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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
ENGLSH 1000Writing and Rhetoric (or equivalent)3
MATH 1050Quantitative Reasoning3
or MATH 1100 College Algebra
or STAT 1200 Introductory Statistical Reasoning
Foreign Language 12
Behavioral & Social Science courses15
Humanities & Fine Arts courses12
Biological, Physical and Mathematical Sciences courses 9
Major Requirements36
Digital Storytelling Foundations 12
DST_VS 1880Introduction to Digital Media Production3
DST_VS 2810Story Development3
Choose two:
ART_VS 10302-D Materials and Methods3
ART_VS 10403-D Materials and Methods3
ART_VS 1050Drawing: Materials and Methods3
Digital Storytelling Core6
DST_VS 3880WWriting and Theory for Digital Media - Writing Intensive3
DST_VS 4970Digital Storytelling Capstone3
Concentration Courses (Choose one concentration)12
Production Concentration
DST_VS 2880Digital Storytelling Production I3
DST_VS 4880Digital Storytelling Production II3
Production Elective 1
Production Elective 2
Animation Concentration
DST_VS 2885Digital Storytelling Animation Production I3
DST_VS 4885Digital Storytelling Animation Production II3
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
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
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
ART_VS 10303ART_VS 10303
ART_VS 10403ART_VS 10403
ART_VS 10503ART_VS 10503
 21 21
Second Year
DST_VS 2830, 2880, or 28853Production Elective 13
DST_VS 28103Critical Studies Elective 3
Behavioral Science Course3Humanity 2000+ level Course3
Minor Course3Minor Course3
Second language I4Second language II4
 16 16
Third Year
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
Second language III4General Elective 3000+ level Course3
 16 16
Fourth Year
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: 136

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Degree Audit

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MU students can request a degree audit by logging in to myDegreePlanner. Students may also access myDegreePlanner via myZou, in the Student Center, click on the Academic Progress Tile, then select Request Degree Audit. 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 https://advising.missouri.edu/contact/.

Prospective students, can access a preliminary MU degree audit via https://www.transferology.com. 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 https://registrar.missouri.edu/degrees-audits/degree-audits/.

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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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