New Media Technology, AAS

Room: C-Building, C-745

Phone: (718) 482-5690


New Media students gain technical expertise in the contemporary tools used in design, video editing, video game creation, animation, special effects, immersive media and creative coding. Coursework and program activities are grounded in developing a student’s fundamental knowledge of new media practices, history and theory, as well as visual communication skills.

Students can choose between three tracks. In Digital Media, you can hone your skills in things such as graphic design, game design and animation. In Entrepreneurship, in addition to New Media courses, you will take courses in the Business program. In Digital Journalism you will learn journalistic skills by adding English classes to New Media options.

The New Media Technology Program prepares students with technical competence, aesthetic judgment, and a strong commitment to design quality as they pursue an Associate of Applied Science Degree. Throughout the program, emphasis is placed on developing individual creativity, critical thinking, and an understanding of the current tools used in the field of new media.

Are You Interested In...

  • Graphic design?
  • Video games?
  • Special effects?
  • Animation?
  • Video editing?

Skills You Will Learn

  • Graphic design
  • 2d and 3d animation
  • Video editing
  • Motion graphics and special effects
  • Creating coding and web design
  • User interface design

What makes this major unique?

This major sits in between a visual arts major and computer science. Do you enjoy being creative and being at the computer all day? Do you enjoy learning new software and engaging with online communities? Do you like problem solving and working on creative projects with others?

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Career Possibilities

Careers in this field will generally require a Bachelor’s degree but we get you started to narrow your interests, develop your first portfolio and choose 4 year schools.

As with any visual arts design degree, the portfolio you put together will be your most important tool. We help you get started with that at LaGuardia. Digital Journalism and the Entrepreneurship track additionally help you with specializations in those fields through their capstone courses.

  • Junior art director
  • Junior designer
  • Junior User Interface designer
  • Junior Animator
  • Video editor
  • Freelance Digital News Writer (Digital Journalism)
  • Digital Communication Specialist (Digital Journalism track)
  • Digital Editor (Digital Journalism track)
  • Start your own business (Entrepreneurship track)
  • Sales (Entrepreneurship track)
  • Marketing (Entrepreneurship track)
  • Senior art director
  • Senior designer
  • Senior interface designer
  • Director
  • Animator
  • Finance (Entrepreneurship track)
  • Tech Analyst (Entrepreneurship track)
  • Analytics and Data Management (Entrepreneurship track)

Transfer Possibilities

  • City College – EDM program
  • Queens College – BFA in Design
  • NYIT – Digital art and design
  • FIT – Animation, Interactive Media, and Game Design

Degree Requirements

A. REQUIRED CORE: 12 credits

English: 6 credits

  • ENG101 English Composition I – 3
  • (or ENA101 depending on placement)
  • ENG102 Writing through Literature – 3

Mathematical and Quantitative Reasoning: 3 credits

Select one course from the following:

  • MAT107 Mathematics and the Modern World
  • MAT123 Modern Problem Solving (Depending on placement)
  • MAT115 College Algebra and Trigonometry
  • MAT117 Algebra and Trigonometry (depending on placement)
  • MAT119 Statistics with Elementary Algebra (depending on placement)
  • MAT120 Elementary Statistics

Life and Physical Sciences: 3 credits

Select one of the following courses:

  • SCB101 Topics in Biological Sciences
  • SCB206 Introduction to Neuroscience
  • SCC101 Topics in Chemistry
  • SCC102 Chemistry of Photography
  • SCP101 Topics in Physics
  • SCP105 Life in the Universe
  • SCP140 Topics in Astronomy


Select three courses from the five flexible core categories.

  • World Cultures and Global Issues
  • US Experience in its Diversity
  • Creative Expression
  • Individual and Society
  • Scientific World


Students are advised to select an Urban Study course to complete college requirements. To complete the degree requirements from Flexible Core, students are advised to select courses from the recommended course selections listed on the program website. Note: Students can select only two courses from any one discipline.

Courses Credits
New Media Technology: 18 Credits
LIF101 First Year Seminar for Liberal Arts Social Science and Humanities 3
HUW112 Introduction to New Media 3
HUW162 Web Animation 3
HUW163 Internet Video 3
HUW166 Introduction to Web Development 3
HUW269 New Media Project Lab 3
Urban Studies: 3 Credits
Select one of the following courses:
HUN165 The Mediated City
HUN196 Film and New York City
Select one of the following courses:
HUW260 Experiential Learning in New Media Technology
HUW111 E-Commerce Technology
Digital Media Track (15 CREDITS)
Select five (5) of the following courses:
HUA125 Computer Art I
HUA126 Computer Art II
HUA103 Beginning Drawing
HUA131 Digital Photography
HUC240 Video Production Workshop I
HUC241 Video Production Workshop II
HUM146 Music Audio Recording
HUW160 Topics in New Media
HUW161 Principles of Multimedia and Web Design
HUW167 Dynamic Web Design
HUW169 Game Design
Entrepreneurship Track (15 CREDITS)
BTM101 Introduction to Business
BTM104 Principles of Marketing
BTM110 Business Law
BTM116 Introduction to eBusiness
BTM251 Launching New Businesses
Digital Journalism Track (15 CREDITS)
ENG208 Introduction to Digital Journalism
ENG209 Advanced Digital Journalism
ENG210 Journalism: Its Scope and Use
Select two of the following courses: 6 Credits
ENG211 Journalism: Craft of Gathering and Reporting the News
ENG212 Feature Writing for Newspapers and Popular Magazines
ENG213 Broadcast Journalism: Writing for Radio
ENG274 Creative Nonfiction Workshop
ENG277 Creative Writing New Media Workshop

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