Interdisciplinary Minors offer Enhanced Career Oppportunities

Sound Production and Design I Visual Effects and Animation I Digital Arts and Visual Communication I Documentary Theory and Production

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Each minor consists of 18 credits, and can substitute for the “related” requirement in a student’s program of study. Students can easily declare a minor during a brief appointment in the Tri-College Advising Office in UH 3000, and should work with their advisor in selecting which courses to take to best complement their own major course of study.

Sound Production and Design

Description: A minor in Sound Production and Design is a specialized secondary field of study for students who wish to concentrate on audio production in a variety of professional settings. This minor prepares students for careers as recording and sound engineering professionals in live performance, live television & radio broadcast, and audio postproduction for film and video.

Career Information: "A live sound technician, also known as a sound engineering technician, works on location managing sound for events at various venues. Settings can include both indoor and outdoor locations depending on the event. Places where a live sound technician may work include sports arenas, churches, theaters and lecture halls as well as remote locations where events like live performances, meetings and conferences are held." Career information is from

Requirements: Students will complete 4 required courses in Communication, Music and Theatre. The remaining 8 credits are selected from a list of Art, Communication, Film, Music and Theatre courses.

Visual Effects and Animation

Description: A specialized secondary field of study for students who wish to develop techniques for motion graphics and animation concept development and production. Are you interested in creating animated 2- and 3-dimensional images combined with motion and movement to give the impression of action through changing images?

Career Information: "A Motion Graphics Designer's work is developed for the Internet, television, and film. These types if pieces are included in broadcast titles, commercial and Web ads, movie trailers, music videos, video signage, and content for mobile devices.

Artists might also use video and photography equipment to capture images or audio devices for multimedia projects. They identify the best techniques and methods to communicate material.

Motion graphics artists are responsible for the creative process at different stages. Conceptualization, storyboarding, animating, and editing are just a few of the phases involved. Other duties may include keyframing and typography." Career information is from

Requirements: Students will complete 2 required courses in Art and Film. The remaining 11 credits are selected from a list of Art, Communication, and Film courses.

Digital Arts and Visual Communication

Description: A broad range of communication design and creative problem-solving skills will prepare students to apply, and demonstrate an understanding of the visual communication design process using both traditional design skills and the latest computer software. Students learn about the processes of design conception, planning, and creation. They examine the functions and objectives of visual communications and are encouraged to develop aesthetic awareness and understandings of symbolic representation. Students might also gain skills in visual research and analysis in Communication focused courses.

Career Information: "A degree in digital arts - visual communications design can lead to a career in web and multimedia design, graphic design or advertising. Potential employers include publishers, advertising firms, education institutions, corporations and design firms. Potential job titles include communications specialist, graphic designer, multimedia director and web designer. Regardless of job title, individuals working as visual communications designers use their knowledge of computer software and hardware, project management skills and aesthetic judgment to create a visual design. These designs are aimed at reaching a target audience and relaying information about a company's product or service.

Requirements: Students will complete 1 required course in Art. The remaining 15 credits are selected from a list of Art, Art History, Communication, and Film courses.

Documentary Theory and Production

Description: From a personal website to primetime TV, from theatrical releases to interactive media in museums, the ability to work as part of a team to tell a compelling real-life story is just as important as it ever was. Whether you are interested in documenting peoples's lives, grand historical events, cultural trends or corporate misdeeds, you can get started with the stories you want to tell with this minor. earn how to creatively interview subjects and elicit provocative and engaging responses. Translate someone's personal perspective into an informative message for a wide viewership.

Career Information: "Those who get their degree or even a certificate in film, video or photography get to work with specialized equipment and learn industry tips that can help them succeed in entry-level positions. Film editors get to manage the post-production process, photographers manipulate different camera effects and camera operators alter compositions and work with high-tech cameras. Most people looking to get a degree in photography, video or film get their bachelor's degree. Here’s How to Make a Career in Documentary Filmmaking

Requirements: Students will complete 2 required courses for 6 credits. The remaining 12 credits are selected from a list of Art, Communication, and Film courses.
Last Updated: 10/30/19