The Digital Design curriculum is separated into two tracks: Entertainment Track, and Interactive Media/Production Track. Students will select their track of study in the second year and follow their chosen track to completion. Please refer to the appropriate track for proper curriculum requirements.

Graduation is contingent upon the successful completion of the prescribed courses within the select track of the 135-credit Digital Design curriculum and the maintenance of both a minimum overall cumulative GPA of 2.0 and a minimum 2.0 GPA for all major-specific requirements. Students are required to maintain an annual studio average of 2.0 or higher to advance to the next studio level each succeeding year and to complete the final 4th-year studio course sequence.

This curriculum represents the maximum number of credits per semester for which a student is advised to register.  A full-time credit load is 12 credits.  First-year students are placed in a curriculum that positions them for success which may result in additional time needed to complete curriculum requirements. Continuing students should consult with their academic advisor to determine the appropriate credit load. 

(134 credits)

Entertainment Track

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
1st SemesterTerm Credits
AD 150 Color and Composition 3
AD 161 History of Art and Design I 3
HUM 101 English Composition: Writing, Speaking, Thinking I 3
MATH 115 Elements of Geometry 3
CS 104 Computer Programming and Graphics Problems 3
Physical Education:GUR 1
MATH 120 Basic Concepts in Statistics 1
FRSH SEM Freshman Seminar 0
 Term Credits17
2nd Semester
AD 111 Communication in Art and Design - Traditional Media 3
AD 112 Communication in Art and Design - Digital Media 3
AD 162 History of Art and Design II 3
HUM 102 English Composition: Writing, Speaking, Thinking II 3
MATH 116 Mathematics of Design 3
Select one of the following: 3
Society, Technology, and the Environment  
Understanding Technological Society  
Economics  
Technology, Society and Culture: A Global View (or any approved Social Science GUR course)  
 Term Credits18
Second Year
1st Semester
ARCH 382 History of Architecture IV 3
DD 275 History of Games 3
IT 101 Introduction to Information Technology 3
Select one of the following: 3
The Pre-Modern World  
The Modern World  
The Twentieth-Century World  
PHYS 102 General Physics 3
PHYS 102A General Physics Laboratory 1
Physical Education:GUR 1
 Term Credits17
2nd Semester
DD 284 Video and Animation 3
IT 201 Information Design Techniques 3
ARCH 282 Structural Principles 3
STS 210
General Psychology
or Principles Of Psychology I
3
AD 201 Human Factors/Ergonomics 3
Natural Sciences:GUR Elective 3
 Term Credits18
Third Year
1st Semester
ARCH 434 3
STS 347
Introduction to Music
or Foundations of Sound and Music
3
DD 363 Digital Design Studio I 5
IT 265
Game Architecture and Design
or Game Modification Development
3
300+ Level Humanities and Social Sciences Electives (upper-level):GUR Elective 3
 Term Credits17
2nd Semester
DD 364 Digital Design Studio II 5
DD 301 Acting Fundamentals for Animators 3
AD/ARCH/DD/ID/FA/INT XXX Design Elective 3
ARCH/AD/DD/ID/FA/INT Design Elective 3
ENG 369 Creative Writing 3
 Term Credits17
Fourth Year
1st Semester
AD 463 Collaborative Design Studio 5
MGMT 390 Principles of Management 3
DD 443
2-Dimensional Character Design
or 3-Dimensional Character Devel
3
AD/ARCH/DD/FA/ID/INT Design Elective 3
 Term Credits14
2nd Semester
DD 464 Digital Design Studio III 5
DD 403
Digital Sound and Music
or Advanced Music Technology
3
DD 449
Imaginary Worlds: Architecture in Motion Pictures
or Visual and Special Effects in Movies
3
Free Elective 3
Humanities and Social Sciences Electives (HSS 400-level) Capstone:GUR Elective 3
 Term Credits17
 Total Credits135

(134 credits)

Interactive Media/Production Track

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
1st SemesterTerm Credits
AD 150 Color and Composition 3
AD 161 History of Art and Design I 3
HUM 101 English Composition: Writing, Speaking, Thinking I 3
MATH 115 Elements of Geometry 3
CS 104 Computer Programming and Graphics Problems 3
Physical Education:GUR 1
MATH 120 Basic Concepts in Statistics 1
FRSH SEM Freshman Seminar 0
 Term Credits17
2nd Semester
AD 111 Communication in Art and Design - Traditional Media 3
AD 112 Communication in Art and Design - Digital Media 3
AD 162 History of Art and Design II 3
HUM 102 English Composition: Writing, Speaking, Thinking II 3
MATH 116 Mathematics of Design 3
Select one of the following: 3
Society, Technology, and the Environment  
Understanding Technological Society  
Economics  
 Term Credits18
Second Year
1st Semester
ARCH 382 History of Architecture IV 3
DD 275 History of Games 3
IT 101 Introduction to Information Technology 3
PHYS 102 General Physics 3
PHYS 102A General Physics Laboratory 1
Physical Education:GUR 1
Select one of the following: 3
The Twentieth-Century World  
The Pre-Modern World  
The Modern World  
 Term Credits17
2nd Semester
DD 284 Video and Animation 3
IT 201 Information Design Techniques 3
Free Elective 3
AD 201 Human Factors/Ergonomics 3
STS 210
General Psychology
or Principles Of Psychology I
3
Natural Sciences:GUR Elective 3
 Term Credits18
Third Year
1st Semester
ARCH 434 3
DD 363 Digital Design Studio I 5
IT 202 Internet and Applications 3
MRKT 330 Principles of Marketing 3
Humanities and Social Sciences Electives (upper-level):GUR Elective 3
 Term Credits17
2nd Semester
DD 364 Digital Design Studio II 5
MRKT 331 Consumer and Buyer Behavior 3
AD/ARCH/FA/DD/ID/INT Design Elective 3
Design Elective 3
Humanities and Social Sciences Electives (upper-level):GUR Elective 3
 Term Credits17
Fourth Year
1st Semester
AD 463 Collaborative Design Studio 5
MGMT 390 Principles of Management 3
DD 415 Web/Exhibit Development 3
IT 380 Educational Software Design 3
 Term Credits14
2nd Semester
DD 464 Digital Design Studio III 5
AD/ARCH/FA/DD/ID/INT Design Elective 3
MRKT 360 Internet Marketing 3
Free Elective 3
Humanities and Social Sciences (HSS 400-level) Capstone:GUR Elective 3
 Term Credits17
 Total Credits135
Social Sciences (lower-level) GUR
Select six credits from the following:6
Economics
Microeconomics
Intro To Econo-Micro
Macroeconomics
Intro To Econ-Macro
Society, Technology, and the Environment
Technology, Society and Culture: A Global View
Intro Phys Anth & Arch
Intro Cultural Anthro
American Government
America & The World
Principles Of Psychology I
Prin Of Psychology
Intro Sociology I
Sociology II
Intro Criminal Justice
English Composition and Cultural History (lower-level) GUR 1
HUM 211The Pre-Modern World3
HUM 212The Modern World3
HIST 213The Twentieth-Century World3
Humanities and Social Sciences Electives (upper-level) GUR
Select one of the following:3
LIT XXX
300+ level Literature course
HIST XXX
300+ level History course
PHIL XXX
300+ level Philosophy course
R350 XXX
English Literature (STS approved) course
R352 XXX
American Literature (STS approved) course
R510 XXX
History (STS approved) course
R512 XXX
American History (STS approved) course
R730 XXX
Philosophy (STS approved) course
Natural Sciences GUR
Select at least seven credits of the following, including a laboratory experience:7
Biology Courses
General Biology
General Biology
Basic Plant Science
Basic Plant Sci Lab
Environmental Issues
General Horticulture
Horticulture Lab
Human Sexuality
Environmental Microbiology
Anatomy & Physiology
Anatomy & Physiology
Chemistry Courses
Fundamentals of Chemical Principles II
General Chemistry Laboratory
General Chemistry I
General Chemistry II
Physics Courses
General Physics
General Physics Laboratory
General Physics
General Physics Laboratory
Physics I
Physics I Laboratory
Physics II
Physics II Laboratory
Introductory Astronomy and Cosmology
Astronomy and Cosmology Laboratory
The Earth in Space
The Earth in Space Laboratory
Geology Courses
Intro To The Earth
Planet Earth
Planet Earth Lab
Env Geology
Env Geology Lab
Open Elective in Humanities and Social Sciences Electives (upper-level)
Select one of the following:3
ENG XXX
300+ level English course
HSS XXX
300+ level Social Science course
THTR XXX
300+ level Theater course
LIT XXX
300+ level Literature course
HIST XXX
300+ level History course
PHIL XXX
300+ level Philosophy course
STS XXX
300+ level Science, Technology and Society course
Any 300-level Rutgers-Newark courses in humanities, social sciences, fine arts, or performing arts 2
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Students may also take approved introductory courses at Rutgers-Newark. 

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Prefixes 070, 080, 081, 202, 220, 350, 352, 370, 420, 510, 560, 570, 700, 701, 790, 810, 861, 920, 940, 965, 988.

The minimum credit requirement for graduation is the successful completion of 134 credits of prescribed courses within the curriculum and the maintenance of a 2.0 average. Students are required to maintain a 2.0 cumulative studio average to advance to each succeeding year.