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New Media

Degree Requirements 2017-2018

New Media Major, Bachelor of Arts

The transdisciplinary New Media major is a course of study designed to engage students from all fields in an exploration of new and emergent media, preparing them for achievement and scholarship in multifarious new media environments. The program fosters learning to manage change in media, creating effective expressions (communications, creative works, applications) in digital environments, and exploring the interrelationship of new media with other fields of study to understand the relationships between technology and culture. The major involves options for courses in art, business, communication, computer science, education, English, music, political science, and more. Students are encouraged to double major and select a concentration in Game Design, Promotional Communication, or Web Design or design a path of study as approved by the program advisor.

Required of all New Media Majors:

NMS 220 – Foundations of New Media

NMS 242/ENL 242 – Electronic Literature

COM 415 – Advanced Critical Media Studies

POL 371 – Internet Law

NMS 399 – Internship

or NMS 375 Practicum

or Internship, Practicum, or Workshop in Concentration

NMS 490 – Vocation and New Media

or Keystone in Concentration

Four courses or 16 credits from the new media electives list:

ART 102 – Design

ART 124 – Graphic Design Production: InDesign (1cr)

ART 125 – Graphic Design Production: Illustrator (1cr)

ART 126 – Graphic Design Production: Photoshop (1cr)

ART 133 – Introduction to Digital Photo

ART 180 – Intro to Community-based Photography

ART 201 – Introduction to Graphic Design

ART 202 – Typography

ART 215 – Introduction to Web Design

ART 226 – Artist Workshop (1cr)

ART 315 – Graphic Systems

ART 340 – Digital Imaging

COM 243 – Studio Production

CSC 250 – Game Programming on the Web

CSC 431 – Intro to AI Robotics

CSC 495 – Topics: Mobile Applications

EDC 220 – Educational Technology

ENL 221 – Intermediate Expository Writing about the Arts

ENL 226 – Introduction to Creative Writing

ENL 228 – Broadcast and Online Journalism

ENL 241 – Introduction to Cinema Art

ENL 290 – Explorations in Language and Theory

ENL 229 – Screenwriting

ENL 371 – History of Cinema

ENL 324 – Creative Non-Fiction

ENL 427 – Advanced Studies in Media, Ethics, and Theory

FLM 180 – Film, Sight, and Sound

FLM 240 – Animation

FLM 260 – Documentary Production I

FLM 495 – Topics: Producer

INS 330 – Art Praxis: Social Justice Theory and Practice in the Field

INS 331 – Art and Culture in Political, Social and Historical Context

MUS 221 – Intro to Music Technology

MUS 272 – Human Identity through the Creative Arts

MUS 336 – Arts Management and Concert Promotion

NMS 230 – Social Media

NMS 260 – New Media Production

NMS 295 – Topics in New Media

NMS 320 – Contemporary New Media Practices

NMS 495 – Topics in New Media

NMS 499 – Independent Study

PHI 260 – Philosophy and the Arts

PHY 261 – Electronics

POL 342 – Mass Communication and Society

POL 495 – Impact of the Internet

REL 220 – Religion and Science in Popular Culture

New Media Concentration in Promotional Communication

This concentration emphasizes the importance of understanding message, purpose, goals, and audience to make effective use of new media technologies.

Students are required to take the New Media core and four of the following courses:

COM 120 – Mass Media and Popular Culture

COM 480 – Public Relations/Promotional Communication

ENL 228 – Broadcast and Online Journalism

ENL 427 – Advanced Studies in Media, Ethics, and Theory

NMS 230 – Social Media

NMS 260 – New Media Production

NMS 320 – Contemporary New Media Practices

New Media Concentration in Game Design

This concentration emphasizes the social significance of computational problem solving within the game narrative and game-based environments.

Students are required to take the New Media core and the follow courses:

CSC 240 – Networking and Communications

CSC 250 – Game Programming on the Web

Two from the following:

CSC 373 – Symbolic Programming and Artificial Intelligence

CSC 495 – Mobile Applications

CSC 431 – Intro to AI Robotics

New Media Concentration in Web Design

This concentration emphasizes visual design, interactivity, and web development. Students will obtain a foundation in design, learn coding, and obtain valuable skills in understanding the impact of such on society.

Students are required to take the New Media core and the following courses:

ART 124 – Graphic Design Production: InDesign

ART 127 – Graphic Design Production: HTML/CSS

ART 201 – Introduction to Graphic Design

ART 202 – Typography

ART 215 – Introduction to Web Design

ART 315 – Graphic Systems

POL 495 – Impact of the Internet

New Media Minor

Four core courses:

NMS 220 – Foundations of New Media

NMS 242/ENL 242 – Electronic Literature

COM 415 – Advanced Critical Media Studies

POL 371 – Internet Law

Two courses or 8 credits from the new media elective list.

Departmental Honors

Departmental Honors is designed to encourage overall excellence as well as outstanding achievement on a specific project of special interest to the student. Departmental Honors students must maintain a 3.25 GPA in the major and a 3.00 GPA overall, and, as part of their major program, complete a substantial independent project of honors quality (COM 499/FLM 499/NMS 499 registration). Honors candidates should meet with their faculty advisor prior to their senior year to develop a proposal for the honors project.

Graduation Skills

The Critical Thinking (CT), Speaking (S), and Writing (W) graduation skills are embedded throughout the offered courses and are met by completing the major. The graduation skill in Quantitative Reasoning (QR) is met by completing the following courses: COM 281 (QF) and COM 352 (QFA) for Communication Studies majors and one of MAT 163, MAT 164 or PHY 119 for Film majors.

Note: For transfer students, at least three of these six courses must be courses offered at Augsburg.

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