Media Arts & Science Graduate ProgramDepartment of Human-Centered Computing

Media Arts and Science Master of Science

The M.S. in Media Arts and Science is a 36-credit-hour professional program emphasizing an applied, project-based approach to the latest in digital media production. The program can be customized with study in other fields, including media production, design thinking and usability analysis, psychology, communication theory, information management, and computing. Projects will be based on your specific area(s) of interest to build a valuable portfolio and advance your career.

The program easily accommodates working professionals with many evening courses and a flexible timetable for degree completion for the part-time student. Full-time students can complete the program in two years.

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Learning Outcomes

Graduates of the Media Arts and Science graduate program will demonstrate expertise in the following core competencies essential to success as an informatics, computing and information technology professional specializing in new and interactive media:

  1. Design and create digital media products that are targeted to a specific purpose and that meet professional standards for quality
  2. Plan a coordinated collection of multi-media or trans-media communications and/or experiences, using each medium to good advantage
  3. Assess media communications and/or experiences, discriminating among features that influence effectiveness
  4. Recommend strategies, practices and/or tools appropriate to a problem
  5. Predict future trends and developments in digital media, based on examination of the history, tradition and current drivers in the field
  6. Communicate in written and oral form to a range of audiences

Plan of Study Beginning Fall 2014

Core (12 cr.)

Electives (18 cr.)

Or select from the Additional List of Recommended Elective Courses below.

Final Project (6 cr.)

Additional List of Recommended Elective Courses

Students must check for prerequisites and course availability from the respective schools and departments.

Media Arts and Science


Computer Science

Design (Herron)





Plan of Study Prior to Fall 2014

Core (9 cr.)

Project or Thesis (6 cr.)

Electives (21 cr.)

School of Informatics and Computing

Media Arts and Science
Human-Computer Interaction

Note: completion of this set of courses earns the Graduate Certificate in HCI

Department of Library and Information Science

Herron School of Art, Department of Visual Communication

School of Liberal Arts, Department of Communication Studies