NYU digital communications and media

Last Updated on January 18, 2023

OVERVIEW

The Bachelor of Science in Digital Communications and Media (DCoM) prepares you for the demands of a fast-changing media environment.  In this practice-based degree, you will develop artistic and technical proficiency in a range of digital media – from design principles to interactive or motion design to filmmaking. Theoretical topics such as the cultural impact and ethical responsibility of a mass communication professional help build a holistic understanding of contemporary mediaAPPLY FOR FALL 2021

Degree Highlights

Build a Visual vocabulary and learn about theoretical concepts in a broad exposure to media fields from graphic design to web design, from video to motion design, from content strategy to media History. Next you decide on a concentration in Interactive or Time-Based Media. 

Faculty Contact

Mechthild Schmidt Feist
(212) 992-8729
[email protected]

STEM Designation

The STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) designation is assigned to programs that have quantitative/technical focus and enable students to participate in a longer optional practical training post-graduation.

FLEXIBILITY FOR FALL 2021

NYU plans to resume in-person instruction for academic year 2021-22, and will welcome students back on campus. If you are unable to attend in-person for Fall 2021, accommodations may be available for remote study.

NOTE: Certain restrictions and requirements may apply for international students.

PROGRAM STRUCTURE

Core Courses & Liberal Arts Electives

Core courses provide an in-depth exploration of the liberal arts that expands your critical thinking and analytical skills, increases your knowledge, and develops your intellect.

Internships

Earn academic credit while gaining industry experience. Work with coaches at the Wasserman Center to learn how to land an internship that will let you put what you have learned in the classroom into action.

Capstone

Work in close consultation with a faculty advisor on a senior thesis or project in your field of study.

DCoM Foundation

Media Theory and Media Practice Foundation courses expose you to hands-on design concepts, theory and workflow including real-life client projects before choosing to focus on a DCoM concentration.

DCom Elective Courses

Students select elective credits from DCoM course offerings in consultation with their advisor.

CONCENTRATIONS

Students select one of the following concentrations:

Time-Based Media: Video and Motion Design

Focuses on linear production and post production for video and broadcast media.LEARN MORE

Interactive Media: Web and Mobile Devices

Focuses on design and programming for web sites, mobile and interactive devices.LEARN MORE

DEGREE REQUIREMENTS

The degree is a 128 credit program consisting of a required set of core courses (32 credits), liberal arts electives (16 credits), required media courses (16 credits), required DCoM courses (28 credits), concentration courses (16 credits), DCoM elective courses (16 credits) and a graduation project (4 credits).

DCoM Foundation

Required Media Courses

Students are required to take the following courses.

Required Digital Communications and Media Courses

Students are required to take the following courses in the following sequence.

Concentration (8+16 cr)

After two intermediate courses students take 16 credits in their concentration.TIME-BASED MEDIA: VIDEO AND MOTION DESIGNINTERACTIVE MEDIA: WEB AND MOBILE DEVICES

Electives

Students select an additional 16 credits from any of the Digital Communications and Media courses, which may include the following course. In addition to Digital Communications and Media courses, students may select courses in Leadership and Management Studies, Media Studies, and Information Systems Management in consultation with their advisor.

CORE Courses (32 cr)

Writing

The following courses may be required based on a writing placement assessment, and should be successfully completed within the first three semesters.

Critical Thinking

Students are required to take the following course.

Quantitative Reasoning

Students, in close consultation with their advisor, select Math 1 and Math II or one of the following other courses based on a math placement assessment.

Scientific Issues

Students select one of the following courses in consultation with their advisor.

Historical Perspectives

Students select one of the following courses.

Global Perspectives

Students select one of the following courses.

Literary and Artistic Expressions

Students select one of the following courses.

Liberal Arts Electives

Students select an additional 16 credits of liberal arts courses in consultation with their advisor.

Graduation Project

Student are required to take “Senior Project: Industry Mentoring and Portfolio.” Additionally, students select either “Senior Project: Seminar” or “Senior Project: Internship” or “Senior Project: Independent Study” in consultation with their advisor.

ADMISSIONS CRITERIA

Applications will be reviewed for evidence of:

  • Academic preparedness suggestive of success at the baccalaureate level
  • Rationale for desire to pursue selected academic subject of study
  • Personal attributes that predict readiness for advanced college-level work (e.g., motivation to learn, time management, personal responsibility, maturity)
  • Self-reflection on work or life experiences that shape one’s educational and career goals
  • Leadership skill or potential demonstrated through community service, volunteer positions or other activities

Associates degree or equivalent of 45 transferable college credits required

Recommended minimum 3.3 (B+) GPALEARN MORE

Domestic Application Deadlines

Fall Semester

Early Decision:   July 1

Final: August 1

Spring Semester

Early Decision:   November 1,

Final: January 1

International Application Deadlines

Fall Semester

Early Decision:   February 1

Final: April 15

Spring Semester

Early Decision:   August 1

Final: October 1

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