BA in Digital Storytelling

Degree Program Description

The Digital Storytelling Program is an interdisciplinary B.A in the School of Visual Studies, that combines narrative and conceptually driven studies with new and emerging multimedia tools to achieve a balance between aesthetic and imagination. Through a variety of academic units including art, film studies, information technology, art history, English, theater and architectural studies, students take courses in writing, critical studies, art, video production and animation. Like other forms of storytelling, digital storytelling translates human knowledge and experience to reach audiences for artistic, commercial and social justice purposes. In arenas ranging from public health to video games to museum education, digital content creators are in high demand across business, government, nonprofit and artistic research sectors. Training in the field requires literacy in narrative, multimedia and networked communication, as well as all elements of digital production, including writing, audio and visual production, and design.

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

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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 Requirements36
Digital Storytelling Foundations (9 credit hours)
DST 1880Introduction to Digital Media Production3
Choose two:
Basic 2-D Design
Basic 3-D Design
Drawing: Materials and Methods
Digital Storytelling Core (6 Credits)
DST 3880WWriting and Theory for Digital Media - Writing Intensive3
DST 4970Capstone Experience1-6
Concentration Courses (Choose one concentration)(12 credit hours)
Production Concentration
Digital Storytelling Production I
Digital Storytelling Production II
Production Concentration Elective 1
Production Concentration Elective 2
Animation Concentration
Digital Storytelling Animation Production I
Digital Storytelling Animation Production II
Animation Concentration Elective 1
Animation Concentration Elective 2
Video Art Concentration
Video Art and the Moving Image
Topics in Digital Storytelling
Video Art Concentration Elective 1
Video Art Concentration Elective 2
Writing and Theory (9 credit hours)
ART_GNRL 1020WAppreciation of Art - Writing Intensive3
Critical Studies Elective
Writing Elective

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Semester Plan

A semester plan has not been created for this degree.

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Degree Audit


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Major and Career Exploration

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