and blogging software – all running at the most up-to-date versions available. Our HD (high definition) video equipment, green screen and media center allow student to create professional grade films and tv programs.


The Digital Media Arts (DMA) program, offered through the Communication Studies Department, focuses on converging fields of digital design, animation, video and interactive media. DMA majors take a core set of courses and choose one or more concentrations to specialize in web designgraphic designdigital filmmaking and game design. Students often complete dual majors and minors that combine important cross-functional skill sets, including Communication Studies, Business/Marketing, Computer Science, Fine Arts and others.


Upon graduation DMA students are prepared to take advantage of the expanding digital media job market in:

  • Graphic & Web Design
  • Video & Film Production
  • Game Design & Simulation
  • Motion Graphics & Special Effects
  • Mobile App Development
  • Social Media & Online Marketing


Students in the DMA program have numerous opportunities to engage in theoretical and applied research with faculty and third-party institutions. Our faculty is highly engaged in local community of designers, artists, developers and filmmakers, and as a result our students can take advantage of opportunities to learn and practice real-world skills and collaborate with professionals in their area of interest.