Interdepartmental Majors and Minors - A&C

Media Arts and Game Development -Communication/Gaming Emphasis (BA/BS)

The Media Arts and Game Development (MAGD) program brings together talented faculty from the Departments of Art & Design, Communication, Computer Science, and Music. The curriculum includes a cohort of core classes for all students in the program, along with three separate tracks in Communication/Gaming, Visual Media Design, and Technology/Programming that allow students to focus their studies in an area of specialty. The program culminates in a year-long capstone experience that brings students from all three areas back together to create substantial interactive projects in teams.

Students pursue programs of study towards a wide range of careers in web development, motion graphics artist, graphic designer for interactive media, animators, game designers, usability engineers, casual and serious game developers, game producers, interface designers, game level designers, software developers, etc.

Media Arts and Game Development Stipulations

  1. MAGD majors must choose an initial track (Visual Media Design, Communication/ Gaming, or Technology/Programming) upon entering the program, though these can be changed at any time
  2. MAGD majors must meet all College of Arts of Communication requirements for graduation.
  3. MAGD majors are responsible for consulting current advising sheets available in the Department Office of their track (Art & Design, Communication, or Math/Computer Science) and on the MAGD website for explanations and updates in Department and College regulations.
  4. Students are limited to three Studio classes per term unless prior approval is given by the student's advisor, the Art & Design Department chair, the MAGD coordinator, and all faculty teaching those courses.
  5. Students taking classes within Media Arts and Game Development may be required to purchase equipment or supplies that they retain to complete courses projects.

A&C Interdepartmental Courses

ACINDP 166   Introduction to Creative Enterprise   3 Units

Students will be introduced to successful creative entrepreneurship and the definition of creative enterprise in its many forms. They will consider what success means to them and practice visioning, goal setting and planning. Students will learn key entrepreneurial concepts through lectures, experiential learning and interaction with successful arts/creative entrepreneurs.
CROSS-LISTED: ACINDP/THEATRE 166

ACINDP 200   ARTS MANAGEMENT PRACTICUM   Repeatable   1-2 Units

Participation in one or more areas of arts management including ticket office, house control, printing, publicity and public relations. Repeatable for a maximum of 4 units.

ACINDP 291   TRAVEL STUDY   Repeatable   1-3 Units

Variable topics. Faculty-led courses abroad.

ACINDP 310   PRACTICUM - DEVELOPMENT   Repeatable   1-2 Units

Participation in College of Arts and Communication development initiatives, including creating written materials, organizing special events and assisting in cultivation and stewardship activities. Repeatable once for a maximum of 4 units.
PREREQ: ACINDP 200 AND CONSENT OF INSTRUCTOR OR THEATRE 309 AND CONSENT OF INSTRUCTOR
CROSS-LISTED: THEATRE 310 AND ACINDP 310

ACINDP 361   PERFORMING ARTS OPERATIONS AND MANAGEMENT   2 Units

A study of the duties and required skills of managers of performing arts organizations including house management, facility management, box office management, and strategic planning, as well as an overview of human resource management, audience development, marketing, and legal procedures. Offered fall term in odd numbered years.
PREREQ: THEATRE 100 OR THEATRE 110 OR CONSENT OF INSTRUCTOR
CROSS-LISTED: THEATRE 361 AND ACINDP 361

ACINDP 362   NON-PROFIT ARTS MANAGEMENT   2 Units

A study of the duties and required skills of managers of various non-profit arts organizations. Areas of study will include structure of arts organizations, planning, programming, staffing, budgeting and marketing, with emphasis on fundraising, board development, and volunteer management. Offered spring term in even numbered years.
CROSS-LISTED: THEATRE 362 AND ACINDP 362

ACINDP 363   APPLIED STUDIES IN ARTS MARKETING   2 Units

A study of the duties and skills of marketing managers of both commercial and non-profit arts-related businesses, as well as the individual artist in the marketplace. Topics include marketing research, planning a marketing budget, promotions, media relations, advertising, corporate and media sponsorship, and audience development. Offered fall term in even numbered years.
COREQ: MARKETNG 311
CROSS-LISTED: THEATRE 363 AND ACINDP 363

ACINDP 364   ISSUES IN ARTS MANAGEMENT   2 Units

A study of topics, trends, and career options in the field of arts administration. Working professionals will explore with students issues they face in their occupations. Topics may include the role of the arts in society, leadership, public and private support and control of the arts, ethical issues, marketing challenges, computer technology and future trends in the field. Offered spring term in odd numbered years.
PREREQ: JUNIOR/SENIOR STATUS OR CONSENT OF INSTRUCTOR
CROSS-LISTED: THEATRE 364 AND ACINDP 364

ACINDP 399   CAREER INFORMATION IN ARTS & COMMUNICATION   1 Units

Offered on a satisfactory/no credit basis only. Career information specifically for College of Arts and Communication and College of Letters and Sciences majors, focusing on self-analysis in preparation for the job search, resume-writing and interviewing. Particular attention will be given to career opportunities, the value of the degree program and possibilities for graduate study.
PREREQ: SOPHOMORE STATUS

ACINDP 491   TRAVEL STUDY   Repeatable   1-3 Units

Variable topics. Faculty-led courses abroad.

ACINDP 492   FIELD STUDY IN ARTS MERCHANDISING   Repeatable   1-6 Units

Off campus investigation and study with designated arts related companies and individuals. Repeatable to a maximum of six units.
PREREQ: JUNIOR/SENIOR STATUS OR CONSENT OF INSTRUCTOR

ACINDP 493   ARTS MANAGEMENT/MERCHANDISING INTERNSHIP   Repeatable   2-6 Units

In cooperation with a designated arts related company and with previously established guidelines, participation in the management and/or merchandising activities of an arts related operation.
PREREQ: JUNIOR/SENIOR STATUS OR CONSENT OF INSTRUCTOR

ACINDP 494   SEMINAR   1-3 Units

Group activity. An advanced course of study in a defined subject matter area emphasizing small groups in intense study with a faculty member.

ACINDP 496   SPECIAL STUDY IN THE ARTS   Repeatable   1-3 Units

A course designed to give students an opportunity to pursue special integrated topics in the arts which are not regularly included in the curriculum. Courses will be developed on the basis of need, interest and/or timeliness. Repeatable four times for a maximum of 9 units in degree.

ACINDP 497   EXCHANGE STUDY   1-15 Units

Variable Topics

Media Arts and Game Developmnt Courses

MAGD 150   INTRODUCTION TO MEDIA ARTS AND GAME DEVELOPMENT   3 Units

This interdisciplinary course provides an overview of the multimedia industry. Special attention is given to the study of multimedia applications, approaches, and related industry, policy, ethical and impact issues.

MAGD 210   VISUAL DESIGN FOR DIGITAL MEDIA   3 Units

This course introduces students to 2 dimensional design vocabulary with practice through a raster based visual imaging application - Photoshop. This course provides techincal proficiency in image making and introduces the relationship of raster design to other media such as Dreamweaver, Flash, InDesign, etc. Visual organization principles/strategies, color theory and management, pixel-based character development and animation concepts will also be addressed.

MAGD 220   DRAWING FOR DIGITAL MEDIA   3 Units

This course is designed to help students develop drawing skills including technical drawing for 2D and 3D animation. The course content will include creation of cartoon drawings, study of realistic drawing, study of environmental drawing for cartoon stories. The major software covered in this class will be Adobe Illustrator.

MAGD 270   WEB DEVELOPMENT   3 Units

This course provides a critical and practical overview of web development as a communication tool. Students will study the function of websites, critically evaluate websites, and create websites to serve as communication vehicles. The focus will be on creating interactive experiences that are both functional and engaging. The course addresses topics including storyboarding, XHTML, Cascading Style Sheets, and JavaScript. Assessment and usability testing of websites is also an important part of the course. This is a class for beginners and assumes no previous experience or expertise.
PREREQ: MAGD 150 AND MAGD 210
CROSS-LISTED: MAGD 270 AND JOURNLSM 270

MAGD 271   FLASH DEVELOPMENT   3 Units

Course focuses on design and development of interactive media and games using Flash software. Students create storyboards and design notebooks; then construct modular time-based projects controlled by Actionscript. Flash allows for creation of interactive media incorporating text, animation, audio, and video. Work is assessed for functionality, elegance and usability.
PREREQ: MAGD 150 AND MAGD 210

MAGD 272   GAME DEVELOPMENT   3 Units

Focuses on the creation of videogame projects using a modern game engine. Designed for students with competence in art, design, programming, or some combination of the three. The curriculum is a combination of short lectures, individual and group activities, tutorials, readings, discussion, and critique leading to individual and team game-building assignments.
PREREQ: MAGD 150, MAGD 210, AND MAGD 220 AND SOPHOMORE STATUS

MAGD 487   ADVANCED MEDIA ARTS TEAM PROJECTS I   3 Units

As the culmination of the MAGD sequence, students will pitch, plan, design and build a large group media project as well as smaller projects. Students will implement the knowledge they have acquired individually in courses in the MAGD sequence and learn how to work in groups. Students will also begin to build a working portfolio that demonstrates their skills and showcases their understanding of the media arts and game development process.
PREREQ: MAGD 150 AND MAGD 210 AND MAGD 220 AND MAGD 270 AND MAGD 271 AND 12 ADDITIONAL CREDITS IN THE MAJOR AND DEPARTMENT CONSENT OR SENIOR STATUS AND DEPARTMENT CONSENT

MAGD 488   ADVANCED MEDIA ARTS TEAM PROJECTS II   3 Units

Students will take projects developed to the Beta stage in MAGD 487 and complete them. Projects will undergo several rounds of usability testing and have been assessed by the clients for whom they were developed. Marketing and commercial development of projects will be discussed and students will be encouraged to move completed work out of the university setting and into the community
PREREQ: MAGD 487 AND CONSENT OF INSTRUCTOR

MAGD 490   WORKSHOP   Repeatable   1 Units

Variable Topics

MAGD 497   EXCHANGE STUDY   Repeatable   1-12 Units

Variable topics.

MAGD 498   INDEPENDENT STUDIES   Repeatable   1-6 Units

Study of a selected topic or topics under the direction of a faculty member. Repeatable for a maximum of six credits in major/degree. Prereq: Consent of Instructor