Media Production Minor

Students majoring in any discipline may pursue a minor in Critical Media Practices. We anticipate student interest from within the College of Media, Communication and Information —Communication, Media Studies, Information Science and Journalism in particular. Our minor would be attractive to CMCI students looking for their required secondary area of concentration.

Given the cross-disciplinary nature of the minor, we also anticipate potential interest from the College of Arts and Science—Theatre and Dance, Film Studies, Anthropology, Art and Art History, English—as well as the College of Music and College of Engineering.

DCMP proposes a total of 16 credit hours, with three required media production courses that combine theory with technical skill in order to prepare students for upper division study. Additional sections of required courses will be offered should demand increase.

Program requirements

Overall, the course requirements are as follows for a total of 16 credit hours:

1. Three lower division foundation courses

CMDP 1400 Introduction to Contemporary Media Cultures—4 credit hours
Prepares students for critical practices in contemporary media cultures in a global context. This course explores the diversity of media practices, including narrative and non-narrative forms, emphasizing aesthetics and visual studies. In lectures and labs students will explore video, sound, the internet and other multi-media platforms of expression.

CMDP 2500 Introduction to Media Practices—3 (offered fall and spring)
Working in design groups, students will explore the expressive potential of media through the production of short projects, discussions, readings, formal analysis and critique. The course provides a basic introduction to media practices as an extension of “visual thinking” and through approaches to storytelling, and hybrid media forms. Prereq. CMDP 1400. 

CMDP 2600 Creative Media Making—3 (offered fall and spring)
Focus on developing an understanding of the principles, forms and aesthetics of media production. Working in design groups on small-scale media pre-production and production exercises, screenings and critiques, students learn creative solutions to problems in realizing expressive media projects. Prereq. CMDP 2500.


2. Two upper-division media production classes

After successfully completing the three required courses, students may select two additional upper division 3000 or 4000 level courses as electives across any of our four concentrations (sound practices; media production; performance practices; and documentary practices).

These courses may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • CMDP 3510 Critical Media Practices Workshop II—3
    Prereq. CMDP 2600 
  • CMDP 3620 Images and Stories—3
    Prereq. CMDP 2600 
  • CMDP 3720 Multimedia Composition—3 
  • CMDP 3820 Performance Media Practices—3
    Prereq. CMDP 2600 
  • CMDP 3810 Engaged Documentary Media Practices—3
    Prereq. CMDP 2600 
  • CMDP 3840 Sound Practices—3
    Prereq. CMDP 2500 
  • CMDP 3860 Introduction to Music Technology—3 
  • CMDP 3910 Media Production Topics—3
    Prereq. CMDP 2500 
  • CMDP 3990 Media Professional Seminar—3
    Prereq.CMDP 2600 
  • CMDP 4610 Small Screen Storytelling—3
    Prereq. CMDP 2600 
  • CMDP 4620 Media Installations and Environments—3
    Prereq. CMDP 2600 
  • CMDP 4630 Introduction to Computational Media—3
    Prereq. CMDP 2600 
  • CMDP 4640 Multimedia Sound—3 
  • CMDP 4710 Projection Practices—3
    Prereq. CMDP 2600 
  • CMDP 4730 Digital Art and Emergent Technologies—3
    Prereq. CMDP 2600

Students must complete all classes with a grade of "C-" or better and an overall GPA in the minor of 2.0. Students may apply no more than six credit hours of transfer work, including three hours of upper-division credit.