Media and Information Degree Details

Our Media and Information degree is designed in an innovative, modular way that allows students great flexibility to acquire cutting-edge knowledge and skills in media and information. This section provides a quick overview of the degree requirements. Please consult MSU’s official program catalog for the B.A. in Media and Information for additional details.

General Degree (33 credits total)

Foundation Courses (15 credits)

In these courses, you will learn the foundations of being a successful media and information professional. You will take the following three department core courses over the course of the first three years:

  • MI 101 Understanding Media in the Information Age (3 credits)
  • MI 201 Introduction to Media and Information Technologies and Industries (3 credits)
  • MI 301 Bringing Media to Market (3 credits)

In addition, you will participate from the beginning in the Media Sandbox, a unique learning community and pedagogy that will immerse you in an active, experiential learning environment. Freshmen-level Media Sandbox courses introduce creative thinking whereas higher-level Media Sandbox courses deepen digital literacy, software skills and create collaborative environments for learning in teams modeled after real-world work experiences.

You will need to take at least two of the following courses

  • CAS 110 Creative Thinking (3 credits)
  • CAS 111 Design and Layout (3 credits)
  • CAS 112 Story, Sound, and Motion (3 credits)
  • CAS 116 Media Sketching & Graphics (3 credits)
  • CAS 117 Games and Interactivity (3 credits)
  • MI 239 Digital Footprints (3 credits)

Focus Area Courses (15 credits)

In parallel to enrolling in foundation courses, you will be able to build knowledge and skills in the areas of digital media and information you are most passionate about. We redesigned our Media and Information degree curriculum in a modular fashion to increase your flexibility to put together an exciting program. You can either pursue a learning experience that builds deep knowledge in one focus area or combine courses from two or more focus areas in innovative ways - complement film with games, film with animation, human-centered technology with research, or film and management.

At least five courses need to be completed and at least three of the five courses must be from the same focus area:

Film and Media Production

  • CAS 396 Integrated Media Arts Special Topics
  • MI 241 Filmmaking I
  • MI 311 Introduction to Documentary Production
  • MI 341 Filmmaking II
  • MI 342 Multi Camera Production for Television
  • MI 343 Audio Production
  • MI 344 Sound Design for Cinema, Television, and Games
  • MI 351 Producing for Cinema and Television
  • MI 440 Advanced Video Editing
  • MI 441 Advanced Lighting and Camera Techniques
  • MI 435A Creating the Fiction Film I

Game and Interactive Media Design

  • CAS 396 Integrated Media Arts Special Topics
  • MI 231 Game and Interactive Media Development
  • MI 346 Game Design
  • MI 349 Web Design and Development
  • MI 445 Game Design and Development I
  • MI 449 Advanced Web Development and Database Management
  • MI 455 Game Design and Development II
  • MI 482 Building Virtual Worlds
  • MI 484 Building Innovative Interfaces
  • MI 497 Game Design Studio

Graphics and Animation

  • CAS 396 Integrated Media Arts Special Topics
  • MI 247 Three-Dimensional Graphics and Design
  • MI 337 Compositing and Special Effects
  • MI 347 Advanced Three-Dimensional Computer Animation
  • MI 377 Advanced 3D Modeling

Creating Human-Centered Technology

  • MI 220 Methods for Understanding Users
  • MI 250 Introduction to Applied Programming
  • MI 320 Reasoning with Data
  • MI 350 Evaluating Human-Centered Technology
  • MI 420 Interactive Prototyping

Media and Information Management

  • MI 360 Media and Information Management
  • MI 361 IT Network Management and Security
  • MI 452 Media Entrepreneurship and Business Strategies
  • MI 462 Social Media and Social Computing
  • MI 472 Digital Business and Commerce

Society, Policy and Research

  • MI 302 Networks, Markets, and Society
  • MI 305 Media and Information Policy
  • MI 355 Media and Information Research
  • MI 480 Information and Communication Technologies and Development

Capstone (3 credits)

You must complete one of the following capstone courses.

  • MI 401 Topics in Media, Information, and Society (W) (3 credits)
  • MI 411 Collaborative Documentary Design and Production (W) (3 credits)
  • MI 435B Creating the Fiction Film II (W) (3 credits)
  • MI 442 Design of Cinema and Television Projects (W) (3 credits)
  • MI 443 Audio Industry Design and Management (W) (3 credits)
  • MI 447 Three-Dimensional Graphics and Animation Portfolio (W) (3 credits)
  • MI 450 Creating Human-Centered Technology (W) (3 credits)
  • MI 488 Information and Communication Technology Development Project (W) (3 credits)
  • MI 498 Collaborative Game Design (W) (3 credits)
  • CAS 496 Advanced Media Project Design and Production (W) (3 credits)
  • ITM 444 Information Technology Project Management (3 credits)

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