Bachelor of Science in Digital Arts & Sciences

Bachelor of Science in Digital Arts & Sciences

Technology and Art Meet

Art meets science in an age of digital innovation. Combine your love of art with your passion for technology. Unlock new creative possibilities in an interdisciplinary program that blends creative vision with scientific understanding and technical rigor. Whatever your vision, bring it to life with a Bachelor of Science in Digital Arts & Sciences from Clarkson.

Why Major in Digital Arts & Sciences at Clarkson?

Creativity knows no bounds — from ideas to the tools and technologies that bring them to life. Today, if you’re considering a career in user experience design, computational art, digital animation and motion graphics, virtual reality, game development or another new media area, your eye for design and penchant for doing things differently mark a solid starting spot. Yet, they don’t end there: a firm foundation in computer science and mathematics gives you an understanding of the latest interactive design tools and allows you to keep pace with the field’s progress.

Clarkson is driven by science and technology. Our Digital Arts & Sciences major highlights where these areas intersect with and fuel creativity. You'll develop your creative skills as you tap into our longstanding expertise in math and computer science. That means you'll get the technical know-how to bring your creative visions to life.

At the same time that you look for new applications for your skills, you'll also explore multiple approaches to digital media. Ultimately, you'll have the chance to specialize in topics including 2D and 3D digital animation, game design and development, interactive art or VR/XR design and development.

What You'll Learn

Of the 120 credit hours you need to earn a bachelor's degree in Digital Arts & Sciences, 78 are specific to the program. All Digital Arts & Sciences students take 33 credit hours in digital arts, 10 in computer science, 12 in mathematics and nine in computer science or mathematics-related disciplines.

As you explore where art and technology converge, you'll take courses covering topics such as:

  • 3D Digital Modeling and Animation
  • 3D Space and Projected Geometry
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Computer Vision
  • Digital Imaging and Photography
  • Digital Painting and Illustration
  • Interactive and Algorithmic Art
  • Motion Graphics and Data Visualization
  • Virtual Reality and Mixed Reality

The DA&S program consists of 33 credit hours in digital arts, 10 credit hours in computer science, 12 credit hours in mathematics, and 9 more credit hours in either computer science or mathematics. 27 credit hours are in free electives, which is enough to complete a minor or second major if you so choose.

All courses are 3 credits unless noted.

Clarkson Common Experience

The following courses are required for all students, irrespective of their program of study. These courses are offered during the fall semester, with FY100 First-Year Seminar being required of only first-year students. Both FY100 and UNIV190 are typically taken during the fall semester of the first year at Clarkson.
FY100 First-Year Seminar (1 credit)
UNIV190 The Clarkson Seminar (3 credits)

Digital Arts and Sciences Core Requirements

Students are required to complete the following courses:

Digital Arts

  • DA100 Introduction to Digital Art: Time and Image
  • DA110 Drawing
  • DA120 Element of Design
  • DA140 Introduction to Digital Art: Form & Code
  • DA212 Art in Context

Professional Experience

Students are required to take the following courses in their final year to apply the knowledge learned in the program:

  • DA491 Professional Practice
  • DA492 Senior Studies

Digital Arts and Sciences Core Electives

200-level Digital Arts Course

Students must complete two of the following courses:

  • DA200 3D Digital Modeling & Imagery 
  • DA225 Digital Painting & Illustration 
  • DA250 Interactive & Algorithmic Art

300-level Digital Arts Course

Students must complete two of the following courses:

  • DA300 3D Imagery & Animation
  • DA310 Digital Object Design 
  • DA320 Moving Images: Motion Graphics & Animation
  • DA350 Interactive Audio/Visual 
  • DA391 Special Topics: Game System Design 
  • DA392 Special Topics: Digital Arts & Science 
  • DA393 Special Topics: Creative Apps
  • DA394 Special Topics: Designing for Website Usability
  • DA395 Special Topics in Digital Arts & Science

Computer Science/Mathematics Courses for Digital Arts and Sciences

Students must complete the following courses:

Computer Science

  • CS141 Intro to Computer Science I (4 credits)
  • CS142 Intro to Computer Science II
  • CS242 Advanced Programming Concepts in Java


  • MA131 Calculus I
  • MA230 3D Space and Projective Geometry
  • MA239 Linear Algebra
  • MA277 Elementary Numerical Methods

Computer Science/Mathematics Electives

Students must complete 3 more computer science (CS) and/or mathematics (MA) courses worth a total of 9 credits.

Digital Arts and Sciences Electives

Physics/Science Courses

Students must complete one of the following courses plus an additional natural science course:

  • PH131 Physics I (4 credits)
  • PH141 Physics for Life Sciences I (4 credits)


Students must complete one of the following courses:

  • STAT282 General Statistics
  • STAT381 Probability
  • STAT383 Probability & Statistics

Knowledge Area/University Course Electives

Students will have at least 15 credit hours available to use toward Knowledge Area and/or University Course electives to satisfy the Clarkson Common Experience requirements.

Free Electives

Students will have approximately 27 credit hours available to use toward courses of their choice.

As a Digital Arts & Sciences major, your work crosses disciplines. Dive into a subject, and share your findings in forums like the Montreal International Games Summit, Game Developers Conference and SIGGRAPH, among other places.

Learn more about research at Clarkson.

Creativity doesn't rest — and neither do Clarkson students, who stay busy with more than 200 student groups. You can sharpen your critic's gaze in the Anime or Film club, join the Photography/Videography Club (PoV) or keep your gaming skills on point in the Esports Club. See all of Clarkson's clubs and organizations.

Your Digital Arts & Sciences courses will take 78 credit hours to complete. You'll earn 120 credit hours in total to receive your degree. That gives you the flexibility to pursue a second major or a minor. Some minors related to the field include:


Great ideas don't speak for themselves. Learn how to reach audiences with required courses in writing, speaking, graphic design and theory. Learn about the communication minor.


As a creator, you'll learn quickly how important it is to become a businessperson. In this minor, you'll study topics including accounting, economics, finance, law, organizational behavior, operations management and marketing. Learn about the business minor.

Computer Science

Technology makes it possible to bring once-impossible visions to life. In this minor, you'll build skills in programming, software engineering and data structures and algorithms. Learn about the computer science minor.

Product Development and Marketing

Explore the concepts and tools that bring new products to market — and convince people to buy them. You'll build a portfolio showcasing your ability to identify opportunities and reach consumers. Learn about the product development and marketing minor.

The combination of my digital arts and sciences degree and my communication, media and design degree provided me with a variety of skills that qualified me for a wide range of job opportunities. From a video producer at an innovative technology company, to creating animations for a museum exhibit, to marketing for a well-known university, I was qualified for these positions and more. The Digital Arts and Sciences department allowed me to express myself creatively while also preparing me for my future career!

Kalen Bjerga '22 BS in Digital Arts and Sciences, BS in Communication, Media and Design

Career Possibilities

The hardest part of being a graduate of the BS in Digital Arts & Sciences program? Deciding which direction to go. Our alums build skills that qualify them for careers in:

  • Art and design
  • Computational science research (scientific visualization and simulation)
  • Data visualization
  • Digital animation and motion graphics
  • Game design and development
  • Physical computing
  • Social media and online marketing
  • UI/UX design
  • Video post-production and special effects
  • VR/AR/XR
  • Web design and development


In recent years, Digital Arts & Sciences students have earned jobs at many organizations, including:

  • ARCH Medical Solutions - Seabrook
  • Blizzard Entertainment
  • Computer Enterprises Inc.
  • DreamWorks
  • Hitachi
  • IBM
  • Interactive Media Consulting
  • Naval Undersea Warfare Center (Division Newport)
  • Painting With a Twist
  • Pfizer Pharmaceuticals
  • SuitUp
  • T-Base Communications
  • Vertical Solutions

Contact Us

Department of Communication, Media & Design


Phone: 315-268-6484

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