About the Digital Communication Arts major

Students select this major for a variety of reasons. Some are interested in broadcasting, others want to create digital content for companies, others go on to start their own media companies.

Production, social media strategies, and media theory in the context of the societal and cultural impacts.


NMC 101 will be the largest class, sometimes with up to 150 students. Most others will be around 35 or fewer

Critical thinking, quantitative & qualitative analysis, project management, collaborative assessment, video/film production & editing, sound and music design, 3D modeling, etc.

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Not necessarily, it all depends on what industry a student wants to pursue. If a student wants to go in to teaching, then most likely yes, a higher degree should be earned. If a student wants to go in to marketing, then no, a higher degree is not required.

This major is flexible in the respect that the NMC department encourages all students to go for career furthering opportunities when they present themselves. This may mean taking a term or year to study abroad or intern in New York City. The NMC Academic Advisor will work closely with each student to assist in a student's educational goals.

Yes and this is highly encouraged. OSU has many study, intern, and research abroad opportunities. Please check out the Office of Global Opportunities (OSU GO) to browse all the countries and program offerings.

Major Requirements

The DCA major has a core requirement of 5 classes: NMC 100, NMC 101, NMC 260, & NMC 301. The BFA has an additional requirement of ART 121. In addition to the core, students are required to complete other coursework depending on their degree type (BA, BS, BFA).

This major does not require a minor. Students are encouraged to do a major that is of interest to them. Past students have minored in Theatre Arts, Visual Arts, Photography, Business & Entrepreneurship, Foreign Languages and even Chemistry!

In order to declare this major a student must be a first term, first-year student, or have an OSU or transfer GPA of a 2.0.


There is no math requirement for the major.


Internships & Financial Aid/Scholarships

Yes! There is an internship coordinator in the department. Also, students are encouraged to conduct research at the university level. For more information: http://oregonstate.edu/students/research/