In addition to meeting general degree requirements, all new media majors must complete the following requirements (64–71 credits):

Freshman and Sophomore Years (Foundation): 30–31 credits

Students must earn a grade of C+ or higher in each of these courses. Those who earn a grade lower than a C+ must petition the New Media Board of Study to retake the course. To pass NME 2100, students must attain at least a 2.67 (B-) GPA in the foundation 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 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 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; it should be taken after MSA 1050 has been successfully completed:
    – MSA 2235/Computers and Culture
    – NME 2250/Art and Technology
  7. NME 2420/Video Art I: 4 credits
  8. NME 2750/Introduction to the Web: 4 credits
  9. NME 2100/New Media Advanced Standing: 1 credit
  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 assemble a presentation package consisting of:
  1. a portfolio of work, which shall be presented on the student’s webpage
  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.

Advanced Standing in New Media: 34–40 credits

Refer to Applying for Advanced Standing for detailed information. After being accepted for advanced study, requirements are as outlined below. Students must earn a grade of C+ or higher in each of these courses, excluding the senior project.

  • one upper-level history/theory course: 3–4 credits
  • one anthropology/sociology course: 3–4 credits
  • four elective courses chosen for their relevance and applicability to the student’s course of study in new media: 12–16 credits
  • and the synthesis courses, taken in the junior and senior years (16 credits, plus an 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
  Examples of History/Theory Courses
ARH 3405/Design History and Theory: 1750–Today: 4 credits
ARH 3531/New Media and Contemporary Art: 4 credits
CIN 3200/Film, Media, and War Machines: 4 credits
DES 3240/Design Issues: 3 credits
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 studies 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
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 3170/Digital Design and Fabrication
NME 3210/Tactical Practical
NME 3215/New Directions in Virtual Space (added Spring 2018)
NME 3220/Forms of the Moving Image
NME 3230/Real-Time Media Processing
NME 3265/Social Design
NME 3340/Photography Expanded
NME 3350/Digital Printmaking
NME 3430/Video Graphics
NME 3455/Dark Ecology Studio
NME 3545/Community-Centered Media
NME 3560/Introduction to Physical Computing: Getting Outside the Box
NME 3675/Copy, Paste
NME 3720/Interactive Installation: Hacking the Everyday
NME 3770/Experimental Web Practice
NME 4150/Special Projects in Tiny Computing

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

Mathematics/Computer Science (School of Natural & Social Sciences):
MAT 1420/Programming Games
MAT 3146/Scripting for the Web (added Spring 2018)
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
MAT 3765/Mobile Media

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

Updates to the 2016–18 Purchase College Catalog:

Effective Spring 2017: 

  • MSA 2200/Media Institutions and Forms removed as a technoculture course option