Wilkes University

Digital Design and Media Art, B.A. - Cognate Minor in Theatre Arts and a Concentration in Acting and Directing

Recommended Course Sequence

First Semester

 

BA-153 Management Foundations

3

Distribution Requirements

6

ENG-101 Composition

4

FYF-101 First-Year Foundations

3

Total Credits

16

 

Second Semester

 

ART-111 Fundamentals of Color & Design

3

CS-125 Computer Science I

4

Distribution Requirements

6

DDMA 101 / IM-101 Integrative Media Foundation I

3

Total Credits

16

 

Third Semester

 

Distribution Requirement

3

Elective

3

ENT-203 Opportunity Identification

3

DDMA 201 / IM-201 Integrative Media Foundations II

3

THE-131 Acting I

3

Total Credits

15

 

Fourth Semester

 

COM-102 Principles of Communication

3

Distribution Requirement

3

ENG-202 Technical & Professional Writing

3

DDMA 301 / IM-301 Principles of Motion & Layering

3

THE-234 Directing I

3

Total Credits

15

 

Fifth Semester

 

Distribution Requirement

3

Elective

3

DDMA 302 / IM-302 Principles of Interactivity

3

DDMA 320 / IM-320 Concept Development & Processes

3

THE-334]] Directing II

3

Total Credits

15

 

Sixth Semester

 

Distribution Requirement

3

Electives

6

DDMA 391 / IM-391 Integrative Media Project I

3

THE Elective

3

Total Credits

15

 

Seventh Semester

 

Electives

6 - 9

DDMA 392 / IM-392 Integrative Media Project II

3

DDMA 399 / IM-399 Cooperative Education

0 - 3

THE Elective

3

Total Credits

12 - 18

 

Eighth Semester

 

Electives

9 - 12

DDMA 399 / IM-399 Cooperative Education

0 - 3

DDMA 400 / IM-400 Integrative Media Portfolio Capstone

3

Total Credits

12 - 18

Integrative Media

IM-198/289/398. Topics in Integrated Media

Credits: Varies with topic.

A study of topics of special interest not extensively treated in regularly offered courses.A study of topics of special interest not extensively treated in regularly offered courses.

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IM-101. Integrative Media Foundations I

Credits: 3

This course is an introduction and multiple media survey of artists, styles, and techniques influential in the development of contemporary media. Through this exposure and readings, a creative process will be developed and absorption will stimulate, motivate, and inspire a personal aesthetic vision. In addition, through intensive thought, analysis, and critique, we will explore media as it affects our society and our responsibility as media content generators.

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IM-201. Integrative Media Foundations II

Credits: 3

This course is an introduction to the foundational design principles as they apply to digital new media applications. Students will produce digital projects through the introductory application of various digital tools with a continued focus on the constant evolution of a personal aesthetic vision. A survey of new media applications, terminology, and techniques will be researched and discussed, along with our responsibility as communicators to mass media markets.

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Pre-Requisites

IM-255. Integrative Media Practicum

Credits: 1-2

One to Two creditsThe Department Practicum may be taken for one to two credits per semester. Students may earn credit for major roles and positions of major responsibility in the co-curricular activities in the Creative Production Studio, Studio 020. Credit for participation in these activities is optional, and voluntary participation (without credit) is also encouraged. The department, through the advisor or instructor of the activity, has the authority to approve or reject any contract for credit under this designation. Credits earned are applicable toward graduation, but do not count toward the requirements of the IM core. Written approval for credit must be by advisor or department chairperson.

IM-301. Integrative Media Principles of Motion and Layering

Credits: 3

This course will address the foundational concepts of assembling digital imagery, relational to short format projects, focusing on historical and contemporary principles of montage, timing, and pacing. In addition, the technical and aesthetic principles of compositing will be covered producing multi-layered projects for a variety of media.

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IM-302. Integrative Media Principles of Interactivity

Credits: 3

Technical and aesthetic principles of interactivity will be conveyed and practiced to produce a range of interactive media. Addressing issues of human static and dynamic interactive ergonomics as they apply to contemporary commercial and artistic applications.

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IM-320. Integrative Media Concept Development and Practices

Credits: 3

Through research, writing, and example, students will gain an advanced understanding of the creative generating processes in a new media environment. These processes will be used to formulate solid, cohesive concepts and present storyboards that are visually communicative and professional. With discussion, critique, and reiteration, the concepts are refined and reinforced.

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IM-350. 3 Dimensional Environments and Animation

Credits: 3

This course will explore the foundations of 3-dimensional animation processes as they apply to multiple media. Students will build computer-based models and environments, texture, light, animate, and render content for Integrative Media projects, stand-along projects of 3-D foundations used within the CS gaming track. (Cross-listed with CS-350.)

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Pre-Requisites
IM students—IM 301; CS students—CS 125.

IM-355. Digital Audio Principles and Editing

Credits: 3

The foundational concepts behind music theory, sound design, and digital studio editing techniques will be addressed in this course. This knowledge can then be applied to creating and adapting sound components for use within the variety of Integrative Media projects.

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Pre-Requisites

IM-368. 3 Dimensional Game Development

Credits: 3

An overview of simulation, engine-based, and real-time game systems with a focus on theory, creation, and animation of three-dimensional models used within a game context. Cross-listed with CS-368.

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Pre-Requisites
IM-350 (CS 366) or CS-367.

IM-391. Integrative Media Project I

Credits: 3

This project-based course will begin to assemble production teams to produce project(s) from concept to completion. Students will develop storyboards and, through creative and organizational work sessions, define a completion plan and production schedule. All phases of the production process will be addressed under creative, financial, and deadline benchmarks. Note: This course must be completed with a minimum final grade of 25 in order to meet degree requirements

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Pre-Requisites

IM-392. Integrative Media Project II

Credits: 3

Students will initiate new or continue team-oriented integrative media productions. The production process will be optimized to continue the experience of industry scenarios. Expanded business practices and production techniques will build upon prior skill sets. Note: This course must be completed with a minimum final grade of 25 in order to meet degree requirements

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Pre-Requisites

IM-399. Cooperative Education

Credits: 1-6
Pre-Requisites
Sophomore standing, minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA, consent of academic advisor, and approval of placement by the department chairperson.

IM-400. Integrative Media Portfolio Capstone

Credits: 3

As the capstone of the IM curriculum, this course will focus on the compilation of visual materials produced throughout the set of courses, as necessary in the job submission process. Creating a self 'brand' will be a concentration, along with the compilation of written works, flatbook, and reel. Understanding the perspective of the employer will be heavily discussed and the various positions, procedures, and environments that produce IM products. Note: This course must be completed with a minimum final grade of 25 in order to meet degree requirements.

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Pre-Requisites

Theatre Arts

THE-100. Approach to Theatre

Credits: 3

Attention will be directed to the importance of the dramatic imagination in reading and viewing plays, with the objective of developing a critical appreciation of the theatre. Lecture, discussion, demonstration, films, college, and professional theatre performances.

THE-121. Stagecraft I

Credits: 3

An exploration of the many physical facets of theatrical production by introducing the student to the process of translating the concept of a design into physical actuality and of adapting a production to the requirements of a stage. Class and workshop.

THE-131. Acting I

Credits: 3

Basic acting techniques. Creating a variety of characters for the stage through the use of vocal interpretation, physical movement, improvisation, and theatre games.

THE-132. Voice and Diction I

Credits: 3

Applied course introducing voice and speech training that combines practical vocal exercises with a method of analyzing and correcting speech problems. The expectation of the course is improvement in the voice and speech work of the individual student, as well as increased body awareness.

THE-190. Theatre Laboratory

Credits: 1-3

The production aspect of theatre including rehearsals, performances, scene shop, costume shop, lighting shop, propshop, stage management and box office. Required of Theatre Arts and Musical Theatre majors every semester.

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THE-191. -291-391-491 Department Practicum in Theatre Production

Credits: 1-3

Credits can be awarded for a major contribution to Theatre Program productions. Approval required from the Director of Theatre.

THE-198. -298-398-498 Topics

Credits: 1-3

A study of topics of special interest not extensively treated in regularly offered courses.

THE-211. Theatre History I

Credits: 3

A survey of the historical development and background of theatrical art from ancient times through the seventeenth century.

THE-214. Script Analysis

Credits: 3

An approach to dramatic literature for the theatre artist to read, interpret, and analyze dramatic texts for production and performance values.

THE-216. Design for the Theatre

Credits: 3

This class will explore through lecture and practical exercises the skills and concepts needed to produce scenic, lighting, and costume designs for the theatre.

THE-220. Stagecraft II

Credits: 3

Advanced exploration of the many physical facets of theatrical production in order to refine the process of translating the concept of a design into physical actuality and of adapting a production to the requirements of a stage. Class and workshop.

THE-224. Rendering for the Theatre

Credits: 3

An introduction to drawing skills, rendering and visual communication for theatre.

THE-225. Historic Scenic Styles

Credits: 3

A survey of art through design projects for the theatre.

THE-226. Scenic Painting

Credits: 3

An introduction to scene painting techniques, methods, approaches and applications used by the scenic artist.

THE-232. Acting II

Credits: 3

An introduction to the major theories, aims, and styles of acting through performing various roles and monologues in selected dramatic scenes.

Pre-Requisites

THE-233. Voice and Diction II

Credits: 3

Applied course that continues the refinement of vocal expressiveness and interpretation exploring colloquial and complex texts for purposes of oral communication of the written texts.

THE-234. Directing I

Credits: 3

An introduction to the principles of directing, including play selection, composition, casting, blocking, and rehearsing. Class and workshop.

Pre-Requisites
THE-131 or departmental permission.

THE-311. Theatre History II

Credits: 3

A survey of the historical development and background of theatrical art from the eighteenth century to the present.

THE-321. Scenic Design

Credits: 3

Introduces through practical exercises concept development and skills needed to produce scenic designs for the theatre.

THE-322. Lighting Design

Credits: 3

An introduction to designing lighting for theatre. Emphasis on the development of visual skills, idea development (script and image), and notation. Production work is required.

THE-331. Acting III

Credits: 3

Attention to special problems in acting in terms of classical style. Continued self-discovery through improvisation, kinesthetic awareness, and other basic acting techniques learned in THE-232 are expanded upon.

Pre-Requisites
THE-131, THE-132, THE-232, or permission of the instructor.

THE-334. Directing II

Credits: 3

A study of special problems in directing. Students will prepare a prompt book, critique productions, and direct a one-act play.

Pre-Requisites

THE-394. The Business of Theatre/Auditions

Credits: 1-3

Discussion of information and preparation to navigate the theatrical and entertainment industries.

THE-395. -396 Independent Research

Credits: 1-3

Independent study and research for advanced students in theatre under the direction of a faculty member. A research paper at a more substantial level beyond a term paper is required.

Pre-Requisites
Approval of the department chairperson.

THE-399. Cooperative Education

Credits: 1-6

Professional cooperative education placement in a private or public organization related to the student’s academic objectives and career goals. In addition to their work experience, students are required to submit weekly reaction papers and an academic project to a Faculty Coordinator in the student’s discipline. (See the Cooperative Education section of this bulletin for placement procedures.)

Pre-Requisites
Sophomore standing, minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA, consent of academic advisor, and approval of placement by the department chairperson.

THE-431. Acting IV

Credits: 3

Scene study, analysis, and development of acting theories for a sophisticated preparation of audition material and rehearsal technique for the working actor.

Pre-Requisites
THE-131, 132, 232, 331, or permission of the instructor.

THE-493. Senior Capstone

Credits: 1-3

Individual performance project intended to inspire students to take on responsibility for self-governance and, through effort, create a meaningful expression of their aesthetic.


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