Minors

Animation

Animation Minor

Media Arts 

The Animation minor requires the completion of 17 credit hours.

Required (17 hours)

  • EMC 1010 - Orientation to Media Arts

    1 credit hour

    Introduces Media Arts majors to its degree programs, degree requirements, descriptions of curriculum, student resources and opportunities, career options, and critical goals for graduating seniors. Meetings may include lectures, guest lecturers, and site visits. Freshmen should enroll in this course no later than their second semester. Transfer students should enroll in this course during their first semester at MTSU. This course or a pre-approved substitute is required for candidacy in all majors in the Department of Media Arts.

  • ANIM 1300 - Animation and the Illusion of Motion

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Animation majors/minors only; others, permission of instructor.

    Introduces traditional techniques and history of animation. Explores production from planning to execution. Topics include history, story, storyboarding, timing, 2D animation techniques, and stop-motion animation techniques.

    Three-hour lecture plus up to three-lab per week.

  • ANIM 2300 - Introduction to 3D Animation

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: ART 1610 or ART 1620. Animation majors/minors only; others permission of instructor.

    Three-dimensional computer graphics and animation. Emphasis on the aesthetics and techniques for building, lighting, texturing, animating, and rendering of three-dimensional models to be used in designing and producing three-dimensional computer-generated animations. Includes a broad survey of the process and techniques involved with creating digital media quality three-dimensional animations and techniques and aesthetics incorporated into traditional methods of animations for contrast and comparison.

    Must be taken no later than first semester of the sophomore year.

    Three-hour lecture plus up to three-hour lab per week.

    Formerly ANIM 3300

  • ANIM 3000 - History of Animation

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Animation majors only or permission of instructor.

    Covers the historic evolution of animation and the animation industry. Explores the origins of cinema and animation, the individual artists, and the studios and organizations that shaped the animation field today. Familiarizes students with the technological developments that allowed the rise of the field. Covers the history of animation following lectures, videos research, readings, quizzes, and written tests. Offered Fall semester only.

 

  • EMC 1050 - Basic Digital Photography and Imaging  3 credit hours  
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    EMC 1050 - Basic Digital Photography and Imaging

    3 credit hours

    (Same as PHOT 1050.)

    Introduces simple and multiple image photography, principles, methods, theory, and practice for both Photography majors and non-Photography majors. Explores digital camera anatomy, operating, and handling while discussing proper in-camera exposure, metering, focusing, shutter speeds, apertures, depth of field, and camera accessories. Basic principles of lighting, design, and image composition discussed. Digital darkroom techniques and image manipulation using tool such as Photoshop included. Emphasis placed on the DSLR (digital single lens reflex) camera. Students responsible for providing a DSLR camera for the class. Must have working knowledge of the Macintosh computer system.

    Three-hour lecture plus up to three-hour lab per week.

  • PHOT 1050 - Basic Digital Photography and Imaging

    3 credit hours

    (Same as EMC 1050.)

    Introduces simple and multiple image photography, principles, methods, theory, and practice for both Photography majors and non-Photography majors. Explores digital camera anatomy, operating, and handling while discussing proper in-camera exposure, metering, focusing, shutter speeds, apertures, depth of field, and camera accessories. Basic principles of lighting, design, and image composition discussed. Digital darkroom techniques and image manipulation using tool such as Photoshop included. Emphasis placed on  cameras with manual controls. Students required to own a digital camera with manual controls. Must have working knowledge of the Macintosh computer system.

    Three-hour lecture plus up to three-hour lab per week.

 

  • ANIM 3040 - Motion Graphics I  3 to 4 credit hours  
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    ANIM 3040 - Motion Graphics I

    3 to 4 credit hours

    (Same as VFP 3040.) Prerequisites: EMC 1050/PHOT 1050 with minimum grade of C or permission of instructor.

    Aesthetics, principles, and processes of designing motion graphics for video production, broadcast television, film, and the Internet. Emphasizes freedom of expression while respecting diversity of media audiences.

    Three-hour lecture plus up to three-hour lab per week.

  • VFP 3040 - Motion Graphics I  3 to 4 credit hours  
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    VFP 3040 - Motion Graphics I

    3 to 4 credit hours

    (Same as ANIM 3040.) Prerequisites: EMC 1050/PHOT 1050 with minimum grade of C or permission of instructor.

    Aesthetics, principles, and processes of designing motion graphics for video production, broadcast television, film, and the Internet. Emphasizes freedom of expression while respecting diversity of media audiences.

    Three-hour lecture plus up to three-hour lab per week.

Interactive Media

Interactive Media Minor

Media Arts

The Interactive Media minor requires the completion of 15 credit hours.

Required (12 hours)

  • EMC 1020 - American Media and Social Institutions  3 credit hours  
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    EMC 1020 - American Media and Social Institutions

    3 credit hours

    (Same as JOUR 1020/RIM 1020.)

    The power of the mass media and its effect on social institutions and practices. Develops skills of qualitative and quantitative social science research in the area of mass communication processes; examines media as social, cultural, and economic institutions that shape the values of American society, its political dialogues, its social practices, and institutions.

  • JOUR 1020 - American Media and Social Institutions  3 credit hours  
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    JOUR 1020 - American Media and Social Institutions

    3 credit hours

    (Same as EMC 1020/RIM 1020.) The power of the mass media and its effect on social institutions and practices. Develops skills of qualitative and quantitative social science research in the area of mass communication processes; examines media as social, cultural, and economic institutions that shape the values of American society, its political dialogues, its social practices, and institutions.

  • RIM 1020 - American Media and Social Institutions

    3 credit hours

    (Same as EMC 1020/JOUR 1020.) The power of the mass media and its effect on social institutions and practices. Develops skills of qualitative and quantitative social science research in the area of mass communication processes; examines media as social, cultural, and economic institutions that shape the values of American society, its political dialogues, its social practices, and institutions.

 

  • IAM 2500 - Survey of Interactive Media

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: EMC 1020/JOUR 1020. An overview of systems and methods of interactive and emerging media message delivery. Explores cultural, social, ethical, historical, and legal challenges of new and emerging media.

  • IAM 3060 - Writing for Interactive Experiences

    3 credit hours

    Introduces fundamental principles of writing for interactive experience for specific audiences. Encourages students to explore content development; looks at creation of meaning in interactive media while providing skills in content development.

  • IAM 3065 - Audiences and Messaging

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: IAM 2500 and IAM 3060.

    Analysis of communication objectives, audience needs, and appropriate media in solving communication problems. Involves theoretical and practical application of mass communication theories.

Elective (3 hours)

Choose one:

  • EMC 4250 - Mass Media Law  3 credit hours  

    EMC 4250 - Mass Media Law

    3 credit hours

    (Same as JOUR 4250.) Prerequisites: EMC 1020; junior standing. Examines legal guarantees and restrictions on the flow of information using the case study method. Focuses on libel, privacy, obscenity, and the special restrictions placed on advertising, broadcasting, cable television, and the Internet.  

  • IAM 3070 - Introduction to Social Media Practice

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: IAM 3060.

    Introduces social media history, approaches, and practical application. Overview of social media usage within and on behalf of organizations and institutions through a practical analysis approach that focuses on the application of social media techniques.

  • IAM 3210 - Interactive Media Applications

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: VFP 1060 or VFP 2130 or permission of department.

    The application of video for online, mobile, and other interactive media delivery channels. Explores transformations inherent in the digital domain and the associated social and cultural ramifications. Students will create productions that reflect these concepts. Laboratory required.

    Three-hour lecture plus up to three-hour lab per week.

    Fall only

  • IAM 3250 - Gender and Representation in Interactive Media

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: IAM 2500.

    Examines the intersection of gender, technology, and interactive media. Students will critically analyze theories of materiality and embodiment in digital media, as well as explore how the interactivity of the web affects performativity of power relations and socially constructed identities.

  • IAM 3560 - Order, Disorder, and Change in Digital Societies

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Junior standing or permission of department.

    Introduces theories of adoption, emergence, and disruption of digital technologies in global cultures.

  • IAM 3610 - Fundamentals of Game Theory and Design

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Junior standing or permission of department.

    Introduces game theory to students with diverse academic backgrounds. Focuses on the basics of game theory from strategic reasoning to sequential games and turn taking. Students required to design and build a basic mobile game.

     

     

  • IAM 3950 - Content Strategy and Management

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: IAM 3065; candidacy in Interactive Media.

    Introduces the concepts of content strategy; the creation, delivery, and governance of useful, usable content; and provides practical experience in implementing a content strategy with database enabled content management systems.

  • IAM 4350 - User Experience Fundamentals

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Junior standing or permission of department.

    Explores facets of the user experience discipline: interaction design, user research, usability, navigation, and information architecture. Students apply theory and skills from the class in real world projects developing apps or websites for small businesses or non-profits or as entrepreneurial ventures.

  • IAM 4450 - Understanding Digital Analytics

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Junior standing or permission of department.

    Introduces the measurement and analysis of traffic, engagement, and other parameters of online, mobile, emergent communication, and entertainment technology. Students will work with real world clients to analyze current digital media traffic trends and create measurement strategies and tactics. Students may earn applicable certifications as available as part of their coursework.

Media Management

Media Management Minor

Media Arts

The Media Management minor requires the completion of 15 credit hours.

Required (12 hours)

  • EMC 1020 - American Media and Social Institutions  3 credit hours  
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    EMC 1020 - American Media and Social Institutions

    3 credit hours

    (Same as JOUR 1020/RIM 1020.)

    The power of the mass media and its effect on social institutions and practices. Develops skills of qualitative and quantitative social science research in the area of mass communication processes; examines media as social, cultural, and economic institutions that shape the values of American society, its political dialogues, its social practices, and institutions.

  • JOUR 1020 - American Media and Social Institutions  3 credit hours  
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    JOUR 1020 - American Media and Social Institutions

    3 credit hours

    (Same as EMC 1020/RIM 1020.) The power of the mass media and its effect on social institutions and practices. Develops skills of qualitative and quantitative social science research in the area of mass communication processes; examines media as social, cultural, and economic institutions that shape the values of American society, its political dialogues, its social practices, and institutions.

  • RIM 1020 - American Media and Social Institutions

    3 credit hours

    (Same as EMC 1020/JOUR 1020.) The power of the mass media and its effect on social institutions and practices. Develops skills of qualitative and quantitative social science research in the area of mass communication processes; examines media as social, cultural, and economic institutions that shape the values of American society, its political dialogues, its social practices, and institutions.

 

  • VFP 2410 - History of American Television

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite:VFP major or permission of department.

    Organization, structure and function, historical development, and social aspects. Designed to give the major, as well as the nonmajor, a general working knowledge of television networks.

  • EMC 4430 - Media Management  3 credit hours  

    EMC 4430 - Media Management

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: Admission to candidacy; VFP 2410.

    An analysis of the problems involved in operating an electronic media facility including personnel, internal control systems, business ethics, community relations, sales, and promotion. Involves case study method.

 

  • EMC 4250 - Mass Media Law  3 credit hours  
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    EMC 4250 - Mass Media Law

    3 credit hours

    (Same as JOUR 4250.) Prerequisites: EMC 1020; junior standing. Examines legal guarantees and restrictions on the flow of information using the case study method. Focuses on libel, privacy, obscenity, and the special restrictions placed on advertising, broadcasting, cable television, and the Internet.  

  • JOUR 4250 - Mass Media Law  3 credit hours  

    JOUR 4250 - Mass Media Law

    3 credit hours

    (Same as EMC 4250.) Prerequisites: JOUR 1020 and JOUR 2710; junior standing. Examination of legal guarantees and restrictions on the flow of information using the case study method. Focus on libel, privacy, obscenity, and the special restrictions placed on advertising, broadcasting, cable TV, and the Internet.

Elective (3 hours)

Choose one:

  • EMC 3030 - Electronic Media Advertising

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: VFP 2410.

    Principles, techniques, and methods of electronic media advertising including commercial story boards and copywriting.

    Usually offered Fall only

  • EMC 3110 - Radio Station Operations

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: VFP 2410; instructor approval.

    Theory and techniques of sound production, recording, microphones, taping, and board equipment. Analysis of creative efforts and responsibilities in writing, production, and direction.

    Three-hour lecture plus up to three-hour lab per week.

  • EMC 4010 - Media Sales  3 credit hours  

    EMC 4010 - Media Sales

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: VFP 2410.

    Theories of marketing and selling the intangible products of the electronic media industries. The fundamentals of positioning, theory and use of ratings, and local, regional, and national buying and selling strategies presented.

    Offered Spring only.

  • EMC 4140 - Media Programming  3 credit hours  

    EMC 4140 - Media Programming

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: VFP 2410.

    Development of techniques, program organization, audience analysis, recording, and directing through projects. Provides practical conceptual knowledge of the problems and procedures followed in planning and producing programming.

Photography

Photography Minor

Media Arts

The Photography minor requires 18 hours.

Required (18 hours)

  • EMC 1020 - American Media and Social Institutions  3 credit hours  
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    EMC 1020 - American Media and Social Institutions

    3 credit hours

    (Same as JOUR 1020/RIM 1020.)

    The power of the mass media and its effect on social institutions and practices. Develops skills of qualitative and quantitative social science research in the area of mass communication processes; examines media as social, cultural, and economic institutions that shape the values of American society, its political dialogues, its social practices, and institutions.

  • JOUR 1020 - American Media and Social Institutions  3 credit hours  
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    JOUR 1020 - American Media and Social Institutions

    3 credit hours

    (Same as EMC 1020/RIM 1020.) The power of the mass media and its effect on social institutions and practices. Develops skills of qualitative and quantitative social science research in the area of mass communication processes; examines media as social, cultural, and economic institutions that shape the values of American society, its political dialogues, its social practices, and institutions.

  • RIM 1020 - American Media and Social Institutions

    3 credit hours

    (Same as EMC 1020/JOUR 1020.) The power of the mass media and its effect on social institutions and practices. Develops skills of qualitative and quantitative social science research in the area of mass communication processes; examines media as social, cultural, and economic institutions that shape the values of American society, its political dialogues, its social practices, and institutions.

 

  • PHOT 1050 - Basic Digital Photography and Imaging

    3 credit hours

    (Same as EMC 1050.)

    Introduces simple and multiple image photography, principles, methods, theory, and practice for both Photography majors and non-Photography majors. Explores digital camera anatomy, operating, and handling while discussing proper in-camera exposure, metering, focusing, shutter speeds, apertures, depth of field, and camera accessories. Basic principles of lighting, design, and image composition discussed. Digital darkroom techniques and image manipulation using tool such as Photoshop included. Emphasis placed on  cameras with manual controls. Students required to own a digital camera with manual controls. Must have working knowledge of the Macintosh computer system.

    Three-hour lecture plus up to three-hour lab per week.

  • PHOT 2050 - Basic Black and White Photography

    3 credit hours

    Black and white chemistry-based darkroom printing and film processing. Introduces the fundamentals of photographic practice and procedures combined with aesthetics, theories of visual perception, and photographic vision. Emphasis placed upon the in-camera exposure, development of black and white film, the traditional silver print, conceptual theory, problem solving, and portfolio presentation. Class format includes demonstrations, lab work, assignments, and critiques. Students responsible for providing a 35mm roll film camera with interchangeable lenses and manual controls and darkroom supplies for the class.

    Three-hour lecture plus up to three-hour lab per week.

  • PHOT 3040 - History of Photography

    3 credit hours

    Evolution of photography from its prehistory and invention up until today. Introduces technological advancements, image-makers, processes, movements, and genres within the context of cultural, social, and economic concerns. Focus is primarily on Western Europe and American photography.

    Normally offered Fall only

  • PHOT 3110 - Intermediate Photography I

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: PHOT 2050. Further investigation into the exposure and development controls of black and white chemistry-based darkroom photography as a method of expression and communication. Students responsible for providing a 35mm or medium format roll film camera with manual controls and darkroom materials for class.

    Three-hour lecture plus up to three-hour lab per week.

  • PHOT 3200 - Still Digital Imaging

    3 credit hours

    (Same as EMC 3200.)

    Prerequisite: PHOT 2050 or instructor approval.

    Use of digital cameras and flatbed scanners as image capture devices and digital printers as image output devices. Software programs, applications, and discussion topics focus on camera operation, file formats, and the aesthetic and ethical issues surrounding photography. Software applications used to explore creative and experimental possibilities for processing and manipulating photographs.

    Three-hour lecture plus up to three-hour lab per week.

Video and Film

Video and Film Production Minor

Media Arts 

The Video and Film Production minor requires the completion of 18 credit hours.

Required (15 hours)

  • EMC 1020 - American Media and Social Institutions  3 credit hours  
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    EMC 1020 - American Media and Social Institutions

    3 credit hours

    (Same as JOUR 1020/RIM 1020.)

    The power of the mass media and its effect on social institutions and practices. Develops skills of qualitative and quantitative social science research in the area of mass communication processes; examines media as social, cultural, and economic institutions that shape the values of American society, its political dialogues, its social practices, and institutions.

  • JOUR 1020 - American Media and Social Institutions  3 credit hours  
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    JOUR 1020 - American Media and Social Institutions

    3 credit hours

    (Same as EMC 1020/RIM 1020.) The power of the mass media and its effect on social institutions and practices. Develops skills of qualitative and quantitative social science research in the area of mass communication processes; examines media as social, cultural, and economic institutions that shape the values of American society, its political dialogues, its social practices, and institutions.

  • RIM 1020 - American Media and Social Institutions

    3 credit hours

    (Same as EMC 1020/JOUR 1020.) The power of the mass media and its effect on social institutions and practices. Develops skills of qualitative and quantitative social science research in the area of mass communication processes; examines media as social, cultural, and economic institutions that shape the values of American society, its political dialogues, its social practices, and institutions.

 

  • VFP 1060 - Basic Video Production

    3 credit hours

    Focuses on the basics of creating videos by shooting good video, recording good audio, editing raw footage into a coherent story or presentation, and sharing finished videos. Exposes students to camera, lighting, composition, sound, graphics, perspective, movement, and other tools of the motion picture language. Students must provide their own video cameras (smartphones acceptable), computers for editing videos, video editing software (iMovie, Windows Movie maker, or better), and lavalier microphones that work with the cameras.

  • VFP 1080 - Post-Production I  3 credit hours  

    VFP 1080 - Post-Production I

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: VFP major

    Explores non-linear editing techniques and practices, as well as the history and theory of film/video editing. Topics include post-production workflow, video formats and compression, narrative and documentary storytelling, exporting, sound design, color correction, multicam editing, and motion graphics. Three hours per week combined lecture/lab.

  • EMC 2120 - Sight, Sound, and Motion

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: Animation majors/minors and media management students only; others, permission of instructor.

    Production elements and technology of the electronic media industry. Creative conceptualizations; elements of composition, the production process included. Basic visual and aural technology demonstrated.

  • VFP 3020 - Screenwriting I  3 credit hours  

    VFP 3020 - Screenwriting I

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: ENGL 1010 and ENGL 1020; Media Arts major.

    Techniques of creating and writing for film and video production in both the studio and field environment. Integrates writing for visual impact and audio/integration of sound and examines formatting needs of varying non-fiction and fiction story platforms for screen-based media.

Elective (3 hours)

  • VFP 2410 - History of American Television

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite:VFP major or permission of department.

    Organization, structure and function, historical development, and social aspects. Designed to give the major, as well as the nonmajor, a general working knowledge of television networks.

  • VFP 3000 - History of American Cinema

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: VFP major.

    The development and role of motion pictures in America, including the history of films and filmmakers, the development of film technique and genres, and the role of films in culture and society.

  • VFP 4500 - International Cinema

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Admission to candidacy.

    Explores how culture and the contours of history influence filmmaking. Illustrates how foreign filmmakers both emulate and challenge mainstream U.S. fare.

  • EMC 4820 - Race, Gender, and Class in Media

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Junior or senior standing or permission of instructor.

    Critical examination of diversity in mass communication with particular emphasis on media representations of race, gender, and class. Also examines audience interpretations of media texts.

 

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