Billy Pittard, Chair
Barr, Bowen, Chilsen, Elliott, Gomez, Gordon, Heigle, Heinrich, Hendrick, Jimison, Kalwinsky, McNulty, Neff, O’Neill, Sultan, Trundle
The purpose of the Department of Media Arts is to prepare students to work in all forms of digital or electronic media. Bachelor of Science degrees are offered in in Video and Film Production, Animation, and Mass Communication with concentrations in New Media Communication, Media Management, and Photography.
Minors are available in Video and Film Production, Animation, Interactive Media, Photography, and Media Management. Students may not minor in any program that shares the same degree as their major.
Media Arts strives to provide hands-on learning experiences whenever possible. Facilities include an equipment checkout system for students with a variety of cameras and field production equipment; a 40-foot mobile television production lab; three production studios including a 3,000 square foot TV/film studio and a robotic TV studio with virtual sets; video editing facilities; an animation lab; traditional and digital photography facilities, two photographic studios, a student photo gallery; a student-run TV station; and a student-run FM radio station. The Baldwin Photographic Gallery resides in the department and exhibits the works of renowned photographers, students, and faculty.
The department offers a variety of extracurricular opportunities for all of its students including industry-specific student organizations and a unique varsity team for live television production.
Students majoring in any of the Media Arts programs must earn a C (2.00) or better in each course taken in the College of Media and Entertainment in order to graduate. Total university credit for practicum and internship courses cannot exceed six hours.
All Media Arts programs require admission to candidacy upon completion of 45 semester hours of university-level coursework. Specific requirements are listed by program. Most upper-division courses in the department have admission to Media Arts candidacy as a prerequisite.
The Department of Media Arts will accept no more than 12 semester hours of transfer credit toward either a major and/or minor in the department. This is a maximum number of credits that will be accepted and does not constitute a guarantee that each student desiring to transfer up to 12 semester hours into the program will be granted credit for all transfer hours. Each case will be judged on an individual basis.
Transfer credit will normally be granted for theory/concept/media-history courses such as American Media and Social Institutions. Other courses that will normally be accepted include survey courses such as introduction to mass communication and media writing courses.
On a case-by-case basis, a production course may be accepted as an elective if the student earned a B or better in the course. Also on a case-by-case basis, requests for substitution of a required course may be accepted if there is clear evidence that the transferred course is equivalent to the required course.
Further information on departmental procedures for awarding transfer credit is available from the department.
The Department of Media Arts periodically offers the following courses in Honors:
See Honors College for more information.