WCSU Undergraduate Catalog 2021-2022 : Macricostas School of Arts & Sciences

Communication and Media Arts

Katie Lever, Co-Chair
leverk@wcsu.edu
Higgins Hall 201H, Midtown campus
(203) 837-8872
(203) 837-8032 (fax)

Bill Petkanas, Co-Chair
petkanasw@wcsu.edu
Higgins Hall 201H, Midtown campus
(203) 837-8255
(203) 837-8032 (fax)

Krista Brooks, Department Secretary
Higgins Hall 201, Midtown campus
(203) 837-9166
(203) 837-8032 (fax)

 

Faculty

J. Brower J. Barone J. Eckstein
J. Guzda T. Keys K. Lever, Co-Chair
W. Petkanas, Co-Chair E. Stewart K. Wiss

 

Overview
The Department of Communication & Media Arts employs a variety of resources designed to help students master the ability to participate in and evaluate the communication process. The department’s curriculum provides a balance of theory and practice that can be applied to business and personal relationships, media and other communication environments.

Students who major in communication or media arts prepare for graduate studies or careers directly related to: managing interaction in settings such as social service agencies, small businesses and corporations; media use, creation, performance, analysis and criticism; and related fields that require public speaking, persuasion and application or analysis of interpersonal and public speaking skills.


Mission
The Department of Communication and Media Arts at Western Connecticut State University is committed to teaching the theory, ethics, and skills necessary to expand and deepen students’ participation in a globalized world. Students learn to engage in challenging dialogues across a variety of communicative landscapes.

Each of our degrees and options shares an emphasis on the enhancement of capacities for observation, critical appraisal, and expression. Graduates of the program are positioned to pursue careers in public service, media campaigns, advocating for the underserved, organizational relations, broadcasting, and filmmaking, among many others.


Objectives
To accomplish this mission, the Department of Communication and Media Arts:

  • Offers high-quality undergraduate courses and programs in communication and media theory including digital media production, digital interactive media arts, media studies, public communication and relational communication.
  • Emphasizes development of the four modes of communication (speaking, listening, writing, and reading) as well as media production techniques throughout the undergraduate curriculum to enhance students’ ability to understand and create appropriate, creative and effective interaction and media.
  • Provides a personalized learning environment for students through faculty-mentored undergraduate research projects, video productions, and internships.
  • Prepares students for graduate education in media arts, communication and related fields.
  • Assists students in identifying appropriate classes, learning opportunities and careers through attentive advising.
  • Fosters the growth and development of faculty and their students through supporting research, attendance at professional meetings, and presentation and publication of scholarly work.
  • Collaborates with media-industry professionals in the tri-state area to support professional growth of faculty as well as internship opportunities for students.


Lambda Pi Eta
The department sponsors a chapter of Lambda Pi Eta (LPH), the National Communication Honors Society. As an organization, LPH recognizes, fosters and rewards outstanding scholastic achievement in the field of communication. To qualify, students must be full-time communication majors and have earned 60 credits with at least 12 in communication. They must also have a minimum 3.25 GPA in communication courses and a 3.0 overall GPA. Students must demonstrate commitment to the field. Students may contact the department chair for more information.

Learning Outcomes – Communication & Media Arts

  1. Explain Communication and/or Media Arts theories, ethical perspectives, principles, and concepts.
  2. Apply Communication and/or Media Arts scholarship and creative works.
  3. Formulate questions appropriate for Communication and/or Media Arts scholarship and aesthetic works.
  4. Evaluate the ethical dimensions of communicative activity.
  5. Analyze one’s own cultural standpoint and hot it influences communication.
  6. Evaluate personal, private, local, national, and/or global issues from a Communication and/or Media Arts perspective.
  7. Explain the importance of Communication and/or Media Arts in civic life.
  8. Practice writing to inform and persuade a variety of audiences.
  9. Contribute to scholarly and creative works appropriate to the purpose of inquiry.
  10. Identify elements of career development in Communication and/or Media Arts

 

Learning Outcomes – Digital Interactive Media Arts

At the completion of this program students will be able to:

  1. Discuss and apply the concepts related to the visual, spatial, sound, motion, interactive, and temporal elements/features of digital technology and principles for their use in the creation and application of digital media-based work
  2. Discuss and apply narrative and other information/language structures for organizing content in time-based or interactive media
  3. Organize and represent content structures in ways that are responsive to technological, social, and cultural systems.
  4. Discuss the characteristics and capabilities of various technologies (hardware and software); their appropriateness for particular expressive, functional, and strategic applications; their positions within larger contexts and systems, and their influences on individuals and society
  5. Discuss and apply processes for the development and coordination of digitally-based art and design strategies (for example, storyboarding, concept mapping, and the use of scenarios and personas).
  6. Analyze and synthesize relevant aspects of human interaction in various contexts (physical, cognitive, cultural, social, political, and economic) and with respect to technologically-mediated communication, objects, and environments.
  7. Analyze useful, usable, effective, and desirable information with respect to user/audience-centered digitally-based communication, objects, and environments.
  8. Discuss and apply history, theory, and criticism with respect to such areas as film, video, technology, and digital art and design.
  9. Engage in teams-based work and to organize collaborations among people from different disciplines.
  10. Use the above competencies in the creation and development of professional quality interactive digital media productions.
  11. Develop knowledge of legal and ethical issues across disciplines.
  12. Present work in a portfolio in a professional way.

 

Degree Programs in Communication & Media Arts

BA in Communication
Communication Studies option
Media Arts option

BA in Digital Interactive Media Arts
Media Production option
Art option
Computer Science option

Minor
Communication
Broadcast Journalism

Bachelor of Arts in Communication: Communication Studies (B.A.)

Description: Students who major in communication prepare for graduate studies or careers directly related to: managing interaction in settings such as social service agencies, small businesses and corporations; media use, creation, performance, analysis and criticism; and related fields that require public speaking, persuasion and application or analysis of interpersonal and public speaking skills. 

Degree Requirements
All degrees at WCSU require 120 semester hours (SH). This includes major requirements, general education requirements, cognates (where applicable), and free electives. This structure provides room for minors, internships, and study abroad.   

Required Courses in the Major: 37 SH.  

COM 102 Orientation to Communication and Media Arts FY  1 SH 
Communication Skills: One of the following: COM 160 Public Speaking, COM 161 Decision Making in Groups, COM 163 Introduction to Human Communication (OC)  3 SH 
COM 219 Communication Ethics (CT)   3 SH 
COM 260W Thinking Through Communication (W2)  3 SH 
COM 290 Communication Theory  3 SH 
COM 390 Research Methods in Communication  3 SH 
COM 495 Senior Thesis (CE, W3)  3 SH 
Required Major Electives: Six courses (18 credits) of communication courses. Only course one can be at the 100-level.   18 SH 
Students must earn a C (2.0) or better in all communication courses in the major. 
Minimum GPA for the BA in Communication = 2.5 in major; 2.0 overall. 


General Education
: All students must complete the General Education curriculum. General Education Requirements include both competency and breadth requirements. In some cases, major courses will satisfy competencies. These are indicated in the parentheses after the course title. For a complete description of the General Education program, follow this link. https://catalogs.wcsu.edu/ugrad/academic-programs-degrees/ 

Cognates: In some programs there are courses outside of the major that are required as pre-requisites or enhancements to the major course work. These courses may satisfy competencies and they will count toward the general education breadth requirement. If cognate courses are required, they are included in the list of courses required in the major.  

Electives: All degrees require 120 semester hours.  Elective credits are opportunities for minors, internships, study abroad, and just following general interests. We encourage all students to speak with their advisors about great opportunities for their elective courses.  


Sample Four Year Plan: BA Communication:
Communication Studies
Four-year plans are suggestions. Plans change. Consult your advisor to adjust your plan.  

Semester 1  SH  Semester 2  SH 
COM102 Orientation to Communication & Media Arts  1  Major Elective 1  3 
Communication Skills (OC)  3  Gen Ed: Information Literacy (IL)  3 
WRT 101 Composition I (W1)  3  Gen Ed: Critical Thinking (CT)  3 
MAT 100(P) Intermediate Math OR Gen Ed: Quantitative Reasoning  3-4  Gen Ed: Quantitative Reasoning (QR) OR Gen Ed: Breadth Elective  3 
Gen Ed: Intercultural Comp. (IC)*  3  Gen Ed: Intercultural Comp. (IC, Rpt. 1)  3 
Free Elective  3     
       
Semester 3  SH  Semester 4  SH 
COM 219 Communication Ethics (CT, Rpt. 2) OR COM260W Thinking through Communication (W2)  3  COM 219 Communication Ethics (CT, Rpt. 2) OR COM260W Thinking through Communication (W2)  3 
Major Elective 2 OR COM 290 Communication Theory  3  Major Elective 2 OR COM 290 Communication Theory  3 
Gen Ed: Scientific Inquiry (SI)  4  Gen Ed: Information Literacy (IL)  3 
Gen Ed: Health and Wellness (HW)   2  Gen Ed: Repeat Competency 3  3 
Gen Ed: Creative Process (CP) OR Breadth  3  Gen Ed: Creative Process (CP) OR Breadth  3 
       
Semester 5    Semester 6   
COM 390 Research Methods in Communication OR Major Elective 3  3  COM 390 Research Methods in Communication OR Major Elective 3  3 
Major Elective 4  3  Major Elective 5  3 
Gen Ed: Breadth Elective  3  Gen Ed: Breadth Elective  3 
Free Elective  3  Free Elective  3 
Free Elective  3  Free Elective  3 
       
Semester 7    Semester 8   
COM 495 Senior Thesis (CE, W3) or Free Elective  3  COM 495 Senior Thesis (CE, W3) or Free Elective  3 
Major Elective 6  3  Free Elective  3 
Free Elective  3  Free Elective  3 
Free Elective  3  Free Elective  3 
Free Elective  3  Free Elective  3 
You must earn a C or better in all 100-level communication courses. 
Total Credits Required for the BA in Communication = 120; Minimum GPA in major 2.5. 

*All Bachelor of Arts degrees at WCSU require that students complete a language at or above the elementary II level. Students who have completed three years of a foreign language at a minimum of a C average in high school have met this requirement. However, you must still complete at least one Intercultural Competency course. 

 

Bachelor of Arts in Media Arts (B.A.)

Description: Students who major in media arts prepare for graduate studies or careers directly related to: media creation and performance for television, film, radio, audio, social media, graphics, non-profits, small businesses and corporations; analysis and criticism; and related fields that require scriptwriting, filming, interviewing, recording, producing, directing, editing and postproduction skills. Media Arts engages students in hands-on discovery, experimentation, problem-solving, and the development of original works.  

Degree Requirements
All degrees at WCSU require 120 semester hours (SH). This includes major requirements, general education requirements, cognates (where applicable), and free electives. This structure provides room for minors, internships, and study abroad.   

Required Courses in the Major: 43 SH.  

COM 102 Orientation to Communication & Media Arts FY  1 SH 
COM 110: Sight, Sound & Motion (CT)  3 SH 
COM 146 Basic Video Production (CP, IL)  3 SH 
COM 219 Communication Ethics (CT)  3 SH 
COM 242 Scriptwriting OR COM 243 Broadcast Writing  3 SH 
COM 246 Intermediate Video Production  3 SH 
COM 336 Postproduction  3 SH 
COM 390 Research Methods in Communication  3 SH 
COM 435 Senior Project Pre-Production (W3)  3 SH 
COM 436 Senior Project (CE)  3 SH 
Fifteen (15) credits from the following courses: COM 230 History of Mass Media, COM 242 Scriptwriting or COM 243 Broadcast Writing; COM 247 Live News & Election Coverage; COM 270 Fundamentals of Radio Broadcasting; COM 271 Exploring the Film, COM 290 Communication Theory, COM 340 Sound for Video; COM 252 Media Performance Techniques, COM 371 Film & Video Art, COM 480 Television Criticism, COM 394 Selected Topics in Media Production, COM 446 Advanced Video Production. In some cases, with permission: COM 297 Internship, COM 298 Student Developed Studies, or DIMA 100 Digital & Interactive Media Arts.  15 SH 
Students must earn a C (2.0) or better in all communication/media arts courses in the major. 
Minimum GPA for the BA in Media Arts = 2.5 in major; 2.0 overall. 


General Education
: All students must complete the General Education curriculum. General Education Requirements include both competency and breadth requirements. In some cases, major courses will satisfy competencies. These are indicated in the parentheses after the course title. For a complete description of the General Education program, follow this link. https://catalogs.wcsu.edu/ugrad/academic-programs-degrees/ 

Cognates: In some programs there are courses outside of the major that are required as pre-requisites or enhancements to the major course work. These courses may satisfy competencies and they will count toward the general education breadth requirement. If cognate courses are required, they are included in the list of courses required in the major.  

Electives: All degrees require 120 semester hours.  Elective credits are opportunities for minors, internships, study abroad, and just following general interests. We encourage all students to speak with their advisors about great opportunities for their elective courses.  


Sample Four Year Plan: BA Media Arts

Four-year plans are suggestions. Plans change. Consult your advisor to adjust your plan.  

Semester 1  SH  Semester 2  SH 
COM102 Orientation to Communication & Media Arts (FY)  1  COM 146 Basic Video Production (CP, IL)  3 
COM 110: Sight, Sound & Motion (CT)  3  Gen Ed: Oral Communication (OC)  3 
WRT 101 Composition I  3  Writing Tier 2 (W2)  3 
MAT 100(P) Intermediate Math OR Gen Ed: Quantitative Reasoning  3-4  Gen Ed: Quantitative Reasoning (QR) OR Gen Ed: Breadth Elective  3 
Gen Ed: Intercultural Competency (IC)*  3  Gen Ed: Intercultural Competency (IC)* (IC, Rpt. 1)  3 
Free Elective  3     
       
Semester 3  SH  Semester 4  SH 
COM242 Scriptwriting OR COM 243 Broadcast Writing  3  COM 246 Intermediate Video Production (COM 146 pre-req)  3 
Major Elective 1   3  Major Elective 2   3 
Gen Ed: Scientific Inquiry (SI)  4  Gen Ed: Repeat Competency 3  3 
Gen Ed: Health and Wellness (HW)   2  Gen Ed: Breadth Elective  3 
Gen Ed: Rpt. 2  3  Gen Ed: Breadth Elective  3 
       
Semester 5  SH  Semester 6  SH 
COM 390 Research Methods in Communication OR Major Elective 3  3  COM 390 Research Methods in Communication OR Major Elective 3  3 
Major Elective 3  3  Major Elective 4  3 
Gen Ed: Breadth Elective  3  Gen Ed: Breadth Elective  3 
Free Elective  3  Free Elective  3 
Free Elective  3  Free Elective  3 
       
Semester 7  SH  Semester 8  SH 
COM 435 Senior Project Pre-Production (W3)  3  COM 436 Senior Project (CE)   3 
Major Elective 5  3  Free Elective or Internship  3 
Free Elective or Internship  3  Free Elective   3 
Free Elective  3  Free Elective  3 
Free Elective  3  Free Elective  3 
You must earn a C or better in all 100-level communication/media arts courses. 
Total Credits Required for the BA in Media Arts = 120; Minimum GPA in major 2.5. 

*All Bachelor of Arts degrees at WCSU require that students complete a language at or above the elementary II level. Students who have completed three years of a foreign language at a minimum of a C average in high school have met this requirement. However, they must still complete at least one Intercultural Competency course. 

 


BACHELOR OF ARTS IN DIGITAL AND INTERACTIVE MEDIA ARTS (B.A.)

As a field, Digital and Interactive Media Arts (DIMA) is a way of conceptualizing emerging practices of personal, commercial, and artistic expression in a variety of high tech channels. In this new terrain, traditional foundations in design and aesthetics form the ground of expression, but they are joined with the more recent fields of computer programming and video production computer animation, game design and interactive web design.

Careers that rely on competence in designing Digital and Interactive Media Arts are as varied as the fields they draw upon. Where some students may require a proficiency in the use and application of DIMA technologies and principles in the creation of artistic artifacts (fine arts, television, film, games), others may be involved in the creation of new technologies and their use as communication tools (advertising, public relations, and all web-based organizational communication).

This program seeks to ground students in the basics of aesthetics, programming, sound, and video production and design. By taking a project-based learning approach, students will come to understand and apply the full creative development process from idea to presentation.  Students will touch all aspects of the creative processes in digital and interactive media arts, and then specialize in one of two options:  Media Production and Programming.

Goals

  1. To provide an interdisciplinary program in which students will acquire knowledge in fundamentals and specific area(s) of focus.
  2. To provide exemplary faculty who are actively engaged in their discipline.
  3. To provide learning environment in which students apply appropriate learning and skills to create new digital interactive media content.
  4. To provide students access to exemplary, digital interactive media software, equipment, and facilities.
  5. To support experiential learning through internships and cooperative education.

Our primary goals in this degree are to create an environment in which students:

  1. Conceptualize, plan and execute creative ideas using appropriate DIMA technology.
  2. Learn to communicate effectively about their ideas by discussing and defending their work and critiquing others in relation to concepts, ideas, techniques, processes, and experiences.
  3. Learn the value of interdisciplinary thinking and collaboration.

 

BA Digital and Interactive Media Arts: Media Production 

Description: Students who major in DIMA prepare for graduate studies or careers directly related to digital media creation and oversight for small businesses, non-profits, public and governmental organizations, and private sector corporations of all kinds.  

Degree Requirements
All degrees at WCSU require 120 semester hours (SH). This includes major requirements, general education requirements, cognates (where applicable), and free electives. This structure provides room for minors, internships, and study abroad.   

Required Courses in the Major: 48-50 SH.  

DIMA/CS 100 Introduction to Digital and Interactive Media Arts  3 SH 
DIMA 200 Storytelling for Digital and Interactive Media Arts  3 SH 
DIMA/CED 297 Internship (SH will depend on hours. 1 SH minimum)  1-3 SH 
DIMA/CS 300 Digital and Interactive Technologies  3 SH 
DIMA/COM 436 Senior Project (CE)  3 SH 
ART 121: Fundamentals of Two-Dimensional Design (CT)  3 SH 
ART 117 Digital Photography  3 SH 
COM 146 Basic Video Production (CP)  3 SH 
COM 110 Sight, Sound, and Motion (CT)  3 SH 
CS 140 Intro to Programming OR CS 143 Visual Basic  3-4 SH 
Programming Language: CS 110 Web Design OR CS 172 Intro to Java OR CS 170 Language C++ OR CS 102 3D Modeling & Printing OR CS 103 Comp Animation & Scripting.  3-4 SH 
Media Production Option   
COM 242 Scriptwriting OR COM 243 Broadcast Writing  3 SH 
COM 246 Intermedia Video Production  3 SH 
COM 336 Postproduction  3 SH 
COM 371 Film and Video Art  3 SH 
Media Production Elective: One of the following: COM 247, 252, 340, 270, 435, 446.  3 SH 
Minimum GPA for the BA in DIMA = 2.5 in major; 2.0 overall. 


General Education
: All students must complete the General Education curriculum. General Education Requirements include both competency and breadth requirements. In some cases, major courses will satisfy competencies. These are indicated in the parentheses after the course title. For a complete description of the General Education program, follow this link. https://catalogs.wcsu.edu/ugrad/academic-programs-degrees/ 

Cognates: In some programs there are courses outside of the major that are required as pre-requisites or enhancements to the major course work. These courses may satisfy competencies and they will count toward the general education breadth requirement. If cognate courses are required, they are included in the list of courses required in the major.  

Electives: All degrees require 120 semester hours.  Elective credits are opportunities for minors, internships, study abroad, and just following general interests. We encourage all students to speak with their advisors about great opportunities for their elective courses.  


Sample Four Year Plan: BA DIMA: Media Production

Four-year plans are suggestions. Plans change. Consult your advisor to adjust your plan.  

Semester 1  SH  Semester 2  SH 
First Year Navigation (FY)  1  COM 146 Basic Video Production (CP, IL)  3 
COM 110: Sight, Sound & Motion (CT)  3  ART121 Fundamentals of 2-D Design (CP, Rpt. 1)  3 
WRT 101 Composition I (W1)  3  Writing Tier 2 (W2)  3 
DIMA/CS 100 Intro. to Digital and Interactive Media Arts  3  CS 140 Intro to Programming OR CS 143 Visual Basic  3-4 
MAT 100(P) Intermediate Math OR Gen Ed: Quantitative Reasoning (QR)  3-4  Gen Ed: Quantitative Reasoning (QR) OR Free Elective  3-4 
Free Elective  3     
       
Semester 3  SH  Semester 4  SH 
COM242 Scriptwriting OR COM 243 Broadcast Writing  3  COM 246 Intermediate Video Production (COM 146 pre-req)  3 
ART117 Digital Photography   3  Gen Ed: Oral Communication (OC)  3 
DIMA 200 Introduction to Storytelling  3  Media Production Elective  3 
Gen Ed: Scientific Inquiry (SI)  4  Programming Language  3 
Gen Ed: Health and Wellness (HW)   2  Gen Ed: Information Literacy (IC)  3 
Gen Ed: Intercultural Comp. (IC)*  3  Gen Ed: Intercult. Comp. (IC, Rpt. 2) *  3 
       
Semester 5  SH  Semester 6  SH 
COM 371 Film and Video Art  3  COM 336 Postproduction  3 
DIMA/CS 300 Digital and Interactive Technologies  3  Gen Ed: Writing Tier 3 (W3)  3 
Gen Ed: Repeat Competency 3  3  Gen Ed: Breadth Elective  3 
Free Elective  3  Free Elective  3 
Free Elective  3  Free Elective  3 
       
Semester 7  SH  Semester 8  SH 
DIMA/CED 297 Internship  3  DIMA/COM 436 Senior Project (CE)   3 
Free Elective  3  Free Elective  3 
Free Elective  3  Free Elective  3 
Free Elective  3  Free Elective  3 
Free Elective  3  Free Elective  3 
Total Credits Required for the BA in DIMA = 120; Minimum GPA 2.0 

*All Bachelor of Arts degrees at WCSU require that students complete a language at or above the elementary II level. Students who have completed three years of a foreign language at a minimum of C average in high school have met this requirement. However, they must still complete at least one Intercultural Competency course. 

 

BA Digital and Interactive Media Arts: Art 

Description: Students who major in DIMA prepare for graduate studies or careers directly related to digital media creation and oversight for small businesses, non-profits, public and governmental organizations, and private sector corporations of all kinds. 

Degree Requirements
All degrees at WCSU require 120 semester hours (SH). This includes major requirements, general education requirements, cognates (where applicable), and free electives. This structure provides room for minors, internships, and study abroad.   

Required Courses in the Major: 48-50 SH.  

DIMA/CS 100 Introduction to Digital and Interactive Media Arts  3 SH 
DIMA 200 Storytelling for Digital and Interactive Media Arts  3 SH 
DIMA/CED 297 Internship (SH will depend on hours. 1 SH minimum)  1-3 SH 
DIMA/CS 300 Digital and Interactive Technologies  3 SH 
DIMA/COM 436 Senior Project (CE)  3 SH 
ART 121: Fundamentals of Two-Dimensional Design (CT)  3 SH 
ART 117 Digital Photography  3 SH 
COM 146 Basic Video Production (CP)  3 SH 
COM 110 Sight, Sound, and Motion (CT)  3 SH 
CS 140 Intro to Programming OR CS 143 Visual Basic  3-4 SH 
Programming Language: CS 110 Web Design OR CS 172 Intro to Java OR CS 170 Language C++ OR CS 102 3D Modeling & Printing OR CS 103 Comp Animation & Scripting.   3-4 SH 
Art Option   
ART/DIMA 210 Fundamentals of Imaging Software I  3 SH 
ART/DIMA 224 Fundamentals of Imaging Software II  3 SH 
ART 356 Adv. Photo Methods OR ART 346 Color Photography  3 SH 
ART 342 Digital Production: Illustrator  3 SH 
ART 352 Digital Production: Web Development  3 SH 
Minimum GPA for the BA in DIMA = 2.0. 


General Education
: All students must complete the General Education curriculum. General Education Requirements include both competency and breadth requirements. In some cases, major courses will satisfy competencies. These are indicated in the parentheses after the course title. For a complete description of the General Education program, follow this link. https://catalogs.wcsu.edu/ugrad/academic-programs-degrees/ 

Cognates: In some programs there are courses outside of the major that are required as pre-requisites or enhancements to the major course work. These courses may satisfy competencies and they will count toward the general education breadth requirement. If cognate courses are required, they are included in the list of courses required in the major.  

Electives: All degrees require 120 semester hours.  Elective credits are opportunities for minors, internships, study abroad, and just following general interests. We encourage all students to speak with their advisors about great opportunities for their elective courses.  


Sample Four Year Plan: BA DIMA: ART

Four-year plans are suggestions. Plans change. Consult your advisor to adjust your plan.  

Semester 1  SH  Semester 2  SH 
First Year Navigation (FY)  1  COM 146 Basic Video Production (CP, IL)  3 
COM 110: Sight, Sound & Motion (CT)  3  ART 121 Fundamentals of 2-D Design (CP, Rpt. 1)  3 
WRT 101 Composition I (W1)  3  Writing Tier 2 (W2)  3 
DIMA/CS 100 Intro. to Digital and Interactive Media Arts  3  CS 140 Intro to Programming OR CS 143 Visual Basic  3-4 
MAT 100(P) Intermediate Math OR Gen Ed: Quantitative Reasoning (QR)  3-4  Gen Ed: Quantitative Reasoning (QR) OR Free elective  3 
Free Elective  3     
       
Semester 3  SH  Semester 4  SH 
ART/DIMA 210 Fundamentals of Imaging Software I  3  ART/DIMA 224 Fundamentals of Imaging Software II  3 
ART117 Digital Photo. (CP)  3  Programming Language  3-4 
DIMA 200 Introduction to Storytelling  3  Gen Ed: Breadth  3 
Gen Ed: Scientific Inquiry (SI)  4  Gen Ed: Oral Communication (OC)  3 
Gen Ed: Health and Wellness (HW)   2  Gen Ed: Information Literacy (IL)  3 
Gen Ed: Intercultural Comp. (IC)  3  Gen Ed: Intercult. Comp. (IC, Rpt. 2)  3 
       
Semester 5    Semester 6   
ART 356 Adv Photo Methods OR ART 346 Color Photography  3  ART 342 Intro to Digital Imaging & Production  3 
DIMA/CS 300 Digital and Interactive Technologies  3  Gen Ed: Writing Tier 3 (W3)  3 
DIMA/CED 297 Internship  3  Free Elective  3 
Gen Ed: Rpt. 3  3  Free Elective  3 
Free Elective  3  Free Elective  3 
       
Semester 7    Semester 8   
ART 352 Digital Production: Web Dev.   3  DIMA/COM 436 Senior Project (CE)   3 
Free Elective  3  Free Elective  3 
Free Elective  3  Free Elective  3 
Free Elective  3  Free Elective  3 
Free Elective  3  Free Elective  3 
Total Credits Required for the BA in DIMA= 120; Minimum GPA in 2.0 

* All Bachelor of Arts degrees at WCSU require that students complete a language at or above the elementary II level. Students who have completed three years of a foreign language at a minimum of C average in high school have met this requirement. However, they must still complete at least one Intercultural Competency course. 

 

BA Digital and Interactive Media Arts: Computer Science 

Description: Students who major in DIMA prepare for graduate studies or careers directly related to digital media creation and oversight for small businesses, non-profits, public and governmental organizations, and private sector corporations of all kinds. 

Degree Requirements
All degrees at WCSU require 120 semester hours (SH). This includes major requirements, general education requirements, cognates (where applicable), and free electives. This structure provides room for minors, internships, and study abroad.   

Required Courses in the Major: 49-53 SH.  

DIMA/CS 100 Introduction to Digital and Interactive Media Arts  3 SH 
DIMA 200 Storytelling for Digital and Interactive Media Arts  3 SH 
DIMA/CED 297 Internship (SH will depend on hours. 1 SH minimum)  1-3 SH 
DIMA/CS 300 Digital and Interactive Technologies  3 SH 
DIMA/COM 436 Senior Project (CE)  3 SH 
ART 121: Fundamentals of Two-Dimensional Design (CT)  3 SH 
ART 117 Digital Photography  3 SH 
COM 146 Basic Video Production (CP)  3 SH 
COM 110 Sight, Sound, and Motion (CT)  3 SH 
CS 140 Intro to Programming OR CS 143 Visual Basic  3-4 SH 
Programming Language: CS 110 Web Design OR CS 102 3D Modeling & Printing OR CS 103 Comp Animation & Scripting.  3 SH 
Computer Science Option   
CS/MAT 165 Intro to Discrete Mathematics  3 SH 
CS 170 Interm. Java Programming OR 172 Language C++  4 SH 
CS 205 Data Modeling & DB Design OR MIS 301 DB Applications in Business  3-4 SH 
CS 221 Object Oriented Programming & Data Structure OR CS 250 Advanced Topics  4 SH 
CS 245 Web Application Development OR CS 340 Computer Animation  4 SH 
Minimum GPA for the BA in DIMA = 2.0 


General Education
: All students must complete the General Education curriculum. General Education Requirements include both competency and breadth requirements. In some cases, major courses will satisfy competencies. These are indicated in the parentheses after the course title. For a complete description of the General Education program, follow this link. https://catalogs.wcsu.edu/ugrad/academic-programs-degrees/ 

Cognates: In some programs there are courses outside of the major that are required as pre-requisites or enhancements to the major course work. These courses may satisfy competencies and they will count toward the general education breadth requirement. If cognate courses are required, they are included in the list of courses required in the major.  

Electives: All degrees require 120 semester hours.  Elective credits are opportunities for minors, internships, study abroad, and just following general interests. We encourage all students to speak with their advisors about great opportunities for their elective courses.  


Sample Four Year Plan: BA DIMA: Computer Science

Four-year plans are suggestions. Plans change. Consult your advisor to adjust your plan.  

Semester 1  SH  Semester 2  SH 
First Year Navigation (FY)  1  COM 146 Basic Video Production (CP, IL)  3 
COM 110: Sight, Sound & Motion (CT)  3  ART 121 Fundamentals of 2-D Design (CP, Rpt. 1)  3 
WRT 101 Composition I (W1)  3  Writing Tier 2 (W2)  3 
DIMA/CS 100 Intro. to Digital and Interactive Media Arts  3  CS 140 Intro to Programming OR CS 143 Visual Basic  3-4 
MAT 100(P) Intermediate Math OR CS/MAT 165 Intr. Discrete Math (QR  3  CS/MAT 165 Intro. Discrete Math (QR) OR GEN Ed: Breadth Elective  3 
Free Elective  3     
       
Semester 3  SH  Semester 4  SH 
CS 170 Language C++  4  CS 221 Obj Oriented Programming  4 
ART117 Digital Photography   3  Programming Language  3 
DIMA 200 Introduction to Storytelling  3  Gen Ed: Oral Communication (OC)  3 
Gen Ed: Scientific Inquiry (SI)  4  Gen Ed: Information Literacy (IL)  3 
Gen Ed: Health and Wellness (HW)   2  Gen Ed: Breadth Elective  3 
       
Semester 5    Semester 6   
CS 205 Data Modeling and DB Design OR MIS 301 DB Applications in Business**  3-4  CS 245 Web App Development   4 
DIMA/CS 300 Digital and Interactive Technologies  3  Gen Ed: Writing Tier 3 (W3)  3 
DIMA/CED 297 Internship  1-3  Free Elective  3 
Gen Ed: Intercultural Comp. (IC)*  3  Gen Ed: Intercult. Comp. (IC, Rpt. 3)  3 
Free Elective  3  Free Elective  3 
       
Semester 7    Semester 8   
CS 340 Computer Animation   4  DIMA/COM 436 Senior Project (CE)   3 
Free Elective  3  Free Elective  3 
Free Elective  3  Free Elective  3 
Free Elective  3  Free Elective  3 
Free Elective  3     
       
Total Credits Required for the BA in DIMA= 120; Minimum GPA in 2.0 

*All Bachelor of Arts degrees at WCSU require that students complete a language at or above the elementary II level. Students who have completed three years of a foreign language at a minimum of C average in high school have met this requirement. However, they must still complete at least one Intercultural Competency course. 

**Several course choices in this major can be 3 or 4 SH.  Remember that your total must be 120 to graduate. 

 

Good Academic Standing in the Major
Communication & Media Arts majors must earn a C (in some cases a B-) or better in classes that count in the major. Students must repeat a required course in the major until they earn the necessary minimum grade. Students may repeat major electives if they don’t earn the minimum grade, or when possible and desirable, select another major elective in its place. The major elective earning a C- or less may then be used as a free elective. Students do not earn additional credit for retaking a class. Courses retaken may not be eligible for financial aid or count towards Satisfactory Academic Progress for financial aid, athletics, etc.

Students must be in “Good Academic Standing” to change their major to Communication or Media Arts. This means, they must have at least a 2.0 GPA, a 2.5 in classes that will count towards their major.

Communication & Media Arts majors must remain in good academic standing in the major or be placed on “Probation in the Major.”

Good Academic Standing in Communication & Media Arts includes each of the following:

  • Maintaining an GPA of 2.0
  • Maintaining a GPA in the major of 2.5 (in classes that count towards the major requirements)
  • Completing COM 290 Communication Theory and COM 219 Communication Ethics with a C or better before earning 60 credits; or within 15 credits of transferring into Communication or Media Arts if they have already earned 60 credits.
  • Completing COM 390 Research Methods in Communication with a C or better before earning 90 credits or within 15 credits of changing their major to Communication or Media Arts if they have already earned or transferred in 90 credits.

Probation in the major means students are at risk of being disqualified from eligibility to earn a degree in Communication or Media Arts. After being placed on probation in the major, students have one semester to address the area that placed them on probation. If students are not able to meet the requirement within one semester, they are subject to suspension from the major. Students who are suspended from the major will be required to change their major. If they do not actively change their major, they will be changed to “Focus Undeclared” status.

The status “Probation in the Major” and “Suspension in the Major” will not appear on the student’s transcript. Students will be notified of the change of status by the department. Students on probation in the major must meet with their advisor to discuss a plan for successful completion of the degree. Students are ultimately responsible for maintaining their GPA and successfully completing their academic work. The advisor may discuss changes in life, study habits, or attitude to improve performance. Advisors may also recommend a decreased course load or utilizing campus resources to address personal, emotional, academic or life situations which are make it difficult to perform well in school. Once the requirements for Good Academic Standing in Communication & Media Arts are met, students may reapply to change their major to Communication or Media Arts.

Minor in Communication

Eighteen semester hours in communication which must include at least 12 semester hours above the 100 level. Only courses with a C grade or better will count.

Minor in Broadcast Journalism

COM 146 Basic Video Production 3 SH
COM 243 Broadcast Writing 3 SH
Three credits selected from the following list in consultation with an advisor:
COM 246 Intermediate Video Production (prereq. COM 146) 3 SH
COM 247 Live News & election Coverage 4 SH
COM 252 Video Performance Techniques 3 SH
COM 270 Fundamentals of Radio Broadcasting 3 SH
COM 336 Postproduction (prereq. COM 246 and COM 235) 3 SH
COM 39 Special Topics in Media Production (see advisor) 3 SH
WRT 270W News Writing 3 SH
Two classes from the following list:
WRT 279 Sports Writing 3 SH
WRT 333W Editorial Environment 3 SH
WRT 335W Fact-Based Opinion Writing 3 SH
WRT 338W Writing About Specialized Subjects 3 SH
WRT 375 Book, Performance, & Restaurant Reviewing 3 SH
WRT 490 Internship/Practicum in Writing 3 SH

 

Notes:

  • See Catalog section on World Language Requirements to determine how language classes count.
  • Free electives in the junior and senior year are often used for professional internships or minors in related areas.