BS in Digital Communications and Media (DCoM) (STEM)

For applicants seeking admission in Spring 2025 and onward, the BS in Digital Communications and Media is not currently accepting new students. We encourage you to explore the BA in Social SciencesBS in Information Systems Management, or BS in Leadership and Management Studies, which include a variety of options and pathways to help you get where you want to go. If you have questions or concerns, please contact the Office of Admissions at 212-998-7100 or


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

Dr. Bri Newland, Assistant Dean, Division of Applied Undergraduate Studies
(212) 998-7201

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.

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.


Visit the Admissions Deadlines page to view the application deadlines.

Admissions Criteria

The NYU SPS Admissions team carefully weighs each component of your application during the admissions review process to evaluate your ability to benefit from and contribute to the dynamic learning environment and the challenging curriculum that the NYU School of Professional Studies offers.


The NYU SPS Admissions team is here to help you navigate the admissions process and ensure that all of your questions and/or concerns are addressed. Call or email to set up a Zoom or Skype appointment.

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