Design | Media Arts BA

Capstone Major

The Design | Media Arts major is a designated capstone major. Students are required to complete an advanced project of their own that entails full engagement with the design process. Through their capstone work, students demonstrate their capacities for research, ideation/concept development, creative and design direction, communication strategy, design, production/fabrication, and critical analysis. Capstone courses focus on career choice, and final projects are showcased at the spring senior show.

Learning Outcomes

The Design | Media Arts major has the following learning outcomes:

  • Deep understanding of the field through immersion
  • Exploration and development of ideas through listening to and observation of patterns
  • Definition of an event and its surroundings and mise-en-scène, and the ethos of the student’s idea
  • Development of the specifics of a design
  • Conceptualization of how an idea reaches its audience, how and when it launches, and how it stays relevant and vibrant
  • Designed specifics of each element of the visual vocabulary — from graphic elements to photography, videography, and illustrations — including definition of spatial, material, and auditory elements
  • Thorough research of appropriate and relevant production methods
  • Analysis, review, and critique of others’ work

Preparation for the Major

Required: Design | Media Arts 8, 10, 21, 22, 24, 25, 28.

The Major

Required: Twelve upper-division courses: Design | Media Arts 101, 104; six courses selected from 152, 153, 154, 156, 157, 161, 163; three courses selected from 160, 171, 172, 173; and one capstone course selected from 159A, 159B, or 159C.

It is recommended that students have each term’s program approved by the departmental adviser.

Note: Consult the Schedule of Classes for courses limited to majors only.