New Media Studies – Visual Arts

New Media Studies Major in Digital Media Design

Eastern’s New Media Studies major in Visual Art offers students an innovative program of study that is structured in three tiers. All majors take a core set of classes covering the range of new media theories and practices. Then, students select courses from among five Interdisciplinary Exploration categories, clustered around common themes and spanning several fields of study.

All courses incorporate conceptual and hands-on learning to build students’ critical thinking, analytical and problem-solving skills, and promote development of competencies in digital and print media practices. Particular emphasis is placed on the dynamic, interactive, immersive, and creative applications of digital media forms in order to prepare students to enter careers and meet the challenges of ever-evolving developments in media technologies. Students are encouraged to take internships, and participate in dynamic, cross-disciplinary, creative projects at every level of their academic development.

New Media Studies majors in Visual Art will be prepared for careers in such fields as digital motion graphics, game and apps design, social media applications for advertising and marketing, digital projections and special effects for live performance and concerts and intermedial theatre, audio/video production, 2-D and 3-D animation, and as creative mixed-media artists working primarily with digital technologies.

Degree Requirements: New Media Studies students complete 17-20 credits of Core Requirement courses drawn from five disciplines, 15 credits of courses drawn from at least three Interdisciplinary Explorations categories, 15-17 credits of a chosen concentration and a capstone course of 3 or 4 credits, for a total of 49-56 credits. All courses are three credits, unless otherwise noted.

I. CORE REQUIREMENTS (17–20 CREDITS)
NMS110Introduction to New Media Studies
NMS220Second Year Inquiry Seminar
ART124Digital Imaging and Online Media
CSC110**Introduction to Computing
CSC249Visual Basic.net
ENG206Multimodal Writing Workshop
THE180Performance in Context: (when topic is New Media)
** CSC 110 may be waived for students with 600 or above on SAT-Math score.
II. INTERDISCIPLINARY EXPLORATIONS (15 CREDITS)
Students select five courses in at least three categories.
CATEGORY I: CULTURAL REPRESENTATIONS
ART233Graphic Design History (4 credits)
COM215Media Aesthetics
COM252Social Media Strategies
ENG/FLM359Film Theory
THE375Contemporary World Performance
CATEGORY II: DIGITAL APPLICATIONS
ART213Creating Information Graphics
COM220TV II – Video Field Production
CSC220Visualizing for Visual Thinking
CSC210Computer Science and Programming I
EES300Basics of GIS
THE345Programming for Interactive Design
CATEGORY III: INTERACTIVITY
ART310Web Design I
ART343Introduction to 3D Animation
CSC212Computer Game Design & Visualization
PSC333Constructing Political Advertisements
THE285Intermedial Performance Design I
CATEGORY IV: SOUND & IMAGE
ART122Digital Illustration and Page Layout
ART203Graphic Design I
MUS250Electronic Music I
MUS307Film Music in History & Culture
THE261Visual Storytelling
THE281Theatre Sound Design and Technology
CATEGORY V: TEXT & CONTEXTS
ENG241Critical & Creative Thinking
ENG374Rhetoric of Hollywood Film
PSC325Mass Media & Politics
THE260History/Theory of Performance Media
III. DISCIPLINARY CONCENTRATIONS
Students complete 18-20 credits in one concentration, including Level 3 Writing Intensive and Tier III LAC/capstone course.
DIGITAL MEDIA DESIGN (19 CREDITS)
REQUIRED 10 CREDITS
ART329Graphic Design II
ART335Graphic Design III
ART 402Issues in Contemporary Art (4 credits)
SELECT 9 CREDITS
ART3252D Animation
ART326User Interface and Interaction Design
ART332Photo Imaging: Art & the Digital Camera
ART342Illustration II
ART351Motion Graphic Design
ART403Advanced 3D Animation
ART412Web Design II
ART490Internship
REQUIRED TIER III CAPSTONE
NMS440Interdisciplinary Signature Work
or
ART432Eastern Design Group
or
ART436Graphic Design IV
or
ART487Senior Project in NMS

For other concentrations see New Media Studies Major.