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Arts in Media Minor

UMD Art and Design, Dept of
School of Fine Arts
  • Program Type: Undergraduate free-standing minor
  • Requirements for this program are current for Spring 2018
  • Required credits in this minor: 30
The arts in media minor is useful to students seeking a broad understanding of and hands-on experience with principles, practices, and technologies used in contemporary mass media. It includes coursework across a range of subject areas to offer the student a wide perspective.
Program Delivery
This program is available:
  • via classroom (the majority of instruction is face-to-face)
Minor Requirements
Required Minor Courses (15 cr)
ART 1013 - 2-D Digital Design (3.0 cr)
ART 1900 - Visual Literacy [LE CAT9, FINE ARTS] (3.0 cr)
ART 2016 - Digital Arts: Mixed-Media Studio (3.0 cr)
ART 2030 - Digital Arts: Time-based Media (3.0 cr)
ART 2600 - Photography I (3.0 cr)
Interdisciplinary/Media Theory/History (6 cr)
Take 2 or more course(s) totaling 6 or more credit(s) from the following:
· ANTH 1620 - Introduction to Public Culture: Citizenship, Science, and Culture [GLOBAL PER] (4.0 cr)
· ART 1003 - Introduction to Design [LE CAT9, FINE ARTS] (3.0 cr)
· ARTH 2380 - A Global History of Contemporary Art (3.0 cr)
· ARTH 2620 - History of Photography (3.0 cr)
· ARTH 3150 - Contemporary Global Exhibition (3.0 cr)
· COMM 1500 - Media and Society [LE CAT8, HUMANITIES] (3.0 cr)
· MU 1004 - Music in Film [FINE ARTS] (3.0 cr)
· TH 1053 - Film and Society [LE CAT9] (3.0 cr)
· TH 2851 - Film History (3.0 cr)
· COMM 2101 - Foundations of Mass Communication [LE CAT8, SOC SCI] (3.0 cr)
· COMM 3211 - Communication and Technology in the Information Age (3.0 cr)
· COMM 3505 - Media Communications (3.0 cr)
· COMM 3520 - Media Effects [SOC SCI] (3.0 cr)
· COMM 3560 - Video Game Entertainment (3.0 cr)
· WRIT 4230 - Web Design and Digital Culture (3.0 cr)
· WRIT 4250 - New Media Writing (3.0 cr)
Experiential Electives (9 cr)
Take 3 or more course(s) totaling 9 or more credit(s) from the following:
· ART 1305 - Social Multiples: Availability and Circulation [FINE ARTS] (3.0 cr)
· ART 2014 - 3-D Digital Studio I (3.0 cr)
· ART 2018 - Digital Arts: Interactive Media (3.0 cr)
· ART 2040 - Digital Filmmaking: Visual Narratives (3.0 cr)
· ART 3031 - Digital Arts: Installation and Collaborative Media (3.0 cr)
· ART 3040 - Digital Filmmaking: Experimental Techniques (3.0 cr)
· ART 3214 - Sculpture II: Robotics and Physical Computing (3.0 cr)
· ART 3814 - Digital Methods in Art Education (3.0 cr)
· ART 4016 - Digital Arts: Advanced Projects (3.0 cr)
· ART 4040 - Digital Filmmaking: Advanced Projects (3.0 cr)
· ART 4091 - Individual Study in Electronic Arts (1.0-3.0 cr)
· ART 4600 - Photography: Digital Portfolio (3.0 cr)
· ART 4793 - Intermedia Studio (1.0-3.0 cr)
 
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ART 1013 - 2-D Digital Design
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Two-dimensional studio and graphic design concepts using the computer as a creative tool. Laptop required; digital instruction presented only on the Mac platform. prereq: Art or art education major or pre GDM BFA or GDM BFA or pre MGD BBA or MGD BBA or GIS major or Journalism major or art minor or photography minor or arts in media minor or instructor consent. Laptop required; digital instruction presented only on the Mac platform.
ART 1900 - Visual Literacy (LE CAT9, FINE ARTS)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Various forms of visual expression--art, commercial imagery, typography, architecture, graffiti, etc.--as rhetoric. Introduction to variety of theories and/or modes of criticism, and consideration of their value for explanation of visual expression. prereq: Credit will not be granted if already received for 2900
ART 2016 - Digital Arts: Mixed-Media Studio
Credits: 3.0 [max 6.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Introduction to digital art studio practice with a focus on digital imaging and cross-media experimentation. Course builds on skills, techniques, and critique of digital art concepts such as image compositing, appropriation, collage, and remixing. Creative projects include development of a serial approach to visual imagery. Readings and presentations discuss current trends in digital culture and key works by digital artists. Mac laptop required with current digital imaging software. prereq: 1013, art or art education major, pre-art education major or pre-graphic design major, or art or photography minor or instructor consent; credit will not be granted if already received for 3016
ART 2030 - Digital Arts: Time-based Media
Credits: 3.0 [max 6.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Introduction to time-based media practice and theory through presentations, readings, studio time, and hands-on assignments. Creative exploration of vital forms of contemporary time-based art such as video art, sound/sonic art, basic animation, and performance art. prereq: 1013, art or art related majors or minors or instructor consent; credit will not be granted if already received for 3030
ART 2600 - Photography I
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01385 - Art 2600/1600/1605/1607
Prerequisites: 1013, Art major or Art or Photography Minor or Arts in Media Minor or instructor consent; credit will not be granted if already received for ART 1600, 1605 or 1607
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Introduction to photographic concepts, materials, and the digital darkroom. Varied thematic assignments within the visual arts context. Requires digital camera with adjustable shutter speeds and apertures. Laptop and software required; instruction presented only on the Mac OS. prereq: 1013, Art major or Art or Photography Minor or Arts in Media Minor or instructor consent; credit will not be granted if already received for ART 1600, 1605 or 1607
ANTH 1620 - Introduction to Public Culture: Citizenship, Science, and Culture (GLOBAL PER)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Integrative approach connecting culture, science, and law to the practical work of managing critical shared resources for the public good in the 21st century. Course examines how governance of shared natural resources (climate, water, wildlife) is connected to governance of community and cultural resources (internet, electricity grids, knowledge, and storytelling). Topics highlight diverse approaches to citizenship and sustainability as found in cli-sci fiction, public science, public art, land trusts, indigenous land stewardship traditions.
ART 1003 - Introduction to Design (LE CAT9, FINE ARTS)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Introductory survey of the design of visual communication and the design of everyday objects, emphasizing the social and historical meaning of design and the ways in the design shapes public and private experience. From clothes to cars, from websites to street signs, from plates to phones to plazas, design can help or hinder users perform tasks while it helps them construct identify and meaning.
ARTH 2380 - A Global History of Contemporary Art
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
This course maps the trajectories of art and design from the 1970's to the present, paying close attention to: global movements; the terrains of the category called contemporary art; the modes through which globalization affects and challenges this terrain; and the role of art in world politics.
ARTH 2620 - History of Photography
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Conceptual and technical evolution of the photographic medium from its inception to the present, with special emphasis upon its development within art, design and new media contexts. prereq: Art or Art Education major or Studio Art BFA or Graphic Design BFA or Graphic Design & Marketing BFA or Photography minor or instructor consent
ARTH 3150 - Contemporary Global Exhibition
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Spring
This class will examine the transformation of art worlds and urban spaces by the development of contemporary global exhibitions, such as various Art Biennales now held around the globe, Art Basel, Documenta, and the Sculpture Projects Munster. In particular, we will examine how such exhibitions, as well as globalization in general, have transformed the way art is created, distributed, and received.
COMM 1500 - Media and Society (LE CAT8, HUMANITIES)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall, Spring & Summer
Historical survey of media genres, and examination of influence of contemporary media on society.
MU 1004 - Music in Film (FINE ARTS)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Music in Film explores several aspects of music in motion pictures including its connection to other orchestral music styles, modern and historical, and how it aids in the entertainment of the film. This course examines how many modern films use musical storytelling techniques to add to the film's narrative.
TH 1053 - Film and Society (LE CAT9)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
An examination of how films influence the moral and cultural life of our time, and how culture affects film.
TH 2851 - Film History
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Spring
Survey of American and international cinema from 1870s to present day, with special focus on filmmakers, genres, and styles. prereq: soph or instructor consent
COMM 2101 - Foundations of Mass Communication (LE CAT8, SOC SCI)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall, Spring & Summer
Theories, research, regulation, and ethical concerns surrounding contemporary mass media. Identifies U.S. media's role within the international marketplace. Survey of contemporary media content, industry structures, technology, and delivery systems.
COMM 3211 - Communication and Technology in the Information Age
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Explores communication technologies in the information society; introduces students to new technologies used in contemporary organizations; explores implications of those technologies for human communication; and provides hands-on experience within a theoretical framework.
COMM 3505 - Media Communications
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Survey of journalistic, critical, public relations and advertising writing techniques. Students write radio essays, newsletter articles, news stories, press releases. They also prepare communication strategies for a mini advertising campaign, write a movie review and develop a feature article for a newspaper. prereq: WRIT 1120
COMM 3520 - Media Effects (SOC SCI)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Theory and research on the effects of media. Topics include media violence effects, sexual media content, fight reactions to media, news and political content effects, the impact of stereotyping, advertising effects, and the impact of new media technologies. prereq: credit will not be granted if already received for COMM 2102
COMM 3560 - Video Game Entertainment
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Summer
Research and theory on video games, including work on content, uses, and effects. Overviews of game history, industry economics, design, and policy. Hands-on exposure to game technologies. Information about careers in video games.
WRIT 4230 - Web Design and Digital Culture
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01656 - Writ 4230/5230
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Practice in the aesthetic, cultural, and rhetorical uses of Web-design techniques, including discussion and writing about the theoretical and historical contexts of digital culture. prereq: Min 30 cr, no grad credit
WRIT 4250 - New Media Writing
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01657 - Writ 4250/5250
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Combines the theory and production of new media writing--digital, verbal practices in converged media--through the application of readings and discussion to five projects that progress from written, print-based genres to new-media presentation. prereq: minimum 60 cr, no grad credit
ART 1305 - Social Multiples: Availability and Circulation (FINE ARTS)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
A survey of the historical and contemporary uses of printed material to engage communities in political, cultural, and ethical conversation.
ART 2014 - 3-D Digital Studio I
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01566 - Art 2014=3014,1014
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Introduction to design using 3-D digital applications, particularly for the creation of images for the purpose of artistic expression or for use as graphic elements. The class will cover use of the software as well as artistic and design issues raised by this particular medium. prereq: 1013 and art or art education major, pre-art education major or pre-graphic design major, or art minor or architecture and design studies minor or instructor consent; credit will not be granted if already received for 1014 or 3014
ART 2018 - Digital Arts: Interactive Media
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Creative use of interactive media in contemporary studio art practice. Discussion of emerging media formats and current trends in interactive art. Collaborative projects informed by conceptual dialogue in digital culture and significant works by net artists. Development of game-like interactive experiences via social networking, virtual worlds, or locative media. Experimental works may be created using open source software or other interactive design tools. Laptop required (Mac or PC). prereq: art major or minor or instructor consent
ART 2040 - Digital Filmmaking: Visual Narratives
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01834 - Art 1800/Art 2010
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Introduction to the fundamental of digital video production and basic concepts of cinematic narrative. Beginning hands-on experience using digital video tools to create short narrative works. Creative studio art approach to low budget film techniques and project collaboration. Individual and team projects include visual concept development, storyboarding, video production, and digital editing. Emphasis on the visual language of filmmaking and critical appreciation of cinematic media. prereq: 1013 or Journalism major or film minor or instructor consent
ART 3031 - Digital Arts: Installation and Collaborative Media
Credits: 3.0 [max 6.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Intermediate digital art studio course with a focus on interdisciplinary media and collaborative processes used to create site-specific installations and participatory art pieces. Reading and presentations discuss current trends in collaborative projects and key works by installation artists. Multimedia installation projects may include traditional art media, video projection, sound, and audience participation. prereq: 2030, art or art education major, pre-art education major or pre-graphic design major, or art minor or instructor consent; credit will not be granted if already received for 5030
ART 3040 - Digital Filmmaking: Experimental Techniques
Credits: 3.0 [max 6.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Exploration of hands on experimental processes and techniques used in contemporary digital video and animation. Introduction to history and theory of experimental film and video works. Focus on digital video production, digital compositing, digital animation techniques, and non-linear video editing skills. Emphasis on innovative, narrative, and non-narrative approaches to creative video projects. Discussion of audience and exhibition options for experimental digital video works. prereq: 2030 or 2040 or instructor consent
ART 3214 - Sculpture II: Robotics and Physical Computing
Credits: 3.0 [max 6.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Intermediate and advanced sculpture robotics and physical computing: Approaches to sculpture, digital control of objects, kinetic sculpture and sound in installation events, performances, and exhibitions. prereq: 2200, art or art education major or art minor or instructor consent
ART 3814 - Digital Methods in Art Education
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Theoretical and practical experiences with emerging visual technologies. Assignments will integrate contemporary pedagogical theories of visual culture and digital media in art education. Art projects will use the computer as a creative tool. prereq: Art education major or instructor consent
ART 4016 - Digital Arts: Advanced Projects
Credits: 3.0 [max 9.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Advanced Digital Arts Studio for students interested in exploring interdisciplinary or advanced projects using current or emerging technologies. Students develop self-directed focus and creative project goals. Advanced projects may concentrate on mixed-media print, time-based media, interactive media, installation art, or collaborative art formats. Students hone a body of digital artwork through research experimentation and critique. Laptop required. prereq: 3017 or 3018 or 3031 or instructor consent, no grad credit
ART 4040 - Digital Filmmaking: Advanced Projects
Credits: 3.0 [max 9.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Advanced digital film projects in narrative, experimental, animation, or documentary formats. Students develop a single ambitious project over the semester, defining their own approach and focus. Develop project pitch, including visual concept, production plans, and storyboards. Hone video production technique and digital video editing skills. Emphasis on collaboration and creative process from pre-production through final craft of short digital film for contemporary audience. prereq: 2040 or 3040 or instructor consent
ART 4091 - Individual Study in Electronic Arts
Credits: 1.0 -3.0 [max 9.0]
Prerequisites: 2014 or 3018, art or art education major and instructor consent
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Individually supervised projects in electronic arts media. prereq: 2014 or 3018, art or art education major and instructor consent
ART 4600 - Photography: Digital Portfolio
Credits: 3.0 [max 9.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Intensive digitally-based portfolio development in area of special interest. Selected readings in photographic theory and criticism. Graduate student portfolios are complemented by a related research project. Requires digital camera with adjustable shutter speeds and apertures. Laptop and software required; instruction presented only on the Mac OS. prereq: 1900, 1607 or 2600, art major or art or photography minor or instructor consent
ART 4793 - Intermedia Studio
Credits: 1.0 -3.0 [max 27.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Directed study emphasizing intermedia concerns. pre-req: 2 semesters work in each subject area with instructor consent; no grad credit