Academic Programs Catalog

College of Communication Arts and Sciences

Department of Media and Information

Undergraduate Program
Media and Information - Bachelor of Arts

Students have the opportunity to select the degree program best suited to their interests. The Bachelor of Arts degree in Media and Information and the Bachelor of Science degree in Media and Information uniquely prepare  graduates to design high impact media products by focusing on: 1) understanding and harnessing the power of media through interdisciplinary artistic, qualitative, and quantitative methodological approaches and theoretical perspectives, 2) using the design process to inform the creative act and fuel innovation using current and emerging media technologies, 3) using media to address pressing social issues and other meaningful themes, 4) gaining fluency with the tools, practice, and techniques used in the creation of current and emerging mediated experiences, and 5) interpreting and critiquing media in the context of audiences, users, historical precedents, socio-cultural patterns of use, and ethical implications of technologies. Each degree program provides students with the tools and inspiration needed to analyze, evaluate, critique, and manage  many forms of media products, services and applications and each provides a solid foundation for anticipating trends in media and communication technologies to prepare students for a field characterized by rapid and continuous change. The social, technical, economic, and organizational bases of media and communication technologies are core topics, preparing students to use media in socially beneficial and economically productive ways. The Bachelor of Arts program requires additional arts and humanities courses.  The Bachelor of Science program includes social science as well as higher-level math and computer science requirements.

 

Requirements for the Bachelor of Arts Degree in Media and Information

  1. The University requirements for bachelor's degrees as described in the  Undergraduate  Education section of this catalog; 120 credits, including general elective credits, are required for the Bachelor of Arts degree in Media and Information.

    The University’s Tier II writing requirement for the Media and Information major is met by completing one of the following courses: Media and Information 401, 411, 435B, 442, 443, 447, 450, 488, or 498. Those courses are referenced in item 3. below.
  2. The  requirements of the College of Communication Arts and Sciences for the Bachelor of Arts degree.
  3. The following requirements for the major (33 credits):
    a.  All of the following courses (9 credits):
    MI 101 Understanding Media and Information 3
    MI 201 Media and Information Technologies and Industries 3
    MI 301 Bringing Media to Market 3
    b. Two of the following foundation courses (6 credits):
    CAS 110 Creative Thinking 3
    CAS 111 Design and Layout 3
    CAS 112 Story, Sound, and Motion 3
    CAS 116 Media, Sketching, and Graphics 3
    CAS 117 Games and Interactivity 3
    MI 239 Digital Footprints: Privacy and Online Behavior 3
    c. Five courses from the following focus areas. Three of the five courses must be from the same focus area
    (15 credits):
    Film and Media Production
    CAS 396 Integrated Media Arts Special Topics 3
    MI 241 Filmmaking I 3
    MI 311 Introduction to Documentary Production 3
    MI 341 Filmmaking II 3
    MI 342 Multi Camera Production for Television 3
    MI 343 Audio Production 3
    MI 344 Sound Design for Cinema, Television, and Games 3
    MI 351 Producing for Cinema and Television 3
    MI 440 Advanced Video Editing 3
    MI 441 Advanced Lighting and Camera Techniques 3
    MI 435A Creating the Fiction Film I 3
    Game and Interactive Media Design
    CAS 396 Integrated Media Arts Special Topics 3
    MI 231 Game and Interactive Media Development 3
    MI 346 Game Design 3
    MI 349 Web Design and Development 3
    MI 445 Game Design and Development I 3
    MI 449 Advanced Web Development and Database Management 3
    MI 455 Game Design and Development II 3
    MI 482 Building Virtual Worlds 3
    MI 484 Building Innovative Interfaces 3
    MI 497 Game Design Studio 3
    Graphics and Animation
    CAS 396 Integrated Media Arts Special Topics 3
    MI 247 Three-Dimensional Graphics and Design 3
    MI 337 Compositing and Special Effects 3
    MI 347 Advanced Three-Dimensional Computer Animation 3
    MI 377 Advanced 3D Modeling 3
    Creating Human-Centered Technology
    MI 220 Methods for Understanding Users 3
    MI 250 Introduction to Applied Programming 3
    MI 320 Reasoning with Data 3
    MI 350 Evaluating Human-Centered Technology 3
    MI 420 Interactive Prototyping 3
    Media and Information Management
    MI 360 Media and Information Management 3
    MI 361 IT Network Management and Security 3
    MI 452 Media Entrepreneurship and Business Strategies 3
    MI 462 Social Media and Social Computing 3
    MI 472 Digital Business and Commerce 3
    Society, Policy and Research
    MI 302 Networks, Markets, and Society 3
    MI 305 Media and Information Policy 3
    MI 355 Media and Information Research 3
    MI 480 Information and Communication Technologies and Development 3
    d. One of the following capstone courses (3 credits):
    CAS 496 Advanced Media Project Design and Production (W) 3
    ITM 444 Information Technology Project Management 3
    MI 401 Topics in Media, Information, and Society (W) 3
    MI 411 Collaborative Documentary Design and Production (W) 3
    MI 435B Creating the Fiction Film II (W) 3
    MI 442 Design of Cinema and Television Projects (W) 3
    MI 443 Audio Industry Design and Management (W) 3
    MI 447 Three-Dimensional Graphics and Animation Portfolio (W) 3
    MI 450 Creating Human-Centered Technology (W) 3
    MI 488 Information and Communication Technology Development Project (W) 3
    MI 498 Collaborative Game Design (W) 3
    e. Media and Information (MI) Electives
    Additional credits in department courses can be taken as electives outside the above requirements. No more than 60 credits can be taken within the college. Students are encouraged to pursue an optional transcriptable concentration or a department-affiliated minor to complement their major. Minors may be chosen from fiction filmmaking, documentary production, game design and development, information technology, or information and communication technology and development. Special topics and internships are also encouraged through enrollment in MI 491 and MI 493. Students interested in pursuing a concentration or minor should contact the Academic and Students Affairs Office in the College of Communication Arts and Sciences.
    Concentrations in Media and Information
    The department offers concentrations for students who wish to focus on a specific application area in the discipline. The concentrations are available to, but not required of, any student enrolled in the Bachelor of Arts degree program in Media and Information. Courses completed to satisfy requirement 3. above may also be used to satisfy the requirements of a concentration. The concentration will be noted on the student’s transcript.
    Film and Media Production
    To earn a Bachelor of Arts degree in Media and Information with a film and media production concentration, students must complete degree requirements 1., 2., and 3. above and the following:
    1. Five of the following courses from the Film and Media Production focus area:
    CAS 396 Integrated Media Arts Special Topics 3
    MI 241 Filmmaking I 3
    MI 311 Introduction to Documentary Production 3
    MI 341 Filmmaking II 3
    MI 342 Multi Camera Production for Television 3
    MI 343 Audio Production 3
    MI 344 Sound Design for Cinema, Television, and Games 3
    MI 351 Producing for Cinema and Television 3
    MI 440 Advanced Video Editing 3
    MI 441 Advanced Lighting and Camera Techniques 3
    MI 435A Creating the Fiction Film I 3
    2. Two courses from the Graphics and Animation, or Game and Interactive Media Design, or Media and Information Management focus areas.
    3. One of the following capstone courses:
    MI 411 Collaborative Documentary Design and Production (W) 3
    MI 435B Creating the Fiction Film II (W) 3
    MI 442 Design of Cinema and Television Projects (W) 3
    MI 443 Audio Industry Design and Management (W) 3
    Game and Interactive Media Design
    To earn a Bachelor of Arts degree in Media and Information with a game and interactive media design concentration, students must complete degree requirements 1., 2., and 3. above and the following:
    1. Five of the following courses from the Game and Interactive Media Design focus area:
    CAS 396 Integrated Media Arts Special Topics 3
    MI 231 Game and Interactive Media Development 3
    MI 346 Game Design 3
    MI 349 Web Design and Development 3
    MI 445 Game Design and Development I 3
    MI 449 Advanced Web Development and Database Management 3
    MI 455 Game Design and Development II 3
    MI 482 Building Virtual Worlds 3
    MI 484 Building Innovative Interfaces 3
    MI 497 Game Design Studio 3
    2. Two courses from the Graphics and Animation, or Film and Media Production, or Media and Information Management focus areas.
    3. One of the following capstone courses:
    MI 447 Three-Dimensional Graphics and Animation Portfolio (W)  3
    MI 498 Collaborative Game Design (W) 3
    Information, Management and Design for Society
    To earn a Bachelor of Arts degree in Media and Information with a information, management and design for society concentration, students must complete degree requirements 1., 2., and 3. above and the following:
    1. All of the following courses:
    MI 220 Methods for Understanding Users 3
    MI 302 Networks, Markets, and Society 3
    MI 360 Media and Information Management 3
    2. Four of the following courses from the Creating Human-Centered Technology, or Media and Information Management, or Society, Policy, and Research focus areas. Three of the four courses must come from the same focus area.
    3. One of the following capstone courses:
    MI 401 Topics in Media, Information, and Society (W) 3
    MI 450 Creating Human-Centered Technology (W) 3
    MI 488 Information and Communication Technology Development Project (W) 3