College of Communication and Information

Media Arts & Studies

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Student/Teacher Ratio

1607

Total Undergraduate Students

15

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Schyler Simpson, Ph.D

Director of Recruitment and Retention

(859) 257-7800

College of Communication and Information

College of Communication and Information

Office of Student Services

107 Grehan Journalism Building

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  • BA
  • BS

The mission of the Media Arts and Studies program is to promote the study of the means of production and dissemination of digital content, and their ultimate effects on individuals, political communication, civic participation, media organizations, media policy and practices, and society as a whole. Courses and internships prepare students for careers in the industry with interest in audio/visual production, media studies, web design, video, graphics and other web-based systems.

Careers

The Media Arts and Studies major offers a wide variety of career opportunities including:

  • Producer
  • Director
  • Editor
  • Technical Supervisor
  • Multimedia Designer
  • Animator
  • Multimedia Developer
  • Telecommunication Manager
  • Graphic Designer
  • Audience and Content Researcher
"As a telecommunications (now Media Arts and Studies) major, the academic program challenged me and presented great opportunities for me to grow professionally through hands-on production classes with state-of-the-art equipment, excellent career counseling/guidance and unique internship opportunities. The variety of skills obtained while at UK absolutely prepared me for my amazing and incredible 25-year career here at CBS News.

Cathy Black

Senior Producer, CBS News

Current Curriculum Information

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  • Media Arts and Studies (BA) 120 hours

Click to toggle each Academic Year. Click each course for more information.

Freshman Year

Fall Semester
  • UK Core - Comp. & Comm. I3
  • UK Core - Quantitative Foundations3
  • UK Core - Social Sciences3
  • MAS 101 - INTRODUCTION TO MEDIA AND CULTURE3

    This course focuses on the study o electronic mass media. It surveys the cultural industries from multiple perspectives, including history, economics, production processes, content, social effects, diversity, and globalization. It emphasizes the relationship among the electronic mass media, culture, and power.

  • COM Language I4
    • Total17
Spring Semester
  • UK Core - Comp. & Comm. II3
  • UK Core - Humanities3
  • UK Core - Natural, Physical and Math3
  • MAS 201 - COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGIES AND SOCIETY3

    Historical survey of broadcasting, common carrier, and related electronic media technologies, including the Internet. This course focuses on the social, political, and policy dimensions of the adoption and use of communication technologies. Special attention is paid to significant issues in contemporary public policy and practice, such as protection of privacy and personal information, information ownership, free speech, and censorship.

  • COM Language II4
    • Total16
    • Total Freshman Hours33

Sophomore Year

Fall Semester
  • UK Core - Statistical Inferential Reason3
  • UK Core - Arts and Creativity3
  • UK Core - Community, Culture and Citizen3
  • COM Language III3
  • Course in Minor3
    • Total15
Spring Semester
  • UK Core - Global Dynamics3
  • MAS 310 - TELECOMMUNICATIONS POLICY AND REGULATION3

    A study of policy and regulation of media in the U.S., primarily broadcasting, cable, telephone, and the internet. This includes traditional issues in the regulation of content, such as freedom of speech, copyright, obscenity, and privacy. It also includes traditional areas in the regulation of the industry structure including monopolies, licensing, cross ownership rules, mergers, and illegal practices.

  • MAS 300+3
  • Course in Minor3
  • COM Language IV3
    • Total15
    • Total Sophomore Hours30

Junior Year

Fall Semester
  • MAS 300 - TELECOMMUNICATIONS RESEARCH METHODS3

    An introduction to quantitative and qualitative social science research relating to media studies, including survey and experimental methods. This course is a Graduation Composition and Communication Requirement (GCCR) course in certain programs, and hence is not likely to be eligible for automatic transfer credit to UK.

  • MAS 335 - INTRODUCTION TO THE MEDIA INDUSTRIES3

    This course introduces students to the major functions and operations of the media industries, with a focus on the film and television industries. The course examines current trends in media practices and the role of technological and cultural factors in shaping the media industries and their effects in society.

  • Course in Minor3
  • Course in Minor3
  • Elective3
    • Total15
Spring Semester
  • MAS 300+3
  • MAS 300+3
  • MAS "socio-cultural" course3
  • Course in Minor3
  • Elective3
    • Total15
    • Total Junior Hours30

Senior Year

Fall Semester
  • MAS 300+3
  • MAS "socio-cultural" course3
  • MAS "industry" course3
  • Course in Minor3
  • Elective3
    • Total15
Spring Semester
  • MAS 300+3
  • JAT 399 - INTERNSHIP: JAT3

    Qualified students enter the professional sector to refine skills and knowledge. Supervised internships approved by the School allow placements in industry, government, radio, television, print media, research agencies, etc. A signed contract must be completed prior to the start of the internship. Pass/fail only. This course is a Graduation Composition and Communication Requirement (GCCR) course in certain programs, and hence is not likely to be eligible for automatic transfer credit to UK.

  • Course in Minor3
  • Elective3
  • Elective3
    • Total15
    • Total Senior Hours30
  • Media Arts and Studies (BS) 120 hours

Click to toggle each Academic Year. Click each course for more information.

Freshman Year

Fall Semester
  • UK Core - Comp. & Comm. I3
  • UK Core - Quantitative Foundations3
  • UK Core - Humanities3
  • UK Core - Social Sciences3
  • MAS 101 - INTRODUCTION TO MEDIA AND CULTURE3

    This course focuses on the study o electronic mass media. It surveys the cultural industries from multiple perspectives, including history, economics, production processes, content, social effects, diversity, and globalization. It emphasizes the relationship among the electronic mass media, culture, and power.

    • Total16
Spring Semester
  • UK Core - Comp. & Comm. II3
  • UK Core - Arts and Creativity3
  • UK Core - Natural, Physical and Math3
  • UK Core - Community, Culture and Citizen3
  • MAS 201 - COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGIES AND SOCIETY3

    Historical survey of broadcasting, common carrier, and related electronic media technologies, including the Internet. This course focuses on the social, political, and policy dimensions of the adoption and use of communication technologies. Special attention is paid to significant issues in contemporary public policy and practice, such as protection of privacy and personal information, information ownership, free speech, and censorship.

    • Total15
    • Total Freshman Hours31

Sophomore Year

Fall Semester
  • UK Core - Statistical Inferential Reason3
  • UK Core - Global Dynamics3
  • Course in Minor3
  • Elective in "science"3
  • Elective in "science"3
    • Total15
Spring Semester
  • MAS 300+3
  • MA/CS/STA course3
  • Course in Minor3
  • Course in Minor3
  • Elective in "science"3
    • Total16
    • Total Sophomore Hours31

Junior Year

Fall Semester
  • MAS 300 - TELECOMMUNICATIONS RESEARCH METHODS3

    An introduction to quantitative and qualitative social science research relating to media studies, including survey and experimental methods. This course is a Graduation Composition and Communication Requirement (GCCR) course in certain programs, and hence is not likely to be eligible for automatic transfer credit to UK.

  • MAS 335 - INTRODUCTION TO THE MEDIA INDUSTRIES3

    This course introduces students to the major functions and operations of the media industries, with a focus on the film and television industries. The course examines current trends in media practices and the role of technological and cultural factors in shaping the media industries and their effects in society.

  • Course in Minor3
  • MA/CS/STA course3
  • Elective in "science"3
    • Total16
Spring Semester
  • MAS "socio-cultural" course3
  • MAS 300+3
  • Course in Minor3
  • MA/CS/STA course3
  • Elective in "science"3
    • Total16
    • Total Junior Hours32

Senior Year

Fall Semester
  • MAS "socio-cultural" course3
  • MAS "industry" course3
  • MAS 300+3
  • Course in Minor3
  • Elective in "science"3
    • Total15
Spring Semester
  • MAS 300+3
  • MAS 300+3
  • JAT 399 - INTERNSHIP: JAT3

    Qualified students enter the professional sector to refine skills and knowledge. Supervised internships approved by the School allow placements in industry, government, radio, television, print media, research agencies, etc. A signed contract must be completed prior to the start of the internship. Pass/fail only. This course is a Graduation Composition and Communication Requirement (GCCR) course in certain programs, and hence is not likely to be eligible for automatic transfer credit to UK.

  • Course in Minor3
  • Elective in "science"3
    • Total15
    • Total Senior Hours30

Contact

Schyler Simpson, Ph.D

Director of Recruitment and Retention

(859) 257-7800

College of Communication and Information

College of Communication and Information

Office of Student Services

107 Grehan Journalism Building

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