BS in Digital Communications and Media (DCoM)


The Bachelor of Science in Digital Communications and Media (DCoM) prepares you for the demands of a fast-changing media environment.  In this practice-based degree, you will develop artistic and technical proficiency in a range of digital media - from design principles to interactive or motion design to filmmaking. Theoretical topics such as the cultural impact and ethical responsibility of a mass communication professional help build a holistic understanding of contemporary media

Degree Highlights

Build a Visual vocabulary and learn about theoretical concepts in a broad exposure to media fields from graphic design to web design, from video to motion design, from content strategy to media History. Next you decide on a concentration in Interactive or Time-Based Media. 

Faculty Contact

Mechthild Schmidt Feist
(212) 992-8729

STEM Designation

The STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) designation is assigned to programs that have quantitative/technical focus and enable students to participate in a longer optional practical training post-graduation.

Achieve - Awarding Achievement, Ensuring Success

The NYU School of Professional Studies is proud to introduce the Achieve Scholarship, beginning in Fall 2022. Each year, 20 high-achieving applicants to bachelor's degree programs of the NYU SPS Division of Applied Undergraduate Studies (DAUS) will be awarded a $30,000 scholarship package in addition to other financial aid. Achieve Scholarship applicants must have completed their associate degree or the equivalent number of transferable credits prior to enrolling at NYU SPS, have a FAFSA on file for the upcoming academic year, and enroll full-time while at NYU SPS. Apply as soon as possible for priority consideration!

Program Structure

Core Courses & Liberal Arts Electives

Core courses provide an in-depth exploration of the liberal arts that expands your critical thinking and analytical skills, increases your knowledge, and develops your intellect.


Earn academic credit while gaining industry experience. Work with coaches at the Wasserman Center to learn how to land an internship that will let you put what you have learned in the classroom into action.


Work in close consultation with a faculty advisor on a senior thesis or project in your field of study.


DCoM Foundation

Media Theory and Media Practice Foundation courses expose you to hands-on design concepts, theory and workflow including real-life client projects before choosing to focus on a DCoM concentration.

DCom Elective Courses

Students select elective credits from DCoM course offerings in consultation with their advisor.


Students select one of the following concentrations:

Time-Based Media: Video and Motion Design

Focuses on linear production and post production for video and broadcast media.

Interactive Media: Web and Mobile Devices

Focuses on design and programming for web sites, mobile and interactive devices.

Degree Requirements

The degree is a 128 credit program consisting of a required set of core courses (32 credits), liberal arts electives (16 credits), required media courses (16 credits), required DCoM courses (28 credits), concentration courses (16 credits), DCoM elective courses (16 credits) and a graduation project (4 credits).

DCoM Foundation

Concentration (8+16 cr)

After two intermediate courses students take 16 credits in their concentration.


Students select an additional 16 credits from any of the Digital Communications and Media courses, which may include the following course. In addition to Digital Communications and Media courses, students may select courses in Leadership and Management Studies, Media Studies, and Information Systems Management in consultation with their advisor.

CORE Courses (32 cr)


The following courses may be required based on a writing placement assessment, and should be successfully completed within the first three semesters.

Critical Thinking

Students are required to take the following course.

Quantitative Reasoning

Students, in close consultation with their advisor, select Math 1 and Math II or one of the following other courses based on a math placement assessment.

Scientific Issues

Students select one of the following courses in consultation with their advisor.

Liberal Arts Electives

Students select an additional 16 credits of liberal arts courses in consultation with their advisor.


Graduation Project

Student are required to take "Senior Project: Industry Mentoring and Portfolio." Additionally, students select either "Senior Project: Seminar" or "Senior Project: Internship" or "Senior Project: Independent Study" in consultation with their advisor.

Admissions Criteria

Applications will be reviewed for evidence of:

  • Academic preparedness suggestive of success at the baccalaureate level
  • Rationale for desire to pursue selected academic subject of study
  • Personal attributes that predict readiness for advanced college-level work (e.g., motivation to learn, time management, personal responsibility, maturity)
  • Self-reflection on work or life experiences that shape one’s educational and career goals
  • Leadership skill or potential demonstrated through community service, volunteer positions or other activities

Associates degree or equivalent of 45 transferable college credits required

Recommended minimum 3.3 (B+) GPA

Domestic Application Deadlines

Fall Semester

Early Decision:   July 1

Final: August 1


Spring Semester

Early Decision:   November 1,

Final: January 1


International Application Deadlines

Fall Semester

Early Decision:   February 1

Final: April 15


Spring Semester

Early Decision:   August 1

Final: October 1


Required Documents

Personal Statement


Two Letters of Recommendation (1 required)

Official transcripts from all colleges attended

Standardized Tests (If required by Admissions team)


Application Fee $0

International Students

TOEFL scores are required for applicants who did not complete an undergraduate degree in the United States or in a country where the only primary language is not English.  Successful candidates achieve a minimum score of 100 on the Internet-based test.

For the IELTS, a minimum overall band score of at least 7 is recommended.

NYUSPS does not prohibit applicants with lower TOEFL/IELTS scores from applying for admission since many factors influence the admissions decision. 

Financing Your education

We know that financial planning for your education is of the utmost importance. We want to support you. Click the link below to learn about financial aid opportunities or download the financial aid guidelines document.