Bachelor of Science in Emerging Media

Devan Rosen, Assistant Professor and Program Director

 

The emerging media degree, a partnership of the Department of Media Arts, Sciences, and Studies in the Roy H. Park School of Communications and the Department of Computer Science in the School of Humanities and Sciences, combines coursework in new media platforms and computer programming to provide students with a unique skill set in emerging media technologies: identifying market opportunities, designing concepts, employing storytelling structures, programming and using software tools, developing sound economic models, and promoting the kinds of organizational and consumer change that make new media products successful. The mission of this program is to produce graduates who will be leaders within the evolving discipline of emerging media whether as designers and creators of media and technology or as entrepreneurs creating media products. Because new media are inherently multidisciplinary, integrating artistic creativity with computational expertise, this program takes an integrative approach to the education of our graduates — while still maintaining a strong disciplinary focus.

Students entering through the Department of Computer Science take the media computation concentration, emphasizing computer systems design and programming. Students entering through the Department of Media Arts, Sciences, and Studies take either the media design and production concentration or the media entrepreneurship concentration, emphasizing the creative design and promotion of new genres and platforms for emerging media. All students share a substantive common core, then branch out into the concentrations to develop their specialties, and finally come back together in two upper-level project courses where they will work as teams to design, develop, and pitch a new media product, such as an “app” for an iPhone, a new form of gaming or entertainment genre, or an innovative educational simulation.

Requirements for the Major 2013-2014

Interdisciplinary Degree Offered Jointly
by the
Media Arts, Sciences, and Studies Department
and the
Computer Science Department

 


  Credit Hours 
 Core Requirements 36
 Concentration Requirements

20-24

     Media Computation  24 
     Media Design and Production 21-23
     Media Entrepreneurship 20-21 
 Electives 60-64
    (including 16-29 liberal arts credits and minor courses
     depending on concentration

 TOTAL CREDITS 120

(Total credits to include 60 liberal arts credits and 
60  credits outside the Roy H. Park School of Communications)

Core Requirements

 

 Credit Hour

 GCOM 13000 S’Park!: Igniting Your Future in Communications (F)
 TVR 12400    Introduction to Media Industries (F-S)
 STCM 12300  Systems Thinking and Design* (Y)
 COMP 17100  Principles of Computer Science I* (F-S, Y) +
 COMP 17200  Principles of Computer Science II* (S,Y) +
 COMP 20200  Computation Foundations of Emerging Media* (S,Y) +
 TVR 21400     Design of New Media: Theory, Function, and Analysis* (Y)
 TVR 32000-32099  Topics in Media Technology * (Y)
 Choose one course from the following:  
    COMP 38500  Emerging Media Project (4 credits) (S,Y)  
    TVR 38500     Emerging Media Project (4 credits) (S,Y)
 Choose one course from the flolowing:  
    COMP 48500  Emerging Media Capstone (4 credits) (S,Y)  
    TVR 48500     Emerging Media Capstone (4 credits) (S,Y)  4  
 Total Core Requirements 36 

* Indicates a course with liberal arts designation.

 

(F) course offered Fall semester only; (S) course offered Spring semester only; (F-S) course offered both Fall and Spring semesters; (Y) course offered yearly; (IRR) course offered irregularly

+ Indicates a course that fulfills the complementary liberal arts requirement of the Integrative Core Curriculum (ICC) ONLY for students in the Media Design and Production and Media Entrepreneurship concentrations; students in the Media Computation Concentration must fulfill the School of Humanities and Sciences based CLA.

 

Concentration Requirements

(Only one concentration may be fulfilled to complete the degree)

Emerging Media majors (and all transfer students into the major) are accepted into one of the following concentrations at the time of their admission to Ithaca College, or at the time of transfer from another major at Ithaca College, or if they request a change of concentration within the B.S. in Emerging Media degree.

Media Computation Concentration

  Credit Hours 
 (Students in this concentration are in the School of Humanities and Sciences)  
 COMP 11500  Discrete Structures for Computer Science* (F-S,Y)
 COMP 22000  Introduction to Data Structures* (F,Y)
 Select one of the following level-2 electives:  
    COMP 20500  Advanced Web Programming* (4 credits) (F,Y)  
    COMP 20700  Game Development Methods and Technologies* (4 credits) (S,Y)  
    COMP 22500  Human Computer Interaction* (4 credits) (F,Y)  
    Total level-2 electives
 Select three of the following level-3 or level-4 electives:  
    COMP 33000  Introduction to Virtual Reality* (4 credits) (F-O)  
    COMP 35400  Intelligent Systems* (4 credits) (S-O)  
    COMP 37500  Database Systems* (4 credits) (S,Y)  
    COMP 41500  Computer Graphics* (4 credits) (S-E)  
    Total level-3 or or level-4 electives 12 
 Total Media Computation Concentration 24 

* Indicates a course with liberal arts designation. 

(F) course offered Fall semester only; (S) course offered Spring semester only; (F-S) course offered both Fall and Spring semesters; (Y) course offered yearly; (IRR) course offered irregularly, (O) course offered on-line.

 

Media Design and Production Concentration

 

Credit Hours 
 (Students in this concentration are in the Roy H. Park School of Communications and must fulfill a minor outside the Park School)  
 CNPH 10400  Story: From Cave Paintings to Emerging Media* (F)
 TVR 10500    Introduction to Audio (F-S)
 TVR 11500    Introduction to Field Production (F-S)
 GCOM 43000 Connecting the Dots: General Education Integration (F-S) ++
 Choose one of the following:
    TVR 12200    Introduction to Media Aesthetics and Analysis* (3 credits) (F-S)  
    CNPH 10100  Introduction to Film Aesthetics and Analysis* (3 credits) (F)  

 Select 8-10 credits from the following (at least one course must be
    at
 level 3 or above):

 8-10
    STCM 20600  Web Design (3 credits) (Y)  
    COMP 20700  Game Development Methods and Technologies* (4 credits) (S,Y)  
    TVR 21500     Fiction Field Production 1 (4 credits) (F-S)  
    TVR 27100     Audio Production (4 credits) (F-S)  
    CNPH 32400   Advanced Cinema Production: Animation (4 credits) (Y)  

    TVR 30900     Motion Graphics and Animation (4 credits) (Y)

 
    TVR 31000     Experimental Media: Production and Criticism (4 credits) (Y)  
    STCM 30300   Games for Marketing and Training (3 credits) (Y)  
    STCM 38000   E-Learning (3 credits) (IRR)  
    CNPH 43205   Writing for Videogames and Emerging Media (3 credits) (Y)  
    TVR 40000-40099 Topics in Media Production (1-4 credits) (Y)  
 Total Media Design and Production Concentration  21-23

* Indicates a course with liberal arts designation. 

(F) course offered Fall semester only; (S) course offered Spring semester only; (F-S) course offered both Fall and Spring semesters; (Y) course offered yearly; (IRR) course offered irregularly.

++  Indicates a course that fulfills the ICC capstone requirement for this concentration.

 

Media Entrepreneurship Concentration

 (Students in this concentration are in the Roy H. Park School of Communication and must fulfill a minor outside the Park School)  
  Credit Hours
 TVR 26300    Mass Media Research Methods* (F-S) (ICC-QL)        
 TVR 21100    New Media Business and Economics* (Y)
 TVR 22000    Global Flow of Information* (F)
 MKTG 31200  Principles of Marketing (F-S)
 TVR 46000    Senior Seminar* (F-S)
 GCOM 43000 Connecting the Dots: General Education Integration (F-S) ++
 Choose one of the following: 3-4 
    TVR 31200   Government and Media* (3 credits) (F-S)  
    TVR 31300-31399   Topics in Media Law and Policy* (4 credits) (IRR)  
 Total Media Entrepreneurship Concentration 20-21 

* Indicates courses with liberal arts designation

(F) course offered Fall semester only; (S) course offered Spring semester only; (F-S) course offered both Fall and Spring semesters; (Y) course offered yearly; (IRR) course offered irregularly.

ICC-QL course fulfills the ICC quantitative literacy requirement.

++ Indicates a course that fulfills the ICC capstone requirement for this concentration.

 

Minor Requirement

Students in the Media Design and Production Concentration must complete a minor offered outside the Roy H. Park School of Communications.  This requirement does not preclude students for having a second optional minor in the Park School.

 

Integrative Core Curriculum Requirements

All students at Ithaca College must complete the Integrative Core Curriculum listed below (full details are available at the Integrative-Core-Curriculum:



 Themes and Perspectives  
     Ithaca Seminar (ICSM 1xxxx)  4 credits* 
     Creative Arts (CA) course  3 credits
     Humanities (HM) course  3 credits
     Natural Sciences (SC)  3 credits
     Social Sciences (SO)  3 credits
Complementary Liberal Arts (CLA)   12 credits

(Fulfilled ONLY for students in the Media Design and Production and Media Entrepreneurship concentrations in the B.S. in Emerging Media by the core requirements COMP 17100, COMP 17200, and COMP 10200)
 

WRTG 10600   3 credits**
Writing Intensive (WI) course   3 credits***
Diversity (DV) course   3 credits
Quantitative Literacy (QL) course   3 credits****
ICC Capstone (CP) 0-3 credits   1 credit for Park School degrees fulfilled by GCOM 43000 (only for the Media Design and Production and Media Entrepreneurship concentrations in the B.S. in Emerging Media)
Total Integrative Core Curriculum   31-41 credits

* Incoming freshmen will register for an Ithaca Seminar their first (fall) semester at Ithaca College.  Transfer students will register for a seminar (ICSM 20500) designed specifically for transfer students to fulfill this requirement.

** You may also receive credit for completing this requirement by scoring a 4 or 5 on the AP examination in English Literature & Composition or English Language & Composition.  The following Ithaca Seminars also fulfill this requirement:  ICSM 10800 or ICSM 11800.

*** You must fulfill the First-Year Composition requirement before enrolling in a Writing Intensive course. Park School courses that fulfill the WI requirement are JOUR 21100 Visual Journalism, and STCM 33200 Writing for Public Relations. 

**** Mathematics Competency
After you decide to attend Ithaca College, you will complete an online assessment of the mathematical skills necessary to succeed in courses with a Quantitative Literacy (QL) designation. If you do not pass the assessment, you’ll be required to complete a mathematics course designed to prepare you for Quantitative Literacy courses before you can complete your Quantitative Literacy requirement. Park School courses that fulfill the QL requirement are JOUR 48400 Mass Media Research, STCM 28800 Research and Statistics for Strategic Communications, and TVR 26300 Mass Media Research Methods.

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