Advising for Media Arts

The Multimedia  program is part of the Media Arts department. The department includes programs in related fields including Journalism, Graphic Design, Multimedia, and Speech and Communications. The program emphasizes theoretical and social aspects of the media as well as its technical and creative components.

Important note: The Multimedia major and minor replaced the Media Arts major and minor in the fall of 2019. In the fall of 2020, the Media Arts Department revised its majors and minors as part of the College of Arts and Science Major Review Template process. Below are the new requirements for the Multimedia major.

Requirements for All Majors | Media Arts Major | Media Arts Minor

The following MEDA courses count towards the Analysis and Interpretation of Texts core requirement:

  • MEDA 110 Intro to Communication
  • MEDA 120 Film History and Analysis
  • MEDA 201 Interpersonal Communication
  • MEDA 220* Film and Society

*2 credit course

The following MEDA courses count towards the Artistic Practice and Creative Practice core requirement:

  • MEDA 250 Foundations of Video Production
  • MEDA 265 Web Design
  • MEDA 302 Documentary: Studies and Practice 
  • MEDA 303 Experimental: Studies and Practice
  • MEDA 304 Contemporary Explorations
  • MEDA 305 Identity Design
  • MEDA 306 Animation: Studies and Practice
  • MEDA 320 Narrative Production: from script to screen
  • MEDA 322 Post-Production
  • MEDA 363 Publication Editing and Design

The Following Computer Science course that is part of the Integrated Media Major fulfills the Quantitative Reasoning core requirement:

  • CS 205    Programming for Multimedia

The Following MEDA courses fulfill the Civic Engagement (CE) core requirement:

  • MEDA 153 Video for Community Engagement
  • MEDA 365 Project Management for Graphic Design
  • MEDA 353 Video for Community Engagement: Mentoring

Requirements of All Majors

Prospective media arts majors should be aware that a majority of the courses in the department are offered on a yearly or every-other year basis and that many courses, as indicated, are to be taken in a sequential manner. Students need to arrange their schedule so they can advance through the sequences as they are offered.

All Media Arts majors require the completion of the two-semester senior capstone. There are four different senior capstone seminars that are specific to the majors in the department, depending on the media in which they choose to conduct their capstone.

Internship Requirements

Internship Requirements

All students majoring in Media Arts are encouraged to seek out and complete an internship (MEDA 475) in their junior or senior year, however internships are not a degree requirement. The 475 course represents the standard college internship course wherein the student begins and completes a 1-4 credit internship experience within an academic term. All internships must be approved before they begin by the student’s advisor in the department to ensure  that the internship meets the standards and goals of the student’s degree program.

Studying Abroad

If you plan to study abroad for a semester, work with your advisor to plan your schedule accordingly. Students who choose to study at York St. John in England have the opportunity to take Media Arts classes there. Students should work with an advisor to take courses that directly meet or replace requirements in the MEDA majors.

 

Multimedia Major Requirements

 

Required courses: 20 credits

MEDA 101 Fundamentals of Speaking  4 credits

MEDA 116 Graphic Design I  4 credits

MEDA 240 Writing for the Media  4 credits

MEDA 153 Video for Community Engagement  4 credits

OR

MEDA 250 Foundations of Video Production  4 credits

MEDA 434 Mass Media Law and Ethics  4 credits

 

One of the following pairs of courses: 4 credits

MEDA 491/492 Senior Capstone, Film/Video  4 credits

MEDA 493/494 Senior Capstone, Integrated Media  4 credits

MEDA 497/498 Senior Capstone, Journalism/General Media 4 credits

 

Media Arts Majors consult with Media Arts faculty to choose the Capstone Seminar sequence that best fits their project and provides the appropriate faculty guidance, but the capstone project must span at least two Modes of Communication (Film/Video, Integrated Media, Journalism, Communication).

 

Coursework from 2 different clusters: 16 credits

Students select 2 clusters and complete a minimum of 8 credits from each.  Students are encouraged to consult with Media Arts advisors to choose the clusters that will best prepare them for their intended capstone project and post-graduate plans. At least 8 upper-division credits must come from classes taken from both of the clusters.

 

Graphic Design Cluster

MEDA 202 Photography and Imaging for Media  4 credits

MEDA 209 Graphic Design II  4 credits

MEDA 305 Identity Design  4 credits

MEDA 319 Information Design  2 credits

 

Film/Video Cluster

MEDA 300 ST: Alternative Film Production  4 credits

MEDA 302 Documentary: Studies/Practice  4 credits

MEDA 320 Narrative Production: From Script/Screen  4 credits

MEDA 322 Post-Production  4 credits

MEDA 332 Screenwriting  4 credits

MEDA 153/353 Video for Community Engagement  4 credits

 

Journalism Cluster

MEDA 213 Digital Journalism I  4 credits

MEDA 313 Digital Journalism II  4 credits

MEDA 370 Advanced Reporting and Interview  4 credits

 

Communications Cluster

MEDA 201 Interpersonal Communication  4 credits

MEDA 335 Advanced Speaking and Presentations  2 credits

MEDA 351 Intercollegiate Forensics II  0-2 credits (repeatable)

 

Applied/experiential courses or internship: 2-4 credits

MEDA 150 Pacific Index 1 credit

MEDA 450 Pacific Index-Management  2 credits

MEDA 254 Event Planning I  2 credits

MEDA 354 Event Planning I: Leadership  2 credits

MEDA 256 Event Planning II  2 credits

MEDA 356 Event Planning II: Leadership  2 credits

MEDA 360 Project Management for Designers  4 credits

ARTST 361 Gallery Management  2 credits

ENGW 466 Literary Magazine Production  2 credits

MEDA 475 Internship/MAPS  variable credit

 

TOTAL: 42-44 credits

 

Four Year Plan

A traditional four-year schedule for a general media major:

1st year

MEDA 101 Fundamentals of Speaking 4 credits

MEDA 116 Graphic Design I  4 credits

MEDA 240 Writing for the Media 4 credits

 

ARTST 228 Photography I 2 credits 

 

MEDA 250 Foundations of Video Production 4 credits

OR

MEDA 153 Video for Community Engagement 4 credits

2nd year

Required courses not taken during year one

Choose courses from TWO Clusters above

3rd year

Choose courses from TWO Clusters above

4th year

Upper-division elective(s) 4-8 credits

MEDA 434 Mass Media Law and Ethics 4 credits

MEDA 4xx Senior Capstone (see above) 2 credits

MEDA 4xx Senior Capstone (see above) 2 credits

Two Year Plan

Students should consult with an advisor in Media Arts on the feasibility of this.

1st year

MEDA 101 Fundamentals of Speaking  4 credits

MEDA 116 Graphic Design I  4 credits

MEDA 240 Writing for the Media  4 credits

MEDA 153 Video for Community Engagement  4 credits

OR

MEDA 250 Foundations of Video Production  4 credits

MEDA 434 Mass Media Law and Ethics  4 credits

Choose courses from TWO Clusters above

2nd year

Choose courses from TWO Clusters above

MEDA 434 Mass Media Law and Ethics 4 credits

MEDA 4xx Senior Capstone (see above) 2 credits

MEDA 4xx Senior Capstone (see above) 2 credits

Upper division electives 4-8 credits

Multimedia Minor Requirements

All of the following: 16 credits

MEDA 101 Fundamentals of Speaking 4 credits

MEDA 116 Graphic Design I 4 credits

MEDA 240 Writing for the Media 4 credits

MEDA 153 Video for Community Engagement 4 credits

OR

MEDA 250 Foundations of Video Production 4 credits

 

Choose eight elective credits from the following: 8 credits

 

MEDA 305  Identity Design

MEDA 319  Information Design

MEDA 316  Advanced Graphic Design Applications

MEDA 320 Narrative Production: From Script to Screen

MEDA 300 ST Alternative Film Production

MEDA 302 Documentary: Studies and Production

MEDA 353 Video for Community Engagement

MEDA 332 Post-Production

MEDA 363 Publication Editing and Design

MEDA 370 Advanced Reporting and Interview

MEDA 335 Advanced Speaking and Presentations

MEDA 351 Intercollegiate Forensics II (repeatable)

 

Total: 24 credits