Meet a Digital Media Arts Minor


Nia Stevens ’14

Extra-curricular activities: 

  • Debate
  • Student Court
  • ManhatTONES a cappella group
  • Manhattan College Television (MCtv)
  • Pen & Sword Honor Society
  • L.O.V.E.

Why did you choose your minor? 

I chose Digital Media Arts because I have always wanted to be good with art like my dad and brothers. So I took graphic design and photography classes in high school and found that I wasn’t as bad as I thought. Therefore when I had to choose my minor for communication, I knew I had to continue exercising my artistic talents and take it to the next level. 

What has been your favorite class? 

I would say my favorite class is a tie between Digital Drawing (ART 213) and Video Art (ART 380). Digital Drawing was something very new for me but I fell in love with the software program Corel Painter and found myself at such peace when working on projects. As for Video Art, I was and still am very interested in the artistic aspect of video, and this course exposed me to forms of art I hardly knew existed and challenged me to think outside the box and embrace my artistry with video.

Have you worked on any major projects?

I am constantly working on various video projects for others and myself. I usually act as writer, director, videographer and editor for these productions. So I often spend a lot of late nights in Hayden or the Library working on projects. Some of my work was featured on, and I also had Brita contact me to commend me on a short commercial my friends and I worked on. 

What are your plans after graduation?

I would love to work on the set of movies. The amount to creativity and time it takes to make a production is astounding to me. More specifically, I would enjoy anything where I can hold a camera or edit because it is very hands-on and so far my experiences have been quite enjoyable. Both careers also require a lot of “thinking on your feet” to solve problems which is a challenge I find very motivating.

What are the faculty like?

The faculty members in the department are very patient. Art is subjective and the professors understand your vision is important and won’t stop you creatively. When being critiqued, it’s great to get genuine feedback and advice on how to improve and advance your work without having your vision torn apart.

What’s your favorite thing about this major?

My favorite thing about the minor has been learning all the different software programs. I have learned how to use four different programs very well, and one of the most applicable aspects when it comes to writing up a resume is having many proficient skills. It’s really beneficial to know programs like Photoshop and Final Cut Pro especially in communication because more people are expected to use programs like these or at least have a familiarity with them. 

What’s the most difficult thing about this major?

Definitely completing the projects on time has been the most difficult part of the minor. I don’t have a Mac or most of the programs on my computer, which is difficult for me because I am a bit of a perfectionist when it comes to my artwork, so I take my time and stress over the detail. For this reason, I prefer to work late at night in my own space but I have to manage my time so that I can use the lab to get things done.

What advice would you give to new students trying to select a major?

Take your time. There is no need to rush a minor because there is plenty of time to test areas first. If you continue taking the same kinds of classes, you might have a possible minor set-up.