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Degrees offered in the DMS program at Tarleton State

Bachelor of Science in Digital Media Studies

Part 1: University General Education Requirements 

These courses are the University Core courses ALL Tarleton students must take in order to graduate. (42 credit hours)

Part 2: Bachelor of Science in Digital Media Studies Core Requirements

These courses represent "foundational" courses ALL Bachelor of Science in Digital Media Studies majors must take in order to graduate. (36 credit hours)

  • ARTS 1311 - Design 1
  • ARTS 1316 - Drawing 1
  • ARTS 2348 - Digital Arts 1
  • ARTS 3364 - Animation 1
  • ARTS 4381 - Advanced Studio Production
  • ARTS 4390 - Senior Portfolio Capstone
  • COSC 1302 - Intro to Computer Science
  • ENGL 3343 - Creative Writing

Part 3: Emphasis Areas

Concentrations provide students with a focused program of study. Students choose ONE EMPHASIS AREA and take the courses offered in that concentration.

Design (42 credit hours)
  • ARTS 2356 - Photography
  • ARTS 3361 - Digital Imaging 
  • ARTS 3362 - Illustration
  • ARTS 3363 - Motion Graphics
  • ARTS 4367 - 3d Rendering and Lighting
  • ARTS 4370 - Interactive Art Media
  • BCIS 3300 - Computer and Technology Impact
  • BCIS 3315 - Web Site Development and Design
  • COMS 2311 - News Gathering and Writing
  • COMS 3308 - Video Production
  • COMS 4311 - Computer Mediated Communication
  • ENGL 3309 - Technical Writing and Document Design
  • ENGL 3312 - Technical Writing and Graphics
  • ENGL 4320 - Writing for Electronic Media
  • Advised Electives (15 credit hours)
Technology (42 credit hours)
  • ARTS 2344 - Game Design
  • ARTS 3321 - Life Drawing
  • ARTS 3365 - Character Design
  • ARTS 3383 - 3d Modeling
  • ARTS 3361 - Level Design
  • COSC 1310 - Procedural Programming
  • COSC 2321 - Object Oriented Programming
  • COSC 2331 - Introduction to Java Programming
  • COSC 2341 - Data Structures
  • COSC 3330 - Game, Graphics, and GUI Development
  • COSC 3380 - Operating Systems
  • COSC 3489 - Introduction to Software Engineering
  • MATH 1316 or MATH 2412 - Plane Trigonemetry or Precalculus
  • MATH 2413 - Calculus 1
  • MATH 3310 - Discreet Mathematics
  • Advised Electives (12 credit hours)
 Additional Information

Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree with Digital Media Emphasis

What is the difference between a BFA with Digital Media Emphasis and a BS in Digital Media Studies?

Whereas both degrees contain a comprehensive digital design curriculum, the BS in Digital Media Studies leans more toward commercial client-based and team oriented digital design study, whereas the BFA leans more toward self-expression in digital fine arts and design. While both degrees offer the interdisciplinary degree plan as opposed to the specialized training a "technical school" would offer, students are advised to focus their interests in a particular digital medium near graduation once they have acquired the base of digital media design skills Tarleton offers. We believe that a program like ours enables students to develop that broad base in digital media design, which will prepare them for the intellectual and technical challenges in the ever-evolving digital marketplace.