New Media Track
The New Media track is designed for students interested in the computer as a humanistic or artistic medium. Students develop both creative and critical approaches through a cross-disciplinary curriculum.
Students choose from designated classes in Communication (COMM), Computer Science (COMP) and the School of Information and Library Science (INLS). Students are encouraged to take courses in the ISIS Program at Duke [http://iss.duke.edu/].
Department requirements remain the same, [See Section V]. There are two changes for the new media track.
1. New Media students take different Media Production prerequisites. Instead of COMM 130 and 230, students take COMM 150 and COMP 110. [See Section I]
2. New Media students are required to take nine credits from outside the department that would contribute to the new media track. Three of these credits are Introduction to Programming in the COMP Department. The other six are selected from the list below [See Section III].
Students in the New Media track take seven courses in the Department of Communication, for 21 credits. Nine credits are outside the department (see #2 above). These classes are listed below.
I. New Media prerequisites:
COMM 150 Introduction to New Media
COMP 110 Introduction to Programming
II. Existing production courses that qualify for New Media track:
COMM 431 Advanced Audio Production
COMM 490 Special Topics in Media and Popular Culture (based on topic)
COMM 636 Interactive Media
COMM 638 Game Design
COMM 646 2D Animation
COMM 650 Cultural Politics of Global Media Culture
COMM 654 Motion Graphics, Compositing, and Special Effects
COMM 690 Advanced Topics in Communication (based on topic)
III. Cross-disciplinary Courses:
New Media students choose two concentration courses from other departments, listed below. These courses would also qualify for COMM credit for New Media students. Other courses may be added when identified.
COMP 180 Enabling Technologies
COMP 185 Serious Games
COMP 380 Computers & Society
COMP 382 Introduction to Cyberculture
COMP 416 Introduction to WWW Programming
School of Information and Library Science:
INLS 151 Retrieving and Analyzing Information
INLS 161 Tools for Information Literacy
INLS 201 Foundations of Information Science
INLS 318 Human-Computer Interaction
INLS 560 Programming for Information Science
INLS 572 Web Development I
IV. Courses at other institutions:
The classes below would be useful for the study of New Media, but are not required. Should students take one of these classes, the Director of Undergraduate Studies will approve them for COMM credit. Since these courses are taught at another university, faculty in Media Production will evaluate the appropriateness on an ongoing basis.
72 Artificial Life, Culture, and Evolution
100 Perspectives on Information Science and Information Studies
110FCS Authoring Digital Media: Theory into Practice
155S Foundations of Interactive Game Design
165 Media Remix: Sampling Theory
170FCS Constructing Immersive Virtual Worlds
V. Departmental Requirements (from catalog):
Please visit the Undergraduate Bulletin for the departmental requirements.
Workshops sponsored by the New Media Track include basic electronics, introduction to Arduino, circuit bending, Kinect interaction, and sensors and motor control.
Dr. Lee Weisert (Music Dept.) conducts a circuit bending workshop.