Digital Narrative and Interactive Design

The Digital Narrative and Interactive Design (DNID) major harnesses the narrative, world-building, and media studies strengths of the English department and the coding, software development, and human computer interface strengths of the School of Computing and Information. Students will learn how to build interactive narrative systems through games, literature, virtual reality environments, and other media experiences in a variety of fields. This major is operated jointly by the Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences (DSAS) and the School of Computing and Information (SCI). It offers training that builds a solid foundation in Writing, Composition, Computer Science, and Information Science.

Major Requirements

Gateway course

Choose one of the following courses.

  • ENGLIT 0512 - Narrative and Technology
  • ENGCMP 0425 / HAA 0425 - Digital Humanity

Composition courses

Complete either:

  • ENGCMP 0610 - Composing Digital Media
  • ENGCMP 1201 / ENGLIT 1201 / CMPINF 1201 - Digital Narrative and Interactive Design

Programming Basis course

Choose one of the following courses.

Intermediate Programming course

Interaction and Narrative course

Choose one of the following courses. Students who take ENGLIT 0512 for their Gateway course may not use it to fulfill this requirement.

  • ENGLIT 0512 - Narrative and Technology
  • ENGLIT 0702 - Introduction to Games Studies
  • ENGLIT 1001 - Interactive Literature
  • ENGLIT 1002 - Game, Story, Play

Media Literacy course

Choose one of the following courses.

  • ENGFLM 0355 - Visual Literacy
  • ENGFLM 0570 - Introduction to New Media
  • ENGFLM 1680 - Animation Studies
  • FMST 0100 - Visual Literacy
  • FMST 0505 - Introduction to New Media
  • FMST 1510 - Animation Studies

Data Literacy course

Choose one of the following courses.

Elective courses

Students must complete two elective courses from the School of Computing and Information and two elective courses from the Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences. Courses offering a depth of knowledge in pre-identified areas of interest are clustered together to provide a guide for students. Students are not required to follow nor declare a specific track.

  • Critical Making track
  • Game Design track
  • Online Media track

For full major requirement details, visit the Digital Narrative and Interactive Design course catalog.

Admissions Requirements