Students majoring in any discipline may pursue a minor in Critical Media Practices. Although any student on campus may pursue this minor, it's particularly appropriate for the following: CMCI students, theatre and dance, film studies, anthropology, art and art history and English. In addition, students in the colleges of music and engineering could benefit from this coursework.

The minor consists of a total of 19 credit hours, with three required media production courses totaling 10 hours. These courses combine theory with technical skill in order to prepare students for upper-division study.

Program requirements

Overall, the course requirements are as follows for a total of 19 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 
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 3600 Creative Media Making—3 
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. Three upper-division media production classes

After successfully completing the three required courses, students may select three additional upper division 3000 or 4000 level courses as electives across any of the concentrations (Documentary Media, Performance Media, or Sound 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.