Media Arts B.F.A

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Bachelor of Fine Arts - Media Arts

College of Visual & Performing Arts

Degree Specific Credits: 72

Required Cumulative GPA: 2.0

Catalog Year: 2018-2019

Note: Prerequisite courses, MART 101LMART 112AMART 102, and MART 111A must be completed or be in the process of completion before acceptance into the B.F.A. program.

General Education Requirements

Information regarding these requirements can be found in the General Education Section of the catalog. 


Lower-Division Core21
Upper-Division Core12
Advising Track Options39
Digital Arts & Technology
Digital Filmmaking
Total Hours72

Lower-Division Core

Complete all of the following courses:
MAR 210Creation of Media Story3
MAR 251Dig Video Prod Tech3
MART 101LIntro to Media Arts3
MART 102Digital Technology in the Arts3
MART 111AIntro to Photoshop3
MART 112AIntroduction to Film Editing3
MART 120Creative Coding I3
Total Hours21
Minimum Required Grade: C

Upper-Division Core

Complete all of the following courses:
MART 325Introduciton to Animation3
MART 330Principles of Sound Design3
MART 340Princ of Interactive Media3
MART 450Topics in Film/Media Studies3
Total Hours12
Minimum Required Grade: C

Advising Track Options

In addition to the above requirements, students must choose between one of two advising tracks, either Digital Arts & Technology or Digital Filmmaking. These are advising tracks only and not official programs as recognized by the University of Montana (UM) or the Montana University System. This information will not appear on your UM transcript, diploma, university lists, student data system, or university publication. You do not fill out a major change for a track.

Digital Arts & Technology

Note: The Bachelor of Fine Arts | Digital Arts & Technologies curriculum focuses on the artistic and creative application of digital technologies. Lower division core classes cover the fundamentals of software applications such as the Adobe Creative Cloud Suite and include still image, motion, animation and sound design components. They also include the fundamentals of creative coding. Upper division core classes cover the principles and applications of web technologies (including HTML, CSS, and Javascript) and interactivity (including gaming, virtual reality, and installations). Senior level core classes center on advanced projects and developing a portfolio-centered internet presence.

Complete all of the following courses:
MART 220Creative Coding II3
MART 255Photoshop: Art and Design3
MART 256Illustrator: Vector and Layout Design3
MART 302Intro to Motion Design3
MART 3053D Animation I3
MART 341Intro to Web Design3
MART 416Production Studio I3
MART 440Tech Interactive Media Design3
MART 441Web Technologies3
MART 445Sound for Digital Media3
MART 457Production Studio II3
MART 499Senior Project (Professional Portfolio is required)3
Total Hours39
Minimum Required Grade: C

Digital Filmmaking

Note: The Bachelor of Fine Arts | Digital Filmmaking track offers an all-inclusive experience in the areas of pre-production, production and post production. Project-based courses cover narrative, experimental, documentary, and commercial content creation for both traditional and interactive-based environments. 

Complete all of the following courses:
MAR 442Experimental Film3
MART 300Visions of Film3
MART 327Intro to Cinematography3
MART 336Directing the Fic Film3
MART 340Princ of Interactive Media3
MART 345Sound for Film3
MART 436Producing3
MART 455Visions of Documentary Film3
MART 491Special Topics (Serial Writing)3
MART 499Senior Project (Both Senior Project and a Professional Portfolio are required)3
Total Hours39

Minimum Required Grade: C