The Digital Arts and Sciences (DA&S) program is designed to engage your creativity and encourage you to expand your boundaries, equipping you for success in a highly dynamic digital media industry.

This program focuses on combining the artistic, technical and scientific aspects of digital content creation with applications that include virtual reality, scientific visualization, animation, games and UI/UX design. The program often brings in industry professionals from various disciplines to demonstrate real-life applications.

As a DA&S student, you develop creative and research abilities through intensive technical training. The result of this curriculum culminates in a capstone project, which demonstrates your creative ability, technical prowess in a variety of media choices, and use of a wide range of digital tools for various applications.

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"It’s important to help students develop their own visual language, which can be a tall order for a 22-year-old who has only been consuming mainstream digital content,” says Lee. “I show them the tools to get them started. It’s their job to research their way and to find their own voice, utilizing the methods I show."

Alex Lee, Associate Professor, Communication & Media

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Your Future

Career Opportunities

After graduation, you will be prepared to embark on a successful career in any of the following areas:

  • art and design
  • film
  • computer animation and video gaming
  • UI/UX creation
  • mobile/web design and development (app design)
  • computational science research (scientific visualization and simulation)
  • interactive display systems
  • virtual reality
  • data visualization
  • physical computing
  • social media/online marketing
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The DA&S major encompasses 78 of the 120 credit hours required for a bachelor's degree. This leaves ample opportunity to explore majors or other areas that interest you while you complete your DA&S degree. Take courses such as :

  • Intro to Digital Art: Time & Image
  • Elements of Design
  • 3D Digital Modeling & Imagery
  • Digital Painting and Illustration
  • Moving Images: Motion Graphics & Animation
  • Creative Apps

Digital Arts & Sciences Major Curriculum


Looking to take your education a step further? Check out our list of minors to complement your digital arts & sciences degree.

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It’s exciting to know that my studies in communications in combination with Digital Arts and Sciences has prepared me to go into such a variety of fields. I could do anything from advertising for a large engineering corporation, to event planning for a prestigious museum. The possibilities are endless and that is what makes this major extremely rewarding.

Emily Fountain '17, BS Communication

Experiential Learning

Internship and Co-op Opportunities

As a student, you will have the ability to apply for internships/co-ops at companies like Pixar, Industrial Light & Magic, Dreamworks, Warner Brothers, Time Warner, Nelvana Studios, Rokko Studios, Ice Blade Studios, Framestore, HBO, Xerox, Pipeline Studios, Guru Studio, Bardel Entertainment, Atomic Entertainment, Mercury Filmworks, 9 Story Media Group and many more.

Research Opportunities

The DA&S degree has significant research opportunities involving the Montreal International Games Summit, Game Developers Conference and Siggraph, among others.

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