B.A. in Media and Information

Do you want to make films, games and virtual reality? Design technology that changes the world? Follow your passion to become an entrepreneur? Our Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree in Media and Information is the right degree for you! It prepares you for exciting careers in filmmaking and media production, interactive media and games, and the creation of human-centered technology.

Our graduates are in high demand and have found jobs in a broad range of occupations, including recent placements at companies such as Facebook, Electronic Arts, ESPN, CBS, Discovery, WILX, Rockstar Games, Quicken Loans, GE, Ford, Liquid Web, TechSmith, and Volition to name but a few. Our 2015 placement rate was 97.6%.

A BA in Media and Information prepares you to design high impact media products. You will learn to:

  1. understand and harness the power of media using interdisciplinary artistic, methodological and theoretical perspectives
  2. use the design process to create and innovate with current and emerging media technologies
  3. use media to address pressing social issues and empower individuals and groups
  4. become proficient with the tools, practices, and techniques used in the creation of current and emerging mediated experiences
  5. analyze, evaluate, critique, and manage many forms of media products, services and applications
  6. develop a global perspective on media and information industries

Many of our courses rely on experiential learning. Students and professors work in lab settings and with business and government clients. Practical solutions developed by our faculty have won prizes and accolades. The Games for Entertainment and Learning (GEL) Lab, Behavior Information Technology (BIT) Lab, Quello Center, multiple state of the art studios (film, TV, digital media, audio) provide additional opportunities for learning in an experimental and hands-on fashion.

These experiences will provide you with a solid foundation for anticipating trends in media and communication technologies, preparing you well for a field characterized by rapid and continuous change.

Degree Requirements

Our degree is designed in an innovative, modular way that allows students great flexibility to acquire cutting-edge knowledge and skills in media and information. This section provides a quick overview of the degree requirements. Please consult MSU’s official program catalog for the B.A. in Media and Information for additional details.

General degree (33 credits total)

A Bachelor’s degree in Media and Information involves completion of 33 credits amongst the 120 required credits in accordance with MSU’s undergraduate education requirements. You will:

Foundation courses (15 credits)

In these courses, you will learn the foundations of being a successful media and information professional. You will take the following three department core courses over the course of the first three years:

In addition, you will participate from the beginning in the Media Sandbox, a unique learning community and pedagogy that will immerse you in an active, experiential learning environment. Freshmen level Media Sandbox courses introduce creative thinking whereas higher-level Media Sandbox courses deepen digital literacy, software skills and create collaborative environments for learning in teams modeled after real-world work experiences. You will need to take at least two of the following courses:

Focus area courses (15 credits)

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Meaningful Play: A conference about designing and studying games that matter

In parallel to enrolling in foundation courses, you will be able to build knowledge and skills in the areas of digital media and information you are most passionate about. We redesigned our curriculum in a modular fashion to increase your flexibility to put together an exciting program. You can either pursue a learning experience that builds deep knowledge in one focus area or combine courses from two or more focus areas in innovative ways (e.g., complement film with games, film with animation, human-centered technology with research, or film and management).

At least five courses need to be completed and at least three of the five courses must be from the same focus area:

Film and Media Production

Game and Interactive Media Design

Graphics and Animation

Creating Human-Centered Technology

Media and Information Management

Society, Policy and Research

Capstone (3 credits)

One of the following capstone courses.

Option: General degree with transcriptable concentrations (39 credits total)

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Film and Media Production students in the field.

The general degree is the most efficient and allows the most flexibility for students. If you would like to have a formal recognition of your area of expertise beyond the degree itself, you may complete one of three optional concentrations. These concentrations encompass the work required for the general degree but provide additional depth in that they combine coursework in a more rigid way and require completion of a total of 39 instead of 33 credits. Concentrations will be a good option for students who seek a pre-structured learning experience and who prefer to have an area of specialization listed on the transcript.

Electives (up to 27 credits)

In addition to these required courses, you may take up to 27 credits in elective courses in the department of Media and Information (but not more than 60 credits in the College of Communication Arts and Sciences count toward the 120 total credits). All focus area courses and capstones can be taken as electives. By enrolling in additional focus area courses as electives, you can build additional depth and breadth. You may also take complementary courses in other colleges to strengthen your qualifications.

Optional Minors (15 credits)

Five optional minors complement and deepen the knowledge and skills that can be obtained in the general degree courses and in the concentrations. The minors are offered jointly with other colleges on campus. Each of the minors includes courses that are only accessible to the most motivated and talented students. An application for admission to the minor is required. Courses taken in pursuit of a minor also count toward the general degree. Minor(s) are listed on your transcript, in addition to your major. Currently, the following minors are available:

Job Opportunities

Business leaders have responded to the challenges of our dynamically changing times with a strong plea for an approach to higher education that combines both depth and integrative systemic knowledge (often referred to as “T-shaped” graduates). Our curriculum is designed to meet the demands of the modern job market and our graduates are prepared to pursue a broad range of career opportunities as employees and entrepreneurs. By way of example, following is a list of selected employment opportunities available with our degrees:

If you focus on Film and Media Production, possibly combined with a Minor in Fiction Filmmaking or Documentary Production, you might pursue careers including:

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Assistant Professor Robby Ratan

With a background in Game and Interactive Media Design, possibly combined with a Minor in Game Design & Development, you will have tremendous opportunities in careers such as:

 

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Students in ITM 444, the Information Technology Capstone, with Wietske van Osch (right)

A focus in Information, Management and Design for Society, possibly combined with a Minor in Information Technology or ICTD, will open job opportunities in numerous occupations, including:

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Suddenly, Batman appears at the M&I Scholarships and Award Ceremony at the Broad Museum

Given the pervasive presence of media and information in our lives and work, these are exciting and dynamic employment opportunities. Opportunities for entrepreneurs abound, as the digital economy facilitates innovation and the scaling of successful business models to national and international scale. Come join us and start the next YouTube, WhatsApp, or AirBnB!

For more information please contact your team of CAS Advisors: Corey Moore (moorec@msu.edu) and Julie Hagopian (hagopia9@msu.edu) or schedule and appointment at http://msu.campus.eab.com/.

 

Last updated November 1, 2016


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