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BFA in Integrated New Media Studies

Pictured | Brandon Tabor | New Media Studies | South Bend, Indiana (hometown)
Background artwork credit | Brandon Tabor

About the Bachelor of Fine Arts in Integrated New Media Studies (group focus in Design, Music, Video and Motion Media)

Integrated New Media Studies (INMS) at Indiana University South Bend is a uniquely interdisciplinary academic program of excellence in the rapidly developing field of new media. The computer and computer technologies are at the core of our program, the means of preparation, production, exhibition, application, and distribution. Our mission is to educate our students in a wide range of new media professional, creative, and critical/aesthetic skills, and in techniques, processes, and procedures applicable to careers in art, communication, business, industry, government, and the professions.

The Bachelor of Fine Arts in Integrated New Media Studies with a Group Focus and Minor offers maximum flexibility to students seeking to tailor their degree to their career goals. Building on History and Aesthetics and Core Studies, students choose a Group Focus addressing their interests. The required Minor provides opportunity to develop skills in a second career area, or to pursue deeper preparation in addition to the Group Focus. Fifteen credits of free electives also provide space to expand on the student's Group Focus, to pursue a second Minor, or explore other areas.

Academic Advising

College policy on advising requires that students meet with their academic advisors at least once each year, and in some departments, prior to each semester’s to enrollment. Advising holds are placed on all Ernestine M. Raclin School of the Arts students prior to advance registration and are released following advising. Students with a declared major are advised in their academic units. To determine who your advisor is and how to contact them, see One.IU.

Degree Requirements (120 cr.)
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Students receiving the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree must complete 120 total credit hours including:

  • FINA-P 273 Computer Art and Design I (Computer Literacy)
  • INMS-A 399 Art, Aesthetics, and Creativity
    VT: The Artist and New Media (Art, Aesthetics, and Creativity)
  • JOUR-J 210 Visual Communication (Visual Literacy)
  • MUS-T 190 Literary and Intellectual Traditions
    VT: Exploring Musical Genres: Classical Music and Beyond (Literary and Intellectual Traditions)

  • A minimum of 30 credit hours at the 300- or 400-level.
  • Courses required for the major must be completed with a grade of C or higher.
  • A minimum CGPA of 2.0 is required.

Major Requirements (39 cr.)
History and Aesthetics (6 Cr.)
  • AHST-A Ancient and Medieval Art; OR
    FINA-A 101 Ancient and Medieval Art
  • AHTS-A Renaissance Through Modern Art; OR
    FINA-A 102 Renaissance Through Modern Art

New Media Core (33 cr.)
  • FINA-P 273 Computer Art and Design I
  • FINA-P 323 Introduction to Web Design
  • FINA-P 324 Intermediate Web Design
  • FINA-P 475 Computer Art and Design III
  • FINA-S 323 Intermediate Photoshop
  • INMS-F 102 Fundamental 2D Design
  • MUS-A 101 Introduction to Audio Technology
  • TEL-T 273 Media Program Design
  • TEL-T 283 Introduction to Production Techniques and Practices
  • TEL-T 336 Digital Video Production   
  • TEL-T 434 Advanced Production Workshop

Group Focus (9 cr.)

Select one of the following focus areas

  • FINA-P 455 Advanced Lettering and Typography
  • FINA-P 461 Graphic Reproduction Methods I
  • FINA-S 324 Page Layout and Design

  • MUS-A 190 Art, Aesthectics, and Creativity
    VT:  Exploring Musical Composition
  • MUS-K 403 Electronic Studio Resources I
  • MUS-T 120 Computer Skills for Musicians

Video and Motion Media
  • FINA-S 300 Video Art
  • INFO-I 310 Multimedia Arts and Technology
  • TEL-T 430 Topical Seminar in Design and Production

General Electives (15 cr.)
  • At least 9 credit hours must be taken at the 300-level or above

Minor (15 cr.)
  • Students must complete a minor to complement their degree program and provide additional skills in a related area. The student may select a minor from any field except the Minor in Integrated New Media Studies or the Studio Minor in Graphic Design.

World Language (6 cr.)
  • Two semesters of one world language

Bachelor of Fine Arts Show (0 cr.)
  • FINA-S 499 Bachelor of Fine Arts Final Review (0 cr.)

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2016-2017 Campus Bulletin
2015-2016 Campus Bulletin
2014-2015 Campus Bulletin

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