MCA defines media as artworks and forms of mass communication, including pre-electronic analog through digital forms. The program’s courses address performance, broadcast, installations, print (from literature to journalism), design (2D, 3D, graphic), photography, film and video production, theater, music and sound, visual fine arts, and all “new” and developing manifestations of media.
As a student in the media, culture and the arts major, you will take courses that familiarize you with a range of cultural theories and historical approaches to media production, which are relevant to the functioning of media in a diverse and globalizing cultural environment. You also take a range of courses in media production.
Requirements for the major include at least 13 courses:
- MCA 101: Introduction to the Theory, History and Analysis of Media: an introduction to critical theory, cultural studies, and media history and analysis that addresses print; photography; film; sound and music; television; digital media and other forms of visual art
- 3 Media Production Workshops, each in a different medium
- 3 History of Sight and Sound courses, each on a different historical period
- 3 Theories of Culture courses, each from a different program
- 2 Creative Intermedia Seminars
- A senior capstone course
The option of double-majoring with art history, music, screen studies, studio art, or theatre arts is determined by each program.