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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. Courses in media arts integrate history and theory, a critical engagement with the field, and the skills necessary to make innovative, creative work. Though the media arts major does not track students into specialization, they can study any or all aspects of media arts taught at Antioch College: photography, video, animation, sound and new media.

The skills acquired in Media Arts courses help students—majors and non-majors alike—to find exciting co-op jobs, where they apply their media arts knowledge while working for innovative media professionals. They also apply their technical skills, which then continue to grow as students resume their studies on campus. Recent Media Arts co-ops include work for Skywalker Studios, Ken Burns, The Kitchen, Fraenkel Gallery, Chicago Public Radio, and many more. Additionally, Antioch’s own WYSO—a NPR affiliated radio station renowned for excellent journalism, original programming, and community engagement—gives students myriad opportunities for practical experience through the Miller Fellowship program, the Community Voices course, and beyond.

Whether students choose to major in Media Arts, self-design a media-rich major, or simply take a course or two, Media Arts courses grow their technical and intellectual capacity to think and work with media as they creatively engage the world.

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)*
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

One PERF or VISA Foundation Course: Choose 1*
PERF 103 Voice and Speech (4 credits)
PERF 104 Presence of the Performer (4 credits)
PERF 140 Storytelling
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 190 History of Photo (4 credits)
MEDA 290 History of Cinema (4 credits)
MEDA 390 Special Topics in Film History (4 credits)
Introductory and Intermediate Courses: Choose 5
20 credits toward the major
ARTS 240 Interdisciplinary Studio (if taken for 4 credits)
LIT 243 Introduction to Cinema (4 credits)
MEDA 165 Community Voices (4 credits)
MEDA 185 Lens & Body: The Portrait (4 credits)
MEDA 190 History of Photography (4 credits)
MEDA 195 Lens & Space: The Photographic Landscape (4 credits)
MEDA 205 The Photographic Series (4 credits)
MEDA 245 AudioVision: Video Production Intensive (4 credits)
MEDA 255 Archive Fever: Found Footage Filmmaking (4 credits)
MEDA 260 Experimental Broadcast (4 credits)
MEDA 265 Introduction to Animation (4 credits)
MEDA 270 Special Topics in Media Arts with Resident Artist (4 credits)
MEDA 290 History of Cinema (4 credits)
VISA 265 Contemporary Art History (4 credits)
Advanced Courses: Choose 4
16 credits toward the major
MEDA 440 Advanced Interdisciplinary Studio (if taken for 4 credits)
MEDA 450 Art & Money (4 credits)
MEDA 350 Special Topics in Documentary* (4 credits)
MEDA 380 Advanced Projects in Media Art (4 credits)
MEDA 365 Topics in Animation* (4 credits)
MEDA 390 Topics in Film History* (4 credits)
MEDA 410 Comic Arts (cross listed from VISA 410)
MEDA 450 Fictions at the Fringe of Documentary (4 credits)
MEDA 465 Advanced Topics in Animation* (4 credits)

* May be repeated for credit given a different course topic.