Bachelor of Fine Arts in Film and Media Arts: Concentration in Media Arts

The BFA in Film and Media Arts with a Concentration in Media Arts is an intensive, professional degree that prepares students to enter graduate Media Arts programs or pursue artistic careers in the media arts or in the creative industries. Areas of study include video installation, video art, media projection design for performance/sculpture/public space, interactive narrative, location-based media and mobile augmented reality, sensor-based interactive media, 2D and 3D digital animation, video game theory/design/programming, web design and net art, social practice, and other forms of experimental media. Studies will culminate in the completion and exhibition of an advanced creative project in the capstone Media Arts Project Classes. The total FMA credits required is 71-73.

Students interested in the Media Arts concentration must submit a program request form to the department. To be considered students need to complete 60 credits by the end of their sophomore year, earn an average of 3.0 in six foundational and intermediate courses and provide a portfolio. The program request form must be submitted to the department no later than the deadline announced on the Film and Media Studies Undergraduate Listserv in the spring semester in which the student reaches sixty credits. Students with less than an average of 3.0 in the six courses may petition the department for admission to the BFA Media Arts concentration. (See department for details.) Students who were not admitted to the BFA Media Arts concentration can continue in the BA in Film and Media Arts or the BA in Film and Media Arts with a Concentration in Screen Studies or apply for one of the three BA production concentrations. 

Transfer students who have transferred Film and Media Arts courses with a grade of B or better may apply to the BFA program. These students must also present a portfolio. Transfer students with an associate’s degree in a related field who are accepted into the BFA program will most likely need additional semesters to complete their degree.

Bachelor of Fine Arts in Film and Media Arts: Concentration in MedIa Arts

Summary of Requirements for the Degree

The Bachelor of Fine Arts degree may be conferred upon a student majoring in Film and Media Arts by recommendation of the faculty and upon satisfactory completion of a minimum of 120 credit hours. Students must complete:

  1. University Requirements:
    • New students are required to complete the General Education (GenEd) curriculum.
    • All students must take a minimum of two writing-intensive courses specified by the major. The specific writing-intensive courses requirement for this major are listed below and identified with the code "WI".
  2. No more than 21 FMA credits can be transferred to the major.
  3. A student must earn a grade of "C-" or better in all Film and Media Arts courses that count towards the degree.
  4. Students may take up to 6 internship credits in Film and Media Arts.
  5. Students may count a maximum of 84 FMA credit hours toward the 120 credit hours required for the degree.

FMA Foundation Courses

Students seeking to enter the BFA with a Concentration in Media Arts will complete the following courses by the end of the sophomore year:

FMA 1141Media Arts I4
FMA 1142Media Arts II4
FMA 1171Media & Culture3
FMA 1451Survey of New Media3
Total Credit Hours14

Concentration Requirements

Courses required after completion of FMA Foundation Courses:

FMA 2242Videography4
FMA 3453Interdisciplinary Media Studio4
Select one of the following:4
Web Art & Design
Physical Computing
Digital Animation, Compositing and Modeling
FMA 2451Experimental Video and Multi-Media4
FMA 2000+Writing Intensive Elective (WI) 13-4
Select four of the following:16
Introduction to 3D: Modeling
Introduction to 3D: Animation
Audio: Production and Aesthetics
Physical Computing
Experimental Media Workshop
Interactive Narrative
Video Game Theory and Writing
FMA 4463
FMA 3452New Technologies Lab4
FMAStudies Elective in Digital Arts3-4
FMAMedia History Studies Elective3
FMA 3000+Advanced Writing Intensive Elective (WI) 14
FMA 4442BFA Media Arts Project I4
FMA 4443BFA Media Arts Project II4
Total Credit Hours57-59
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The following are Writing Intensive courses in Film and Media Arts: FMA 2396 Screenwriting I; FMA 3696 Writing Intensive Film Study; FMA 3896 Advanced Film Analysis; FMA 4697 Advanced Film History; and FMA 4698 History of Documentary.

Suggested Academic Plan

Please note that this is a suggested academic plan. Depending on your situation, your academic plan may look different.

Bachelor of Fine Arts in Film and Media Arts with Concentration in Media Arts

Requirements for New Students starting in the 2016-2017 Academic Year

Year 1
FallCredit Hours
FMA 1141Media Arts I4
FMA 1171Media Culture3
ENG 0802, 0812, or 0902Analytical Reading and Writing [GW]4
GenEd Quantitative Literacy Course [GQ]4
 Term Credit Hours15
Spring
FMA 1142Media Arts II4
FMA 1451Survey of New Media3
IH 0851 or 0951Mosaic: Humanities Seminar I [GY]3
GenEd Breadth Course3
Elective3
 Term Credit Hours16
Year 2
Fall
FMA 2242Videography4
FMA 2000+ Writing Intensive Elective [WI]3-4
FMA 2451Experimental Video and Multi-Media4
GenEd Breadth Course3
 Term Credit Hours14-15
Spring
Select one of the following:4
Web Art Design 
Physical Computing 
Digital Animation, Compositing and Modeling 
FMA Studies Elective in Digital Arts3-4
GenEd Breadth Course3
GenEd Breadth Course3
IH 0852 or 0952Mosaic: Humanities Seminar II [GZ]3
 Term Credit Hours16-17
Year 3
Fall
FMA 3453Interdisciplinary Media Studio4
Select two of the following:8
Introduction to 3D: Modeling 
Introduction to 3D: Animation 
Audio: Production and Aesthetics 
Physical Computing 
Experimental Media Workshop 
Interactive Narrative 
Video Game Theory and Writing 
FMA 4463
 
GenEd Breadth Course3
 Term Credit Hours15
Spring
FMA 3000+ Advanced Writing Intensive Elective [WI]4
Select two of the following:8
Introduction to 3D: Modeling 
Introduction to 3D: Animation 
Audio: Production and Aesthetics 
Physical Computing 
Experimental Media Workshop 
Interactive Narrative 
Video Game Theory and Writing 
FMA 4463
 
GenEd Breadth Course3
 Term Credit Hours15
Year 4
Fall
FMA 4442BFA Media Arts Project I4
FMA Media History Studies Elective4
FMA 3452New Technologies Lab4
Elective3
 Term Credit Hours15
Spring
FMA 4443BFA Media Arts Project II4
FMA Elective4
GenEd Breadth Course3
Elective3
 Term Credit Hours14
 Total Credit Hours: 120-122