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The New Media BA Program: Academic Requirements

In addition to meeting general degree requirements, all new media majors must complete the following requirements (64–71 credits). The internship is optional, but recommended:

Freshman and Sophomore
Advanced Standing | Applying for Advanced Standing
Synthesis (Junior and Senior)

Note: Please refer to course descriptions for prefix changes, effective Fall 2014.

Freshman and Sophomore Years (Foundation)
Students must earn a grade of C+ or higher in each of these courses. In any given semester, students should not enroll in more than three foundation courses and must not take more than two studio or lab courses.

  1. PHO 1010/Photography I: 3 credits
    or PHO 1100/Introduction to Digital Photography: 4 credits
  2. MSA 1050/Introduction to Media Studies: 3 credits
  3. NME 1060/Introduction to Sound: 3 credits
  4. NME 1160/Design Principles: 4 credits
  5. MAT 1420/Programming Games or
    MAT 1520/Computer Science I or
    NME 1450/Programming for Visual Artists: 4 credits
  6. One 2000-level technoculture course (3–4 credits), chosen from the following or approved by the student’s faculty advisor; these should be taken after MSA 1050 has been successfully completed:
    – MSA 2200/Media Institutions and Forms
    – MSA 2235/Computers and Culture
    – NME 2250/Art and Technology
    – NME 2550/Media, Memory, and Desire
    MSA 2700/Locative Media: Place and Mobility (discontinued
  7. NME 2420/Video Art I: 4 credits
  8. NME 2750/Introduction to the Web: 4 credits (Fall 2015 update)
  9. NME 2100/New Media Advanced Standing: 1 credit

2. Advanced Standing in New Media
Refer to Applying for Advanced Standing for detailed information. After being accepted for advanced study, requirements include:

Students must earn a grade of C+ or higher in each of these courses, excluding the senior project.

Examples of History/Theory Courses:
ARH 3405/Design History and Theory: 1750ndash;Today: 4 credits
ARH 3531/New Media and Contemporary Art: 4 credits
CIN 3200/Film, Media, and War Machines (added 1/29/14)
DES 3300/History of Graphic Design Survey: 4 credits
NME 3040/Internet as Public Art: 4 credits
MTH 4120/History of Recorded Music I: 2 credits
MTH 4130/History of Recorded Music II: 2 credits
VIS 3000/Art in the Age of Electronic Media: 3 credits

Examples of Anthropology/Sociology Courses:
The following list includes courses offered by the media, society, and the arts (MSA) program and by the School of Art+Design.
ANT 2320/Performing Arts in Cross-Cultural
    Perspective: 3 credits
ANT 3185/Global Media, Local Cultures: 4 credits
ANT 3345/Media and Performance in Africa: 4 credits (title
    revised Fall 2015)
ANT 3410/Anthropology of Art and Aesthetics: 4 credits
MSA 3160/Queer Media Convergence: 4 credits
MSA 3400/Critical Perspectives on Media, Society,
    and the Arts: 4 credits
MSA 4750/Special Topics in Media, Society, and
    the Arts: 4 credits
VIS 3500/The Arts for Social Change: 3 credits

Examples of Elective Courses
Courses in the following lists are subject to change, and new courses may be added. Students should consult with their faculty advisor when choosing electives.

New Media
NME 2470/Drawing, Moving, and Seeing with Code
NME 3010/Cross-Cultural Video Production
NME 3050/Information Aesthetics
NME 3150/Material Distribution: Billboards, Wheatpaste,
    and Pamphlets
NME 3210/Tactical Practical
NME 3220/Forms of the Moving Image
NME 3230/Real-Time Media Processing
NME 3260/Social Design: Global Cities, New Ecologies,
    and Sustainability (replaced by NME 3265, Spring 2016)
NME 3265/Social Design
NME 3340/Photography Expanded (added Fall 2015)
NME 3350/Digital Printmaking
NME 3430/Video Graphics
NME 3435/Video Performance
NME 3470/Intermediate Video
NME 3545/Community-Centered Media
NME 3550/Portfolio Workshop (added Spring 2015)
NME 3560/Introduction to Physical Computing:
    Getting Outside the Box
NME 3720/Interactive Installation: Hacking the Everyday
NME 3765/Mobile Media
NME 3770/Experimental Web Practice
NME 3780/Games for Change
NME 4150/Special Projects in Tiny Computing (added Fall 2015)

Removed from new media electives 1/29/14:
Cinema Studies:
CIN 1500/Introduction to Cinema Studies I
CIN 1510/Introduction to Cinema Studies II
CIN 3200/Film, Media, and War Machines

FLM 3610/Experimental Workshop (Part One)
FLM 3620/Experimental Workshop (Part Two)

Mathematics/Computer Science (School of Natural & Social Sciences):
MAT 3440/Creating User Interfaces
MAT 3530/Creating Databases for Web Applications
MAT 3540/Social Software
MAT 3650/Networking and Security
MAT 3670/Robotics
MAT 3755/Mobile Computing (added Spring 2016)

School of the Arts:

Studio Composition (Conservatory of Music):
MCO 1310/Studio Composition I
MCO 1320/Studio Composition II
MCO 2310/MIDI Composition I
MCO 2320/MIDI Composition II
MCO 3330/Studio Production I
MCO 3340/Studio Production II
MCO 4350/Digital Audio I
MCO 4360/Digital Audio II

Theatre and Performance (Conservatory of Theatre Arts):
THP 3120/Gameplay and Performance

School of Art+Design:
DES 3090/Interactive Design
DES 3190/Motion Graphics for Designers
DES 4170/Advanced Web Design: Special Projects
PRT 3000/The Animated Print
SCP 3155/Performance Art
SCP 3310/Digital Dimensions
SCP 3420/Video Art II
SCP 3630/Sound/Interactive Media I
SCP 3640/Sound/Interactive Media II

3. Synthesis
Students must earn a grade of C+ or higher in the following courses, excluding the senior project (16 credits, plus optional internship):

  1. NME 3880/Junior Seminar in New Media: 4 credits
  2. NME 3995/Internship in New Media (optional): variable credits
  3. NME 4880/Senior Seminar I in New Media: 2 credits
  4. NME 4890/Senior Seminar II in New Media: 2 credits
  5. SPJ 4990/Senior Project I: 4 credits
  6. SPJ 4991/Senior Project II: 4 credits

Please note: Because new media is a constantly developing field, these academic requirements are subject to change.

Applying for Advanced Standing in New Media
New media majors apply for advanced standing in their fourth semester, while concurrently completing the courses required in the first two years of study. A student may be in the process of fulfilling a maximum of two foundation courses concurrent with advanced standing. Because of the interdisciplinary nature of the new media program, it is important that students be strongly focused and self-directed. Therefore, the transition to advanced standing is taken very seriously by the New Media Board of Study.

In order to have a clear picture of each student’s preparedness, the board of study requests that each student submit materials for its review. This advanced-standing presentation package must be submitted two weeks before the beginning of registration for the following semester. To formalize this process, students must register for NME 2100/New Media Advanced Standing in the semester in which they are going to submit their presentation package.

To apply for advanced standing, each student must:

  1. Earn grades averaging B- (2.7 GPA) in the courses required during the first two years of study, with no grade lower than a C+.
  2. Assemble a presentation package consisting of:
    1. a portfolio of work, which shall be presented on the student’s Web page
    2. a written discussion of the student’s development to date (this two- to four-page document shall include a discussion of courses completed or in progress, projects undertaken, and recent life experiences that have led to the current proposal)
    3. a proposed academic program that the student intends to follow until graduation (this three- to four-page proposal shall include a list of all courses that the student plans to take in his or her remaining semesters, the general area of the intended senior project, and an indication of what projects and internships the student will develop to prepare for a successful senior year)

Please note: The New Media Board of Study reviews the presentation package and determines whether the student receives advanced standing. Advanced standing is a prerequisite for many of the upper-level courses that constitute the major. Students who are not approved for advanced standing will need to complete their BA in a different major.

Updates to the 2013–15 College Catalog:

Effective Fall 2015:

  • In the foundation requirements, the credits for NME 1060/Introduction to Sound are increased from 2 to 3, and NME 2750/Introduction to the Web replaces NME 2730/Creating Web Documents, which is discontinued.

Effective Fall 2014:

  • The credits for NME 2100 are increased from 0 to 1.
  • The electives in new media are changed from an unspecified number of courses totaling 16 credits to four courses totaling 12–16 credits.
  • The internship course number is changed from NME 3980 to NME 3995.
  • The senior project (formerly NME 4990, two semesters, 8 credits total) is now SPJ 4990/Senior Project I and NME 4991/Senior Project II, 4 credits each.
  • Please refer to the 2013–15 College Catalog for course prefixes used before the 2014 Banner system implementation.

Effective Fall 2013 (8/26/13 and 9/16/13):

  • Students may take either NME 1100/Introduction to Digital Photography or NME 1010/Photography I. (Students formerly took NME 1160/Design Principles or NME 1010/Photography I.)
  • NME 1160/Design Principles replaces NME 1170/Digital Media Studio in the foundation requirements.
  • Students should successfully complete (a) NME 1050 before taking the technoculture elective, and (b) NME 1160 before taking NME 2730.

Updated Sept. 22, 2015

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