Department of Visual & Media Arts

Media Studies (BA)

The Media Studies (BA) track is designed for students whose focus is the scholarly study of the media arts—especially those students desiring preparation for careers in media criticism, publishing, and industry research, or for advanced studies in the media arts or the law.


Visual and Media Arts Foundations (12 credits)

The Visual and Media Arts Foundations offers students a broad theoretical, historical, and practical introduction to the visual and media arts.

Required Courses

VM 100 History of Media Arts I
VM 101 History of Media Arts II

 one of the Following:

VM 102 Dimensions of Creativity
VM 120 Foundations in Visual and Media Arts Production

Visual and Media Arts Theory and Practice (8 credits)

Required Courses

VM 200 Media Criticism and Theory
One 200-level production or writing course (4 credits)

Visual and Media Studies (16 credits minimum)

At least one of the following:

VM 402 Seminar in Media Arts Topics
VM 409 Seminar in Western Art
VM 410 Seminar in Non-Western Art

In addition to a Seminar course, students are required to complete at least three additional advanced visual and media arts studies courses from the following: VM 300-315, 400-418, 498, 500-519.


Visual and Media Arts Electives (8 credits)

Required Courses

Two Visual and Media Arts elective courses (up to 4 credits Internship)

In addition to the General Education and major requirements, all students are required to complete at least two courses at the 300 or 400 level from the following Liberal Arts areas:

  • History
  • Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Ethics, Philosophy, or Religion
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Science
  • Sociology
  • TH 304, 313, 315
  • VM 315, 409, 410

The New Diet

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