The BCSA degree at Carnegie Mellon is very intriguing to me, an artist with a background in computer science – wow!. “Students interested in the BCSA Program must apply and be admitted to both the College of Fine Arts and the School of Computer Science.” I think this is a very powerful combination, but what kind of student can pull off being accepted in both schools? And where could they go after graduation . . . anywhere they want. It is worth checking out. ~Cornell
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BCSA Curriculum | BCSA Advisors
The Bachelor of Computer Science and Arts (BCSA) intercollege degree program combines the strengths of the College of Fine Arts (CFA) and the School of Computer Science (SCS). This degree provides an ideal technical, critical, and conceptual foundation for students interested in pursuing fields which comprehensively meld technology and the arts, such as game design, computer animation, computer music, recording technologies, interactive stagecraft, robotic art, and other emerging media. Students choose their arts concentration from among the five schools in CFA: Architecture, Art, Design, Drama or Music. Students choose their computer science concentration established by the School of Computer Science.
The BCSA curriculum has three main components: general core requirements, fine arts concentration requirements, and computer science concentration requirements. Each student's course of study is structured so they can complete this rigorous program in four years.
Students receive extensive advising support. The Director and Academic Advisor of the BXA Intercollege Degree Programs are the primary advisors and liaisons between CFA and SCS. Each student has two additional academic advisors: an advisor in the admitting school of CFA to guide their focus in the arts, and an advisor in SCS to guide their focus in computer science.