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B.S. in Digital Innovation
Bachelor of Science in Digital Innovation Online

Program Overview


Immerse yourself in learning how to make our high-tech, interconnected world tick. The Bachelor of Science in Digital Innovation with a minor in Digital Design and Communication online program gives you a hands-on approach to learning code and design used in digital publishing and marketing.

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With fewer math requirements than a traditional computer science degree, this program helps you develop market-ready applications by emphasizing skills in web design, 3D digital and game design, front-end web development, multimedia production, and more. You can tailor your capstone project to your interest in games, applications or social media.

This bachelor's in digital innovation online program includes a minor in digital design and communication, in which you will study computer mediated information, digital prepress workflow, desktop publishing and publication design, human centered design, and patterns in application design.

Gain skills you can apply in a variety of roles, including:

  • Graphic design
  • User experience design
  • User interface design
  • Software and application development
  • Web development

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ACEJMC Accredited

The College of Liberal Arts & Communication at A-State is certified by the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism & Mass Communications for undergraduate programs. Only 114 schools in the United States are accredited by ACEJMC.

Tuition


Our B.S. in Digital Innovation online program offers the same affordable, pay-as-you-go tuition to all U.S. residents. Administrative fees are included in the tuition.

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Tuition Per Credit Hour $248.25
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Tuition Per Course $744.75
Per Credit Hour Per Course
U.S. Resident Tuition Required Fees Total U.S. Resident Tuition Required Fees Total
$210.00 $38.25 $248.25 $630.00 $114.75 $744.75

Calendar


Our B.S. in Digital Innovation online program is flexible and convenient—with multiple start dates per year and accelerated courses.

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Term Length Course Begin Course End Application Deadline Document Deadline Registration Deadline Payment Deadline Last Day to Withdraw
Fall 2018 7wk 10/15/2018 12/7/2018 9/24/2018 10/1/2018 10/5/2018 10/12/2018 11/14/2018
Spring 2019 7wk 1/14/2019 3/1/2019 12/3/2018 12/10/2018 1/5/2019 1/11/2019 2/19/2019
7wk 3/11/2019 5/3/2019 2/18/2019 2/24/2019 3/1/2019 3/8/2019 4/17/2019
Summer 2019 7wk 5/13/2019 6/28/2019 4/22/2019 4/29/2019 5/3/2019 5/10/2019 6/6/2019
7wk 7/1/2019 8/16/2019 6/10/2019 6/17/2019 6/21/2019 6/28/2019 7/25/2019
Fall 2019 7wk 8/19/2019 10/4/2019 7/29/2019 8/5/2019 8/9/2019 8/16/2019 9/24/2019
7wk 10/14/2019 12/6/2019 9/23/2019 9/30/2019 10/4/2019 10/11/2019 11/13/2019
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Admissions


A-State Online offers a streamlined admission process for both new students and transfers. Students who are interested in the B.S. in Digital Innovation online program should review and follow the requirements for admission below.

  • When completing the online application, choose the appropriate application type – A-State Online Freshman (if you have never attended college) or A-State Online Transfer (if you have previously attended any college).
  • Select three emphasis areas and submit this form.
  • Pay $30.00 non-refundable application fee
  • Submit an official High School Transcript with at least a 2.75 GPA or GED score of 500 (if taken prior to 2002) or 525 (if taken in or since 2002). The High School/GED requirement is waived for students who have previously successfully completed 13 or more transferrable college credit hours.
  • Submit official Test Scores (e.g., ACT and SAT). Test scores are considered official if they are delivered directly to us from a testing center or from your high school on your official transcript. Test scores are valid for a period of five years from the date of the exam. The test score requirement is waived for students who have previously successfully completed 24 or more transferrable college credit hours.
    • ACT test scores of 21 or greater on the composite score as well as 19 on the Math, Reading, and English sub-scores
    • SAT test score of 990
    • Comparable scores from other exams may be used. Students must score at or above the scores listed in the tables below:

      XPLORE PLAN
      English 14 16
      Reading 14 15
      Math 15 17
  • Cumulative college GPA of at least 2.0 on previous college coursework.
  • No remediation courses are available for this program. If a student does not show test scores that clear the need for remediation, they must show completion of or readiness for the following program courses:
    • English requirement: Students may be considered eligible for admission based on completion of English Composition I, English Composition II, or Writing Fundamentals with a grade of C or better.
    • Math requirement: Students may be considered eligible for admission based on completion of College Algebra or Intermediate Algebra with a grade of D or better.
  • No conditional admission status is available for this program.
  • International students must submit an attested or notarized copy of their high school diploma in English. Students seeking to transfer from a non-U.S. university or college must submit official transcripts from these institutions. A transcript evaluation by an independent agency (e.g., World Education Service or Education Credential Evaluators) will be required and will be the responsibility of the student. Proof of English proficiency may be required.

Additional Information

Students that have attended any other institution of higher education must meet the following requirements.

When the student has:

  • Less than 12 college hours: submit official final high school transcript and official test scores.
  • 13 - 23 college hours: have a minimum of 2.0 grade point average on cumulative transcripts and official test scores.
  • 24 or more college hours: have a minimum of 2.0 grade point average on cumulative transcripts.

Test scores are valid for five years from date of exam.

Submit all documents to:

A-State Online
P.O. Box 2520
State University, AR 72467

Fax: 870-972-3548
Email: academicpartnerships@astate.edu

For Non-US Postal Mail Overnight Delivery Only:

Academic Partnerships
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Jonesboro, AR 72401

Courses


Students are required to complete 120 credit hours of coursework.

Students must take the following courses.

AD 4333: Social Media Measurement

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Course features measurement and improvement of investment outcomes from use of social media in advertising, public relations and marketing communications.

CMAC 2053: Introduction to Visual Communications

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Course is the study of the principles, theories and language of visual communication to help students analyze, interpret and apply visual content to communicate more effectively.

CMAC 4073: Communications Law & Ethics

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 1

The course is an examination of the legal and ethical limitations and privileges affecting the mass media.

GRFX 1111: Design Technology

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 1

This features introductory level training in digital design software such as Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop and Adobe InDesign (i.e. Photoshop, Illustrator, etc.).

GRFX 1112: Design Literacy

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 2

This course is an introduction to design literacy, color theory, typography and composition.

GRFX 2703: Introduction to Web Design

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

This course is an introduction to the concepts of good website design as well as an introduction to HTML and CSS.

GRFX 3713: 3D Digital and Game Design

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Course features foundational instruction in the art of creating digital 3D content for applications in animation, interactive and game design and in the production of physical objects utilizing 3D printing and laser cutting technology.

GRFX 3723: Front End Web Development

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Course is in advanced web design. Students will learn advanced HTML, CSS, and Javascript techniques to create sophisticated web page layouts that adhere to standards-based guidelines. Includes an introduction to web interactivity using jQuery.

GRFX 4063: Internship

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

The internship features supervised work in a professional graphic design setting. May be repeated for credit.

GRFX 4793: Digital Innovations Portfolio

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Course focuses on the creative workflow of iOS app development.

MDIA 2313: Multimedia Production

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

This is an introductory course in audio, video, photo and text production for many distribution platforms.

MDIA 3673: Seminar in Digital Media and Design

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

A study of the development and impact of digital media.

PRAD 4213: Social Media in Strategic Communication

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

This course examines concepts and applications of social media within mass communications, news, advertising and public relations industries. We will explore and apply social media tools, integrating them into an organization's overall communication strategy.

You must take the following courses to complete a minor in Digital Design and Communication. GRFX 4873 is a capstone course that you must take twice.

COMS 4383: Computer Mediated Communication

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

This course considers how identities, relationships and communities are created and influenced by our use of computers and the internet. We will gain understanding of these processes by engaging new media scholarship and activities involving different forms of new media.

GCOM 2673: Digital Prepress Workflow

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Comprehensive overview of the major pre-publishing workflow elements and the options or their interrelationships.

GCOM 3673: Desktop Publishing and Publication Design

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Course examines electronic publishing and publication design using desktop publishing software programs. Course fee $25.

GRFX 2783: Human Centered Design

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Course features app design concepts, prototyping app interfaces and user testing.

GRFX 3783: Patterns in Application Design

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

This course focuses on user experience design with an emphasis on established design patterns of iOS and Android applications.

GRFX 4873: Design and Build

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

This is an advanced project-based course for creating applications for Android and IOS devices. Students use their knowledge from previous courses to develop fully publishable applications within small teams.

PR 4113: Integrated Marketing Communications

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

This course focuses on the strategic integration of various channels and methods of communications for the purpose of delivering key messages to diverse target audiences in order to elicit specific responses, create a dialogue and engender relationship building.

You must take 35 credit hours of general education, including the following courses.

ART 2503: Fine Arts Visual

Duration: Varies  |  Credit Hours: 3

Course Description: Introduction to major artists, media, styles and works of art within their cultural and historical contexts for the non-art major.

CMAC 1003: Mass Communications

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

A study of the interaction between society and mass communication through the lenses of history, theory, economics, culture, law, and technology.

PSY 2013: Introduction to Psychology

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Study of the important scientific, principles of individual human behavior from biological, cognitive, social, and behavioral perspectives.

POSC 2103: Introduction to US Government

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

The constitution, government, and politics of the United States.

MUS 2503: Fine Arts – Music

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

An introduction to music for the listener who has had no formal musical training or experience. A study of musical styles and composers and their cultural and historical contexts.

THEA 2503: Fine Arts – Theatre

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Introduction to aesthetic and critical appreciation of the art of theatre through lecture, live and video performance, and discussion.

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