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B.Des. in Digital Arts and Media Design

Design. Develop. Discover.
Create on the edge of technology!
Become a creative problem-solver and learn to think critically in a collaborative environment. develop your skills in the most up-to-date technologies but will also prepare you for the future of your field.
Earn a Bachelor of Design in Digital Arts and Media Design at Penn State

Are you ready to go digital with your creativity? Join us in the studio!

Digital Arts and Media Design uses digital arts technologies in studio settings to challenge artists and expand ideas.

Digital artists manipulate computer software through coding to expand the potential for creating new forms of artmaking, including interactive games, simulations, or as immersive environments that require active participation by a viewer.

This degree represents an interdisciplinary approach to emerging technologies and the arts and design disciplines and prepares you for a growing and rapidly changing field of study.

Is the B. Des. in Digital Arts and Media Design right for you?

You are inspired to think in computer languages and graphic communication. You consider digital devices flexible and adaptive studio spaces where you come up with your best ideas. With this degree, you will be equipped to engage with the ever-changing face of digital media and the open-ended nature of digital design. Students who earn this degree design video games, build virtual environments, and enjoy careers in digital art, web-based design, 3-D modeling, animation, game development, video and motion graphics, and interactive media.

If your curiosity and creativity are stimulated by thinking visually in computer languages and digital communication, take your passion to the next level. Meet your technical, creative, and intellectual needs of visual thinking, computer programming, and graphic communication.

SoVA student creating a digital model for class.
SoVA Student immersed in a video game on their phone.

Concentrations

Choose from one of the following areas of program emphasis:

Digital Art and Digital Design

In this track students create individualized 2d-3d digital arts and design learning paths that may include UX/UI design (user experience/user interface), visual concept art and design, 3d modeling and digital fabrication, 2d-3d digital imaging and computer graphics, as well as the most recent emerging forms of digital art and design.

Interactive Media

In this track students create individualized learning paths for interactive media design. Students learn computational skills as visual thinkers, designing increasingly complex interactive experiences individually and in teams. Students take courses in game art, game design, physical computing, mobile and web design, virtual worlds, interactive media design, data visualization and cultural analytics.

 

Time Based Media

In this track students create individualized learning paths for 2d and 3d time based digital arts and media design including motion graphics, animation, computer graphics and pre-visualization as well as video compositing.

A day in the digital life...

From seminars to hack-a-thons and coding sessions to fabrication workshops, you will immerse in daily creative activities.

Alumni Spotlight

Penn State gave me the opportunity to explore the many career paths available in the film industry.
Caleb Yoder, Penn State alumnus and DreamWorks animatic editor.

Alumni Spotlight

Caleb Yoder

B.Des. in Digital Arts and Media Design 2016

A student internship with DreamWorks Animation led Caleb Yoder to a full-time videographer position with the company following his graduation. Caleb spent eight months as a videographer before moving to the DreamWorks TV division, where he worked as a production assistant and production coordinator on Harvey Street Kids. As a Schreyer Scholar, Caleb graduated with highest distinction, serving as college marshal for the College of Arts and Architecture. Caleb now is assistant animatic editor at DreamWorks.

Silhouette of Caleb Yoder shooting video for DreamWorks.
DreamWorks animatic editor Caleb Yoder pictured with characters from Harvey Street Kids

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