Department ofHuman-Centered Computing

Master of Science in Media Arts and Science

The focus of Media Arts and Science is on creativity and digital storytelling while enhancing contemporary career-building skills. Our program offers education and experience on various integrated media venues in today’s convergent society. We strive to produce dynamic websites, smartphone apps, interactive education, serious, and entertaining games and simulations, 3D motion graphics, digital illustrations and animations, audio and video.

Media Arts & Science faculty and students collaborate with School of Medicine to create AMPATH health education videos.

Our program is designed to be flexible, with ample opportunity to concentrate or broaden your studies in one or more specialty areas. Some students develop a passion for a particular specialty, while others aim to become mixed-media virtuosos. Our specialty areas include:

Media Arts Careers

Our graduates design and develop projects that focus on entertainment, serious game design, mobile applications, video and audio production, animation, innovative web design and technologies.

Media Arts and Science graduates work for many big name companies such as Pixar, Cantina Creative, ChaCha, Blizzard Entertainment, ExactTarget, Pacers Sports & Media, Wiley and Sons (Publishers of Dummies books), Tour Design (Livenation), Emmis Publications, USA Gymnastics, Capital Records, BET – Black Entertainment Television and Girls, Inc. Positions at these companies range from UX designers, to 3D modelers to project managers and design leads. 

Why study at SOIC?

Getting Started

Successful applicants to our master of science program must have a strong background in computing, information technology, and design. You should be able to demonstrate the skills and knowledge required of the undergraduate Informatics degree.

Promising applicants lacking competencies necessary for admission may be allowed to take courses that will satisfy those requirements, as determined by School of Informatics and Computing faculty. Those courses, however, would not count towards degree or certificate completion.

Prerequisites

Degree Requirements

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.

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

Informatics

Communication

Computer Science

Design (Herron)

Psychology

Sociology

Geography

Others