Degree Requirements for the 2017-2018 Cohort

Number of Credits and GPA

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.

Students must receive special permission in writing from their academic advisor to take more than 20 credits in either of their first two semesters.

Grade Requirements and Core Courses

Students must receive a grade of C- (or 1.7 quality points) or better in all core courses for the Bachelor of Arts in Music and Sound Design. (In a non-core course a grade of D [or 1.0 quality points] is considered passing.) The core courses are: MUS 110, MUS 111, MUS 112, MUS 113, MUS 120, MUS 120L, MUS 121, MUS 121L, MUS 150, MUS 150L, MUS 151, MUS 151L, MUS 210, MUS 211, MUS 212, MUS 213, MUS 220, MUS 220L, MUS 221, MUS 221L, MUS 230, MUS 231, MUS 250, MUS 250L, MUS 251, MUS 251L, MUS 260, MUS 261, MUS 310, MUS 311, MUS 316, MUS 320, MUS 321, MUS 322, MUS 330, MUS 331, MUS 350, MUS 350L, MUS 351, MUS 351L, MUS 410, MUS 411, MUS 415, MUS 416, MUS 450, MUS 450L, MUS 451, MUS 451L, and 9 MUS elective credits.

Computer Science

The following courses are required: CS 116, CS 175. (Total : 7 credits.)

Film

The following courses are required: FLM 115 and FLM 151. (Total: 6 credits.)

Game Design and Development

The following courses are required: GAT 110. (Total: 3 credits.)

Open Electives

9 credits from any department at DigiPen.

Humanities and Social Sciences

The following courses are required: COL 101, COL 499, COM 150, ENG 110, LAW 115, 3 ENG elective credits, 9 HSS elective credits. (Total: 23 credits)

Humanities and Social Sciences Electives

HSS Electives include courses with the following prefixes: COM (Communications), ECN (Economics), ENG (English), HIS (History), LAW (Law), PHL (Philosophy), PSY (Psychology), and SOS (Social Sciences).

Mathematics

The following courses are required: MAT 120. (Total: 3 credits.)

Music

The following courses are required: MUS 110, MUS 111, MUS 112, MUS 113, MUS 120, MUS 120L, MUS 121, MUS 121L, MUS 150, MUS 150L, MUS 151, MUS 151L, MUS 210, MUS 211, MUS 212, MUS 213, MUS 220, MUS 220L, MUS 221, MUS 221L, MUS 230, MUS 231, MUS 250, MUS 250L, MUS 251, MUS 251L, MUS 260, MUS 261, MUS 310, MUS 311 or MUS 316, MUS 320, MUS 321, MUS 322, MUS 330, MUS 331, MUS 350, MUS 350L, MUS 351, MUS 351L, MUS 410 or MUS 415, MUS 411 or MUS 416, MUS 450, MUS 450L, MUS 451, MUS 451L, and 9 MUS elective credits. (Total: 83 credits)

Physics

The following courses are required: PHY 115, PHY 116. (Total: 6 credits.)

Internship Option

Students have the option to replace one of the pairs of courses: MUS 450 and MUS 450L, or MUS 451 and MUS 451L, with the internship course MUS 390. All internships must be approved in writing by the program director and internship coordinator, and comply with the DigiPen internship guidelines.

Note on General Education Courses

The following courses satisfy the general education requirement for the Bachelor of Arts in Music and Sound Design: COM 150, ENG 110, FLM 115, LAW 115, PHY 115, PHY 116, and nine HSS elective credits, and three ENG elective credits.


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