Major

New Media Degree Requirements

The minimum number of credits required to graduate is 120 with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0. A minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0 is required in the major and New Media majors must have a “C-” or better in each required course in their major. New Media majors must complete a minimum of 48 credit hours in New Media courses. All courses required by the New Media degree program must be taken for a grade; courses taken pass/fail will not count. In addition to New Media degree program requirements, students must meet any graduation requirements set forth by the University, such as General Education course requirements, and any requirements required by the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

For the first two years as a New Media Major, students acquire a common foundation that exposes them to key themes in the history and theory of creative technologies and provides them a firm grounding in the essential tools and techniques of digital creativity, from digital design and video production to coding and 3D fabrication.

Six category courses in the second and third year cultivate breadth and depth in areas of the student’s choosing. Majors choose a pair of courses from both technical and perceptual classifications (Categories 1 and 2) and then follow with two advanced courses (Category 3). Numerous New Media elective courses are also available in the program.

New Media majors are encouraged also to apply new media strategies and techniques to other fields, including within their required Minor. Students must complete an approved minor in some department outside their home program. For a listing of Minors, see https://catalog.umaine.edu/ > select current catalog > select in right menu Majors and Minors. Minors typically require 18-21 credit hours.

Along with a third-year course in community collaboration and development, a year-long, six­ credit senior capstone completes the BA. Here, students conceive, design, produce, and launch an advanced new media project that must incorporate an innovation in expression, application, development or implementation. Among past capstone projects have included those creating and incorporating experimental documentary, feature, and animated videos, mobile and wearable apps, community-based storytelling, interactive games and installations.

Each New Media Major is required to have a MacBook Pro or MacBook Air laptop capable of performing essential functions that are taught in core New Media courses. Purchase of additional hardware and software may be necessary depending on each student’s specialized interests. Minimum specifications for new media computers are available by consulting Appendix A of the SCIS Common Use Labs in Boardman Hall Lab Manual.

New Media Courses (48 credit hours):

Foundation Requirements:
Students must take all of the following courses:
NMD 100 – Introduction to New Media (3 cr)
NMD 104 – New Media Design (3 cr)
NMD 106 – Time-Based Media (3 cr)
NMD 200 – New Media Strategies (3 cr)
NMD 211 – Creative Coding II (3 cr)

One of the following courses:

NMD 105 – Creative Coding I (3 cr) (Recommended)
COS 120 – Introduction to Programming I (3 cr)
COS 125 – Introduction to Problem Solving Using Computer Programming (3 cr)
COS 220 – Introduction to C++ Programming (3 cr)

Project-Based Requirements:
Students must take all of the following classes:
NMD 306 – Community Collaboration and Development Credits: 3
NMD 498 – New Media Capstone I Credits: 3
NMD 499 – New Media Capstone II Credits: 3

Category Requirements:
Students must take a minimum of two courses from each of the following three categories, for a total of 18 credits:

Category 1 (Technical/Conceptual)
NMD 342 – Interaction Design and Physical Computing Credits: 3
NMD 345 – Web Applications Credits: 3
NMD 442 – User Experience Design Credits: 3
Category 2 (Perceptual/Conceptual)
NMD 341 – Photographic Reporting and Storytelling Credits: 3
NMD 343 – SL: Digital Narrative Workshop I Credits: 3
NMD 344 – Time-Based Art and Design I Credits: 3
Category 3 (Advanced)
NMD 443 – Digital Narrative Workshop II Credits: 3
NMD 444 – Time-Based Art and Design II Credits: 3
NMD 445 – Mobile Applications Credits: 3

Free Electives

Free electives may include any of the New Media Category 1, 2 and 3 courses not already taken, any additional NMD elective courses offered (listed below), and any other campus courses. Free electives may be taken prior to the senior year by planning your schedule appropriately. Among additional New Media elective courses available might include:
NMD 245 – Film Criticism and Theory (3 cr)
NMD 250 – Electronic Music Composition I: Item and Arrangement (3 cr)
NMD 251 – Electronic Music Composition II: Composing a Process (3 cr)
NMD 324 – Year in Film I (3 cr)
NMD 358 – Documentary Film Criticism and Theory (3 cr)
NMD 370 – 3D Modeling and Animation (3 cr)
NMD 424 – Year in Film II (3 cr)
NMD 441 – Documentary Photography and Audio (3 cr)
Special topics and independent study courses that might additionally be available include:
NMD 295 – Topics in New Media (1-3 cr)
NMD 398 – Topics in New Media (1-3 cr)
NMD 430 – Topics in New Media (1-3 cr)
NMD 490 – Independent Study in New Media (3 cr)

General Education Requirements

The UMaine General Education course requirements may be found under Student Records (https://studentrecords.umaine.edu/) > Academics (top menu) > Gen Ed Requirements. Since a single course may cover more than one Human Values and Social Context requirement, you may reduce your course load requirements by making thoughtful selections.


Minor in New Media

Minor Description

The Minor provides a foundation for understanding new creative tools–across disciplines as diverse as Art, Communication, Computer Science, English, Engineering, Philosophy, Psychology, and Music–and empowers students to harness new media in their majors and professional careers.

Graduates go on to work for companies like Amazon and Apple or found their own startups that generate the creative economies and cultures of our state and our world.

A complete description of the New Media minor may be found in the official catalog at Undergraduate Catalog > select current academic year catalog > select Majors and Minors (right menu) > select Minor: New Media

Minor Requirements

Students pursuing the minor in New Media must complete a total of 18 credits, including 12 credits of introduction to New Media and 6 credits of New Media elective courses.

The New Media Minor comprises six classes:

  • 2 courses at the 100 level (NMD 100, 102, 104, 150, and/or 160);
  • 2 courses from sequences (NMD 34x and 44x);
  • 2 New Media electives of your choosing.

All of these courses can be applied to the Major for students wishing to expand their studies in New Media.

Electives in New Media (6 credits)

NMD 200 – New Media Strategies (3 cr)
NMD 211 – Creative Coding II (3 cr)
NMD 250 – Electronic Music Composition I: Item and Arrangement (3 cr)
NMD 251 – Electronic Music Composition II: Composing a Process (3 cr)
NMD 306 – Community Collaboration and Development (3 cr)
NMD 324 – Year in Film I (3 cr)
NMD 341 – Photographic Reporting and Storytelling (3 cr)
NMD 342 – Interaction Design and Physical Computing (3 cr)
NMD 343 – SL: Digital Narrative Workshop I (3 cr)
NMD 344 – Time-Based Art and Design I (3 cr)
NMD 345 – Web Applications (3 cr)
NMD 358 – Documentary Film Criticism and Theory (3 cr)
NMD 370 – 3D Modeling and Animation (3 cr)
NMD 424 – Year in Film II (3 cr)
NMD 441 – Documentary Photography and Audio (3 cr)
NMD 442 – User Experience Design (3 cr)
NMD 443 – Digital Narrative Workshop II (3 cr)
NMD 444 – Time-Based Art and Design II (3 cr)
NMD 445 – Mobile Applications (3 cr)

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Digital Curation Graduate Certificate

Requirements

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For the official catalog requirements, consult the Graduate Catalog > choose year in pull down window > select Graduate Programs, Certificates and Specializations > select Digital Curation (Certificate)

In short, the the certificate requires 12 credits acquired through four 3-credit required courses. The four required courses include:

  • DIG 500 Introduction to Digital Curation
    DIG 510 Metadata
    DIG 540 Digital Collections and Exhibitions
    DIG 550 Digital Preservation

Numerous additional germane elective distance courses are suggested below and are regularly available.


Digital Curation Program Description and  Background

See background, news and details about the Digital Curation graduate certificate program.

See also the description of the program and the application process provided at UMaine Online,


Digital Curation Graduate Courses

DIG 500 – Introduction to Digital Curation

As the introductory course to the Digital Curation program, this class surveys the variety of digital artifacts that we consciously or unconsciously create and consume today, with a focus on how to collect and manage digitized and born-digital artifacts and their related data.  Students lean technical skills such as how to digitize analog documents, photographs, and videos, as well as curatorial knowledge such as how selection criteria vary as a function of type of institution (archives v. libraries v. museum) and field (art v. archeology).  The course also reviews methods for ensuring the ongoing integrity of the artifact and laws governing the acquisition and use of intellectual property, such as how copyright extends to images, editions, and future versions of a work.
Credits: 3

DIG 510 – Metadata Systems

This course covers digital formats for describing the contents and contexts of artifacts with an emphasis on their use in libraries, archives, and online repositories.  This includes a discussion on the need for and use of metadata in a variety of digital contexts, exposure to specific metadata standards used in a number of fields, and demonstrations of how these metadata are expressed in several output formats. Prerequisites & Notes

DIG 500 strongly recommended
Credits: 3

DIG 540 – Digital Collections & Exhibitions

This course covers the technical means and social consequences of assembling and sharing cultural data and artifacts.  Topics include the fundamentals of relational databases; a survey of collection management packages, both proprietary and open-source; and an introduction to the special concerns and programming concepts necessary to customize off-the-shelf database solutions for domain and content appropriateness.
Prerequisites & Notes
DIG 500 and 510 strongly recommended
Credits: 3

DIG 550 – Digital Preservation

This course acquaints students with the challenges of, and best practices for, preserving digital artifacts.  Topics include a survey of the (sometimes bewildering) array of formats for digital media, along with their vulnerabilities and half-lives; analysis of various preservation strategies (storage, migration, emulation, reinterpretation); institutional, legal, and practical impediments to preservation; preservation standards and resources for digital media (Media Matters, Variable Media Questionnaire).
Prerequisites & Notes
DIG 500, 510, and 540 strongly recommended

Credits: 3

DIG 580 – Digital Curation Internship

Digital Curation Internships provide valuable experiential learning in an emerging and changing field that provides complex challenges. An internship experience is essential to the certificate program, providing students with current and vital knowledge and skills they will need in the workplace. Internships provide students opportunities to reinforce their academic learning, and provide opportunities to establish professional contacts. Because our digital curation curriculum is online, and because our students will be located in many different places, we offer two types of internships: place-based and virtual.
Prerequisites & Notes
Permission.
Credits: 1-3

Elective Courses

Additional elective complementary courses are suggested at UMaine Online