Undergraduate Degree - Digital Storytelling

Program:
Digital Storytelling
Program Code:
6386 Digital Storytelling
Program Level:
Undergraduate
Award Type:
Bachelor of Arts
Start Term:
FS21
College:
College of Communication Arts and Sciences
Relevant Excerpt(s) from Academic Programs:
Department:
School of Journalism
Relevant Excerpt(s) from Academic Programs:


Excerpt from the official Academic Programs Catalog:

Listed below are the approved requirements for the program from the official Academic Programs Catalog.
Students must consult their advisors to learn which specific requirements apply to their degree programs.
Requirements as represented in Degree Navigator are not available for this program.

College of Communication Arts and Sciences

School of Journalism

Undergraduate Programs
Digital Storytelling

Digital storytelling is the foundation for the world of media. The Bachelor of Arts degree in Digital Storytelling prepares students for a career in a media-focused world and provides them with the tools and techniques needed for creative, entrepreneurial and analytical processes and production. Graduates are prepared for a multitude of career paths -- film, television, corporate communications, digital advertising, new media—anything that involves using sound and image to entertain, inform and/or educate. The digital storytelling major has an interdisciplinary focus with courses from Communication Arts and Science, Film Studies, Journalism, and Media and Information.

The program of study encompasses a common core with foundational and supplementary courses. Students must choose one of the following 12-credit transcriptable concentrations or a 15-credit minor:

The Animation Concentration focuses on the production and theory of animated works in storytelling. Students completing this concentration will be prepared for understanding and producing stories via animation. Students will gain a background in the theoretical and practical uses of the animated form.

The Audio Storytelling Concentration is focused on storytelling through the art and science of production through audio. Students gain hands-on experience producing stories through sound for audio-based models such as terrestrial broadcast radio, satellite radio and web-based distribution and podcasts. Students will learn the fundamentals of audio technology, delivery and presentation, sound design and theory, and industry organization and business concepts.

The Filmmaking Concentration focuses on filmmaking – both fiction and non-fiction in focus. Students learn pre-production, production, and post-production techniques and design principles involved in documentary and fiction film. Students also gain experience in producing, directing, and managing media projects for distribution on multiple platforms including broadcast, cable, mobile networks, and the Internet.

The Multicam Production Concentration focuses on media production using industry multi-camera approaches. Students will learn hands-on multicam techniques for broadcast television and related fields. This concentration emphasizes theory and execution of live directing and production of multicam broadcasts. Students will establish an understanding of production techniques for media distribution including traditional broadcast, mobile networks and web formats.

The Minor in Documentary Production introduces undergraduates to the history, theory, and production of documentary media. Documentary production focuses on issues of media, representation, and reality. It engages directly with the fundamental understanding of how the world is presented, represented, distorted, structured, and shaped. Interpretation and representation of reality constitutes a central axis of inquiry and debate. By integrating production and analysis, students in this minor produce theoretically informed work and develop a cutting-edge understanding of the challenges inherent in representing reality.

The Minor in Fiction Filmmaking educates students in the history, theory, and production of fiction film. Students who enroll in this minor combine practical skills in production with conceptual training in film studies to produce theoretically informed work while developing an understanding of the challenges of creating high-quality films.

Requirements for the Bachelor of Arts Degree in Digital Storytelling
  1. The University requirements for bachelor's degrees as described in the Undergraduate Education section of the catalog; 120 credits, including general elective credits, are required for the Bachelor of Arts degree in Digital Storytelling.

    The University's Tier II writing requirement for the Digital Storytelling major is met by completing one of the following courses: Digital Storytelling 411B or 435B or 441 or 442A or 442B or 442C or 443, or Journalism 312.  Those courses are referenced in item 3. below.
  2. The requirements of the College of Communication Arts and Sciences for the Bachelor of Arts degree.
  3. The following requirements for the major:
    a. All of the following core courses with a minimum grade-point average of 2.0 (12 credits):
    CAS 112 Story, Sound and Motion 3
    DS 103 Media History 3
    DS 113 Story, Sound and Motion II 3
    JRN 108 The World of Media 3
    b. Complete a concentration or minor (12 to 15 credits):
    Animation
    1. Complete the following courses (9 credits):
    JRN 212 2D Animation Storytelling 3
    JRN 312 Stop Motion Animation Storytelling (W) 3
    JRN 413 3D Animation Storytelling 3
    2. One of the following courses (3 credits):
    JRN 412 Scoring for Moving Pictures 3
    MI 337 Compositing and Special Effects 3
    Audio Storytelling
    1. Complete three of the following courses (9 credits):
    DS 243 Audio Storytelling 3
    DS 343 Podcasting 3
    DS 344 Sound Design for Storytelling 3
    JRN 412 Scoring for Moving Pictures 3
    2. Complete the following course (3 credits):
    DS 443 Advanced Audio Design (W) 3
    Filmmaking
    1. Complete the following courses (9 credits):
    DS 241 Filmmaking I: Basics of Film Production 3
    DS 341 Filmmaking II: Creating Short Films 3
    DS 441 Filmmaking III: Advanced Filmmaking Capstone (W) 3
    2. One of the following courses (3 credits):
    DS 311 Introduction to Documentary Filmmaking 3
    DS 351 Producing for Cinema and Television 3
    DS 409 Advanced Lighting and Camera Techniques 3
    DS 440 Advanced Video Editing 3
    FLM 334 Introduction to Screenwriting (W)  3
    Multicam Production
    1. Both of the following courses (6 credits):
    DS 242 Multicam Production I 3
    DS 342 Multicam Production II 3
    2. Two of the following courses, one of which must be DS 442A, DS 442B, or DS 442C:
    DS 442A Multicam Production for Arts (W) 3
    DS 442B Multicam Production for Sports (W) 3
    DS 442C Multicam Production for News (W) 3
    THR 411 Stage Lighting Design 3
    THR 416 Stage Sound Design 3
    Students may choose to complete one of the following minors (15 credits):
    Documentary Production or Fiction Filmmaking. Students should consult the Academic Programs catalog statement in the department that administers the minor to learn the requirements.
    c. Complete a minimum of 12 elective credits of courses from the following:
    DS 202 Writing for Digital Storytelling 3
    DS 211 Documentary Film History and Theory 3
    DS 241 Filmmaking: Basics of Film Production 3
    DS 242 Multicam Production I 3
    DS 243 Audio Storytelling 3
    DS 311 Introduction to Documentary Filmmaking 3
    DS 341 Filmmaking: Creating Short Films II 3
    DS 342 Multicam Production II 3
    DS 343 Podcasting 3
    DS 344 Sound Design for Storytelling 3
    DS 351 Producing for Cinema and Television 3
    DS 409 Advanced Lighting and Camera Techniques 3
    DS 411A Advanced Documentary Filmmaking I (W) 3
    DS 411B Advanced Documentary Filmmaking II (W) 3
    DS 435A Creating the Fiction Film I 3
    DS 435B Creating the Fiction Film II (W) 3
    DS 440 Advanced Video Editing 3
    DS 481 Indian Film and Media Production 8 to 12
    DS 492 Digital Storytelling Special Topics 3
    DS 492A Digital Storytelling Special Topics in Animation 3
    DS 492B Digital Audio Storytelling Special Topics 3
    DS 492C Special Topics in Filmmaking 3
    DS 492D Special Topics in Multicam Production 3
    FLM 301 History of Film after Midcentury 3
    JRN 206 Video Storytelling with Phones 3
    JRN 212 2D Animation Storytelling 3
    JRN 310 Photojournalism 3
    JRN 312 Stop Motion Animation Storytelling (W) 3
    JRN 412 Scoring for Moving pictures 3
    JRN 483 Photo Communication in Europe 6
    JRN 486 British and Irish Mass Media Education Abroad 6
    JRN 487 Creative Journey Education Abroad 6
    MI 337 Compositing and Special Effects 3
    Courses chosen to complete this requirement may not be used to fulfill the requirements of a concentration or minor.
    d. Digital Storytelling majors must complete a minimum of 72 credits in courses outside of the School of Journalism, and mass communication. Digital Storytelling majors may complete up to 48 credits in digital storytelling, journalism, and mass communication areas of study.