Multimedia, Photography and Design Master’s Curriculum

The multimedia, photography and design program helps students understand the rich heritage of still photography as they explore the evolving world of multimedia storytelling. 

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Multimedia, Photography and Design Master’s Program Schedule

Second Summer Session (6 credits):

COM 698 Media Law
Problems in media law, including libel, privacy, fair trial/free press, obscenity.
VIS 601 Photography and Multimedia Fundamentals
This course focuses on key concepts, techniques and historical context required to begin serious graduate study in photography, video and multimedia.  Students will use professional grade cameras and image editing software to tell compelling stories.
VIS 607 Graphic Design Fundamentals
Teaches the principles of visual communication and graphic design. The course covers visual problem-solving, which includes conceptualization, typography, layout, image editing, and production of print and digital platforms. This course will have additional lab work.

Fall Semester (13 credits):

VIS 602 Essentials for Visual Communicators (three 1-credit modules)
Teaches visual storytellers various topics in using the tools, techniques and best practices of their trade, focusing on how to use them powerfully in various contexts.
VIS 642 Professional Practices for Visual Communicators
Teaches skills necessary for forming and running a multimedia, design, video, or photography business, including branding, budgeting, assessing costs, formulating profitable market strategies and marketing visual communications products. Emphasizes promotion in a new media environment. 
VIS Foundation Course
Choose from foundation course options with approval fro your advisor in your chosen academic emphasis

Spring Semester (12 credits):

VIS 622 Visual Communications Theory
Explores visual communication and how it serves to inform, persuade and entertain; covers semiotics and meaning systems while developing both theoretical and practical understanding of the history and current practices of visual communication and its storytelling capabilities.
VIS Advanced Course
Choose from advanced course options with approval from your advisor in your chosen academic emphasis
Portfolio Requirement-VIS 669 Portfolio Review
Teaches visual storytellers best practices in portfolio development and presentation methods. Students identify unique personal vision and then edit work to create a strong portfolio.

First Summer Session (6 credits):

VIS 639 Advanced Projects
Focuses on developing and collecting content for advanced photo and video/multimedia projects; emphasizes creativity, work ethic, personal intention and community-building skills in the service of becoming a better visual communicator.
VIS 689 Master’s Projects
Covers production and post-production of individual master’s projects. Using previously acquired skills, students hone their project management skills to create distinguished work.
VIS 997 Master’s Thesis
Elective with advisor permission

Total Credits in Program: 37

Academic Emphasis:

Students are required to complete an emphasis that satisfies their individual career goals. Faculty advisors will work with students to select two courses that build a critical understanding in a particular area of interest. Recommended emphases can include, but are not limited to the following: