Media Arts and Science Bachelor of 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.

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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. 

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Getting Started

To pursue a degree in Media Arts and Science, you must first apply and be accepted to IUPUI. You’ll then want to sit down with one of our undergraduate advisors to review the program’s plan of study and find out what courses to take.

You’ll likely start with N100 Foundations of New Media, where you’ll be introduced to the evolution of digital media and begin exploring your particular interest areas with hands-on projects.

Specialty Areas

From there, you’ll take additional core courses and electives in your chosen specialty area(s), becoming fluent in the use of contemporary media tools and project management principles. A specialty area is your opportunity to customize your education in those aspects of media and production best-suited for your career goals.

Capstone Project

With your skills sets firmly in place, you’ll design and complete a faculty-mentored capstone project during your final semester. Your capstone project signals your readiness to graduate and represents the culmination of your knowledge and skill within your chosen specialty area(s).

And as a graduating senior, you’ll showcase that education and passion to your fellow classmates, family, faculty, alumni and visiting employers during the School of Informatics and Computing Capstone Event held at the close of each semester.

Learn more about upcoming Capstone Events you can attend, as well as examples of past student capstones.

Career Development

And before you graduate, you’ll work with our Career Services Office to learn how to job search, assemble a portfolio of your work, pursue internship opportunities and connect with employers.

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Plan of Study

Degree requirements listed on this page apply to students entering the program on or after fall 2013. Requirements for students matriculating prior to fall 2013 can be found here.

Parkland College graduates from the Associate in Applied Science Degree program in Digital Media may transfer and apply a minimum of 60 credit hours from that completed degree towards the IUPUI Bachelor of Science degree in Media Arts and Science. See the Parkland College/Media Arts and Science degree map.

Students in the Media Arts and Science program must successfully complete a minimum of 120 credit hours. Please note that some courses have prerequisites. Transfer students should consult a School of Informatics and Computing academic advisor regarding potential course exceptions and/or substitutions. Students can also view the degree map (for fall 2013 or later) to see which courses they should take each semester.

Students are responsible for completing the degree requirements listed here. We encourage you to meet with an academic advisor prior to registration each semester.

Students must earn a C or higher in all courses and maintain a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 or higher to graduate.

Core (29 cr.)

Course of Study (54 cr.)

At least 42 credit hours must be NEWM courses, with at least 12 hours at the 300-level, 9 hours at the 400-level and 21 hours at any level. This would include courses in your specialization:

You may also select up to 12 hours from the list of selectives below. Students can also add a Studio Art and Technology minor to their degree.


General Education (21 cr.)

General Electives (up to 16 cr.)

Choose from other IUPUI courses.

Learning Outcomes

Graduates of the Media Arts and Science undergraduate 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. Understand digital media and its effective use as a form of communication
  2. Communicate ideas effectively in written and oral form to a range of audiences
  3. Work effectively as a member of a team to achieve a common goal
  4. Analyze a problem, identify and evaluate alternatives and plan an appropriate solution
  5. Appreciate the history, theory and traditions of digital media.  Evaluate media from multiple perspectives using the theories, concepts and language of digital media
  6. Demonstrate mastery of the concepts, techniques and tools in one or more digital media specialties
  7. Apply knowledge and skills to develop professional quality digital media productions in a timely manner and utilizing best practices and standards
  8. Explain the impact of digital media on individuals, organizations and society
  9. Acknowledge diverse opinions regarding professional, ethical, legal and social issues with a global perspective
  10. Appreciate the need for lifelong learning and have a plan for continuing professional development