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Majors, Minors and Certificates

Majors, Minors and Certificates


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Media Arts (BFA)

Tier 1: Media Arts Prerequisites: 9 credit hours

MART 121 Visual Concepts (3)
MART 221 Videography (3)
MART 233 Digital Imaging (3)

Tier 2: BFA/Major/Minor: 9 credit hours

MART 318 Principles of Multimedia (3)
MART 320 Color Theory (3)
MART 373 Typography (3)

Additional Required Courses: 9 credit hours

MART 350 Media Arts Seminar (3)
MART 366 Audio for Video (3)
MART 443 Digital Photography 1 (3)

Total Requirements: 27 hours

Students will complete one of the following areas of emphasis:

Tier 3: Visual Communication Emphasis: 18 credit hours

MART 313 Design for the Web (3)
MART 317 Publication Design (3)
MART 327 Web Production Workshop (3)
MART 445 Digital Photography 2 (3)
MART 461 Advanced Design Practice (3)
MART 465 Advanced Media Projects (3)

Tier 3: Multimedia & Interactivity Emphasis: 18 credit hours

MART 313 Design for the Web (3)
MART 327 Web Production Workshop (3)
MART 413 Non-Linear Digital Video Editing (3)
MART 456 Physical Computing (3)
MART 457 Surround & Installation Workshop (3)
MART 459 Advanced Interactive Multimedia (3)
MART 465 Advanced Media Projects (3)

Tier 3: Video & Audio Emphasis: 21 credit hours

MART 322         HD Cinema Workshop (3)
MART 346         Screenwriting (3)
MART 362         Video Effects (3)
MART 413         Non-Linear Digital Video Editing (3)
MART 457         Surround & Installation Workshop (3)
MART 465         Advanced Media Projects (3)

Tier 3: Photographic Imaging Emphasis: 18 credit hours           

MART 445 Digital Photography II (3)
MART 447 Digital Photography III (3)
MART 449 Digital Photography IV (3)
MART 460 Alternative Photographic Techniques (3)
MART 465 Advanced Media Projects (3)
MART 313  Design for the Web (3)
OR
MART 327 Web Production Workshop (3)

Emphasis Total: 18-21credit hours

Electives Total: 18-21 credit hours

Students will complete 18-21 upper-division elective credit hours in media arts, depending upon the emphasis chosen, in consultation with an adviser.

Major Total: 66 credit hours
Proficiency Total: 11 credit hours
Core Total: 35 credit hours
Extended core: 5 credit hours
Electives to 128 11 credit hours
Total for degree: 128 credit hours*

*No minor is required. Additional credit hours may be required to meet the 128-credit degree requirement is proficiency or other required courses are waived for content credit only. English and math proficiency credit do not count toward the 128-credit requirement. The university requires a minimum of 45 upper-division units for the degree.

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Media Arts (BA)

Core requirements: 27 credit hours

Tier 1: Media Arts Prerequisites: 9 credit hours

MART 121 Visual Concepts (3)
MART 221 Videography (3)
MART 233 Digital Imaging (3)

Tier 2: BFA/Major/Minor: 9 credit hours

MART 318 Principles of Multimedia (3)
MART 320 Color Theory (3)
MART 373 Typography (3)

Additional Required Classes: 9 credit hours

MART 350 Media Arts Seminar (3)
MART 366 Audio for Video (3)
MART 443 Digital Photography 1 (3)

Electives: 21 credit hours

Students will complete 21 upper-division elective credit hours in media arts in consultation with an adviser.

Major Total: 48 credit hours
Proficiency Total: 11 credit hours
Core Total: 35 credit hours
Extended core: 5 credit hours
Minor/Electives to 128: 29 credit hours
Total for degree: 128 credit hours*

*A minor is required. The number of electives to reach the degree total of 128 credit hours will vary by the number credit hours required by the major and minor. Additional credit hours may be required to meet the 128-credit degree requirement if proficiency or other required courses are waived for content only. English and math proficiency credit do not count toward the 128-credit requirement. The university requires a minimum of 45 upper-division units for the degree.

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Media Arts Minor

Tier 1: Media Arts Prerequisites: 9 credit hours

MART 121    Visual Concepts (3)
MART 221    Videography (3)
MART 233    Digital Imaging (3)

Tier 2: BFA/Major/Minor

MART 318 Principles of Multimedia (3)
MART 320 Color Therapy (3)
MART 373 Typography (3)

Additional Required Courses

MART 350    Media Arts Seminar (3)
MART 366    Audio for Video (3)
MART 443    Digital Photography (3)

Minor Total: 27 credit hours

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Interactive Cultural Technology Certificate (PICT)

Required courses:  9 credit hours

 MART 326 Multimedia Project Management (3)
 MART 495 Exhibition Design (3)
 MART 498 Professional Internship (3)

Electives:  6 credit hours

Students will complete six elective, upper division credit hours in media arts at the 300 - 400 level.

Certificate total:  15 credit hours

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Software Systems Design (BSSD)

Required courses (33 - 35 hours)      

Tier 1: Required courses: 12 credit hours                                                

MART 233 Digital Imaging (3)          
MART 318 Principles of Multimedia (3) 
SSD 340 Programming & Logic (3)      
SSD 352 Javascript (3)         

Tier 2: Required courses: 12 credit hours                  

SSD 331 Web Applications (3)         
SSD 341 Applied Algorithms & Architecture (3)
SSD 385 Data Modeling (3)      
SSD 420 Mobile Applications (3)      

Additional Required courses: 9-11 credit hours       

SSD 334 Practicum (4)
SSD 434 Practicum (4)          
MART 498 Professional Internship (1-3)                              

Tier 3: Electives: 21 credit hours

Choose seven courses from the following list:        

SSD 365           Patterns & Pattern Languages (3)
SSD 370           Interfaces (3)         
SSD 382           Agile Project Management (3) 
SSD 415           Game Development (3)         
SSD 425           Advanced Mobile Apps (3)           
SSD 430           Advanced Web Apps (3)        
MART 311          Graphics & Meaning (3)       
MART 313          Design for the Web (3)       
MART 320          Color Theory (3)       
MART 363          Video Animation (3)          
MART 415          Design Projects for the Community (3)
MART 456          Physical Computing (3)       

Major Total: 54 - 56 credit hours        
Proficiency Total: 11 credit hours
Core Total: 35 credit hours
Extended core: 5 credit hours
Minor/Electives to 128: 23 credit hours
Total for degree: 128 credit hours*

*A minor is required. The number of electives to reach the degree total of 128 credit hours will vary by the number credit hours required by the major and minor. Additional credit hours may be required to meet the 128-credit degree requirement if proficiency or other required courses are waived for content only. English and math proficiency credit do not count toward the 128-credit requirement. The university requires a minimum of 45 upper-division units for the degree.

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Software Systems Design Minor

Required courses (33 - 35 hours)

Tier1: Required courses: 12 credit hours

MART 233 Digital Imaging (3)
MART 318 Principles of Multimedia (3)
SSD 340 Programming & Logic (3)
SSD 352 Javascript (3)

Tier2: Required courses: 12 credit hours

SSD 331 Web Applications (3)
SSD 341 Applied Algorithms & Architecture (3)
SSD 385 Data Modeling (3)
SSD 420 Mobile Applications (3)

Additional Required classes: 9-11 credit hours

SSD 334 Practicum (4)
SSD 434 Practicum (4)
MART 498 Professional Internship (1 - 3)           

SSD Minor Total:  33-35 credit hours

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