Media Study : Degrees & Policies

Degrees Offered

Undergraduate: BA, Minor, Certificate (Game Studies)
Concentrations: Production, Critical Studies
Graduate: MFA

Advisement

Students who meet the acceptance criteria may arrange an appointment with the academic advisor. The advising office is located in 231 Center for the Arts. Students should bring a DARS report to each appointment.

Transfer Policy

Media coursework taken at another institution is evaluated by faculty for credit in the media study program. Students should provide a transcript and syllabi for courses taken; tapes or film may be required for evaluation of production courses. A meeting with the departmental undergraduate advisor is recommended prior to registering. Transfer students who transfer in 50 credit hours or more and have college-level coursework in media production - film, video or digital arts - are required to submit their work for acceptance into this concentration. Transfers who fall short of 50 credit hours or who do not have experience in their chosen concentration are not required to submit a portfolio until they have completed 50 credit hours or a course that allows them to prepare appropriate material for the review. For applications, please contact the Department of Media Study.

Media Study - B.A.

Production And Critical Studies

Production and Critical Studies Concentrations

Acceptance Criteria
Minimum GPA of 2.0 overall.
Minimum GPA of 2.5 in the prerequisite courses.
Completion of a minimum of 50 credit hours.

Advising Notes
Students in all areas of concentration must take 18 credit hours of electives in one discipline or a set of disciplines outside media study that indicate a coherence, breadth, and depth of general advanced study, to be approved by the faculty of media study. Four of the six electives must be 300/400-level courses; two electives may be 200-level courses. Students can elect to pursue a traditional minor or double major in another department to fulfill this requirement.
48 credit hours in media study (a total of twelve courses) are required.
Students must receive a C- or higher in all media study courses.
Each course taken may be counted only once and applied to only one requirement.
All required courses are 4 credit hours unless otherwise noted.
Students choose to pursue either the production concentration or the critical studies concentration.

Prerequisite Courses
Any three media study courses.

Production Concentration

Required Courses
Three basic production courses (group A)
Two intermediate production courses (group B); at least one course must be a starred (*) course
One advanced production course (group C); prerequisite course must have been completed
One media and culture course (group D)
Two introduction to interpretation courses (group E)
One advanced analysis course (group F)
Two electives courses from group B, C, D, E, F, or G

Portfolio Review

Students interested in pursuing the Production Concentration are required to pass a portfolio review of work completed in the basic production classes. If a portfolio is declined by the department, the student is allowed to submit it a second time. If declined twice, the student may pursue either the Critical Studies concentration or the Film Studies concentration. Students must pass portfolio review in order to enroll in the starred (*) intermediate production courses in group B. Portfolio reviews are conducted each Fall and Spring. Please contact the undergraduate student advisor for further information on the portfolio review. Students should have completed at minimum two basic production and two introduction to interpretation courses before submitting to their portfolio review.

Summary
Total required credit hours for the major: 66-84

See Baccalaureate Degree Requirements for general education and remaining university requirements.

Recommended Sequence of Program Requirements

FIRST YEAR
Fall-One introduction to interpretation course from group E
Spring-One basic production course from group A or one introduction to interpretation course from group E

SECOND YEAR
Fall One basic production course from group A, one introduction to interpretation course from Group E
Spring One media & culture course from group D, one basic production course from group A

THIRD YEAR
Fall One intermediate production course from group B, and one advanced analysis course from group E
Spring One intermediate production course from group B, one elective from group G

FOURTH YEAR
Fall One elective from group G
Spring One advanced production course from group C

Electives and Course Groupings

A. BASIC PRODUCTION
DMS 101 Basic Filmmaking
DMS 103 Basic Video or DMS 105 Basic Documentary
DMS 121 Basic Digital Arts or DMS 155 New Media or DMS 110 Programming for Digital Art
Note: Students can take either DMS 103 or DMS 105 and either DMS 121 or DMS 155 or DMS 110, but not both.

B. INTERMEDIATE PRODUCTION
DMS 231 3D Modeling
DMS 400 Film & Cinematography*
DMS 341 Intermediate Video Workshop*
DMS 419 Intermediate Digital Arts*
DMS 423 Programming Graphics I*
DMS 435 Screenwriting
DMS 438 Virtual Worlds I (prerequisite junior/senior standing)*
DMS 446 Interface Design
DMS 450 Film & Development of Contemporary Art DMS 462 Games Design
DMS 463 Interactive Fiction
DMS 485 Media Robotics I*

C. ADVANCED PRODUCTION
DMS 401 Advanced Film Production (prerequisite DMS 400)
DMS 402 Advanced Editing (prerequisite DMS 341)
DMS 403 Advanced Documentary (prerequisite DMS 341)
DMS 420 Advanced Digital Arts (prerequisite DMS 419)
DMS 424 Programming Graphics II (prerequisite DMS 423)
DMS 439 Virtual Worlds II (prerequisite DMS 438)
DMS 441 Advanced Video Production (prerequisite DMS 341)
DMS 447 Sound Design (prerequisite junior/senior standing)
DMS 486 Media Robotics II

D. MEDIA AND CULTURE
DMS 213 Immigration & Film
DMS 303 Video Analysis I
DMS 304 Video Analysis II
DMS 405 Ethnographic Film
DMS 409 Nonfiction Film
DMS 426 Sound Media Poetics
DMS 440 Women Directors

E. INTRODUCTION TO INTERPRETATION
DMS 107 Film History I
DMS 108 Film History II
DMS 109 Introduction to Film Interpretation
DMS 225 Digital Literature Survey
DMS 259 Media Analysis

F. ADVANCED ANALYSIS
DMS 303 Video Analysis I
DMS 304 Video Analysis II
DMS 305 Film Analysis I
DMS 306 Film Analysis II
DMS 350 Information Theories
DMS 409 Nonfiction Film
DMS 411 Film Theory
DMS 412 Theory of Film Narrative
DMS 425 Visual Media Poetics
DMS 426 Sound Media Poetics
DMS 448 Games Studies Colloquium
DMS 461 Elements of Machine Culture
DMS 474 Seminar on Postmodernism

G. ELECTIVES
DMS 110 Programming for Digital Art
DMS 155 New Media
DMS 213 Immigration & Film
DMS 215 Special Topics
DMS 216 Special Topics
DMS 231 3D Modeling
DMS 303 Video Analysis I
DMS 304 Video Analysis II
DMS 350 Information Theories
DMS 381 Film Comedy
DMS 405 Ethnographic Film
DMS 409 Nonfiction Film
DMS 411 Film Theory
DMS 413 Film Narrative
DMS 415 Special Topics
DMS 416 Special Topics
DMS 417 Special Topics
DMS 418 Special Topics
DMS 423 Programming Graphics I
DMS 424 Programming Graphics II
DMS 431 Advanced Modeling
DMS 435 Narrative Scriptwriting
DMS 438 Virtual Worlds I
DMS 439 Virtual Worlds II
DMS 455 Special Topics
DMS 460 Locative Media and the City
DMS 461 Machine Culture
DMS 463 Interactive Fiction
DMS 474 Seminar on Postmodernism
DMS 484 Language Media Poetics
DMS 485 Media Robotics I
DMS 486 Media Robotics II
DMS 490 Media Arts Internship
DMS 499 Independent Study

*Requires a portfolio for acceptance

Critical Studies Concentration

Required Courses
Three introduction to interpretation courses (group A)
Four advanced analysis courses (group B)
One media and culture course (group C)
One new media theory course (group D)
One production course (group E)
Two elective courses (group F)

Summary
Total required credit hours for the major: 66-84

See Baccalaureate Degree Requirements for general education and remaining university requirements.

Recommended Sequence of Program Requirements

FIRST YEAR
Fall One introduction to analysis course from group A
Spring One introduction to analysis course from group A

SECOND YEAR
Fall One media and culture course from group C
Spring One production course from group E, one introduction to analysis course from group A

THIRD YEAR
Fall One advanced analysis course from group B, one new media theory course from group C
Spring One advanced analysis course from group B

FOURTH YEAR
Fall One advanced analysis course from group B, one elective from group F
Spring One advanced analysis course from group B, one elective from group F

Electives and Course Groupings

A. INTRODUCTION TO INTERPRETATION
DMS 107 Film History I
DMS 108 Film History II
DMS 109 Introduction to Film Interpretation
DMS 225 Digital Literature Survey
DMS 259 Media Analysis

B. ADVANCED ANALYSIS
DMS 303 Video Analysis I or DMS 304 Video Analysis II
DMS 305 Film Analysis I or DMS 306 Film Analysis II
DMS 409 Nonfiction Film Analysis
DMS 411 Film Theory
Note: Students can take either DMS 303 or DMS 304 and either DMS 305 or DMS 306, but not both.

C. MEDIA AND CULTURE
DMS 213 Immigration & Film
DMS 331 Urban Media
DMS 333 Third World Cinema
DMS 405 Ethnographic Film
DMS 409 Nonfiction Film Analysis
DMS 440 Women Directors
DMS 452 Films of the Civil Rights Era

D. NEW MEDIA THEORY
DMS 350 Information Theories
DMS 415 Special Topics
DMS 425 Visual Media Poetics
DMS 426 Sound Media Poetics
DMS 461 Cyber Theory
DMS 480 Bodyworks
DMS 484 Language Media Poetics

E. PRODUCTION
DMS 101 Basic Filmmaking
DMS 103 Basic Video
DMS 105 Basic Documentary
DMS 121 Basic Digital Arts
DMS 155 New Media

F. ELECTIVES
DMS 109 Introduction to Film Interpretation
DMS 211 Symbolism & Film
DMS 213 Immigration & Film
DMS 215 Special Topics
DMS 216 Special Topics
DMS 303 Video Analysis I
DMS 304 Video Analysis II
DMS 305 Film Analysis I
DMS 306 Film Analysis II
DMS 329 Italian Cinema
DMS 331 Urban Media
DMS 333 Third World Cinema
DMS 350 Information Theories
DMS 381 Film Comedy
DMS 405 Ethnographic Film
DMS 409 Nonfiction Film
DMS 412 Theory of Film Narrative
DMS 415 Special Topics
DMS 416 Special Topics
DMS 417 Special Topics
DMS 418 Special Topics
DMS 430 The Dream in Film & TV
DMS 440 Women Directors
DMS 450 Film & Development of Contemporary Art
DMS 452 Films of the Civil Rights Era
DMS 455 Special Topics
DMS 461 Elements of Machine Culture
DMS 474 Seminar on Postmodernism
DMS 480 Bodyworks
DMS 490 Media Arts Internship
DMS 499 Independent Study

Media Study - Minor

Acceptance Criteria

Minimum GPA of 2.0.
Minimum grade of C+ in any course applied to the minor.

Required Courses

BASIC PRODUCTION (Choose one)
DMS 101 Basic Filmmaking
DMS 103 Basic Video
DMS 105 Basic Documentary
DMS 121 Basic Digital Arts
DMS 155 New Media

INTERPRETATION (Choose one)
DMS 107 Film History I
DMS 108 Film History II
DMS 109 Introduction to Film Interpretation
DMS 225 Digital Literature Survey
DMS 259 Media Analysis

MEDIA AND CULTURE (Choose one)
DMS 331 Urban Media
DMS 333 Third World Cinema
DMS 405 Ethnographic Film
DMS 409 Nonfiction Film
DMS 440 Women Directors
DMS 452 Films of the Civil Rights Era

ADVANCED ANALYSIS (Choose one)
DMS 303 Video Analysis
DMS 304 Video Analysis
DMS 305 Film Analysis
DMS 306 Film Analysis
DMS 350 Information Theories
DMS 409 Nonfiction Film
DMS 411 Film Theory
DMS 412 Theory of Film Narrative
DMS 461 Elements of Machine Culture
DMS 474 Seminar on Postmodernism

Summary
Total required credit hours for the minor: 24

Electives and Course Groupings (choose Two)

Students can choose from DMS courses. Students who desire to take intermediate and advanced production courses must submit a portfolio. Four of the six classes must be at the 300 or 400 level.

Game Studies - Certificate

Prerequisites

(Must have a 2.5 GPA in the prerequisite courses)
DMS 110 Programming for Digital Art
DMS 121 Basic Digital Arts or DMS 155 Intro to New Media
DMS 259 Intro to Media Analysis
Statement or work sample
or equivalent courses/permission of instructor

Required Courses

Core Courses
DMS 448 Game Studies Colloquium
DMS 462 Game Design
VS 415 Designed Play
Minimum of four courses or 13 credits of approved electives

Note: The certificate is awarded concurrently upon completion of all program requirements and completion of a bachelor's degree at the University at Buffalo. It cannot be awarded as a standalone certificate program even after the student has earned a bachelor's degree.

Electives

DMS 231 3D Modeling
DMS 423 Programming Graphics I
DMS 424 Programming Graphics II
DMS 431 Advanced Modeling
DMS 435 Narrative Scriptwriting
DMS 438 Virtual Worlds I
DMS 439 Virtual Worlds II
DMS 457 Locative Media and the City
DMS 461 Machine Culture
DMS 463 Interactive Fiction
DMS 474 Seminar on Postmodernism
DMS 485 Media Robotics I
DMS 486 Media Robotics II
ENG 370 Multimedia Literature
VS 375 Science, Culture, and Media
VS 425 Interactive Computer Art II

Updated: 13 Nov 2012 06:01:40 EST