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.
Major Program Requirements
|General Education requirements||54|
|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)
|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|
|Creative Writing: Advanced Fiction|
|Creative Writing: Advanced Nonfiction Prose|
|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|
|Culture and Media|
|The News Media: Journalism and Advertising in a Democratic Society|
or JOURN 1100
|Principles of American Journalism|
or COMMUN 2100
|Media Communication in Society|
|Topics in Journalism (Journalism & Chaos: How to Understand and Cover 21st Century Business Models)|
|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|
|American Art and Culture, 1913-Present|
|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|
|Digital Effects II|
|Introduction to Web Development|
|Introduction to Digital Media|
|Intermediate Web Development|
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