The Media Integration Project (MI Project) introduces an element of newness and innovation into the College of Arts & Sciences as well as the University as a whole. This interdisciplinary academic effort between the departments of art, music and mass communications is unprecedented at UNCP. As noted by Dr. Roger Brown, UNCP's Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, "The very essence of university education and research must include the emerging variety of communications and artistic media that will shape our society and global dialogue in the twenty-first century." It is exactly this melding of new media with traditional studio education in these disciplinary areas that is the focus of the MI Project.
Media Integration (MI) is a cooperative, co-offered course taught by the faculty from Art, Music and Mass Communication departments. The purpose of this course is to offer an interdisciplinary, team-taught curriculum that integrates digital video, audio, animation and graphics in a student centered studio environment. MI 380 is an opportunity for interdisciplinary study in three academic departments: Art, Mass Communications and Music. Projects and assignments emphasize various aspects of applied information technologies (IT) often termed ‘multimedia.’ Instruction in the use of both hardware and software emphasizes the following areas: still digital image-making, digital photography, computer-based printing, digital audio recording and editing, MIDI (Musical Instrument Digital Interface), digital animation, and digital videography and editing. The intent of the course is to integrate the digital technologies of Art, Music and Mass Communication Departments in order to provide instruction and production opportunities in multimedia content.
Media Integration Production, is an opportunity for further interdisciplinary study in three academic departments: Art, Mass Communications and Music. Projects and assignments emphasize the production of digital content for multimedia projects. Products will be from the areas of: still digital image-making, digital photography, computer-based printing, digital audio recording and editing, MIDI (Musical Instrument Digital Interface), digital animation, and digital videography and editing. Students will have intensive hands-on experience in each area, resulting in an understanding of the techniques and concepts involved in the design and implementation of multimedia projects. Both individual and group assignments can be expected.
Projects in Media Integration. This course is an opportunity for advanced interdisciplinary study in three academic departments: Art, Mass Communications and Music. Assignments emphasize the design and integration of digital content for multimedia projects. Students will propose and prototype a project, and participate in the team development of a final project. Students will also be assigned roles in the creative decision-making and work involved in proposals under development and/or consideration in the UNCP Media Integration Project. Products will be expected to relate to the three essential aspects of the University mission: teaching, research and service and have the potential to serve as professional examples for student portfolios.