Media Study : Degrees & Policies

Degrees Offered

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

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; work samples 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 - May be required to show their work for acceptance into this concentration.

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 academic advisor 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, Game Studies Certificate 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.

Undergraduate Credit Requirements Chart
Credits Required for Major66
Additional Credits Required for Gen Ed 44
Additional Credits Required for Electives 10
Total Credits Required for Degree 120

Students should consult with an academic advisor to determine how any transfer or exam credit might be utilized in meeting general education, prerequisite, or major requirements.

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

Recommended Sequence of Program Requirements

FIRST YEAR
Fall Basic Production course, ULC 148, Language 1, ENG 101 or 102, UBE 101 or equivalent
Spring Basic Production course, Intro to Interpretation course, ENG 201 or Humanities, Language 2

SECOND YEAR
Fall DMS elective, Media and Culture course, DMS 107, Natural Science 1, UGC 111
Spring Basic Production course, DMS elective, Minor/Virtual minor course*, Natural Science 2, UGC 112

THIRD YEAR
Fall Intermediate Production, Intermediate Production, Intro to Interpretation course, Minor/Virtual minor course*, free elective
Spring DMS elective, Advance Analysis, Depth, American Pluralism, Minor/Virtual minor course*

FOURTH YEAR
Fall Three free electives, Minor/Virtual minor* or free elective course, Minor/Virtual minor* or free elective course
Spring Three free electives, Minor/Virtual minor course* or free elective

Electives and Course Groupings
These are a list of sample courses as we offer many additional choices every semester

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: 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

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 & Learning Objectives

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)

Undergraduate Credit Requirements Chart
Credits Required for Major66
Additional Credits Required for Gen Ed 44
Additional Credits Required for Electives 10
Total Credits Required for Degree 120

Students should consult with an academic advisor to determine how any transfer or exam credit might be utilized in meeting general education, prerequisite, or major requirements.

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

Recommended Sequence of Program Requirements

FIRST YEAR
Fall Production course, ULC 148, Language 1, ENG 101 or 102, UBE 101 or equivalent
Spring Intro to Interpretation course, Social Sciences, ENG 201 or Humanities, Language 2, free elective if needed

SECOND YEAR
Fall Intro to Interpretation course, Advanced Analysis course, Minor/Virtual minor course*, Natural Science 1, UGC 111
Spring Intro to Interpretation course, Natural Science 2, American Pluralism, Minor/virtual minor course*, Minor/virtual minor course*

THIRD YEAR
Fall Two Advanced Analysis courses, New Media Theory course, Minor/Virtual minor course*
Spring Advanced Analysis course, Depth, Minor/Virtual minor course*, Minor/virtual minor course*, free elective

FOURTH YEAR
Fall Media and Culture course, four free electives
Spring Four free electives

Electives and Course Groupings
These are a list of sample courses as we offer many additional choices every semester

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

Learning Objectives
-Identify, recall and reproduce elements of media technology and theory: being able to operate the technology, such as cameras, sound equipment and use of computers and software for robotics, gaming and programming.
-Comprehend, explain and interpret media theory and use of media technology: being able to retain the theoretical/ practical information learned and to, in turn, explain it
-Apply, produce and demonstrate use of media technology and theory: to be able to use the knowledge gained to apply media theory and to produce media objects skillfully.
-Deconstruct, analyze and compare media objects and theory: to breakdown media objects for analysis, and to create comparisons using media theory.
-Critique, evaluate and appraise media objects and theory: skillfully incorporate media technology and theory into critiques and appraisals. Be able to take the knowledge one step further than simply knowing and applying it
-Create, design and compile media object using technology. Revise, compose and generate exceptional theoretical media object: demonstrate the highest levels of creativity, while creating media objects and theoretical discourse.

Media Study - Minor

Acceptance Criteria

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

Required Categories

These are a list of sample courses as we offer many additional choices every semester

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

Minor Credit Requirement Chart
Total Credits Required for Minor/Certificate 24

Minors and certificates must be completed in conjunction with a major and all university degree requirements must be met.

Students should consult with an academic advisor to determine how any transfer or exam credit might be utilized in meeting general education, prerequisite, or major requirements.

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 Games Gender and Society
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.

Certificate Credit Requirements Chart
Total Credits Required for Certificate 36

Minors and certificates must be completed in conjunction with a major and all university degree requirements must be met.

Students should consult with an academic advisor to determine how any transfer or exam credit might be utilized in meeting general education, prerequisite, or major requirements.

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: 23 Sep 2014 09:34:01 EDT