Emerging Media Major — B.S.

Devan Rosen, Associate Professor and Program Director

The emerging media degree, a partnership of the Department of Media Arts, Sciences, and Studies in the Roy H. Park School of Communications and the Department of Computer Science in the School of Humanities and Sciences, combines coursework in new media platforms and computer programming to provide students with a unique skill set in emerging media technologies: identifying market opportunities, designing concepts, employing storytelling structures, programming and using software tools, developing sound economic models, and promoting the kinds of organizational and consumer change that make new media products successful. The mission of this program is to produce graduates who will be leaders within the evolving discipline of emerging media whether as designers and creators of media and technology or as entrepreneurs creating media products. Because new media are inherently multidisciplinary, integrating artistic creativity with computational expertise, this program takes an integrative approach to the education of our graduates — while still maintaining a strong disciplinary focus.

Students entering through the Department of Computer Science take the media computation concentration, emphasizing computer systems design and programming. Students entering through the Department of Media Arts, Sciences, and Studies take either the media design and production concentration or the media entrepreneurship concentration, emphasizing the creative design and promotion of new genres and platforms for emerging media. All students share a substantive common core, then branch out into the concentrations to develop their specialties, and finally come back together in two upper-level project courses where they will work as teams to design, develop, and pitch a new media product, such as an “app” for an iPhone, a new form of gaming or entertainment genre, or an innovative educational simulation.

Summary

Major Core Requirements36
Concentration Requirements20-24
Media Computation (24) 1
Media Design and Production (21-23) 2
Media Entrepreneurship (20-21) 2
Integrative Core Curriculum (ICC) Requirements 1,229
Electives31-35
Total Credits120

Degree Requirements

To complete the requirements for a B.S. degree, students must complete 60 credits of liberal arts courses.

Core Requirements
GCOM 13000Spark: Igniting your Future in Communications1
TVR 12400Introduction to Media Industries4
STCM 12300Systemic Design3
COMP 17100Principles of Computing Science I (ICC-CLA) 14
COMP 17200Principles of Computer Science II (ICC-CLA) 14
COMP 20200Computational Foundation of Emerging Media (ICC-CLA) 14
TVR 21400Design of New Media: Theory, Function and Analysis4
TVR 32000-TVR 32099Topics in Media Technology (ICC-WI, ICC-DV)4
TVR/COMP 38500Emerging Media Project4
TVR/COMP 48500Emerging Media Capstone4
Concentration Requirements
Select one concentration from the list below 2,320-24
Total Credits56-60

Concentrations

Media Computation Concentration

(Students in this concentration are enrolled through the School of Humanities and Sciences, and must fulfill the School of Humanities and Sciences' Complementary Liberal Arts requirement.)

COMP 11500Discrete Structures for Computer Science4
COMP 22000Introduction to Data Structures4
Select one of the following electives:4
Advanced Web Programming
Game Development and Technologies
HCI: User Interface Design and Development
Select three of the following level-3 or level-4 electives:12
Introduction to Virtual Reality
Intelligent Systems
Database Systems
Computer Graphics
Total Credits24

Media Design and Production Concentration

(Students in this concentration are in the Roy H. Park School of Communications and must fulfill a minor outside the Park School)

MASS 10400Story: From Cave Paintings to Emerging Media3
TVR 10500Introduction to Audio3
TVR 11500Introduction to Field Production4
TVR 12200Introduction to Media Aesthetics and Analysis3
or CNPH 10100 Introduction to Film Aesthetics and Analysis
Select 8-10 credits of the following: (at least one course must be at level 3 or above)8-10
Web Design
Game Development and Technologies
Fiction Field Production 1
Audio Production
Motion Graphics and Animation
Experimental Media: Production and Criticism
Games for Marketing & Training
Advanced Cinema Production: Animation
eLearning
Writing for Video Games and Emerging Media
TVR 40000-TVR 40099
Topics in Media Production
Minor Requirement
Students in the Media Design and Production Concentration must complete a minor offered outside the Roy H. Park School of Communications. This requirement does not preclude students for having a second option minor in the Park School.
Total Credits21-23

Media Entrepreneurship Concentration

(Students in this concentration are in the Roy H. Park School of Communication and must fulfill a minor outside the Park School)

TVR 26300Mass Media Research Methods4
TVR 21100New Media Business and Economics4
TVR 22000Global Flow of Information3
MKTG 31200Principles of Marketing3
TVR 46000Senior Seminar3
Select one of the following:3-4
Government and Media
TVR 31300-TVR 31399
Topics in Media Law and Policy
Minor Requirement
Students in the Media Entrepreneurship Concentration must complete a minor offered outside the Roy H. Park School of Communications. This requirement does not preclude students for having a second option minor in the Park School.
Total Credits20-21