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 the recommended sequence of courses for a student in the 2017-2018 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.

Sample Course Sequence Chart

Semester Course Course Title Core Credits
Semester 1 COL 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 X 1
MUS 112 Vocal Ensemble I   1
MUS 120 Music Theory and Musicianship I X 2
MUS 120L Music Theory and Musicianship I Lab X 1
MUS 150 Sound Design Project I X 2
MUS 150L Sound Design Project I Lab X 2
Semester 1 Total 19
Semester 2 COM 150 Interpersonal and Work Communication   3
FLM 151 Visual Language and Film Analysis   3
MUS 111 Private Lessons II: Instrumental or Vocal X 1
MUS 113 Vocal Ensemble II X 1
MUS 121 Music Theory and Musicianship II X 2
MUS 121L Music Theory and Musicianship II Lab X 1
MUS 151 Sound Design Project II X 2
MUS 151L Sound Design Project Lab X 2
PHY 115 Introduction to Applied Math and Physics   3
Semester 2 Total 18
Semester 3 CS 116 Introduction to Computer Technology and Programming   4
MUS 210 Private Lessons III: Instrumental or Vocal X 1
MUS 212 Vocal Ensemble III X 1
MUS 220 Music Theory and Musicianship III X 2
MUS 220L Music Theory and Musicianship III Lab X 1
MUS 230 Composition I X 2
MUS 250 Sound Design Project III X 1
MUS 250L Sound Design Project III Lab X 2
MUS 260 Music History and Literature I X 3
Semester 3 Total 17
Semester 4 CS 175 Scripting Languages   3
HSS Elective Humanities and Social Sciences Elective   3
MUS 211 Private Lessons IV: Instrumental or Vocal X 1
MUS 213 Vocal Ensemble IV X 1
MUS 221 Music Theory and Musicianship IV X 2
MUS 221L Music Theory and Musicianship IV Lab X 1
MUS 231 Composition II X 2
MUS 251 Sound Design Project IV X 1
MUS 251L Sound Design Project IV Lab X 2
MUS 261 Music History and Literature II X 3
Semester 4 Total 19
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 X 1
MUS 320 Conducting and Instrumentation X 2
MUS 330 Advanced Composition I X 3
MUS 350 Sound Design Project V X 1
MUS 350L Sound Design Project V Lab X 2
PHY 116 Physics of Music and Sound   3
Semester 5 Total 19
Semester 6 GAT 110 Game History   3
MUS 311 Private Lessons VI: Instrumental or Vocal X 1
MUS 321 Introduction to Orchestration X 3
MUS 322 Adaptive Music for Video Games X 3
MUS 331 Advanced Composition II X 3
MUS 351 Sound Design Project VI X 1
MUS 351L Sound Design Project VI Lab X 2
Semester 6 Total 16
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 X 1
MUS 450 Sound Design Project VII X 1
MUS 450L Sound Design Project VII Lab X 2
MUS Elective Any MUS course X 3
Semester 7 Total 16
Semester 8 Open 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 X 1
MUS 451 Sound Design Project VIII X 1
MUS 451L Sound Design Project VIII Lab X 2
MUS Elective Music Elective X 3
MUS Elective Music Elective X 3
Semester 8 Total 16
Degree Program Total 140 minimum

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