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Degree Programs

The Bachelor of Science degree in Digital Media Studies is an interdisciplinary program that develops students' conceptual prowess, technical competency and independent problem-solving to meet the challenges of a career or advanced study in digital media. Through studio critiques, the study of sophisticated design concepts, mastery of skills and a "hands-on" approach to technology, students learn to adapt this knowledge to their own professional practice. Graduating students demonstrate their competence by producing a cohesive portfolio of work presented in their senior capstone exhibition to a panel of faculty reviewers and the general public.

The Bachelor of Science degree in Digital Media Studies includes the following concentrations: Multimedia Production and Video Game Design.

Required Courses for all Digital Media Studies Majors - 2022/23 Catalog Year

General Education Requirements (42 credits)
ARTS 1316 Drawing I      
ARTS 2348 Digital Art I      
ARTS 4390 Digital Media Portfolio Capstone I      
ARTS 4391 Digital Media Portfolio Capstone II      
COSC 1302 Introduction to Computer Science      
Advanced Art Electives (Choose 9 Credits of the following)  
ARTS 3360  Graphic Design I ARTS 3362 Narrative Illustration I  
ARTS 3363  Tradigital Animation I ARTS 3365 Special Effects I  
ARTS 3366  3D Video Game Environment I ARTS 4370 Interaction Design  

 Multimedia Production Concentration

ARTS 1311 Design I
ARTS 2356 Photography I
BCIS 3315 Web Development
COMM 3308 Digital Video Production
ENGL 3309 Technical Writing and Document Design
ENGL 3312 Graphics and Technical Writing
Advanced Art Electives (Choose 15 Credits of the following)
ARTS 3360 Graphic Design I, ARTS 3361 Photography II, ARTS 3362 Narrative Illustration I, ARTS 3363 Tradigital Animation 1, ARTS 3364 3D Animation I, ARTS 3365 Special Effects I, ARTS 3368 Narrative Film Arts I, ARTS 3369 Experimental Photography, ARTS 3372 Typography, ARTS 3373 Publication Design, ARTS 3374 Digital Media Design, ARTS 4360 Graphic Design II, ARTS 4361 Photography III, ARTS 4362 Narrative Illustration II, ARTS 4363 Tradigital Animation II, ARTS 4364 3D Animation II, ARTS 4368 Narrative Film Arts II, ARTS 4370 Interaction Design, ARTS 4372 Collaborative Production, ARTS 4375 Aerial Photography
Advanced Art Electives (Choose 9 Credits of the following)    
ARTS 3332 Contemporary Movements in Art, ARTS 3334 History of Photography and Lens-Based Media, ARTS 4384 Internship in Art or Digital Media, ARTS 4385 Art Seminar, BCIS 3300 Computer Technology and Impact, COMM 3321 Advertising, COMM 3384 Documentary Film, COMM 4310 Computer-Mediated Communication, ENGL 3310 Technical Writing and Editing, ENGL 3343 Creative Writing, ENGL Writing for Electronic Mediums, ENGL 4335 Film Studies
Electives (Choose 12 Credits)

Video Game Design Concentration

ARTS 2344 Game Design
ARTS 3383 3d Modeling
Advanced Art Electives (Choose 6 Credits of the following)
ARTS 3364 3D Animation I, ARTS 3365 Special Effects I, ARTS 3366 3D Video Game Environment I, ARTS 4362, ARTS 4364 3D Animation II, ARTS 4365 Special Effects II,ARTS 4366 3D Video Game Environment II, ARTS 4367 3D Rendering and Lighting, ARTS 4370 Interaction Design, ARTS 4372 Collaborative Production
Advanced Electives (13 Credits)
COSC 1310 Procedural Programming
COSC 2321  C++ Programming
COSC 2331 Java Programming
COSC 2341 Data Structures
COSC 3330 Games, Graphics, and GUIs
COSC 3489 Software Engineering I
MATH 1316 Plane Trigonometry (or MATH 2412)
MATH 2413 Calculus I
MATH 3310 Discrete Mathematics

Programs and Opportunities

Tarleton Art Society in front of the Guggenheim

Tarleton Art Society

Tarleton Art Society is a student-run organization that brings together like-minded individuals from various artistic disciplines to promote artistic knowledge. Each year there is a wide range of activities hosted by this organization, including fundraisers, mural painting, field trips, New York City visits, and workshops. For more information, contact Tim Harding, Faculty Advisor.

Tarleton Film Festival

Annual Film and Moving Image Festival

The Digital Media Studies Department and the Communication Studies Department of Tarleton State University are proud to present the 16th annual Tarleton Student Film & Moving Media Festival. This competitive cinematic event screens every year in the Spring, giving all Animation and Moving Image students a chance to show off their work!


Digital Motion Capture Lab

Digital Motion Capture Lab

The Digital Media Studies program includes a state-of-the-art Vicon Motion Capture System, as well as professional video and digital imaging studio equipment. Our facilities also feature 2D and 3D printers and scanners and other digital fabrication devices.

Visiting Artist Lectures and Workshops

Visiting Artist Lectures and Workshops

Every semester the Department of Fine Arts holds a number of visiting artist lectures and workshops featuring artists from the Dallas/Fort Worth area as well as nationally; here, artists visit and lecture about their experiences and work. Recent workshops included 19th-century process photography as well as advanced sculpture casting. Lectures are free and open to the public.

Student Work

Tarleton Game Club

The Tarleton Game club is a student-run art club at Tarleton that meets weekly, usually in FA room 162. Tarleton Game Club is a club that promotes game design, games, game development and more for Tarleton students and staff. Each year the club hosts tournaments, LAN parties, designs their own games, and enters game design competitions. See the Tarleton Game Club Facebook page and the Steam page for more info.