Electronic Arts

Interactive New Media Studies 4 Year Plan

The below schedule is only one example of a possible degree program.  This example plan should not be used as a strict guide to completion of the program.  Please see your advisor early each semester to discuss possible variations of your own degree plan.  Effective academic advisement is a partnership, with the advisees sharing in the responsibility.

Students pursuing interactive new media studies will be required to complete MED 390(3), 490(3), ART 210(3), and DES 202(3) and to select 9 hours of electives with advisor approval from: ART 230(3); MED 355(3), 465(3), 492(3), 595(1-3). NOTE: DES 202 should be taken only after successful completion of initial portfolio review.

Entrance to the EA program is selective.  Students must complete at least 3 of the 4 pre-core admission classes (ART 100, MED 290, MED 365, MUS 216), including the course in the option area to which they will apply, before making a portfolio application.  Portfolio includes a minimum of two and a maximum of three examples of work in the option area (audio, video, interactive new media, or computer animation) with at least one example coming from the preadmission core course in the track to which the student is applying.

Because of the structure of the EA program it would be very difficult to complete this degree in three years.  Though not impossible, candidates would have to be accepted into the program in the fall semester of the second year.  This outcome is difficult to accomplish given course periodicity and the requirement to have completed the pre-core classes before making the formal portfolio application to the program.

The EA major requires a minor.  No more than 6 hours may count toward both the major and the minor. 

NOTE: If you intend to take a minor in media or to use media as a fall back degree option if not accepted into the EA program, MED 130: Fundamentals of Media Convergence would be a good class to take early in semester #3.

Students need a minimum of 125 hours with 40 hours of coursework at a 300+ course level to graduate.

Periodicity of many classes is important with many scheduled as F (fall) or S (spring) only classes.  Check catalog.

The following degree plan is based on the general education program instituted in fall 2014. For the previous general education requirements, please access these Student Transition Resources.

First semester (fall)

CoursesHours
ART 100 2D Design 3
MED 120 Mass Media and Society 3
GEP 101 First-Year Foundations 2
CIS / CSC 101 or waiver exam 2
COM 115 Fundamentals of Public Speaking 3
ENG 110 Writing I 3
Total hours16

Second semester (spring)

CoursesHours
MED 290 Fundamentals of Multimedia Design 3
GEN ED Culture and Society - Humanities 3
MTH 130 (or higher) 3
General Education 3
GEN ED Science 4
Total hours15

Third semester (fall)

CoursesHours
MED 365 Digital Film and Media Production
or MUS 216 Introduction to Audio Techniques
3
ART 210 Introduction to Digital Arts 3
GEN ED Writing II course 3
HST 121 Survey of the History of the United States to 1877
or HST 122 Survey of the History of the United States Since 1877
3
Minor Course (Select minor with advisor) 3
Total hours15

Fourth semester (spring)

CoursesHours
MED 390 Interactive Web Design 3
MED 365 Digital Film and Media Production
or MUS 216 Introduction to Audio Techniques
3
GEN ED Science 4
GEN ED Self-Understanding - Humanities 3
Minor Course (at 300+ level) 3
** Make Portfolio Application to EA Program
Total hours16

Fifth semester (fall)

CoursesHours
EA Elective (recommend DES 202 - requires permission of instructor) 3
PLS 101 American Democracy and Citizenship 3
GEN ED Self-Understanding - Creativity 3
Minor Course 3
General Electives (125 hr graduation requirement) 6
Total hours18

Sixth semester (spring)

CoursesHours
ART 300 Fundamentals of Collaboration in Electronic Arts 3
MED 490 Advanced Interactivity Multimedia Design 3
GEN ED Self-Understanding - Social 3
General Elective (at 300+ level) 3
Minor Course (at 300+ level) 3
Total hours15

Seventh semester (fall)

CoursesHours
MED 498 Senior Project in Electronic Arts
or ART 498 Senior Project in Electronic Arts
3
EA Elective (at 300+ level) 3
Minor Course (at 300+ level) 3
General Electives (at least two at 300+ level) 9
Total hours17

Eighth semester (spring)

CoursesHours
MED 498 Senior Project in Electronic Arts
or ART 498 Senior Project in Electronic Arts
3
EA Elective (at 300+ level) 3
Minor Course (at 300+ level) 3
General Electives (at least one at 300+ level) 6
Total hours14