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Digital Design
Administered By: College of Architecture and Design
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p1 * Depending on interest and course availability, students may elect to take SS 201 (or accepted equivalent) in the Fall demester and postpone Principles of Psychology I (Rutgers) until the Spring semester of 2nd year.
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Administration
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Dean gauchat
Associate Dean for Administration fitzpat
Associate Dean for Academics cays
Director, School of Art + Design goldman

Administration
Dean Urs P. Gauchat
Associate Dean for Administration Margaret Fitzpatrick
Associate Dean for Academics John M. Cays
Director, School of Art + Design Glenn Goldman

Faculty
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Faculty

Advisor
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Undergraduate Advisor corchado

Advisor
Undergraduate Advisor Sasha N. Corchado
 

A multi-disciplinary field that underlies many of today's fast-growing industries - from web-based communications to advertising to entertainment. Applications of digital design can be seen in the work of game designers, set designers for movies and television, producers of television commercials, technical illustrators, exhibit designers, animators, artists, futurists, educational software developers, and many others.

Students studying digital design at NJIT are exposed to a wide variety of digital and multiple media applications. After a common foundation year that includes art history, color and composition, and graphic communication in addition to general university requirements, students select from two different tracks: entertainment and interactive media/production. The curriculum provides opportunities to take a variety of courses like game history, video & animation,  human factors/ergonomics, character modeling, architecture in motion pictures, management, Internet marketing, exhibit development, etc. Courses approved as design electives come from different programs including architecture, industrial design, fine arts, and information technology and include "Architoons," "Building Information Modeling," "Digital Tectonics," "Information Technology/Computer Forensics," and "The Architecture of Utopia," as well as a variety of traditional media art and art history classes.

The Bachelor of Arts in Digital Design incorporates free electives and design electives in the last two years which students may use to broaden their overall undergraduate education and treat their experience in digital design as a "major" within the university. Alternatively, students may elect to use their free and design electives to focus on one or more areas that can prepare them for employment in a particular field or more specific graduate study. With proper course selection, students can be prepared to apply to graduate programs in art (M.F.A.) or architecture (M. Arch - first professional degree).

The Bachelor of Arts in Digital Design requires the successful completion of a minimum of 134 credits.

The Digital Design curriculum below is separated into two tracks: Entertainment Track, and Interactive Media/Production Track. Please refer to the appropriate track for proper course distribution.

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Bachelor of Arts in Digital Design 134 credits 15
 
Bachelor of Arts in Digital Design (134 credits)
FOUNDATION  YEAR

FIRST YEAR

1st Semester:

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.

ad150,ad161,hum101,math115,cs104,{PE XXX;Physical Education:GUR;0-1-1},math120,frshsem
  AD 150Color and Composition (2-3-3)
  AD 161History of Art and Design I (3-0-3)
  HUM 101English Composition: Writing, Speaking, Thinking I (3-0-3)
  Math 115Elements of Geometry (3-0-3)
  CS 104Computer Programming and Graphics Problems (3-0-3)
  PE XXX (Physical Education:GUR) (0-1-1) 
  Math 120Basic Concepts in Statistics (1-0-1)
  Frsh SemFreshman Seminar (1-0-0)
2nd Semester ad111,ad112,ad162,hum102,math116,sts201,{sts257|sts258},eps202,{MATH XXX;STATISTICS-TBD:GUR;1-01}
  AD 111Communication in Art and Design - Traditional Media (1-5-3)
  AD 112Communication in Art and Design - Digital Media (1-5-3)
  AD 162History of Art and Design II (3-0-3)
  HUM 102English Composition: Writing, Speaking, Thinking II (3-0-3)
  Math 116Mathematics of Design (3-0-3)
  STS 201Understanding Technological Society (3-0-3)
 STS 257Technology, Society and Culture: An American View (3-0-3) or
 STS 258Technology, Society and Culture: A Global View (3-0-3)
  EPS 202Society, Technology, and the Environment (3-0-3)
  MATH XXX (STATISTICS-TBD:GUR) (1-01) 
ENTERTAINMENT TRACK

SECOND YEAR

1st Semester:

dd275,arch251,it101,{Hum211|hum212|hist213},phys102,phys102a,{PE XXX;Physical Education:GUR;0-1-1}
  DD 275History of Games (2-3-3)
  Arch 251History of Architecture I (3-0-3)
  IT 101Introduction to Information Technology (3-0-3)
 HUM 211The Pre-Modern World (3-0-3) or
 HUM 212The Modern World (3-0-3) or
 Hist 213 The Twentieth-Century World (3-0-3)
  Phys 102General Physics (3-0-3)
  Phys 102AGeneral Physics Laboratory (0-2-1)
  PE XXX (Physical Education:GUR) (0-1-1) 
2nd Semester: dd284,it201,arch282,{sts210|R830:101},ad201,Elective;Bio/Chem/Phys:GUR;3-0-3
  DD 284Video and Animation (3-0-3)
  IT 201Information Design Techniques (3-0-3)
  Arch 282Structures I (3-0-3)
 STS 210General Psychology (3-0-3) or
 R830:101Principles of Psychology I (3)
  AD 201Human Factors/Ergonomics (3-0-3)
  Elective (Bio/Chem/Phys:GUR) (3-0-3) 
THIRD YEAR

1st Semester:

arch434,{sts347|dd303},dd363,{it265|it266},{Elective;Int/DD/ID/FA XXX Design Elective;3-0-3},{Elective;300+ Level Eng/Lit/Hist/Phil/STS/SS/THR:GUR;3-0-3}
  Arch 434Simulated Environments (3-0-3)
 STS 347Introduction to Music (3-0-3) or
 DD303 
  DD 363Digital Design Studio I (1-12-5)
 IT 265Game Architecture and Design (3-0-3) or
 IT 266Game Modification Development (3-0-3)
  Elective (Int/DD/ID/FA XXX Design Elective) (3-0-3) 
  Elective (300+ Level Eng/Lit/Hist/Phil/STS/SS/THR:GUR) (3-0-3) 
THIRD YEAR

2nd Semester:

dd364,dd301[p2],{Elective;ID/DD/FA/INT Design Elective 3-0-3},{Elective;ID/DD/FA/INT Design Elective 3-0-3},eng369
  DD 364Digital Design Studio II (1-12-5)
  DD 301Acting Fundamentals for Animators (3-0-3)
  Elective (ID/DD/FA/INT Design Elective 3-0-3) 
  Elective (ID/DD/FA/INT Design Elective 3-0-3) 
  Eng 369Creative Writing (3-0-3)
FOURTH YEAR

1st Semester:

ad463,mgmt390,{dd405|sts349},arch585
  AD 463Collaborative Design Studio (1-12-5)
  Mgmt 390Principles of Management (3-0-3)
 DD405  or
 STS 349Advanced Music Technology (3-0-3)
  Arch 585Imaginary Worlds: Architecture in Motion Pictures (3-0-3)
2nd Semester: dd464,{Elective;INT/DD/ID/FA XXX Design Elective;3-0-3},com345,{Elective;Free Elective;3-0-3},{Elective;Humanities Capstone:GUR;3-0-3}
  DD 464Digital Design Studio III (1-12-5)
  Elective (INT/DD/ID/FA XXX Design Elective) (3-0-3) 
  COM 345Character Modeling and Animation (2-1-3)
  Elective (Free Elective) (3-0-3) 
  Elective (Humanities Capstone:GUR) (3-0-3) 
INTERACTIVE MEDIA/PRODUCTION TRACK

SECOND YEAR

1st Semester:

dd275,arch251,it101,R830:101[p1],phys102,phys102a,{PE XXX;Physical Education:GUR;0-1-1}
  DD 275History of Games (2-3-3)
  Arch 251History of Architecture I (3-0-3)
  IT 101Introduction to Information Technology (3-0-3)
 * R830:101Principles of Psychology I (3)
  Phys 102General Physics (3-0-3)
  Phys 102AGeneral Physics Laboratory (0-2-1)
  PE XXX (Physical Education:GUR) (0-1-1) 
2nd Semester: dd284,it201,{Elective;Free Elective;3-0-3},{econ201[p1]|econ265|econ266},ad201,{Elective;Bio/Chem/Phys:GUR;3-0-3}
  DD 284Video and Animation (3-0-3)
  IT 201Information Design Techniques (3-0-3)
  Elective (Free Elective) (3-0-3) 
* Econ 201Economics (3-0-3) or
 Econ 265Microeconomics (3-0-3) or
 Econ 266Macroeconomics (3-0-3)
  AD 201Human Factors/Ergonomics (3-0-3)
  Elective (Bio/Chem/Phys:GUR) (3-0-3) 
THIRD YEAR

1st Semester:

arch434,dd363,it202,mrkt330,{Elective;Lit/Hist/Phil/STS:GUR;3-0-3}
  Arch 434Simulated Environments (3-0-3)
  DD 363Digital Design Studio I (1-12-5)
  IT 202Internet and Applications (3-0-3)
  Mrkt 330Principles of Marketing (3-0-3)
  Elective (Lit/Hist/Phil/STS:GUR) (3-0-3) 
2nd Semester: dd364,mrkt331,{Elective;Int/DD/ID/FA XXX Design Elective;3-0-3},{Elective;Int/DD/ID/FA XXX Design Elective;3-0-3},{Elective;Eng/Lit/Hist/Phil/STS/SS/Thr:GUR;3-0-3}
  DD 364Digital Design Studio II (1-12-5)
  Mrkt 331Consumer and Buyer Behavior ((3-0-3))
  Elective (Int/DD/ID/FA XXX Design Elective) (3-0-3) 
  Elective (Int/DD/ID/FA XXX Design Elective) (3-0-3) 
  Elective (Eng/Lit/Hist/Phil/STS/SS/Thr:GUR) (3-0-3) 
FOURTH YEAR

1st Semester:

ad463,mgmt390,dd415,it380
  AD 463Collaborative Design Studio (1-12-5)
  Mgmt 390Principles of Management (3-0-3)
  DD 415Web/Exhibit Development (3-0-3)
  IT 380Educational Software Design (3-0-3)
2nd Semester: dd464,{Elective;Int/DD/ID/FA XXX Design Elective;3-0-3},mrkt360,{Elective;Free Elective;3-0-3},{Elective;Humanities Capstone:GUR;3-0-3}
  DD 464Digital Design Studio III (1-12-5)
  Elective (Int/DD/ID/FA XXX Design Elective) (3-0-3) 
  Mrkt 360Internet Marketing (3-0-3)
  Elective (Free Elective) (3-0-3) 
  Elective (Humanities Capstone:GUR) (3-0-3) 

Depending on interest and course availability, students may elect to take COM 345 Character Modeling & Animation in the third year and postpone a Design Elective until fourth year or vice versa.

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.

Basic Social Sciences GUR: six (6) credits in basic (100 and 200 level) Social Sciences (Econ 201, Econ 265, Econ 266, EPS 202, STS 258 or any of the following Rutgers-Newark courses: R070:203, or 204, R790:201 or 202, R830:101 or 102, R920:201 or 202, R202:201. Students may take R220:101 or 102 instead of Econ 265 or 266).

Cultural History GUR: The Cultural History courses are the Pre-Modern World (HUM 211), The Making of the Modern World (HUM 212, and the Twentieth-Century World (Hist 213). Students may also take approved introductory courses at Rutgers-Newark.

Lit/Hist/Phil/STS: One 300+ level course in lit, hist or philosophy or STS approved 300-level Rutgers course with prefix 350 (English Literature), 352 (American Literature), 510 (History), 512 (American History) or 730 (Philosophy).

Natural Sciences GUR: At least seven (7) credits in natural sciences, including a laboratory experience. Courses may be selected from Biology Courses (R120:101, R120:102, R120:109, R120:110, R120:205, R120:206, R120:207, R120:208, R120:237, R120:241, R120:242), Chemistry Courses (Chem 122, Chem 123, Chem 124, Chem 125, Chem 126), Physics Courses (Phys 102, Phys 102A, Phys 103, Phys 103A, Phys 106, Phys 106A, Phys 111, Phys 111A, Phys 121, Phys 121A, Phys 202, Phys 202A, Phys 203, Phys 203A), Geology Courses (R460:101, R460:103, R460:104, R460:206, R460:207).

Open Elect in HUM/SS: One 300+ level course in English, social science, theater, literature, history, philosophy or STS or any 300-level Rutgers-Newark courses in humanities, social sciences, fine arts, or performing arts. (prefixes 070, 080, 081, 202, 220, 350, 352, 370,� 420, 510, 560, 570, 700, 701, 790, 810, 861, 920, 940, 965, 988).



*  Depending on interest and course availability, students may elect to take SS 201 (or accepted equivalent) in the Fall demester and postpone Principles of Psychology I (Rutgers) until the Spring semester of 2nd year.
 


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