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Media Study BA Critical Studies Concentration / Arts Management MA - Program Requirements

(HEGIS: 06.01 , CIP: 50.0601 Film/Cinema/Media Studies)

Department of Media Study

231 Center for the Arts
North Campus
Buffalo, NY 14260-6020

Alex Reid, Ph.D.

Bradley Hendricks
Assistant to the Chair for Student Programs

Arts Management Program

240A Center for the Arts
Buffalo NY 14260

Associated Programs

Completing the Media Study BA Critical Studies Concentration / Arts Management MA Program

Academic Requirements

Minimum GPA of 2.000 overall.
Minimum GPA of 2.500 in the prerequisite courses.
Completion of a minimum of 50 credit hours.

Graduates will be required to have a 3.0 overall GPA and complete the requisite application materials for review by the graduate application committee (academic essay, resume, personal statement, and two letters of recommendation).

Transfer Credit Policy

SUNY Seamless Transfer is a SUNY-wide program intended to make transferring to UB and other SUNY Schools simple and efficient for SUNY students. SUNY has defined courses that SUNY students can take before transferring which will apply to the major at UB and ensure timely graduation.

Information about the Transfer Path for this major can be found on the SUNY website.

Students are encouraged to contact their academic advisor or department to discuss how their coursework will apply to their degree.

Prerequisite Courses

There are no prerequisite courses required for admission into the Media Study BA – Critical Studies Concentration program.

Required Courses

BA Media Study - Critical Studies Concentration

Required Courses:

  • Three introduction to interpretation courses (group A)
  • Four advanced analysis courses (group B)
  • One media and culture course (group C)
  • One new media theory course (group D)
  • One production course (group E)
  • Two elective courses (group F)
  • Six course/18-credit hour breadth requirement (group G)


DMS 107 Film & Media History I
DMS 108 Film & Media History II
DMS 109 Introduction to Film Interpretation
DMS 225 Digital Literature Survey
DMS 259 Introduction to Media Analysis


DMS 303 Video Analysis
DMS 305 Film Analysis or DMS 306 Film Analysis II
DMS 409 Nonfiction Film Analysis
DMS 411 Film Theory


DMS 213 Immigration & Film
DMS 331 Social and Mobile Media
DMS 333 World Cinema
DMS 405 Ethnographic Film
DMS 409 Nonfiction Film
DMS 440 Women Directors
DMS 452 Films of the Civil Rights Era


DMS 350 Information Theories
DMS 415 Special Topics
DMS 425 Visual Media Poetics
DMS 426 Sound Media Poetics
DMS 480 Social Media & Networks
DMS 484 Language Media Poetics


DMS 101 Basic Filmmaking
DMS 103 Basic Video
DMS 105 Basic Documentary
DMS 121 Basic Digital Arts
DMS 155 New Media


DMS 211 PLASMA: Performance, Screenings, and Lectures in Media Art
DMS 213 Immigration & Film
DMS 215 Special Topics
DMS 216 Special Topics
DMS 303 Video Analysis I
DMS 304 Video Analysis II
DMS 305 Film Analysis I
DMS 306 Film Analysis II
DMS 329 Italian Cinema
DMS 331 Social and Mobile Media
DMS 333 World Cinema
DMS 350 Information Theories
DMS 381 Film Comedy
DMS 405 Ethnographic Film
DMS 409 Nonfiction Film
DMS 412 Theory of Film Narrative
DMS 415 Special Topics
DMS 416 Special Topics
DMS 417 Special Topics
DMS 418 Special Topics
DMS 430 The Dream in Film & TV
DMS 440 Women Directors
 DMS 450 Film & Development of Contemporary Art
DMS 452 Films of the Civil Rights Era
DMS 455 Special Topics
DMS 474 Seminar on Postmodernism
DMS 480 Social Media & Networks
 DMS 496 Media Arts Internship
 DMS 499 Independent Study

 G. Breadth Requirement 

Students majoring in Media Study must take 18 credits (6 courses) of electives in another discipline or set of disciplines, manifesting a coherence, breadth, and depth of general advanced study. At least four of these courses must be at the 300 or 400 level. This breadth requirement is often satisfied with a minor in another department, as long as it meets the necessary credits.

MA Arts Management

Required Courses:

  • AAP 501: Why Manage the Arts?
  • AAP 508: Arts & Cultural Policy and Diplomacy
  • AAP 509: Research in Arts Management
  • AAP 511: Fieldwork in Arts Management
  • AAP 551: Introduction to Nonprofit Management I
  • AAP 552: Introduction to Nonprofit Management II
  • AAP 585: Legal Issues in Arts Management
  • AAP 560: Managing Arts Spaces
  • AAP 512 or AAP 513: Final Project or Thesis Guidance
  • 12 elective credits

Students will build a virtual minor that includes 12 credits of graduate level Arts Management elective courses (AAP-prefixed). Students will also use 3 general elective credits on AAP 501: Why Manage the Arts? These 15 credits of courses will be counted towards both awards

Departmental Honors Requirements

These honors are given for outstanding achievement in film, video, digital arts and media scholarship, as well as outstanding service to the university and community.

Dept. GPA between 3.250- 3.500= Distinction
Dept. GPA between 3.500-3.750= High
Dept. GPA between 3.750-4.000= Highest.

Total Credit Hours Required

Total credit hours required for the Media Study BA - Production Concentration degree
Credits Required for Undergraduate Major75
Additional Credits Required for UB Curriculum 30
Additional Credits Required for Graduate Program  39
Total Credits Required for Degree 144

Students should consult with an academic advisor to determine how any transfer or exam credit might be utilized in meeting general education, prerequisite, or major requirements.

See Baccalaureate Degree Requirements for general education and remaining university requirements.

Total Credit Hours Required represents the minimum credits needed to complete this program, and may vary based on a number of circumstances. This chart should not be used for financial aid purposes.

Published: Jan 30, 2023 10:57:40