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BA in Digital Storytelling

Degree Program Description

The Digital Storytelling program is an interdisciplinary BA in the School of Visual Studies, that combines narrative and conceptually driven studies with the new and emerging multimedia tools to achieve a balance between aesthetic and imagination. This program puts storytelling first, and combines this with new and emerging technologies. The interdisciplinary program emphasizes skills in video production, emerging media, animation video art, writing and critical theory. Like other forms of storytelling, digital storytelling reaches audiences for artistic, education, and commercial purposes, translating human knowledge and experience into multimedia spaces. Students use technology and the universal art of storytelling to connect and entertain audiences, innovate, and solve human-scale problems. They work to tell stories that stimulate, provoke, and inspire.

Upon completion of the BA in Digital Storytelling students will be able to:

  • Create and interpret multi-modal stories, utilizing a range of digital tools and methodologies.
  • Exhibit proficiency in audio/visual production, animation, and/or video art for both creative and professional avenues. 
  • Demonstrate digital literacy, with a nuanced understanding of diverse critical, cultural, and historical approaches to contemporary media analysis. 

Major Program Requirements

General Education requirements54
Writing and Rhetoric (or equivalent)
Quantitative Reasoning
College Algebra
Introductory Statistical Reasoning
Foreign Language (12 credit hours)
Behavioral & Social Science courses (15 credit hours)
Humanities & Fine Arts courses (12 credit hours)
Biological, Physical and Mathematical Sciences courses (9 credit hours)
Major Requirements36
Digital Storytelling Foundations (12 credit hours)12
DST_VS 1880Introduction to Digital Media Production3
DST_VS 2810Story Development3
Choose two:
2-D Materials and Methods
3-D Materials and Methods
Drawing: Materials and Methods
Digital Storytelling Core (6 Credits)
DST_VS 3880WWriting and Theory for Digital Media - Writing Intensive3
DST_VS 4970Digital Storytelling Capstone3
Concentration Courses (Choose one concentration)(12 credit hours)
Production Concentration
Digital Storytelling Production I
Digital Storytelling Production II
Production Elective 1
Production Elective 2
Animation Concentration
Digital Storytelling Animation Production I
Digital Storytelling Animation Production II
Production Elective 1
Production Elective 2
Video Art Concentration
DST_VS 2830Video Art I3
DST_VS 4830Video Art II3
Productive Elective 1
Production Elective 2
Writing and Theory ( 6 credit hours)
ARH_VS 2850WIntroduction to Visual Culture - Writing Intensive3
Critical Studies Elective

In addition, students must complete all College of Arts and Science and University graduation requirements, including University general education.

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Semester Plan

First Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
ARTGE_VS 1030, 1040, or ARTDR_VS 10503ARTGE_VS 1030, 1040, or ARTDR_VS 10503
DST_VS 18803ARH_VS 2850W3
ENGLSH 10003MATH 1050, 1100, or STAT 12003
POL_SC 1100 or HIST 12003Humanity Course3
Biological, Physical, or Mathematical Course3Social Science Course3
 15 15
Second Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
DST_VS 2830, 2880, or 28853Production Elective 13
DST_VS 28103Critical Studies Elective 3
Behavioral Science Course3Humanity 2000+ level Course3
Minor Course3Minor Course3
Foreign Language Course4Foreign Language Course4
 16 16
Third Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
DST_VS 3880W3DST_VS 4830, 4880, or 48853
Minor Course 3000+ level Course3Humanity 3000+ level Course3
General Elective 3000+ level Course3Minor Course 3000+ level Course3
Biological, Physical, Mathematical Course3Biological, Physical Lab Course4
Foreign Language Course4General Elective 3000+ level Course3
 16 16
Fourth Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
Production Elective 2 3000+ level Course3DST_VS 49703
General Elective 3000+ level Course3Minor Course 3000+ level Course3
Minor Course 3000+ level Course3Diversity Course3
Social Science 2000+ level Course3General Elective 3000+ level Course3
Behavioral Science Course3Humanity 3000+ level Course3
 15 15
Total Credits: 124

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Degree Audit

 

The degree audit is an automated report reflecting a student’s academic progress toward the completion of a degree.  Degree Audits are not available for all programs; however, please consult with the appropriate college or school for audit information.

MU students can request a degree audit by logging in to myDegreePlanner.  Students may also access myDegreePlanner via myZou, in the Student Center, by clicking on the Request Degree Audit link. The audit automatically pulls in the student’s MU course work, transfer courses and courses in progress.  This is available to current students, admitted students, and those who last attended less than three terms ago.

Past MU students can request a degree audit by contacting the Academic Advising Unit of the division in which they were last enrolled at MU. For contact information, go to http://advising.missouri.edu/contact/.

Prospective students, can access a preliminary MU degree audit via https://www.transferology.com/index.htm. Information on the college credits already earned will have to be manually entered before it can be evaluated against current degree requirements.

For additional details on degree audits, go to http://registrar.missouri.edu/degree-audits/index.php.

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Major and Career Exploration

The University of Missouri has many resources to assist you in exploring majors and career possibilities.  For guidance, visit the Majors and Careers website or view specific resources below.

  • If you are considering a change of major or are exploring multiple majors, schedule an appointment with an advisor in the Discovery Center by calling (573)884-9700 or through MU Connect Discovery Center service in you success network.

  • If you have decided on a major, visit an academic advisor in the School or College that you are interested in to discuss the process of declaring the major

  • If you would like to learn more about your career interests, abilities, values and talents, visit the MU Career Center.  No Appointment is necessary to explore career options with one of our staff members.

For additional major and career exploration resources, visit Major & Career Exploration in the catalog.

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