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New Media Studies

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Eastern’s New Media Studies (NMS) major 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. Concurrently, students choose one of five concentration areas – Digital Media Design; Communication Media; Computation Media; Multimedia Writing, Form, and Analysis; and Performance Media—as their primary area of study and professional preparation.

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 will be prepared for careers in such fields as Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality development, Motion Capture, digital motion graphics, game and app design, social media applications for advertising and marketing, digital projections and special effects for live performance, audio/video production, 2-D and 3-D animation, and as creative mixed-media artists working primarily with digital technologies.

New Media Studies students complete 16-19 credits of Core Requirement courses drawn from five disciplines, 15 credits of courses drawn from 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.

NMS Learning Outcomes

By the time of graduation, students will have acquired the following skills/competences that will be assessed through a combination of methodologies such as essays, exams, and digital portfolios, among others:

  • Acquire thorough knowledge of a variety of new media as forms of communication and expression.
  • Become conversant with the major theories, research, and criticism of new media from an interdisciplinary perspective.
  • Understand, analyze, and compare digital and analog media productions and artifacts within technological, aesthetic, and critical frameworks.
  • Critically analyze the emergence and applications of new media and their social, political, and cultural consequences.
  • Understand the legal and ethical ramifications of new media practices in a global context.
  • Develop the ability to conceptualize and create new media for a variety of audiences and purposes in an evolving global economy.
  • Demonstrate mastery of competencies and skills required in a chosen digital media professional or academic path.
Associate Professor & Co-Director
Garrett Dancik
Science, Rm. 257
(860) 465-4587
Associate Professor & Co-Director
Jordan Youngblood
Webb Hall, Rm. 248
(860) 465-4587
Computer Science Office
Cheryl Le Beau
Science, Rm. 168
(860) 465-4510
English Department Office
Miranda Lau
Webb Hall, Rm. 225
(860) 465-4570
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Programs of Study

  • The Digital Art and Media Design concentration in the Art major familiarizes students with computer skills and graphic design and offers advanced courses in animation, magazine design, illustration, and motion graphics. A minor in Digital Art and Design is also available to non-Art majors.

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  • The Integrated Communication Media concentration in the New Media Studies major prepares students for careers in radio, video and television production. Courses in digital photography and motion graphic design ensure graduates are well-rounded and prepared to succeed in today's workforce.

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  • The Media Computation concentration in the New Media Studies major offers students courses in computer science, programming, data mining, and computer and video game development.

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  • Students in the Multimedia Writing, Form and Analysis concentration in the New Media Studies major learn electronic literature, writing for digital environments, digital game studies and copyright in the digital age.

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  • The Performance Media concentration in the New Media Studies major offers courses and hands-on learning in performance, music, multimedia composition, digital 3-D, and theatre lighting and sound.

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