Curriculum

Curriculum

Current Students:

See the Recommended Academic Plans and Checksheets for more detailed course recommendations and refer to the University Bulletin for course descriptions and more degree requirements.

Prospective Students:

Below is a typical course sequence for the Digital Media, Arts, and Technology bachelor's degree program. Schedules will vary by student, depending on areas of interest. Students in this program choose to study in any two of four concentrations: digital humanities, sound and motion, modeling and simulation/human-computer interaction, or data visualization and assessment.

Semester 1

  • First-Year Seminar (1 credit)
  • The Digital Medium (3 credits)
  • English Composition (3 credits)
  • Math Course (3 credits)
  • Foreign Language (4 credits)
  • Health and Physical Activity (1.5 credits)

Total Credits:  15.5

Semester 2

  • Introduction to Photography (3 credits)
  • Natural Science Course (3 credits)
  • Quantification Course (3 credits)
  • Humanities Course (3 credits)
  • Foreign Language (4 credits)

Total Credits:  16

Semester 3

  • Introduction to Multimedia Production (3 credits)
  • Natural Science Course (3 credits)
  • Effective Speech (3 credits)
  • Foreign Language (4 credits)
  • Health and Physical Activity (1.5 credits)

Total Credits:  14.5

Semester 4

  • Foundations of the Digital Practice (3 credits)
  • Effective Writing (3 credits)
  • Natural Science Course (3 credits)
  • Humanities Course (3 credits)
  • Elective (3 credits)

Total Credits:  15

Semesters 5, 6, 7, and 8

A range of Penn State Behrend courses are available to you in your third and fourth years.

Your schedule will depend on your areas of focus and personal interests.

  • Upper-Division Supporting Courses
    Introduction to Programming for Digital Media; Intermediate Programming for Digital Media; Digital Project Development; Data Visualization; Simulations of Human Behavior; Senior Project or Internship
  • Digital Humanities Option Courses
    The Art of Web Design; Introduction to Creative Writing; Digital Studies; Writing for the Web; Mapping Our Changing World; Advanced Mapping; Archival Management
  • Sound and Motion Option Courses
    Basic Video/Filmmaking; Advanced Multimedia Production; Introduction to Graphic Design; The Science of Music; Integrating Music and Animation with Technology; Fundamentals of Digital Audio; Rudiments of Music; Electronic Music Composition
  • Modeling and Simulation/Human-Computer Interaction Option Courses
    Introduction to Visual Programming; Intermediate Visual Programming; Principles of Modeling and Simulation; Introduction to the Psychology of Human Factors; Psychology of Perception; Engineering Psychology
  • Data Visualization and Assessment Option Courses
    Introduction to Spreadsheets and Databases; Data Visualization; Introduction to Business Information Systems; Database Management Systems; Data Analytics; System Analysis
  • Recommended General Education Courses
    Survey of Western Art; Contemporary Art; The Art of Cinema; Introduction to Creative Writing; Introduction to Graphic Design; Integrating Music and Animation with Technology; Rudiments of Music; International Cultures: Film and Literature; Philosophy, Art, and Film; The Science of Music; Introduction to Spreadsheets and Databases; Ethnic and Racial Politics; American Political Campaigns and Elections; Sociology of Popular Culture; Mapping Our Changing World; Communication Ethics; Introduction to Writing Studies; Methods of History; Congress and the Presidency

This is meant to be representative of a typical course sequence; yours will vary depending on your interests. Consult your academic adviser before scheduling courses. See bulletins.psu.edu/bulletins/bluebook for specific degree requirements.