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Media Arts

The media arts major at Antioch College is founded on the notion that media arts are inherently interdisciplinary, social pursuits. At every level, courses in media arts integrate history and theory, a critical engagement with existing artworks, and the range of technical skills necessary to make innovative, creative work. Though the media arts major does not track students into specialization, students can choose to emphasize any or all aspects of media arts taught at Antioch College: photography, video, sound, and new media.

Most media arts courses welcome students from other disciplines who have taken the appropriate prerequisites. In this way, among others, media arts courses draw from the intellectual and cultural assets of the entire College community. Meanwhile, majors-only courses provide focus amidst the rigorous, broad, and deep media arts curriculum.

The media arts major is designed to emphasize the social aspects of media production and to foster critical reflection on the documentary encounter, on how media shape our individual and social identities, and on the myriad ways emerging media are transforming the nature of human relationships. Additionally, the faculty in media arts have an active and fruitful partnership with Yellow Springs Community Television, which gives students practical experience, serves as a forum for distribution of student work, and functions as a laboratory for using media to foster community beyond the walls of Antioch College.

Beyond the General Education, Language and Culture, Cooperative Education, and Electives requirements, media arts majors must complete the following:

Total number of credits toward the major: 52

Core Requirements
12 credits toward the major
MEDA 101 Media, Internet, and Society (4 credits)*
MEDA 102 Basic Media Production (4 credits)*
MEDA 340 Advanced Media Art (4 credits)
ARTS 494 Senior Seminar in the Arts (4 credits)
ARTS 495 Senior Project in the Arts (4 credits)

* Foundation Courses: Credits earned in foundation courses count toward the general education requirement.

Additional Requirements in the Major

Foundation Course: Choose 1*
PERF 103 Voice and Speech (4 credits)
PERF 104 Presence of the Performer (4 credits)
VISA 101 2D Visual Language (4 credits)
VISA 102 3D Visual Language (4 credits)

* Foundation Courses: Credits earned in foundation courses count toward the general education requirement.

Media Arts History or Theory Course: Choose 1
4 credits toward the major
MEDA 120 History of Photo (4 credits)
MEDA 220 History of Documentary Cinema (4 credits)
MEDA 330 Spectacle, Nation, and Identity: Pre-Histories of Contemporary Media (4 credits)
Introductory and Intermediate Courses: Choose 5
20 credits toward the major
MEDA 110 Media Arts on Location (4 credits)
MEDA 120 The History of Photography (4 credits)
MEDA 130 Practical New Media (4 credits)
MEDA 140 The Portrait (4 credits)
MEDA 141 The Photographic Series (4 credits)
MEDA 142 Capturing Science (4 credits)
MEDA 160 Sound Art (4 credits)
MEDA 220 The History of Documentary Cinema (4 credits)
MEDA 230 Cyborg Art (4 credits)
MEDA 250 Experimental Ethnography (4 credits)
MEDA 251 History, Memory, and the Cinematic Archive (4 credits)
MEDA 270 Special Topics in Media Arts with Resident Artist (4 credits)
Advanced Courses: Choose 4
16 credits toward the major
MEDA 330 Spectacle, Nation, and Identity: Pre-Histories of Contemporary Media
MEDA 340 Advanced Projects in Media Art
MEDA 350 Performative Documentary Cinema
MEDA 360 Art and Money
MEDA 440 Travel and Essay
MEDA 450 Fictions at the Fringe of Documentary
MEDA 470 Advanced Special Topics in Media Arts