Creative Digital Media, B.A. Online

Creative Digital Media, B.A. Online


PLNU’s fully online Bachelor of Arts in Creative Digital Media is designed to foster creative practice through a wide array of creative digital media applications. These valuable techniques and skills will enhance your ability to solve communication problems, as well as have a hand in the digital media current and future generations consume, and design digital media content in today's digital world.

Whether you’re new to the field or have first-hand experience generating digital content, your interest in this program already highlights an aspect of creativity, leadership, and value. PLNU is revolutionizing the media sphere in San Diego, as one of the only creative digital media programs available in the county.

Online learning for online media

This online program will sharpen the skills you’ll need to lead the charge for local employers as they connect with consumers online or in person, and engage with their audience and consumers. Whether you’re continuing your college education or just beginning, this program is designed to help you invest in your future while learning at your own pace.

Media training on your own terms

This online program gives you the flexibility to learn when and where you want. You can complete coursework in the comfort of your home, favorite coffee shop, or local library while choosing a study schedule that works best for you. 

Online learning is perfect for those who learn in ways that aren’t often found in traditional classrooms — watching instructional videos, listening to audio lectures at your preferred speed, or dedicating extra study time to tricky topics. You can always connect with professors to help find the best ways to absorb and apply your learning.

Save time for life’s important moments

Learning shouldn’t prevent you from doing what you love. Coursework is designed to be flexible to your needs and help you balance your other life commitments.

While completing this program, you’ll still be able to continue spending time with family, thriving at your full- or part-time workplace, or leisure time. 

Creative community without commuting

Commuting can be stressful and time-consuming — especially in San Diego. Thankfully, you can learn online while still benefiting from PLNU’s strong focus on community. In this program, you’ll meaningfully connect with other students online as you learn and grow in your leadership expertise.

You’ll also have access to top-tier mentorship from advisors and experienced design and communication professors. They’ll help you to leverage your strengths to expand your connections and career opportunities. You’ll be able to access resources tailored to you and your career goals. 

A seamless transition from your prior work and education

A counselor and coordinator will work with you through every step of your journey to complete your bachelor’s, from helping you transfer previously-earned credit to working alongside you with care and encouragement as you earn your degree. You won’t feel like you’re starting a brand-new program — rather, it will be a natural continuation of your previous education experience.

Students applying for this program can also start with as few as zero college credits completed — a feature exclusive to the online format. In the online format, PLNU offers all general education, elective, and prerequisite courses needed for completion of the Creative Digital Media program. With entry points every eight weeks, you can start whenever you’re ready!


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Create online content that makes a tangible difference

PLNU’s B.A. in Creative Digital Media will prepare you to make a long-lasting impact on your community, and be a key contributor to detailed digital design locally or even internationally. 

Discussions focus on topics and themes such as the ethical and social implications of social media, the part you can play in interactive web design, as well as how to best attract online audiences with courses tailored to public relations. 

As part of the curriculum, each student completes a capstone course where you’ll weave together what you’ve learned and have the opportunity to generate a digital portfolio. With the skills refined through this program, you will be able to express your story and engage professionally with the end user. Your professionally tailored portfolio will be invaluable during your career search.

Who is it for?Busy working adults who prefer independence.
Program StartSix start dates year-round.
Program Structure 100% online and asynchronous
LocationOnline – flexible

Enhance your degree with a Minor

Adding a minor to your Accelerated undergraduate program can be a great opportunity to broaden your knowledge, increase career opportunities, and foster personal growth. Explore subjects like Marketing, Organizational Leadership, Strategic Communication, Management, Creative Digital Media, and Child Development. Choosing to add a minor can make your degree more versatile, well-rounded, and appealing to future employers. PLNU Counselors are ready to help you integrate a minor into your academic plan. Discover the benefits of a minor at PLNU today!


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Military Tuition Discount

PLNU offers a flat rate of $250 per unit for all active-duty service members who enroll in this program.

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Application Information

Program Start Date(s): 

  • Fall 2024 Quad I — September 2, 2024
  • Fall 2024 Quad II — October 28, 2024
  • Spring 2025 Quad I — January 13, 2025
  • Spring 2025 Quad II — March 17, 2025
  • Summer 2025 Quad I — May 12, 2025
  • Summer 2025 Quad II — July 7, 2025

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Please select "Accelerated Undergraduate" and not "Undergraduate" when completing the online application.

Application Checklist

The application is completed entirely online with the exception of transcripts, which can be submitted electronically or directly to PLNU, and test scores, which should be submitted electronically.

  1. Submit online application for admission.
  2. Submit official transcripts from each institution attended

    Official transcripts must be sent to:
    Point Loma Nazarene University
    Office of Graduate Admissions
    3900 Lomaland Dr.
    San Diego, CA 92106

    Official electronic transcripts must be emailed to:

Note: All students are expected to have some proficiency with computer technology (email, Internet, word processing, etc.).

Career Opportunities

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, creative digital media careers will grow by 6% between 2021-2030. (BLS, 2021). 

PLNU’s Bachelor of Arts in Creative Digital Media offers an extensive curriculum designed to equip students with a wide array of creative digital media application tools. These skills will enhance their ability to solve communication problems and work collaboratively in an effort to influence the next generation of digital media users.

  • Digital marketing manager
  • Content manager, strategist, or creator 
  • Advertising manager 
  • Social media creator 
  • Analyst 
  • Email marketing specialist
  • Production designer

What Can I Do With a Degree in Creative Digital Media? 

Graduates in creative digital media are vital to San Diego County’s employment needs based on their ability to use critical thinking, ethical thinking, and analytical skills to be stewards of resources and connections in the community. 

Graduates from PLNU are in further demand due to the focus on ethics, value, and mission they bring to their organizations.

The following are a few career options for those with a Creative Digital Media, B.A. 

Digital Marketing Specialists/ Marketing Analyst 

Median salary: $68,000 annually 
Projected growth: 22% (faster than average)

Digital marketing specialists create and publish written and visual content to support marketing funnels. Furthermore, employees in this field perform routine market research with industry standard data aggregation tools. 

Social Media Manager 

Average entry salary: $57,000
Projected growth: 10% (faster than average)

A social media manager is responsible for developing social media campaigns, tracking online traffic analytics, producing content, and communicating with key stakeholders within their own organization as well as their clients. This job requires immense understanding of current trends, branding, and common technologies. 

Advertising Manager 

Average entry salary: $73,000
Projected growth: 10% (faster than average)

Advertising managers develop strategies often through ad campaigns, brand and community knowledge, and quality assurance. An individual in this role is most invaluable with technological insight and skills. As a manager, these employees are also tasked with communicating and leading diverse teams, often between multiple accounts. 

Financial Aid and Student Support

We take seriously the role of providing you with financial, academic, and career support so you have the tools you need to be successful at PLNU and beyond. That’s why we offer a holistic support system that focuses on your unique experiences, particular needs, and personal and professional goals — resulting from our deep concern for you, our student.

With a focus on authentic relationships and personalized attention, our goal is to help transform you so you can follow your calling in your own career and life.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Can I work while completing the program?

Yes! This program is designed with busy working professionals in mind.

Do I have to complete any prerequisites before applying to the program?

No, our program doesn’t require any prerequisites to apply.

What scholarship and financial aid opportunities are available to me?

You'll have the option to apply for a number of scholarships through PLNU's Student Financial Services. This program qualifies for state and federal financial aid options. Contact your enrollment counselor for more information.

Do you accept transfer credits into your program?

Yes! Contact your enrollment counselor for details.

How long do I have to complete the program?

The expected completion time will vary depending on how many units you enter the program with and how many classes you choose to take at a time.

How many days a week do classes meet?

The creative digital media program does not have synchronous classes, meaning there will not be a designated time where you’re required to be online. 

Do I need to submit a portfolio of creative work with my application?

No! There’s no portfolio requirement in the creative digital media application. 

What technological requirements will be necessary for me to be successful as a virtual student studying creative digital media?

A computer capable of operating Adobe Creative Suite is mandatory for this program. Additionally, students must have access to a digital camera capable of capturing video (a smartphone qualifies). 

What’s the difference between this bachelor’s degree completion program and a traditional undergraduate program?

The program provides greater flexibility and affordability than most traditional undergraduate programs while maintaining high academic quality by integrating evening or online courses. The program is ideal for students looking to advance in their careers while balancing work and family life. You can also enter our program and build on previously earned credits. Contact your admissions counselor to learn more. 

PLNU is a Christian university, but I am not a Christian. Would I feel out of place in this program?

We welcome and encourage people of all backgrounds as students in our programs. Issues that relate to faith may be discussed in some classes, and engaging in discussion with individuals with alternative points of view will be encouraged as learning opportunities. Students will work within a learning community that is supportive academically, spiritually, and emotionally.

How many hours of transferable college credit are required for admissions to the program?

You can start our program with as little as 0 units completed. PLNU offers general education, electives, and upper-division program coursework.

How is this program different from a marketing program?

While this program is pivotal to understanding the industry norms online, similar to brand awareness, this program emphasizes creation of online content, rather than the distribution. 

What types of benefits or aid do you have for military members?

  • PLNU offers a tuition discount flat rate of $250 per unit for all active-duty service members who enroll in one of the following PLNU Adult Undergraduate Degree programs: Bachelor of Business Administration; Organizational Leadership, B.A; Child Development, B.A.; RN to BSN; Criminal Justice, B.A.; Computer Information Technology, B.A.; Strategic Communication, B.A.; Integrated Studies with an Emphasis in Education, B.A.; and Public Administration, B.A.
  • PLNU accepts VA educational benefits, including the Post-9/11 GI Bill®.
  • PLNU also participates as a Yellow Ribbon School, which means in most cases you can pursue a private education without having to pay out of pocket, not even for fees or books.
  • Because you’re a person who has provided military service to our country, we will also waive your application fee.

Course List

For information about the courses required for the Creative Digital Media, B.A. program, view the PLNU Catalog. 

Course Information