The Production Concentration within the Media Study major trains students to create media. Students will gain a grounding in the basic theory of film and media but the focus of their program will be on learning how to produce media. Students gain basic exposure to multiple types of media, including film, video, physical computing and digital arts through their basic production classes. Following this, students may focus on one or more particular areas in their intermediate and advanced coursework.
The BA in Media Study requires a total of 69 credits: 51 within the program and 18 within the minor or virtual minor. Students must have at least 24 credits at the 300 or 400 level among these 69 credits.
Before being considered an accepted DMS major, a student must complete at least three DMS courses with a minimum grade of C- while maintaining an overall 2.5 GPA in at least 50 credits at the university.
The requirements for the major are available on our production concentration advising sheet [link to Production-advising-sheet pdf]. However, here is a quick outline of the categories courses for the major fall into.
Basic Production (3 courses): 100-level courses introducing various forms of media creation including Video and Digital Media.
Intermediate Production (2 courses): 200- to 400-level classes further training students in media forms of their choice, with options in video, programming graphics, post-production, gaming and virtual reality.
Advanced Production (1 course): 400-level courses allowing students to become experts in their chosen production format.
Basic Theory (4 courses): 100- to 200-level courses that train students to understand the history and theory of the various media they will work with.
Advanced Theory (1 course): 300- to 400-level allows students to delve deeper into the analysis of one particular type of media.
Electives (2 courses): Recommended to be 300-level or higher, students may take additional intermediate or advanced production courses or advanced analysis courses to fulfill this requirement.
Minor or Virtual Minor: Students majoring in Media Study are required to have a minor or virtual minor. A list of acceptable minors offered by the university can be found in the course catalog. A virtual minor entails picking six courses from one department that you have determined will assist you in your media production. You will have substantial independence in determining which courses to take for the virtual minor, but they must include two courses at the 200-level and 4 courses at the 300-level or 400-level. You should discuss your choice of minor or virtual minor with your DMS advisor for approval.