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This multidisciplinary program is centered primarily in mathematics, computer science and technical communications. It provides an education in both the artistic and scientific aspects of digital graphic arts. The program provides a natural expansion into the fine arts arena, while maintaining the strong scientific and technical profile.

The program addresses a growing career area in fields as diverse as entertainment (movies and computer/video games), education (Web-based delivery of exciting educational materials), computational science (scientific visualization), graphics for virtual reality applications, etc.

The program's objective is to combine artistic and scientific skills and interests and develop creative talent, with a strong scientific foundation and understanding.

Sample Program - Class of 2012


Freshman Fall


COMM221 2D Design
CS141 Intro to Computer Science I
DA110 Drawing
MA131 Calculus I
UNIV190 Clarkson Seminar
FY100 First Year Seminar

Freshman Spring


CS142 Intro to Computer Science II
DA100 Intro to Digital Art
DA120 Intro to Sculpture
MA132 Calculus II
Knowledge Area Elective

Sophomore Fall


CS242 Advanced Java Programming
MA232 Differential Equations
DA200 3D Digital Design
DA250 Algorithmic & Inter. Art
PH131/141 Physics I

Sophomore Spring


DA3__ 300 Level DA course
MA230 3-D Space & Projective Geometry
COMM341 Intro to Web Design
PH132/142 Physics II
Knowledge Area Elective

Junior Fall


COMM327 Digital Video I
MA377 Numerical Methods
MA/CS Elective
DA491 Professional Practice
Free Elective

Junior Spring


CS452 Computer Graphics
MA339 Applied Linear Algebra
MA/CS Elective
DA/COMM Elective
University Course

Senior Fall

MA 381 Probability or STAT 383 Statistics
Science Elective
Knowledge Area Course
DA/COMM/MA/CS Elective
Free Elective

Senior Spring

DA492 Senior Studies
Knowledge Area Elective
Free Elective
Free Elective
Free Elective

Digital Arts & Sciences Requirements
(Course Descriptions)

  • COMM221 2D Design
  • COMM310 Mass Media and Society
  • COMM327 Digital Video Production
  • COMM341 Introduction to Web Design
  • COMM/DA Elective
  • COMM/DA/MA/CS Elective
  • DA100 Introduction to Digital Art
  • DA110 Drawing
  • DA120 Introduction to Sculpture
  • DA200 3D Digital Design
  • DA250 Algorithmic & Inter. Art
  • DA3__ DA 300 level Elective
  • DA491 Professional Practice
  • DA492 Senior Studies
  • CS141 Introduction to Computer Science I
  • CS142 Introduction to Computer Science II
  • CS242 Advanced Java Programming
  • CS452 Computer Graphics
  • MA131 Calculus I
  • MA132 Calculus II
  • MA230 3-D Space & Projection Geometry
  • MA232 Elementary Differential Equations
  • MA339 Applied Linear Algebra
  • MA377 Numerical Methods
  • MA/CS Elective
  • MA/CS Elective
  • STAT383 Applied Statistics I

Science Requirements

  • PH131 Physics I
  • PH132 Physics II
  • Three credits from physics, chemistry, biology, or Science Foundation courses

Clarkson Common Experience Requirements

  • UNIV 190 Clarkson Seminar
  • University Course (covers two knowledge areas) and Four Knowledge Area (KA) courses must cover all six areas:
    • Contemporary & Global Issues (CGI)
    • Cultures & Society (CSO)
    • Economics & Organizations (EC)
    • Imaginative Arts (IA)
    • Individual & Group Behavior (IG)
    • Science, Technology & Society (STS)
  • Communications Points: Total of 6 points, at least 2 points must be in Major courses at 300+ level.

Further Requirements

  • Additional credits in electives to bring your total credits to 120.
  • FY100, First Year Seminar
  • Any student who, upon matriculation at Clarkson, was assigned to the Class of 2004 or later, must achieve a cumulative QPA of at least 2.0 in the major field of study, and if completing one or more minors, must have achieved a QPA of at least 2.0 in each minor. The list of courses that constitute the major and minor field are determined by the department or academic unit that offers the degree program or minor and are maintained by Student Administrative Services.
  • See Academic Regulations for a complete listing of University Regulations.

*Disclaimer: Wherever the text in this electronic system differs from the official printed publications of Clarkson University, the official printed documents take precedence.
NOTE: requirements may differ from year to year. See your adviser for specific requirements regarding your graduation year.

Further Requirements

Additional credits in electives to bring your total credits to 120.

FY100, First Year Seminar

Any student who, upon matriculation at Clarkson, was assigned to the Class of 2004 or later, must achieve a cumulative QPA of at least 2.0 in the major field of study, and if completing one or more minors, must have achieved a QPA of at least 2.0 in each minor. The list of courses that constitute the major and minor field are determined by the department or academic unit that offers the degree program or minor and are maintained by Student Administrative Services.

See Academic Regulations for a complete listing of University Regulations.

Programs of Study: About Digital Arts & Sciences


Sample Program for 2011: Digital Arts & Sciences

Student Handbook -- Classes of 2009 and before

Student Handbook -- Classes of 2010 and 2011

Student Handbook -- Classes of 2012 and later