The Pennsylvania State University

School of Visual Arts

Interdisciplinary Digital Studio (iDS)

SoVA offers a Bachelor of Design (B.Des) in Interdisciplinary Digital Studio (iDS). iDS is a highly selective professional degree program.

Faculty guide and support students’ creativity and curiosity in digital art and design. Skills in visual thinking, computer programming, and graphic communication are fostered in a climate of invention and collaboration. Students explore digital media in studies of technology, theory, and culture.

The iDS program is designed to meet the technical, creative, and intellectual needs of students who decide to pursue careers in digital art and design. Professional opportunities open to iDS graduates include all areas of new imaging technologies, such as web-based design and communications, entertainment arts, marketing, 3-D modeling and animation, interface design, video and motion graphics, interactive media, and game development. SoVA offers students mentoring and professional guidance in career preparation during their degree.


Foundations courses across media

Introduction to emerging technologies

Interdisciplinary studio exploration and research

Digital design and fabrication

Capstone thesis projects


Additional Resources:

Undergraduate advising handbook

Recommended Academic Plan

Entrance to Major Requirements


Controlled Course Registration Form

Registrar Forms

Independent Study Contract

Internship Contract

IDS Application