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2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog 
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Media Study BA Production Concentration / Arts Management MA

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Course Requirements

Three Basic Production courses (12 credits)

Two Elective courses (6 credits minimum)

  • Any DMS course at the 300/400 level may be used to fulfill elective requirement including special topics, or internships.

Breadth Requirement (9 credits)

Students take 9 credits (3 courses) of electives in another discipline or set of disciplines, manifesting a coherence, breadth, and depth of general advanced study. At least one of these courses must be at the 300 or 400 level. 

Arts Management Graduate Core (39 credits)

  • AAP 501: Why Manage the Arts? Credits: 3
  • AAP 508: Arts & Cultural Policy and Diplomacy Credits: 3
  • AAP 509: Research in Arts Management Credits: 3
  • AAP 511: Fieldwork in Arts Management Credits: 3
  • AAP 551: Introduction to Nonprofit Management I Credits: 3
  • AAP 552: Introduction to Nonprofit Management II Credits: 3
  • AAP 585: Legal Issues in Arts Management Credits: 3
  • AAP 560: Managing Arts Spaces Credits: 3
  • AAP 512 OR AAP 513: Final Project or Thesis Guidance Credits: 3
  • AAP 500+ electives Credits: 12

Total Credits Required for Undergraduate Major: 58

Note: The DMS, Production Concentration BA/MA Arts Management combined degree shares 15 credits as follows:  9 credits of the undergraduate breadth requirement are replaced with 9 credits of AAP graduate electives and 6 undergraduate electives are replaced with AAP 501 plus one additional three-credit AAP 500+ elective.

Additional Degree Requirements Include:

  • Additional coursework to fulfill UB Curriculum requirements
  • Elective courses as needed to complete the 105 undergraduate credits total

Total Undergraduate Credits Required: 105

Total Credits Required for Graduate Degree: 39

Total Credits Required for Graduation: 144

Total Credit Hours Required represents the minimum credits needed to complete this program, and may vary based on a number of circumstances. This should not be used for financial aid purposes.

Academic Requirements

Minimum GPA of 2.000 overall. Students must receive a C- or higher in all Media Study courses. Each course taken may be counted only once and applied to only one requirement. The breadth requirement consists of 18 credit hours (six classes) outside of Media Study that meet the following criteria: two courses must be at the 200 level, and four courses must be at the 300-400 level. Transfer students can use transfer credit towards the breadth requirement. The breadth requirement should complement the Media Study degree, and students will have to defend their selection of classes. The breadth requirement is often satisfied with a minor in another department, as long as it meets the necessary credits.

Graduates will be required to have a 3.0 overall GPA and complete the requisite application materials for review by the graduate application committee (academic essay, resume, personal statement, and two letters of recommendation).

Program Distinction

A student in this major is eligible for Program Distinction upon degree conferral if the criteria are met. Criteria are found under Academic Honors in the Policy and Procedure section of this Catalog. Program Distinction is noted on the official transcript.

Curricular Plan

A Curricular Plan provides a roadmap for completing this academic program and the UB Curriculum on time. Your actual plan may vary depending on point of entry to the university, course placement and/or waivers based on standardized test scores, earned alternative credit and/or college transfer credit.

First Year Fall

  • Basic Theory Course 1 Credits: 4
  • Scientific Literacy 1 Credits: 3
  • Math and Quantitative Reasoning Credits: 4
  • Credits: 4
  • UB Seminar Credits: 3

Total Credits: 18

First Year Spring

  • Scientific Literacy & 2 Credits: 3
  • Scientific Lab Credits: 1
  • Basic Theory Course 2 Credits: 4
  • Pathway Course Credits: 3
  • Basic Production Course 1 Credits: 4

Total Credits: 15

Second Year Fall

  • Basic Production Course 3 Credits: 4
  • Pathway Credits: 3
  • Basic Theory Course 3 Credits: 4
  • Basic Production Course 2 Credits: 4

Total Credits: 15

Second Year Spring

Total Credits: 16

Third Year Fall

  • Breadth Course 1 Credits: 3
  • Pathway Credits: 3
  • Communication Literacy II Credits: 3
  • Intermediate Production Course 2 Credits: 4
  • Advanced Analysis/Theory Credits: 4

Total Credits: 17

Third Year Spring

Total Credits: 14

Fourth Year Fall

  • AAP 552LEC - Arts Marketing and Analysis Credits: 3
  • AAP 551LEC - Arts Business and Finance Credits: 3
  • AAP 501SEM - Why Manage the Arts? Credits: 3
  • DMS 300/400 Level Elective Credits: 4
  • DMS 300/400 Level Elective Credits: 4

Total Credits: 17

Fourth Year Spring

  • AAP 509SEM - Research in Arts Mgmt Credits: 3
  • AAP 585SEM - Legal Issues in Arts Mgmt Credits: 3
  • AAP 511TUT - Fieldwork in Arts Mgmt Credits: 3
  • AAP Elective Credits: 3

Total Credits: 12

Fifth Year Fall

  • AAP Elective Credits: 3
  • AAP 508SEM - Arts/Cul Pol & Diplomacy Credits: 3
  • AAP 560TUT - Managing Arts Spaces Credits: 3
  • AAP Elective Credits: 3

Total Credits: 12

Fifth Year Spring

  • AAP 512TUT - Project Guidance Credits: 3
  • AAP Elective Credits: 3

Total Credits: 6

Total Credits Required: 144

Note: Some classes may count toward both a major and UB Curriculum requirement.

Learning Outcomes

  • Identify, recall and reproduce elements of media technology and theory: ability to operate the technology, such as cameras, sound equipment and use computers and software for robotics, gaming and programming.
  • Comprehend, explain and interpret media theory and use of media technology.
  • Apply, produce and demonstrate use of media technology and theory: be able to use the knowledge towards media theory and produce media objects skillfully.
  • Deconstruct, analyze and compare media objects and theory: deconstruct media objects for analysis, and create comparisons using media theory.
  • Incorporate media technology and theory into critiques and appraisals. Be able to take the knowledge one step beyond merely applying it.
  • Create, design and compile media objects in various technical frameworks. Revise, compose and generate content: demonstrate the highest levels of creativity.
  • Identify, recall, and reproduce elements of critical arts management and cultural policy theory and practice.
  • Comprehend, explain, and discuss critical arts management and cultural policy theory and practice
  • Interpret, employ, and apply critical arts management and cultural policy theory and practice.
  • Critically understand and analyze the presuppositions implicit while considering arts management and cultural policy models
  • Identify and solve complex, interdisciplinary problems and tensions that are inherent in the areas of arts management and cultural policy making
  • Develop, contextualize, and implement creative arts management solutions


(HEGIS: 06.01 , CIP50.0601 Film/Cinema/Media Studies)


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