Sep 21, 2023  
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog 
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog

Digital Media Major, B.S. (Digital Visual Effects Concentration)

Department Information

College of Business and Technology
PO Box 70309
Phone: (423) 439-5110
Web Address:

Niswonger Digital Media Center, Room 196

ETSU’s Digital Media Department seeks to bridge the arts and sciences by providing students with technical knowledge and an understanding of aesthetics to create digital media professionals capable of working at the highest artistic and technical levels.

The Digital Media Department offers a Bachelor of Science in Digital Media with concentrations in Digital Animation, Digital Game Design, Digital Visualization, and Digital Visual Effects. There is also a Digital Media Minor for students who wish to get a broad exposure in the four areas.

The Digital Media Department is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD).

No grade below a C (2.0) in DIGM courses may be applied to the B.S. degree.

Digital Media Fee: A Digital Media Enhancement Fee of $135 per semester hour will be applied to all DIGM courses for all students.

Digital Visual Effects Concentration

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This concentration gives students the background necessary to produce strong visual sequences. Students in the Digital Visual Effects Concentration would typically be preparing for a career in video and cinematography production, video editing, visual effects compositing, and 2D and 3D motion graphic design.

Degree Requirements: 120 credits

General Education 41-42 credits
Major Total Requirement 79 credits
     Major Core    (35 credits)
     Concentration    (24 credits)
     Advisor Approved Electives    (20 credits)
TOTAL 120 credits

Suggested Four-Year Program of Study: DIGM-BS (VISE) (Motion Graphics Pathway)  

Suggested Four-Year Program of Study: DIGM-BS (VISE) (Effects Pathway)  

Grade Requirement: No grade below a C (2.0) in DIGM courses may be applied to the B.S. degree.

General Education Requirements  

These requirements include earning 41-42 credits in Communication, Humanities and Fine Arts, Social and Behavior Sciences, History, Natural Sciences and Mathematics categories.

Major Specific courses listed in General Education Requirements:

Total Requirements for Digital Media Major: 79 credits

Digital Visual Effects Concentration: 24 credits

Complete the required courses below and select either the Motion Graphics or Effects Pathway.

Advisor Approved Electives: 20 credits

Choose 20 credits from the following:

  • Any ADVR course
  • Any ARTA course
  • Any CSCI course excluding CSCI 1100  
  • Any DIGM course
  • Any RTVF course

No Minor Required

Additional Information

Click here to view Degree and Graduation Requirements  for all ETSU students.

CSCI 1100  or Proficiency exam: Must be completed to meet Bachelor’s Degree Requirements. 

Most minors range from 18-24 credits. Those few minors with more than 24 credits may affect the number of free electives allowed.

International Student Seminar Policy

International Students : Must complete 4 credits of International Student Seminar  as part of their undergraduate program.