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, 3-D motion graphics, digital illustrations and animations, and 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:

  • 3-D Graphics and Animation
  • Digital Storytelling
  • Game Design and Development
  • Video Production and Sound Design
  • Web Design and Development

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Media Arts Careers

Our graduates design and develop projects that focus on entertainment, serious game design, mobile applications, video and audio production, animation, and 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 3-D modelers to project managers and design leads. 

Why study at SOIC?

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  • You’ll have access to excellent faculty and state-of-the-art facilities, including: the Media Arts Research and Learning Arcade, the Advanced Visualization Lab and a virtual reality theater.
  • You may customize your degree with specialized courses helping you achieve your career goals.
  • You can finish your education with a portfolio of work showcasing your skills to employers.
  • SOIC offers a myriad of opportunities to utilize the skills you develop in real-world applications, not only through research but through collaborative projects done outside of the classroom and in various student organizations.
  • The School of Informatics and Computing is regionally accredited as a school of Indiana University by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

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

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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