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Specialization in Art, Aesthetics and Experimental Media (Bachelor of Arts in Media) (MDAS01)The Media School

Students on Summer 2019, Fall 2019, or Spring 2020 requirements.

Specialization requirements

The specialization requires at least 9 credit hours, including the requirements listed below.

  1. Media Theory. One (1) course from the .
    • (approved topics only; see academic advisor) P: MSCH-C 101 or MSCH-H 101; or consent of instructor. Topic varies: in-depth analysis of directors, producers, or creative individuals in the media, viewed as 'authors.' May be repeated with a different topic for a maximum of 6 credit hours in CMCL-C 326 and MSCH-F 326. (3 credit hours.)
    • (approved topics only; see academic advisor) Topic varies. Analysis of typical genres, such as westerns, situation comedies, documentaries, etc. Problems of generic description or definition: themes, conventions, iconography peculiar to given genres. May be repeated with a different topic for a maximum of 6 credit hours in CMCL-C 392 and MSCH-F 392. (3 credit hours.)
    • (approved topics only; see academic advisor) Media historiography, topics in national media history, national and international movements and trends. Topic varies. May be repeated with a different topic for a maximum of 6 credit hours in CMCL-C 420 and MSCH-F 420. (3 credit hours.)
  2. Art, Aesthetics and Experimental Media Electives.
    1. Media School Elective. One (1) course from the .
      • Additional course from the Media Theory list above
      • Provides conceptual and hands-on experience for researching, writing, and producing different genres of video programs using VRA camcorders and editing systems. This course emphasizes conceptual processes from the original script to the completed video. May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credit hours in CMCL-C 335 and MSCH-P 335. (3 credit hours.)
      • Lab fee required. A hands-on introduction to the technical and aesthetic basics of making 16mm silent films. Students learn how to design, direct, light, shoot, and edit several short films working individually and in groups. Credit given for only one of CMCL-C 360 or MSCH-P 360. (4 credit hours.)
      • P: CMCL-C 360 or MSCH-P 360. An exploration of techniques and concepts of experimental filmmaking which builds on the foundation of other production classes. For students with a solid background in basic cinematography and visual storytelling, as well as in the fundamentals of digital editing. Credit given for only one of CMCL-C 438 or MSCH-P 438. (4 credit hours.)
      • P: One of CMCL-C 335, CMCL-C 360, MSCH-P 335, or MSCH-P 360; and consent of instructor. Lab fee required. Students produce one personal project (narrative, documentary, or experimental) from script to screen, using either 16 mm. or digital video. Each class meeting devoted to discussing the students' projects and exploring the aesthetic and technical issues involved. Each student assists in the production of at least one other project by a fellow student. Credit given for only one of CMCL-C 460 or MSCH-P 460. (4 credit hours.)
    2. Additional Elective. One (1) course from the .
      • Additional course from the Theory list above
      • Additional course from the Media School Elective list above
      • P: SOAD-S 210 or FINA-D 210; or consent of instructor. Hands-on studio course exploring the intersection of art, technology, and human behavior by looking at the various bodies of knowledge that inform the interactive multimedia from storytelling, interaction design, installation, public intervention, and creative coding. This project-based course covers conceptually-oriented digital art practices spanning audio & video production, coding with HTML5, CSS, JavaScript, animation in Adobe After Effects, and physical computing with Arduino. May be repeated for up to 6 credit hours in FINA-D 310 and SOAD-S 310. (3 credit hours.)
      • P: SOAD-S 210 or FINA-D 210; or consent of instructor. Exploration of the medium of video as an aesthetic expression. Time and sound are elements incorporated into visual composition's traditional concerns. Emphasis on technical command of video camera and digital editing procedures in conjunction with development of a visual sensitivity. Readings and a research project are required. Credit given for only one of FINA-D 317 or SOAD-S 311. (3 credit hours.)
      • P: SOAD-S 310 or FINA-D 310; or consent of instructor. Hands-on studio course exploring the intersection of art, technology, and human behavior by looking at the various bodies of knowledge that inform the interactive multimedia from storytelling, interaction design, installation, public intervention, and creative coding. Covers conceptually-oriented digital art practices spanning audio and video production, coding with HTML5, CSS, JavaScript, animation in Adobe After Effects, and physical computing with Arduino. Dialogue of timely issues through readings, screenings, websites, and gallery visits. Emphasis on a more self-guided conceptual practice. May be repeated for a maximum of 18 credit hours in FINA-D 410 and SOAD-S 410. (1–3 credit hours.)
      • P: SOAD-S 311 or FINA-D 317; or consent of instrutor. Advanced study of video's potential in contemporary fine art practice. Students will create a new visual vocabulary using the latest technology including high-definition video systems and interactive DVD authoring. Covers special effects and animation programs that allow artists to further explore the aesthetics of time-based media. May be repeated for a maximum of 20 credit hours in FINA-D 417 and SOAD-S 411. (1–3 credit hours.)
  3. GPA, Minimum Grade, and Other Requirements. Each of the following:
    1. Except for the GPA requirement, a grade of C- or higher is required for a course to count toward a requirement in the specialization.
    2. A GPA of at least 2.000 for all courses taken in the specialization—including those where a grade lower than C- is earned—is required.
    3. Exceptions to specialization requirements may be made with the approval of the department's Director of Undergraduate Studies, subject to final approval by the College of Arts and Sciences.