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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 2018-2019 academic cohort. This sequence should not be used for advising purposes. Instead, contact your Student Success Advisor for a copy of this program’s Curriculum Flowchart.

SemesterCourseCoreCredits
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 Lessons I: Instrumental or Vocal
X1
MUS 112
Vocal Ensemble I
X1
MUS 120
Music Theory and Musicianship I
X2
MUS 120L
Music Theory and Musicianship I Lab
X1
MUS 150
Sound Design Project I
X2
MUS 150L
Sound Design Project I Lab
X2
Semester 1 Total19
Semester 2COM 150
Interpersonal and Work Communication
3
FLM 151
Visual Language and Film Analysis
3
MUS 111
Private Lessons II: Instrumental or Vocal
X1
MUS 113
Vocal Ensemble II
X1
MUS 121
Music Theory and Musicianship II
X2
MUS 121L
Music Theory and Musicianship II Lab
X1
MUS 151
Sound Design Project II
X2
MUS 151L
Sound Design Project Lab
X2
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 Lessons III: Instrumental or Vocal
X1
MUS 212
Vocal Ensemble III
X1
MUS 220
Music Theory and Musicianship III
X2
MUS 220L
Music Theory and Musicianship III Lab
X1
MUS 230
Composition I
X2
MUS 250
Sound Design Project III
X1
MUS 250L
Sound Design Project III Lab
X2
MUS 260
Music History and Literature I
X3
Semester 3 Total17
Semester 4CS 175
Scripting Languages
3
HSS Elective
Humanities and Social Sciences Elective
3
MUS 211
Private Lessons IV: Instrumental or Vocal
X1
MUS 213
Vocal Ensemble IV
X1
MUS 221
Music Theory and Musicianship IV
X2
MUS 221L
Music Theory and Musicianship IV Lab
X1
MUS 231
Composition II
X2
MUS 251
Sound Design Project IV
X1
MUS 251L
Sound Design Project IV Lab
X2
MUS 261
Music History and Literature II
X3
Semester 4 Total19
Semester 5
COL 499
Career Search Preparation: Materials, Logistics, and Communication
1
ENG Elective
English Elective
3
HSS Elective
Humanities and Social Sciences Elective
3
MUS 310
Private Lessons V: Instrumental or Vocal
X1
MUS 320
Conducting and Instrumentation
X2
MUS 330
Advanced Composition I
X3
MUS 350
Sound Design Project V
X1
MUS 350L
Sound Design Project V Lab
X2
PHY 116
Physics of Music and Sound
3
Semester 5 Total19
Semester 6STEM Elective
Any non-required CS, ECE, MAT, or PHY course numbered 200 or higher
3
MUS 311
Private Lessons VI: Instrumental or Vocal
X1
MUS 321
Introduction to Orchestration
X3
MUS 322
Adaptive Music for Video Games
X3
MUS 331
Advanced Composition II
X3
MUS 351
Sound Design Project VI
X1
MUS 351L
Sound Design Project VI Lab
X2
Semester 6 Total16
Semester 7
Open Elective
An elective of the student’s choice from any department at DigiPen
3
Open Elective
An elective of the student’s choice from any department at DigiPen
3
HSS Elective
Humanities and Social Sciences Elective
3
MUS 410
Private Lessons VII: Instrumental or Vocal
X1
MUS 450
Sound Design Project VII
X1
MUS 450L
Sound Design Project VII Lab
X2
MUS Elective
Any MUS course
X3
Semester 7 Total16
Semester 8Open Elective
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 Lessions VIII: Instrumental or Vocal
X1
MUS 451
Sound Design Project VIII
X1
MUS 451L
Sound Design Project VIII Lab
X2
MUS Elective
Music Elective
X3
MUS Elective
Music Elective
X3
Semester 8 Total16
Degree Program Total (minimum credits required)140