New Media

What Is It?:

New Media introduces the newest forms of creation and communication. More important, students learn to identify what is or isn't new about these technologies. Instead of blindly consuming every emerging technological platform, students sort through the opportunities and place them in a larger context of sensation, communication, production, and consumption. Students work primarily through practice, building experiences that utilize new and old technologies and narratives. Through the construction of projects in various media, they acquire technical skills, practice vocabularies of critique and analysis, and gain familiarity with historical and contemporary precedents.

For more information, please visit the School of Art and Design.

Courses That Introduce the Major:

  • ARTS 341—Image Practice
  • ARTS 343—Time Arts I
  • ARTS 344—Interaction I

Students should consult with an academic advisor regarding course selection prior to the advanced registration period.

Possible Career Opportunities:

  • Advertising Agencies
  • Film/Theatre Production Companies
  • Internet Service Providers
  • Magazines
  • Marketing Agencies
  • Newspapers
  • Public Relations Firms
  • Publishing Companies
  • Technology Firms/Consulting Companies
  • Telecommunication Companies
  • TV, Radio & Cable Broadcast Companies

Common Career Titles Related to this Major:

(Some careers may require education beyond an undergraduate degree)

  • Animator
  • Art Director
  • Camera Operator
  • Cartoonist
  • Color Expert
  • Communication Equipment Mechanic
  • Computer Artist
  • Customer Service Representative
  • Documentary Film Maker
  • Film/Video Editor
  • Graphic Designer
  • Grip
  • Media Buyer
  • Media Production Specialist
  • Motion Picture Projectionist
  • Multimedia Designer
  • Multimedia Director
  • Music Director
  • Online Content Developer
  • Photo Journalist
  • Photographer
  • Product Tester
  • Program Director
  • Programmer Analyst
  • Sound Engineer
  • Sound Mixer
  • Sound Recordist
  • Stage Technician
  • Supervising Film/Video Editor
  • Technical Writer
  • Television Technician
  • Web Developer
  • Web Graphics Designer
  • Web Master

Enhancing Your Academic Experience:

  • Participating in undergraduate research
  • Applying for a study abroad experience
  • Utilizing resources of The Career Center
  • Joining a Registered Student Organization (RSO) related to this major, such as:
    • Krannert Center Student Association: promotes and celebrates the arts by providing volunteer opportunities and activities that unite those who appreciate the arts throughout the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, the University of Illinois, and larger communities.
    • Special Interest Group for Computer Graphics: focuses on the development of computer animation & visual effects, video games, graphics research, multimedia, and software relating to graphics.

Related Skills:

  • Ability to come up with unusual or clever ideas about a given topic
  • Critical thinking skills in a technological environment
  • Develops creative ways to solve a problem
  • High levels of competence based on knowledge of the operation of different modes
  • Highly developed design abilities to produce complex semiotic “texts”
  • Knowledge of media production, communication, and dissemination techniques and methods
  • Knowledge of the theory and techniques required to compose produce, and perform works of music and visual arts
  • Proficiency for accuracy and detail
  • Quickly learns and utilizes new technologies
  • Sets of social skills and cultural competencies that surround technology
  • Understand and explains complex concepts and ideas
  • Works well under pressure

Further Information:

For more information on what you can do with a major in New Media, visit The Career Center’s webpage: What Can I Do With This Major.

There are several professional organizations dedicated to New Media.  Their websites might be able to provide a glimpse in the world of New Media.  One such organization is The New Media Consortium.

For more information on the classes needed for a degree in New Media, visit Undergraduate Programs.