Minor in Multimedia Arts
The Multimedia Arts program is a collaborative initiative designed
to promote creativity in our digital age. We offer an
interdisciplinary minor that provides frameworks within which
motivated students combine study in the arts with critical training
in the uses of cutting-edge creative technologies. To this end, we
concentrate our efforts in such areas as filmmaking, electronic
music composition and production, electronic instrument design, web
site design and construction, animation, CD and DVD presentation
authoring, digital still photography, and 3D imaging.
The Multimedia Arts program actively seeks to break down the old
divide between the arts and technology. We believe that students in
engineering who are exposed to the arts and humanities make better
engineers and that students across the liberal arts deeply enrich
their education by becoming technologically literate.
The Interdisciplinary Minor
The Multimedia Arts minor is administered by the Communications and
Media Studies program, in large part because MMA and CMS share many
core values. The Multimedia Arts minor helps you develop skills
relevant to many careers: project design and implementation,
creativity and critical thinking, media and computer literacy, oral
and written communication, as well as teamwork and leadership. Most
importantly, these competencies are gained through an integrative
approach wherein each student, working closely with an adviser, puts
together his or her own plan for navigating the minor.
As with all interdisciplinary minors, students pursuing the
Multimedia Arts minor must take a minimum of five courses. In
addition, the MMA minor requires that you take a half-credit
Colloquium during the fall of your senior year and complete a Senior
Project. A project completed for your major may not be used as the
MMA Senior Project. In addition, except for the Senior Colloquium,
all MMA classes must be taken for a letter grade. Finally, you
cannot double count a course for the minor and a foundation
Requirements for the Minor
The specific requirements for the MMA minor incorporate four
elements: work in multimedia practice, taking an appropriate set of
electives, enrolling in the CMS Senior Colloquium, and completing a
- Multimedia Practice. Each student enrolled in the minor must
take at least two full-credit, letter-graded courses from an
approved list of classes that introduce students to the tools,
methods, and theories current in the field (see section below).
- Electives. In addition, each student must take three
full-credit, letter-graded courses selected from classes offered
by the supporting departments (Electrical Engineering, Computer
Science, Art and Art History, Drama and Dance, and Music) or
from appropriate classes across the curriculum.
- Senior Colloquium (half-credit, pass/fail). This is a
mandatory course for students enrolled in any of the three CMS
minors who are doing Senior Projects. It is to be taken in the
fall of a student's senior year and is designed to aid in the
planning and successful completion of your Senior Project.
- Senior Project (full-credit, letter-graded). The Senior
Project is an original work which reflects an understanding of
and facility with one or more of the expressive and/or
conceptual disciplines associated with multimedia. Collaborative
projects are strongly encouraged.
Notes Regarding the Minor
- Courses taken for MAJOR credit cannot be counted as MMA
- Only one course in a field related to your major may count
as an MMA elective. For example, if a Music major takes one
course in Art and Art History, then all other electives must
fall outside the arts. Conversely, if a Computer Science major
takes one course in Electrical and Computer Engineering, then
all other electives must fall outside engineering.
- Where appropriate, a third multimedia practice course may
count as an elective.
- All elective choices must be made in consultation with your
You should check the program website (excollege.tufts.edu/mma) on a
regular basis for changes in the course listings.
- Required Courses
- Experimental College 190BF/CF. Senior Colloquium
- Experimental College 194CS. Senior Project
- Approved List of Multimedia Practice Courses
- Art and Art History (FAH) 188. Multimedia and the Visual
Arts I. (fall)
- Art and Art History (FAH) 189. Multimedia and the Visual
Arts II. (spring)
- Drama 21. Computer-Assisted Design. (fall)
- Drama 22. Introduction to the Art of Multimedia.
- Electrical and Computer Engineering 120. Computer
Animation for Technical Communications. (tba)
- Engineering Science 88. CAD for Engineers.
- Experimental College 56. Making Movies: The Study and
Practice of Filmmaking. (spring)
- Experimental College 101. Advanced Filmmaking.
(permission of instructor required)
- Experimental College 102. Advanced Electronic and
Digital Media. (permission of instructor required)
- Music 51/151. Music for Multimedia I. (fall and spring)
- Music 52/152. Music for Multimedia II. (fall)
- Music 53/153. Electronic Musical Instrument Design.
(spring) Cross-listed as Engineering Science 95ME.
- Music 191. Multimedia Projects for Music-Culture
- Studio Art (FAM) 65A. Photography and the Computer.
- *Courses offered by the Experimental College that are
listed as counting for MMA multimedia practice.
- *New courses in multimedia practice as they are
developed and approved by the program.
- Elective Courses
Within the guidelines listed above, the large majority of
courses offered by the supporting departments may count as
electives. In all cases, it is essential to understand that
selecting electives is a highly individual endeavor, one to be
done in consultation with your MMA adviser.
Linking the School of Engineering with the School of Arts and
Sciences, the MMA program is supported by the Electrical and
Computer Engineering Department and the Computer Science Department
in concert with the Experimental College, Art and Art History
Department, the Drama and Dance Department, and the Music
A student interested in the program should visit the
Arts Minor on the Experimental College website and contact one of the co-directors as early in
his or her undergraduate career at Tufts as possible.
- Karen Panetta,
Electrical and Computer Engineering, Halligan Hall, 617.627.5976
- Howard Woolf,
Experimental College, 95 Talbot Avenue, 617.627.3384
Electrical and Computer Engineering
Co-Chair, Multimedia Arts
Animation for Engineering
Computer Aided Simulation
Co-Chair, Multimedia Arts
Advanced Digital Media
Art and Art History
Multimedia and the Visual Arts
Information Technology Services
Computer Generated Animation
Music for Multimedia
Electronic Musical Instrument Design