Communication Arts, M.A.
Curriculum

Major Requirements

Communication Arts, M.A. Credits:
COMM 610 Vocabulary of the Media Critic 3
This course is designed to provide the student with the critical vocabulary used by media critics in discussing and evaluating non-technological aspects of the various media. Material will be drawn from philosophy, psychology, semantics, aesthetics, and literary criticism. Required of all students.

Classroom Hours - Laboratory and/or Studio Hours – Course Credits: 3-0-3
COMM 630 Media and Culture 3
An exploration of the role of media in the popular culture and in society in terms of the interaction of media and culture. The media's role in reflecting society and, in turn, the shaping of media practice by society will be explored. Reading will include an examination of major works on public opinion and public policy. Required of all students.

Classroom Hours - Laboratory and/or Studio Hours – Course Credits: 3-0-3
DGIM 601 Multimedia Production Tools 3
This course introduces the student to image, text, animation, digital audio, and video in multimedia products like CD ROMs and Web sites. The focus is the use of the computer as a media development system. Students focus on message design using text and graphics, and explore the computer's potential in telecommunications and new forms of media content. The development of the Internet as a resource for education, communications, advertising and public relations is also explored. All students create a personal Web page. This class is required of all Communication Arts graduate students.

Classroom Hours - Laboratory and/or Studio Hours – Course Credits: 3-0-3
    Total: 9 Credits
 
Core Requirement (select one of the following) Credits:
COMM 620 Media Research 3
This course is designed to familiarize the student with the basic research techniques (quantitative, qualitative, background research for creative projects, content analysis, opinion, and audience research) used in the areas of public information, television, film, and instructional communications. It introduces the students to the professional literature of their fields of specialization and to the skills necessary to read and interpret it. Required of all students.

Classroom Hours - Laboratory and/or Studio Hours – Course Credits: 3-0-3
COMM 625 Art in the Era of Mass Communication 3
The primary concern of the course is to establish a general theory of art as an historical entity which is reflective of changing social values and technological advancements. Additionally, the student is provided with specific examples of the more important artists and art products of this era of mass communication. Slides, videotape, and assigned readings will be drawn from areas such as romanticism, expressionism and formalism, as well as areas which demonstrate ambiguity and absurdity, two general characteristics of much of 20th-century art. This course can be used in lieu of Media Research (COMM 620) for students who are specializing in computer graphics, painting, or studio art.

Classroom Hours - Laboratory and/or Studio Hours – Course Credits: 3-0-3
    Total: 3 Credits
 
Graduate Courses: Electives Credits:
CA Electives 14–16
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Portfolio Project Option Credits:
COMM ARTS Advanced Course for Portfolio 6–8
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The minimum number of credits required for the M.A. following the portfolio project option is 34.
 
Thesis Option Credits:
COMM 750 Thesis 4
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The minimum number of credits required for the M.A. following the thesis option is 32.