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Undergraduate Program

Major Requirements

General Information 

  • Digital Media Studies is an interdisciplinary major comprising fourteen courses.
  • Beginning for students in the Class of 2022
    • The DMS Major can satisfy either the humanities or natural science divisional area. The divisional area is determined by which seven or more of the fourteen courses are taken. 
    • Successful completion of DMST 200W is required for students to register for the DMS senior Capstone course, DMST 372. 
    • Students should plan to complete DMST 200W prior to their senior year. 

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 DMST 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 are required to complete the DMS major as follows.

Introductory Courses (4 Courses)

DMST 101: Introduction to Digital Media Studies (H)
DMST 102: Programming for Digital Media (NS)
DMST 103: The Essential Digital Media Toolkit (H)
DMST 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:

Archaeology, Technology, and Historical Structures
ATHS 299G: Digital Archaeology of Heritage Structures of West Africa (divisionally neutral)

Art History
AHST 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 only 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 197: Audio for Gaming (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 174: Advanced Front End Web Development (NS)
CSC 186: Video Game Development (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 214: Mobile App Development/Android Mobile App Development (NS)
CSC 242: Artificial Intelligence (NS)
CSC 249: Machine Vision (NS)

Digital Media Studies
DMST 120: Video Game Design (NS)
DMST 200W: Digital Portfolio (NS)*
     Cannot be used to satisfy both Technology/Production and Digital Application requirements
DMST 251/CASC 251: Introduction to Geographic Information Systems (NS)
DMST 210: Digital Imaging: Transforming Real into Virtual (NS)

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

English
ENGL 277: Screenplay Writing (H)

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

History
HIST 219: William Seward’s Civil War (SS)*
HIST 236/HIST 236W: Digital History: Mapping the Yellow and Yangtze Rivers (SS)*
     Please note that if you plan to use this course for upper-level writing, you MUST register for the W section.
HIST 246/HIST 246W: Digital History (SS)*
     Please note that if you plan to use this course for upper-level writing, you MUST register for the W section.
HIST 285/HIST 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
ITAL 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
SART 141: Introduction to Photography (H)
SART 151: Introductory Digital Art (H) [valid through Spring 2017]
SART 151: New Media and Emerging Practice 1 (H) [starting in Fall 2017]
SART 242: Advanced Photography (H)
SART 244: Expanded Photography (H)
SART 252/253: Advanced Digital Art (H) [valid through Fall 2016]
SART 252: New Media and Emerging Practice 2 (H) [starting in Fall 2017]
SART 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:

  • AHST 128: Modern Art (H)
  • AHST 137: Introduction to Modern Architecture (H)
  • AHST 242: History of Photography: 1839-1915 (H)
  • AHST 285: History of Photography II (H)
  • AME 240: History of Sound Recording (NS)
  • ENGL 118: Introduction to Media Studies (H)
  • JPNS 207: Film as Object (H)
  • MUSC 134: Styles & Genres: Introduction to Music History (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
AHST 100: Introduction to Visual and Culture Studies (H)
AHST 101: Introduction to Art and Visual Culture (H)
AHST 206: American Independent Film (H)*
AHST 212: What Photo Is (H)*
AHST 217: Technologies of Art (H)* [valid through Fall 2014]
AHST 240: Topics in Contemporary Art and Critique: Warhol (H)*
AHST 253: Film History: 1929–1959 (H)
AHST 254: Film History: 1959–1989 (H)
AHST 300: Art NY New Media Culture (H)**
AHST 308: Art and Imitation (H)*
AHST 317: Street Photography (H)
AHST 319: Material Culture (H)

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

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

Digital Media Studies
DMST 110: Video Game History (H)
DMST 250/WRTG 261: Writing in a Digital World (H)*
    
Cannot be used to satisfy both Media History, Theory & Practice and Digital Application requirements

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

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

History
HIST 219: William Seward’s Civil War (SS)*
HIST 258/HIST 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.
HIST 285/HIST 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
ITAL 245: Dante: A Multimedia Lab (H)

Japanese
JPNS 219A/JPNS 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.
JPNS 292: Anime (H)
JPNS 294/JPNS 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
MUSC 122: History of Jazz (H)
MUSC 123: Music of Black Americans (H)
MUSC 125: History of Rock (H)
MUSC 130: The Beatles, the British Invasion (H)
MUSC 134: Style & Genres: Introduction to Music History (H)
MUSC 135A: American Musical Theater (H)
MUSC 135B: Sondheim and the American Musical Theatre (H)
MUSC 161: Broadcasting in the Digital Age (H)

Russian
RUSS 267/RUSS 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.

Studio Arts
SART 151: New Media and Emerging Practice 1 (H) [starting in Fall 2017]
SART 252: New Media and Emerging Practice 2 (H) [starting in Fall 2017]


*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)

Beginning with the Class year of 2022, students will be required to complete the Digital Application course prior to their senior year in order to move along in the DMS Senior Capstone course, DMS 372. 

DMST 200W: Digital Portfolio (divisional neutral)

* Students in the 2021 class year are eligible to complete DMS 200W during the spring semester of senior year.

Capstone (2 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.


DMST 372: Capstone: Design (H)
DMST 373: Capstone: Development (NS)

Upper-Level Writing Requirement

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