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Students studying Digital Communication Arts (DCA) in the New Media Communications program at Oregon State may earn a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA), a Bachelor of Science (BS), or a Bachelor of Arts (BA). DCA as an academic program offers a diverse array of options for study, and encourages students to gain applicable experiences through practicums and internships.Instructor Ron Seymour teaching class

The DCA major focuses on critical thinking, analytical skills, and creative expression. Although “new” media may not always be new due to continual change of technologies, our program focuses on the role media play in society, and the cultural changes that occur through content creation and storytelling. For centuries, storytelling has impacted society. In recent years, it has evolved to include media and technology, such as television, radio, internet, mobile and other device apps, and other new and emerging media technologies.

Students in the DCA program hail from around the state, country, and world, with different educational interests and backgrounds. Some common minors and double majors that students pair with the DCA degree are Business and Entrepreneurship, Computer Science, English, Film, Photography, Psychology, Political Science, and Music.

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The Digital Communication Arts major focuses on how new media has changed human interaction over the years and media's intersection with society. Examples of courses in this area are Media Effects, Propaganda and Social Control, and Diffusion of Innovations.

The Production focus within the DCA major requires a student to pursue a BFA. It is designed to provide students with a foundation in media aesthetics and preproduction, as well as a learning environment for students to explore their creativity within a carefully developed curriculum. Examples of courses in this area include Field Production and Sound Design.

To learn more about the different courses offered for each area, please look in the General Catalog & Schedule of Classes under the DCA Undergraduate Major. If you are interested in learning which degree (BA/BS/BFA) best suits your academic and professional aspirations, please contact the Academic Advisor for Digital Communication Arts.