Media Arts and Science Bachelor of Science
Master emerging tech in game design, VFX, and more
Take advantage of rapidly expanding choices in digital media. Let your imagination guide you to opportunities in emerging industries with a Bachelor of Science in Media Arts and Science.
You can earn your degree from the IU School of Informatics and Computing at IUPUI and turn your creative ideas into a career. Whether you want to be a creator of virtual reality games or a full stack developer, a graphic designer or a 3D artist, we teach the skills you need to succeed. Our graduates work in fields including:
- 3D printing
- Augmented reality
- Computer animation
- Content strategy
- Interactive video
- Mobile app design
- Serious game creation
- User-friendly web design
- Visual effects
We’ve got the best gear and faculty
If you can think it, you can create it in our tech-forward Media Arts and Learning Arcade, Advanced Visualization Lab, and virtual reality theater. Students utilize the most current technology to print 3D models, develop virtual and augmented reality apps, and explore the potential of the 5G network.
Faculty encourage students to embrace disruptive innovation and delve into media and technology that will be mainstream once they graduate. You can explore how to future-proof digital marketing applications and AR games; analyze influencer marketing and the role of social media in brand strategy; or learn how to succeed in the highly competitive effects industry as a VFX artist.
Discover how innovative products, graphic design, interactive video, and the standardization of emerging tech may influence your future.
Make your media arts degree your own
In our program you’ll concentrate on one area of specialization and make it yours. Learn more about the undergraduate Media Arts and Science specializations:
Many industries and employers seek interdisciplinary hires. While you create a portfolio in one of our Media Arts and Sciences specializations (42+credits), consider adding a minor that will broaden your skills. Choices can include a minor in Business, Sports Marketing or other fields.
Twelve of the credits from minors in the following in-demand fields can go toward your degree selectives:
“Our students innovate broadly, from the design of patient prosthetics in health care to transforming what it means to preserve historical spaces through virtual reality.”
Zeb Wood, Media Arts and Science lecturer
Beyond 3D and 5G: Where can your degree take you?
Media Arts and Science students at IUPUI are mastering technology that wasn’t even available a semester ago, using it in ways that affect industries everywhere.
Students have opportunities to work on research and collaborative projects right away, incorporating their skills in film, audio, VR apps, and web design. You are expected to graduate with an impressive portfolio of work demonstrating your skills to employers, or leverage your research to earn a graduate degree.
Students and graduates are taking their talents and dreams to the next level, as they:
- Utilize emerging technologies to tell compelling stories.
- Refine the role of a front-end developer to manage the influx of big data.
- Make the past come alive with historic recreations in virtual reality, such as Virtual Bethel, the digital preservation of the original Bethel AME Church building in downtown Indianapolis.
- Work with nonprofits on videos for social change.
- Create and animate everything from fantastic creatures to urban landscapes.
- Visualize the human brain.
- Assess crops with drones and help predict yield through live visualizations.
- Utilize additive manufacturing technology to design 3D printed prosthetics.
Accelerated studies save you time and money
Our program offers a gateway to accelerated graduate studies. Students can earn a Bachelor of Science in Media Arts and Science plus a Master of Science in either Human-Computer Interaction or Media Arts and Science in only five years.
Accelerated 4+1 programs are time and cost efficient—allowing you to complete two degrees in five years—with increased career opportunities and earning potential.
Document a Greek island’s culture in audio, video, 3D
Explore 5,000 years of Greek history as you put skills you’ve learned in class to the test on the small island of Paros. Students who enroll in this international service-learning course travel to Greece, where they produce documentary videos, develop 3D re-creations of archaeological sites, take drone footage, and meet local artisans.
Capstone projects highlight your digital media skills
Cap off your education with a Capstone. Under the guidance of our innovative faculty, students create senior-year projects that reflect their passions and expertise. You’ll have the opportunity to partner with community leaders and to bring change to industry in real time.
Capstone projects have gone into commercial development, won game and film awards, and become part of internationally recognized research. They also lead to job offers.