Art and Art History Department

BFA - Art, Concentration in Digital Media Art

The BFA Concentration in Digital Media Art (DMA) offers a multidisciplinary degree in digital art and design in the areas of computer graphics, web development, programming, physical computing, fabrication, prototyping, human computer interface (HCI), interaction design and computer games. Our curriculum is hands-on, providing project-oriented learning in collaborative workshop environments along with individually directed research and culminating exhibition opportunities. The DMA program area teaches technical, aesthetic, and critical thinking skills to empower students as problem solvers and innovators in the field of digital technology. Located in the heart of Silicon Valley, the DMA program is dedicated to the advancement of contemporary technologies through research and experimentation at the intersection of art and science. Students graduating from the program develop real-world skills using a wide range of tools, technologies, and techniques.

University Graduation Requirements

Students must complete all residency, curriculum, unit, and GPA requirements as outlined in the Graduation Requirements section of the Policies and Procedures.

4-Year Program Roadmap

Students may find a roadmap for this program here. Roadmaps should be used in consultation with the catalog and your advisor to identify additional requirements for completing the major (for example, course grade minimums). Associate Transfer Degrees (ADT) pathway roadmaps can be found here.

Major-Specific Graduation Requirements

No portfolios are required at the time of application for admission to SJSU. Major requirements for the first two years of study for BA Art/Studio Practice and all BFA degrees are very similar so that students have time to choose the right path and can apply for the BFA, if they choose to do so. At that time BFA program applicants must meet the following departmental requirements:

1. Have completed, be currently enrolled in, or planning to enroll within the following two semesters in all coursework in the common preparation for the BA and BFA Art majors (25-28 units of drawing, digital media, photography, sculpture, art history, ART 001, ART 002, ART 003 and ART 100W) with a minimum grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. Also recommended, are three to six additional units from the desired BFA concentration area.

2. Pass the BFA - Art admissions review. During the review, which is held in October and March each year, images of the applicant's creative work are reviewed by the art faculty to determine if the work demonstrates the creative level expected of BFA candidates. Instructions are available on the Art and Art History Department website.

Students complete the BFA Art program with a capstone project, for which each candidate prepares an individual art exhibit to demonstrate the candidate's professional competence.

Course Requirements

University Graduation Requirements44
Core Lower Division General Education30
Of the 39 units required by the university, 9 units may be satisfied by coursework outlined below. Courses that meet GE Areas A1, A2, A3 or B4 must be passed with a "C-" or better to meet the requirement. Consult with major advisor for details.
Upper Division General Education6
Of the 9 units required by the university, 3 units may be satisfied by coursework outlined below. Consult with major advisor for details.
American Institutions6
The 6 units of American Institutions (US123) coursework shown below also fulfills GE Areas D2 and D3. Other courses meet the American Institutions requirement, but may not include additional GE areas. The American Studies (AMS 1A/B) and Humanities Honors (HUM 1A/B, 2A/B) programs both offer larger integrated packages that meet this requirement. Consult with major advisor for details.
Complete one sequence from:
African American Studies6
AFAM 002A. African Americans and the Development of America's History and GovernmentD23
AFAM 002B. African Americans and the Development of America's History and GovernmentD3+US1233
Asian American Studies6
AAS 033A. Asian Americans in U.S. History ID23
AAS 033B. Asian Americans in U.S. History IID3+US1233
U.S. History and Government6
HIST 015. Essentials of U.S. HistoryD2+US13
POLS 015. Essentials of U.S. & California GovernmentD3+US233
Chicana and Chicano Studies6
CCS 010A. Mexican Americans and the Development of U.S. History and GovernmentD23
CCS 010B. Mexican Americans and the Development of U.S. History and GovernmentD3+US1233
Physical Education2
Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement
At SJSU, students must pass both the SJSU Writing Skills Test (WST) and a 100W course. For additional information on the WST, please see Exceptions to the GWAR may be found at
A grade of C or better (C- not accepted) is required to meet graduation requirement.
Preparation for the Major24
ART 012. Two-Dimensional Design and Color Concepts3
ART 013. Three-Dimensional Design Concepts3
ART 024. Drawing I3
ART 068. Beginning Sculpture: Object & Concept3
ART 074. Introduction to Digital Media3
ART 075. Introduction to Digital Video Art3
PHOT 040. Beginning Photography3
Complete one course from:
ARTH 070A. Art History, Prehistoric to MedievalC13
ARTH 070B. Art History, Renaissance to ModernC13
ARTH 070C. Arts of AsiaC13
Highly Recommend Students take ARTH 070B
Requirements in the Major52
Core Requirements19
Art Fundamentals10
ART 001. Professional Preparation in Art1
ART 002. The Artist in Contemporary Culture3
ART 003. Medium and Message3
ART 100W. Writing Workshop: Fine ArtsZ3
Upper Division Art History9
ARTH 110. History and Theory of New Media3
Complete one course from:
ARTH 193A. Worlds of Art and CultureV3
ARTH 193B. East Meets West in ArtV3
Complete one course from:
ARTH 160. Modern Architecture3
ARTH 161. Contemporary Architecture3
ARTH 190C. 20th Century Art: from Dada to Pop3
ARTH 191A. Issues in Contemporary Art3
ARTH 192A. Modern Design3
Specialized Courses27
ART 101. Digital Media Art3
ART 102. 3D Modeling and Printing3
ART 103. Art as System3
ART 104. Interdisciplinary Seminar in Digital Media Art3
ART 105. Advanced Digital Video3
ART 106. Topics in Human Machine Interface3
ART 107. Advanced Projects in Digital Media Art3
ART 108. Introduction to Game Studies3
Complete one course from:
ART 046. Introduction to Ceramics3
ART 047. Introduction to Metalsmithing3
ART 133. Topics in Ceramic Sculpture3
ART 135. Topics in Moldmaking for Artists3
ART 137. Figure Modeling3
ART 140. Topics in Glass3
ART 141. Topics in Advanced Glass3
ART 149. Topics in Jewelry and Small Sculpture3
ART 151. Topics in Screen-Printing3
ART 153. Topics in Intaglio Processes3
ART 168. Topics in Woodworking3
ART 169. Topics in Metal Sculpture3
ART 170. Topics in Fabricated Sculpture3
ART 173. Topics in Installation Art3
ART 175. Special Topics in Studio Art3
ART 178. Art Field Work1-3
PHOT 120. Image and Idea3
ART 199. BFA Project3
Complete one course from:
ART 198. BFA Seminar3
ART 210. Seminar in Digital Media Art3

Total Units:120