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Undergraduate Program

Major Requirements

Student Project
Erik Patak, Graphic Illustration Project

Fall 2017 Course Offerings


General Information

  • Digital Media Studies is an interdisciplinary major comprising fourteen and a half courses.
  • The major is counted in the division (humanities or natural sciences) in which a majority of those fourteen and a half courses are taken.

Helpful Hints

  • Students need to have completed two of the four introductory required courses before they can declare their major. All four courses are required.
  • The digital media studies (DMS) program strongly encourages students interested in DMS to take DMS 104 by the end of sophomore year.
  • DMS students may take AME 191 ONLY in fall semesters.
  • When registering, if course titles differ from those on the DMS website, please see the DMS program advisor for approval.
  • For information on distinction, overlap policy and transfer credits see the Advising page.

Required Courses

Students in the classes of 2016 and 2017 who have already declared their digital media studies (DMS) major have the option to complete the previous DMS major requirements. Otherwise, students are required to complete the DMS major as follows.

Introductory Courses (4 Courses)

DMS 101: Introduction to Digital Media Studies (H)
DMS 102: Programming for Digital Media (NS)
DMS 103: The Essential Digital Media Toolkit (H)
DMS 104: Design in a Digital Age (NS)

Technology/Production Courses (4 Courses)

Select four courses from the list below dealing with the production of digital objects or experiences using relevant technologies:

Art History
AH 300: Art NY New Media Culture (H)**

Audio and Music Engineering
AME 140: Introduction to Audio Music and Engineering (NS)
AME 191: Art and Tech of Recording (NS) 
       DMS students may take AME 191 in fall semesters.

AME 192: Listening and Audio Production (NS)
AME 193: Sound Design (NS)
AME 194: Audio for Visual Media (NS)
AME 196: Interactive Music Programming (NS)
AME 262: Audio Software Design I (NS)
AME 263: Computational Models of Music (NS)
AME 264: Audio Software Design II (NS)

Computer Science
CSC 131: Recreational Graphics I (NS)
CSC 166: Video Game Programming (NS)
CSC 170: Web Design and Development (NS)
CSC 171: The Science of Programming (NS)
CSC 172: The Science of Data Structures (NS)
CSC 191: Machines and Consciousness (NS)
CSC 198: Computational Music Theory (NS)
CSC 210: Web Programming (NS)
CSC 212: Human-Computer Interaction (NS)
CSC 242: Artificial Intelligence (NS)
CSC 249: Machine Vision (NS)

Digital Media Studies
DMS 251/CAS 251: Introduction to Geographic Information Systems

Engineering and Applied Sciences
EAS 141: Basic Mechanical Fabrication (2 credits) (NS)

English
ENG 277: Screenplay Writing (H)

Film and Media Studies
FMS 161: Introduction to Video Art (H)

History
HIS 219: William Seward’s Civil War (SS)*
HIS 285/HIS 285W: Digital History: Virtual St. George’s (SS)*
       Please note that if you plan to use this course for upper-level writing, you MUST register for the W section.

Italian
IT 245: Dante: A Multimedia Lab (H)

Mechanical Engineering
ME 103: Loudspeaker Design (NS)
ME 110: Intro to CAD and Drawing (2 credits) (NS)

Optics
OPT 101: Introduction to Optics (NS)

Studio Arts
SA 141: Introduction to Photography (H)
SA 151: Introductory Digital Art (H) [valid through Spring 2017]
SA 242: Advanced Photography (H)
SA 244: Expanded Photography (H)
SA 252/253: Advanced Digital Art (H) [valid through Fall 2016]
SA 262: Advanced Video Art (H)

*Upper-level writing qualified course. These can substitute for an upper-level writing course in the Media History, Theory, and Practice component of the major.

**Permission of DMS program director required for use of this course toward major requirements. Upper-level writing designation depends on the nature of the student’s Art NY project, which will be determined after reviewing the student’s work.

Note: Any courses that appear in both the technology/production and media history, theory, and practice requirements may be used toward the requirements for either component, but not both.

Media History, Theory, and Practice (3 Courses)

Select three courses dealing with the theories, aesthetics, and history of particular media or involving performative media-related practices.

You will need at least one course that covers the deep pre-digital history of a particular medium from the following list:

  • AH 128: Modern Art (H)
  • AH 137: Introduction to Modern Architecture (H)
  • AH 242: History of Photography: 1839-1915 (H)
  • AH 285: History of Photography II (H)
  • AME 240: History of Sound Recording (NS)
  • ENG 118: Introduction to Media Studies (H)
  • JPN 207: Film as Object (H)

Please Note: Students that declared digital media studies (DMS) prior to Fall 2016 may take courses from the list above but are not required to do so.

Select two media history, theory, and practice courses of your choice from the lists below, one of which must be upper-level writing qualified (as denoted with an asterisk).

Art History
AH 100: Introduction to Visual and Culture Studies (H)
AH 101: Introduction to Art and Visual Culture (H)
AH 206: American Independent Film (H)*
AH 212: What Photo Is (H)*
AH 217: Technologies of Art (H)* [valid through Fall 2014]
AH 240: Topics in Contemporary Art and Critique: Warhol (H)*
AH 253: Film History: 1929–1959 (H)
AH 254: Film History: 1959–1989 (H)
AH 300: Art NY New Media Culture (H)**
AH 308: Art and Imitation (H)*
AH 319: Material Culture (H)

Anthropology
ANT 225: The Social Uses of Media (SS)

Chinese
CHI 235: Photography in East Asia (H)
CHI 237: Chinese Film (H)

English
ENG 117: Introduction to the Art of Film (H)
ENG 132: Feature Writing (H)
ENG 134: Public Speaking (H)
ENG 138: Journalism Case Studies (H)
ENG 240: Aesthetics (H)
ENG 249: Gender and Language in Literature, Film, and Society (H)
ENG 255: Film History: Early Cinema (H)*
ENG 259: Popular Film Genres (H)
ENG 260: Film History: 1989–Present (H)*
ENG 261: Film Theory (H)
ENG 263: Clocks and Computers: Visualizing Cultural Time (H)*
ENG 263: Poetics of Television (H)*
ENG 265: Issues in Film: Documentary and Mock Documentary (H)*
ENG 265: Issues in Film: Family Repression and Rage in Film and Society (H)*
ENG 265: Film Adaptations and Literary Texts: Representing Race (H)
ENG 265: Race and Gender in Pop Film (H)
ENG 267: Changing Genres of Erotica (H)*
ENG 267: Food, Media and Literature
ENG 267: Animation and the Arts (H)
ENG 267: EcoMedia: Environmental Media from Film to Smartphones
ENG 283: Media ABC (H)

German
GER 209: Cowboys and Indians (H)
GER 247: The Holocaust in Film and Literature (H)
GER 275: Digital Cityscapes (H)
GER 282: Fassbinder (H)
GER 283: West German Avant-Garde (H)
GER 284: Hollywood Behind the Wall (H)

History
HIS 219: William Seward’s Civil War (SS)*
HIS 258/HIS 258W: Women's Lives and Letters, America 1830-1880 (SS)*
        Please note that if you plan to use this course for upper-level writing, you MUST register for the W section.
HIS 285/HIS 285W: Digital History: Virtual St. George’s (SS)*
        Please note that if you plan to use this course for upper-level writing, you MUST register for the W section.

Italian
IT 245: Dante: A Multimedia Lab (H)

Japanese
JPN 219A/JPN 219W: Tourist Japan (H)*
        Please note that if you plan to use this course for upper-level writing, you MUST register for the W section.
JPN 292: Anime (H)
JPN 294/JPN 294W: Hayao Miyazaki and Planet Ghibli (H)*
        Please note that if you plan to use this course for upper-level writing, you MUST register for the W section.

Music
MUR 122: History of Jazz (H)
MUR 123: Music of Black Americans (H)
MUR 125: History of Rock (H)
MUR 130: The Beatles, the British Invasion (H)
MUR 135: Sondheim and the American Musical Theatre (H)
MUR 161: Broadcasting in the Digital Age (H)

Russian
RUS 267/RUS 267W: Russia Goes to the Movies (H)*
        Please note that if you plan to use this course for upper-level writing, you MUST register for the W section.

Writing
DMS 250/WRT 261: Writing in a Digital World*


*Upper-level writing qualified course

**Permission of DMS program director required for use of this course toward major requirements. Upper-level writing designation depends on the nature of the student’s Art NY project, which will be determined after reviewing the student’s work.

Note: Any courses that appear in both the technology/production and media history, theory, and practice requirements may be used toward the requirements for either component, but not both.

Digital Applications (1 Course)

Students must complete one of the courses below to fulfill the Digital Applications requirement. To explore the possibility of using both courses in the DMS major, please consult with the DMS adviser.

DMS 200: Digital Portfolio
OR
DMS 250/WRT 261: Writing in a Digital World

Capstone (2.5 Courses)

For their capstone experience students plan, design, construct, and deliver a digital media object of significant scope. Working as a team, they deploy their collective knowledge, skills, and expertise to undertake an external client's proposal and/or devise a project of their own design.

The capstone is made up of the following courses:

DMS 371: Capstone
DMS 372: Capstone
DMS 373: Capstone

Upper-Level Writing Requirement

College upper-level writing requirements are satisfied through the Digital Portfolio, the Capstone, and one additional upper-level writing course taken in the media history, theory, and practice track.