Media Arts and Sciences Major

Goals for the Media Arts and Sciences Major

The Media Arts and Sciences major provides a well-rounded understanding in both areas supporting it: art and computer science. Graduates of the program are expected to be able to:

Requirements for the Media Arts and Sciences Major

A major in Media Arts and Sciences requires 12 units of course work, at least eight of which must be above the 100 level and at least two of which must be at the 300 level. No more than one can be MAS 350 or MAS 360. MAS majors are required to take: three introductory courses, at least three core studio art courses, and at least three core computer science courses. Students are also required to create and present an online portfolio by the Fall semester of their senior year.

Overview of the MAS major

Flexibility has been built into the major to allow students to adapt their course of study to their interests. Majors may choose an optional concentration in either Media Arts (by taking two additional core studio art courses), or in Media Sciences (by taking two additional core computer science courses). Majors are also encouraged (not required) to take at least one approved media culture course and an advanced media production course.

In addition to other courses at Wellesley, students can take approved courses at the MIT’s Media Lab and Comparative Media Studies program or at Olin College of Engineering. An FAQ section can be found at the program’s website: www.wellesley.edu/MAS/ along with a Google Form to help students plan their major. For more information, students should contact the program directors.

Honors in Media Arts and Sciences

In addition to the College's Honors Thesis requirements and timeline, please see below for the MAS program's guide to proposing and finishing a thesis. Students with an MAS/ARTS concentration are strongly encouraged to enroll in ARTS 317H and ARTS 318H during their thesis year and will be advised to do so by any studio art faculty supervising a thesis.

Advanced Placement Policy in Media Arts and Sciences

Students may receive a maximum of one unit of college credit for a score of 5 on the Computer Science A or AB AP exam. This unit can count toward the Media Arts and Sciences major.

Media Arts and Sciences Approved Courses

Students majoring in Media Arts and Sciences are required to take at least 12 courses. Three of them are introductory, three are core courses in studio art, and three are core courses in computer science. At least two of them must be at the 300 level. The following sections have specific information about courses that can count toward the major.

Introductory Required Courses in Media Arts and Sciences

There are three required introductory courses in the MAS major: at least one from Art History or CAMS, one from Studio Art, and one from Computer Science, The approved courses are listed below.

Required Introductory Courses

ARTH 100 The Power of Images: An Introduction to Art and its Histories

1.0

ARTS 105 Drawing I

1.0

ARTS 108 / CAMS 138 Photo I: Introduction to Photography

1.0

ARTS 109 Two-Dimensional Design

1.0

ARTS 110 4D Design Intro to New Media

1.0

ARTS 113 Three-Dimensional Design

1.0

ARTS 165 / CAMS 135 Introduction to the Moving Image

1.0

CAMS 101 Introduction to Cinema and Media Studies

1.0

CS 115 / MAS 115 Computing for the Socio-Techno Web

1.0

 

Core Courses Required for the Media Arts and Sciences Major

Students majoring in Media Arts and Sciences are required to take at least three studio art/music core courses and at least three computer science core courses from the following core courses. There is flexibility for a student to declare a concentration in Media Arts by adding two more art/music core courses, or in Media Sciences by adding two more computer science core courses. The approved core courses are listed below.

ARTS 207 Sculpture I

1.0

ARTS 208 / CAMS 238 Intermediate Photography: The Digital/Analog Rift

1.0

ARTS 216 Spatial Investigations

1.0

ARTS 219 Introductory Print Methods: Lithography/Screenprint

1.0

ARTS 220 Introductory Print Methods: Intaglio/Relief

1.0

ARTS 221 / CAMS 239 Digital Imaging

1.0

ARTS 255 / CAMS 255 Dynamic Interface Design

1.0

ARTS 260 / CAMS 230 Moving Image Studio

1.0

ARTS 265 / CAMS 235 Intermediate Video: Experimental Production

1.0

ARTS 307 Advanced Sculpture

1.0

ARTS 308 / CAMS 338 Photography III

1.0

ARTS 313 / CAMS 313 Virtual Form

1.0

ARTS 317H and ARTS 318H Advanced Independent Senior Projects (two 0.5 credit courses typically taught Fall/Spring; 1.0 credits all together)

1.0

ARTS 321 / CAMS 321 Advanced New Media

1.0

ARTS 322 Advanced Print Concepts

1.0

ARTS 336 / MUS 336 From Mark to Sound, From Sound to Mark: Music, Drawing, and Architecture

1.0

ARTS 365 / CAMS 335 Advanced Video Production

1.0

ARTS 366 / CAMS 366 Advanced Digital Projects

1.0

CS 111 Computer Programming and Problem Solving

1.0

CS 121 Intro to Game Design

1.0

CS 203 Computer Music

1.0

CS 204 Introduction to Front-End Web Development

1.0

CS 220 Human-Computer Interaction

1.0

CS 221 Digital Worlds for Gaming

1.0

CS 230 Data Structures

1.0

CS 232 Artificial Intelligence

1.0

CS 304 Databases with Web Interfaces

1.0

CS 305 Machine Learning

1.0

CS 307 Computer Graphics

1.0

CS 315 Data and Text Mining for the Web

1.0

CS 320 Tangible User Interfaces

1.0

CS 321 Mixed and Augmented Reality

1.0

CS 323 Social Computing

1.0

MUS 275 Computer Music: Synthesis Techniques and Compositional Practice

1.0

MUS 277 Interactive Sound Art with Electronics

1.0

Media Culture Courses Recommended for the Media Arts and Sciences Major

It is recommended (not required) that students majoring in Media Arts and Sciences take least one media culture course from the ones listed below.

ARTH 225 Modern Art Since 1945

1.0

ARTH 226 / CAMS 207 History of Photography: From Invention to Media Age

1.0

ARTS 391 Persuasive Images

1.0

CAMS 218 Theories of Media from Photography to the Internet

1.0

CAMS 222 "Being There": Documentary Film and Media

1.0

PHIL 222 Ethics of Technology

1.0

PSYC 218 Sensation and Perception  

Production Courses

At least one production course is recommended (not required) from the following (can be done in groups):

MAS 250 Research or Individual Study

1.0

MAS 250H Research or Individual Study

0.5

MAS 350 Research or Individual Study

1.0

MAS 350H Research or Individual Study

0.5

MAS 360 Senior Thesis Research

1.0

MAS 370 Senior Thesis

1.0

Honors may be supervised by members of the departments associated with the major in accordance with the requirements of the host department. Supervisors from other departments can be arranged by permission of the directors.

Related Courses for MAS Credit

The courses listed below are representative of other Wellesley and MIT courses that emphasize topics related to the Media Arts and Sciences major. Students may include courses not listed below in their major with permission of the program directors.

ANTH 232 / CAMS 232 Anthropology of Media

1.0

ANTH 246 / MAS 246 Digital Anthropology

1.0

ARTH 222 / MAS 222 Network Analysis for Art History

1.0

ARTH 373 / CLCV 373 Antiquities Today: The Politics of Replication

1.0

CAMS 208 / ENG 208 Writing for Television

1.0

CAMS 234 / ENG 204 The Art of Screenwriting

1.0

CS 231 Fundamental Algorithms

1.0

CS 234 Data, Analytics, and Visualization

1.0

CS 242 Computer Networks

1.0

CS 332 Visual Processing by Computer and Biological Vision Systems

1.0

MUS 213 Video Games: Composition and Criticism

1.0

MUS 276 American Popular Music

1.0

MUS 300 History, Theory, Analysis and Ethnomusicology: Music and Sound in Video Games

1.0

PHIL 203 Philosophy of Art

1.0

THST 200 That's What She Said: Trailblazing Women of American Comedy

1.0

THST 207 Stagecraft

1.0

THST 209 Scenic Design as Collaborative Art

1.0

MIT Courses

The MIT Media Lab and the MIT Comparative Media Studies Program offer a large variety of courses that may be appropriate for a Media Arts and Sciences major. These offerings vary per semester; please consult the MIT catalog at student.mit.edu/catalog/mMASa.html and student.mit.edu/catalog/mCMSa.html.

Olin Courses

The Olin College of Engineering offers the following courses that may be appropriate for a Media Arts and Sciences major:

ENGR 2250 User-Oriented Collaborative Design

Online Portfolio

Students must create and present an online portfolio by the end of the Fall semester of their senior year. The website must showcase the student's work created over their time at Wellesley. The website should be expressive of your work, but also able to provide a good foundation for showing off any future work. Portfolios should include an "about" section and/or artist statement (if applicable) and a CV or other professional information. Additionally, a page for each individual work you want to highlight with detailed descriptions.