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The Bachelor of Arts in Music and Sound Design requires completion of 140 credits with a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or better. The program usually spans eight semesters of 15 weeks each, or four academic years. See Degree Requirements for more information.

This is a sample sequence of courses for a student in the 2019-2020 academic cohort. This sequence should not be used for advising purposes. Instead, contact your Student Success Advisor for assistance.

Sample sequence of courses for a student in the 2019-2020 academic cohort.

SemesterCourseCredits
Semester 1COL 101
College Life and Academic Skills
1
ENG 110
Composition
3
FLM 115
History of Film and Animation
3
MAT 120
Mathematics of Music and Sound I
3
MUS 110
Private Lesson I: Instrumental or Vocal
1
MUS 112
Vocal Ensemble
1
MUS 120
Music Theory and Musicianship I
2
MUS 120L
Music Theory and Musicianship I Lab
1
MUS 150
Sound Design Project I
2
MUS 150L
Sound Design Project I Lab
2
Semester 1 Total19
Semester 2COM 150
Interpersonal and Work Communication
3
FLM 201
Cinematography
3
MUS 111
Private Lesson II: Instrumental or Vocal
1
MUS 113
Vocal Ensemble
1
MUS 121
Music Theory and Musicianship II
2
MUS 121L
Music Theory and Musicianship II Lab
1
MUS 151
Sound Design Project II
2
MUS 151L
Sound Design Project II Lab
2
PHY 115
Introduction to Applied Math and Physics
3
Semester 2 Total18
Semester 3CS 116
Introduction to Computer Technology and Programming
4
MUS 210
Private Lesson III: Instrumental or Vocal
1
MUS 212
Vocal Ensemble
1
MUS 220
Music Theory and Musicianship III
2
MUS 220L
Music Theory and Musicianship III Lab
1
MUS 230
Composition I
2
MUS 240
Sound Design Collaborative Project I
1
MUS 250
Sound Design Project III
1
MUS 250L
Sound Design Project III Lab
2
MUS 260
Music History and Literature I
3
Semester 3 Total18
Semester 4CS 174
Audio Scripting
3
MUS 211
Private Lesson IV: Instrumental or Vocal
1
MUS 213
Vocal Ensemble
1
MUS 221
Music Theory and Musicianship IV
2
MUS 221L
Music Theory and Musicianship IV Lab
1
MUS 231
Composition II
2
MUS 241
Sound Design Collaborative Project II
2
MUS 251
Sound Design Project IV
1
MUS 251L
Sound Design Project IV Lab
2
MUS 261
Music History and Literature II
3
Semester 4 Total18
Semester 5
COL 499
Career Search Preparation: Materials, Logistics, and Communication
1
ENG Elective
English Elective
3
MUS 310
Private Lesson V: Instrumental or Vocal
1
MUS 320
Conducting and Instrumentation
2
MUS 330
Advanced Composition I
3
MUS 340
Sound Design Collaborative Project III
1
MUS 350
Sound Design Project V
1
MUS 350L
Sound Design Project V Lab
2
PHY 116
Physics of Music and Sound
3
Semester 5 Total17
Semester 6HSS Elective
Humanities and Social Sciences Elective
3
MUS 311
Private Lesson VI: Instrumental or Vocal
1
MUS 321
Introduction to Orchestration
3
MUS 322
Adaptive Music for Video Games
3
MUS 331
Advanced Composition II
3
MUS 341
Sound Design Collaborative Project IV
2
MUS 351
Sound Design Project VI
1
MUS 351L
Sound Design Project VI Lab
2
Semester 6 Total18
Semester 7
Elective
An elective of the student’s choice from any department at DigiPen
3
HSS Elective
Humanities and Social Sciences Elective
3
HSS Elective
Humanities and Social Sciences Elective
3
MUS 410
Private Lesson VII: Instrumental or Vocal
1
MUS 450
Sound Design Project VII
1
MUS 450L
Sound Design Project VII Lab
2
MUS Elective
Any MUS course
3
Semester 7 Total16
Semester 8Elective
An elective of the student’s choice from any department at DigiPen
3
LAW 115
Introduction to Intellectual Property and Contracts
3
MUS 411
Private Lesson VIII: Instrumental or Vocal
1
MUS 451
Sound Design Project VIII
1
MUS 451L
Sound Design Project VIII Lab
2
MUS Elective
Music Elective
3
MUS Elective
Music Elective
3
Semester 8 Total16
Degree Program Total (minimum credits required)140

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