Advising for Media Arts

A major in media arts prepares students for careers in a variety of media-related fields including journalism, video, graphic design, web design, and multimedia production. The program emphasizes theoretical and social aspects of the media as well as its technical and creative components.

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.

In the senior year or when a student has enough credits earned to have ‘senior status’, all Media Arts majors except Graphic Design must complete MEDA 434 Media Law and Ethics during the Fall semester.

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. MEDA 488/489 is the Graphic Design capstone. MEDA 491/492 is the year-long seminar for film and video majors, MEDA 493/494 is for integrated media majors, and MEDA 497/498 is for journalism. Media Arts majors choose to work with the professor(s) that best match the media in which they choose to conduct their capstone.

Internship Requirements

All students majoring in Media Arts are encouraged to seek out and complete an internship (MEDA 475 or 480) 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 (Fall, Winter, Spring). The 480 course is a seminar course for students who wish to receive academic credit for an internship experience that has been recently completed or is underway and does not "fit" within the timeframe of an academic term. All internships, either 475 or 480, must be approved before they begin by the student’s advisor in the department to insure that the internship meets the standards and goals of the student’s degree program.

Studying Abroad

Media Arts majors should be advised that they can spend a semester abroad at York St. John University in York, England studying media studies and production. By working with an advisor from the MEDA faculty, they can take courses abroad that directly meet or replace requirements in a MEDA major.

 Media Arts Major

The Media Arts major requires the production courses in the other three majors:

  1. Journalism (MEDA 240)
  2. Film/Video (MEDA 250); and
  3. Graphic Design (MEDA 209 and, MEDA 265).

Students pursuing a Media Arts major should complete MEDA 110 by the end of their second year.

The Media Arts major was greatly revised in 2017.

Requirements

  • MEDA 110 Introduction to Communication 4 credits
  • MEDA 122 Introduction to Digital Media 2 credits or MEDA/ARTST 109 Intro to Graphic Design
  • ARTST 228 Photography I 2 credits 
  • MEDA 240 Writing for the Media 4 credits
  • MEDA 250 Foundations of Video Production 4 credits OR MEDA 153 Video for Community Engagement 4 credits
  • MEDA 434 Mass Media Law and Ethics 4 credits
  • MEDA 391 Media Arts Junior Seminar 2 credits
  • MEDA 488/489 Senior Capstone, Graphic Design OR MEDA 491/492 Senior Capstone, Film/Video 4 credits OR MEDA 493/494 Senior Capstone, Integrated Media 4 credits OR MEDA 497/498 Senior Capstone, Journalism 4 credits

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Students choose 2 clusters to take classes in. 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 8 credits from

  • MEDA 265 Web Design 4 credits
  • MEDA 209 Elements of Graphic Design 4 credits
  • MEDA 305 Identity Design 4 credits
  • MEDA 216 Graphic Design Applications 4 credits

Film/Video 8 credits from

  • MEDA 303 Experimental: Studies & Practice 4 credits
  • MEDA 302 Documentary: Studies/Practice 4 credits
  • MEDA 306 Animation: 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 353 Video: Community Engagement Mentor 4 credits

Journalism 8 credits from

  • MEDA 311 Electronic News 4 credits
  • MEDA 340 Reporting 4 credits
  • MEDA 363 Publication Editing and Design 4 credits
  • MEDA 370 Advanced Reporting 4 credits

Communication 8 credits from

  • MEDA 201 Interpersonal Communication 4 credits
  • MEDA 335 Advanced Speaking & Presentations 2 credits
  • MEDA 351 Intercollegiate Forensics II 2 credits (repeatable)

TOTAL: 42 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).

Four Year Plan

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

1st year

  • MEDA 110 Introduction to Communication 4 credits
  • MEDA 122 Intro. to Digital Media 2 credits OR MEDA/ARTST 109 Intro to Graphic Design
  • 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

  • Whatever was not taken from Year One
  • Choose courses from TWO Clusters above 8-12 credits

3rd year

  • Choose courses from TWO Clusters above 8-12 credits
  • MEDA 391 Media Arts Junior Seminar 2 credits

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 110 Introduction to Communication 4 credits
  • MEDA 122 Intro. to Digital Media 2 credits OR MEDA/ARTST 109 Intro to Graphic Design
  • 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
  • Choose courses from TWO Clusters above 8-12 credits

2nd year

  • Choose courses from TWO Clusters above 8-12 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
  • Upper division electives 4-8 credits

Requirements for the Media Arts Minor

  • MEDA 110 Intro to Communication
  • MEDA 122 Intro to Digital Media, 2 credits OR MEDA/ARTST 109 Intro to Graphic Design
  • MEDA 240 Writing for the Media, 4 credits
  • MEDA 250 Elements of Production, 4 credits OR MEDA 153 Video for Community Engagement 4 credits
  • MEDA 434 Mass Media Law and Ethics, 4 credits
  • 4 credits of Upper Division electives (excluding MEDA 450, 351, 475, 480, or MEDA 353 if MEDA 153 was taken)

TOTAL: 22 Credits

Rev 2019