BA in Digital Storytelling

Degree Program Description

Combining the ancient practices of narrative with new and emerging tools of multimedia environments, Digital Storytelling emphasizes skills in writing, digital media production, and design.  Like other forms of storytelling, digital storytelling reaches audiences for artistic, educational, and commercial purposes, translating human knowledge and experience into multimedia spaces. Training in the field requires literacy in narrative, new media, and networked communication, as well as all elements of digital production (including audio, video and animation).  A degree in Digital Storytelling prepares graduates to create multimedia narratives using a wide range of computer-based images, text, and audio and video technologies.  Coursework in the major is interdisciplinary and draws on the disciplines of Art, Communication, English, Film Studies, Journalism, and many more. Coursework will provide ample opportunities for students to develop the collaborative skills they will need in professional settings, and will also offer experiential learning opportunities both on campus and through internships in the marketplace.  A degree in Digital Storytelling prepares students for careers in business, marketing, public relations, film, multimedia art, and web development. 

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Major Program Requirements

General Education requirements54
Exposition and Argumentation (or equivalent)
College Algebra (or equivalent)
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 Requirements33
Introduction to Digital Storytelling
Digital Storytelling Production I
Topics in Digital Storytelling (Writing & theory for Digital Media)
Topics in Digital Storytelling (Digital Storytelling Capstone)
Writing (3 credit hours)
Message Design and Writing for the Media
Creative Writing: Intermediate Fiction
Creative Writing: Intermediate Nonfiction Prose
Advanced Composition
Creative Writing: Advanced Fiction
Creative Writing: Advanced Nonfiction Prose
Intermediate Playwriting
Advanced Playwriting: Problems
Screenwriting for Television and Film
Blogging the World: The Web in Cultural Context
Theories of Narrative, Visual Culture and New Media (6 credit hours)
Mass Media Theory
Television Program Analysis and Criticism
New Technologies and Communication
Special Themes in Folklore
Themes in African Diaspora Folklore
Women's Folklore and Feminist Theory
Introduction to Film Studies
Documentary Film
Film Theory
Culture and Media
The News Media: Journalism and Advertising in a Democratic Society
Principles of American Journalism
Media Communication in Society
Topics in Journalism (Journalism & Chaos: How to Understand and Cover 21st Century Business Models)
Understanding Audiences
Visual Communication & Design (3 credit hours)
Understanding Visualization for Animated Films
Visual Presentation for Design
The Art of the Book
Introduction to Visual Culture
Modern Art in Europe and America
Contemporary Art
American Art and Culture, 1913-Present
Visual Communication
Production (3 credit hours)
Beginning Digital Imaging
Advanced Digital Imaging
Basic Audio Production and Performance
Digital Production I
Digital Production II
Introduction to Film Management
Topics in Film Studies - Humanities (Film Editing and Post-Production)
Introduction to Entertainment Media
Audio/Video I
Audio/Video II
Digital Effects
Digital Effects II
Introduction to Web Development
Introduction to Digital Media
Flash Authoring
Intermediate Web Development
Total Credits120

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Semester Plan

A semester plan has not been created for this degree.

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Major and Career Exploration

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