Credits required
180 Oregon State University is on a quarter-term system. There are four quarters each year and classes are 11 weeks long. This program's 180 quarter credits are equal to 120 semester credits.*
Cost per credit
$366 Based on current tuition rates. No additional charge for nonresident students. Does not include course materials and associated fees and expenses.
Online You can complete all or nearly all requirements of this program online. View the curriculum.
Start terms
4 per year

B.A./B.S. in Digital Communication Arts – Online


The online coursework in Oregon State’s digital communication arts bachelor’s program will help you develop practical skills through hands-on learning experiences that introduce current and projected future trends in the new media industry.

Beyond that, you’ll gain a theoretical and practical understanding of how new media has profoundly changed human interaction throughout history. This will prepare you to anticipate and manage inevitable future changes as the media landscape continues to evolve.

Alina Padilla-Miller, instructor of New Media Communications

Alina Padilla-Miller says digital communication arts faculty members such as herself act as “mentors to help students excel.” Read more »

You’ll learn from OSU faculty members who have strengths in writing for the media, audio and video production, data visualization, media aesthetics, computer animation, coding, media theory, viral trends, public values, sociological theories, media management, media entrepreneurship and critical thinking.

Degree requirements

A minimum of 180 quarter credits – at least 60 of which must be upper-division credits – are required to graduate with your bachelor’s degree in digital communication arts, including:

Honors degree online

As an undergraduate degree-seeking student, you can apply to earn an honors degree online in your academic major. Earning this prestigious degree gives you the opportunity to collaborate with faculty on research, complete a comprehensive thesis experience and engage in co-curricular activities.

Sample course topics

  • New media and culture
  • Writing for the media professional
  • Applied media aesthetics
  • Viral content
  • Social media strategy
  • Media entrepreneurship 
  • Media and power

Transfer credits

Some degree requirements may be transferred from other institutions. Please note that a minimum of 45 credits of the last 75 credits in this degree program must be completed at Oregon State (online or on campus) to meet the academic residency requirement.

Previously earned credits will need to be reviewed upon admittance to OSU for appropriate articulation. Additional information about transferring credits is available through OSU’s Transfer Credit Central.

Add a minor

As an OSU Ecampus student, you'll have the ability to add a minor to your bachelor's degree program. Oregon State offers a diverse selection of minors online. Combine your degree in digital communication arts with a minor in computer science, business or political science to create an even more powerful résumé fit for today's job market.


Notice: Oregon State University students may now take part in internships anywhere in the United States. Read more about Ecampus’ authorization and compliance.

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