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B.S. in Creative Media
Bachelor of Science in Creative Media Online

Program Overview


Combine your passions for storytelling and communication in the Bachelor of Science in Creative Media online program, which develops your ability to oversee a broad range of media productions from concept to completion.

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You can tailor your degree to meet your personal and professional goals by choosing an area of emphasis in Audio/Video Production or Narrative Media. Both options in this bachelor's in creative media online program feature accelerated, 7-week courses and multiple start dates per year.

In the Audio/Video Production area of emphasis, you will nurture your skills in radio and television production, deepening your basic knowledge of electronic media while developing a foundation in broadcast graphics, field and post production, audio and video tools, and more. You will write, edit and produce your own project, which requires access to a camera, microphone and Adobe Creative Suite software (available through the university at a student cost of $19.99 per month).

The Narrative Media area of emphasis transitions your background knowledge of camera work into the realm of film production and visual media. In this project-based program, you will learn the basics of screenwriting, cinematography, lighting and editing, and other advanced filmmaking techniques that help you tell a story. Plus, you will prepare to apply those skills behind the scenes in film and multimedia projects.

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ACEJMC Accredited

The College of Media & Communication at A-State is certified by the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism & Mass Communications for undergraduate programs. Only 114 schools in the United States are accredited by ACEJMC.

Tuition


Our B.S. in Creative Media online program offers the same affordable tuition to all U.S. residents. Administrative fees are included in the tuition.

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Tuition Per Credit Hour $248.25
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Tuition Per Course $744.75
Per Credit Hour Per Course
U.S. Resident Tuition Required Fees Total U.S. Resident Tuition Required Fees Total
$210.00 $38.25 $248.25 $630.00 $114.75 $744.75

Calendar


Our B.S. in Creative Media online program is flexible and convenient—featuring accelerated courses and multiple start dates per year.

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Term Length Course Begin Course End Application Deadline Document Deadline Registration Deadline Payment Deadline Last Day to Withdraw
Fall 2018 7wk 10/15/2018 12/7/2018 9/24/2018 10/1/2018 10/5/2018 10/12/2018 11/14/2018
Spring 2019 7wk 1/14/2019 3/1/2019 12/3/2018 12/10/2018 1/5/2019 1/11/2019 2/19/2019
7wk 3/11/2019 5/3/2019 2/18/2019 2/24/2019 3/1/2019 3/8/2019 4/17/2019
Summer 2019 7wk 5/13/2019 6/28/2019 4/22/2019 4/29/2019 5/3/2019 5/10/2019 6/6/2019
7wk 7/1/2019 8/16/2019 6/10/2019 6/17/2019 6/21/2019 6/28/2019 7/25/2019
Fall 2019 7wk 8/19/2019 10/4/2019 7/29/2019 8/5/2019 8/9/2019 8/16/2019 9/24/2019
7wk 10/14/2019 12/6/2019 9/23/2019 9/30/2019 10/4/2019 10/11/2019 11/13/2019
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Admissions


A-State Online offers a streamlined admission process for both new students and transfers. Students who are interested in the B.S. in Creative Media online program should review and follow the requirements for admission below.

  • When completing the online application, choose the appropriate application type – A-State Online Freshman (if you have never attended college) or A-State Online Transfer (if you have previously attended any college).
  • Select three emphasis areas and submit this form.
  • Pay $30.00 non-refundable application fee
  • Submit an official High School Transcript with at least a 2.75 GPA or GED score of 500 (if taken prior to 2002) or 525 (if taken in or since 2002). The High School/GED requirement is waived for students who have previously successfully completed 13 or more transferrable college credit hours.
  • Submit official Test Scores (e.g., ACT and SAT). Test scores are considered official if they are delivered directly to us from a testing center or from your high school on your official transcript. Test scores are valid for a period of five years from the date of the exam. The test score requirement is waived for students who have previously successfully completed 24 or more transferrable college credit hours.
    • ACT test scores of 21 or greater on the composite score as well as 19 on the Math, Reading, and English sub-scores
    • SAT test score of 990
    • Comparable scores from other exams may be used. Students must score at or above the scores listed in the tables below:

      XPLORE PLAN
      English 14 16
      Reading 14 15
      Math 15 17
  • Cumulative college GPA of at least 2.0 on previous college coursework.
  • No remediation courses are available for this program. If a student does not show test scores that clear the need for remediation, they must show completion of or readiness for the following program courses:
    • English requirement: Students may be considered eligible for admission based on completion of English Composition I, English Composition II, or Writing Fundamentals with a grade of C or better.
    • Math requirement: Students may be considered eligible for admission based on completion of College Algebra or Intermediate Algebra with a grade of D or better.
  • No conditional admission status is available for this program.
  • International students must submit an attested or notarized copy of their high school diploma in English. Students seeking to transfer from a non-U.S. university or college must submit official transcripts from these institutions. A transcript evaluation by an independent agency (e.g., World Education Service or Education Credential Evaluators) will be required and will be the responsibility of the student. Proof of English proficiency may be required.

Additional Information

Students that have attended any other institution of higher education must meet the following requirements.

When the student has:

  • Less than 12 college hours: submit official final high school transcript and official test scores.
  • 13 - 23 college hours: have a minimum of 2.0 grade point average on cumulative transcripts and official test scores.
  • 24 or more college hours: have a minimum of 2.0 grade point average on cumulative transcripts.

Test scores are valid for five years from date of exam.

Submit all documents to:

A-State Online
P.O. Box 2520
State University, AR 72467

Fax: 870-972-3548
Email: academicpartnerships@astate.edu

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Jonesboro, AR 72401

Courses


Students are required to complete 120 credit hours of coursework.

You must take the following courses, plus 6-9 hours of media or communication electives.

CMAC 1001: Media Grammar and Style

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Writing mechanics for media. An introduction to applying basic grammar, spelling and media style rules and guidelines professionals use for writing across multiple media platforms. Can be taken concurrently with CMAC 2003 with consent of chair. Test-out option available.

CMAC 2003: Media Writing

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Basic writing for print, broadcast and Internet media. Course includes attention to news style and grammar. Pre/Co-requisite, CMAC 1001.

CMAC 2053: Introduction to Visual Communications

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Course is the study of the principles, theories and language of visual communication to help students analyze, interpret and apply visual content to communicate more effectively.

CMAC 3001: Professional Seminar

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 1

The course is an overview of professional careers, etiquette and best practices in a broad range of communication and media-based contexts.

CMAC 4073: Communications Law & Ethics

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 1

The course is an examination of the legal and ethical limitations and privileges affecting the mass media.

MDIA 2313: Multimedia Production

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

This is an introductory course in audio, video, photo and text production for many distribution platforms.

MDIA 3363: Communications Research

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Course focuses on the study and use of research tools and theories available for mass communications problem-solving. Emphasis will be on library research, theory approaches and applied media research.

MDIA 4123: Media Management and Entrepreneurship

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

This course examines entrepreneurial techniques and skills including business finance, client interaction and ethics that can be applied across multiple media-based contexts and platforms.

MDIA 4363: Multimedia Storytelling

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

This is an introductory course in multimedia concepts, media elements, platforms and production. Emphasis is placed on delivery of content across media platforms for diverse audiences.

Students taking an emphasis in Audio/Video Production must take the following courses, including either MDIA 3343 or MDIA 4383.

MDIA 3313: Audio and Video Production

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Course in the technical skills and creative principles required for video field production and postproduction, focusing on writing, producing, planning, shooting, and editing video projects and assignments.

MDIA 3343: Advanced Audio Production

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Special practices in radio station operation, with special assignments relative to operation of KASU.

MDIA 4383: Advanced Television Production

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Focuses on practice in methods and procedures of producing studio and remote program content for ASU TV. This may include, athletic events, campus forums, concerts, newscasts, spelling bees, telethons, etc.

MDIA 3353: Field and Post Production

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

This is an experiential course in the technical skills and creative principles required for video field production and postproduction, focusing on writing, producing, planning, shooting and editing video projects and assignments.

MDIA 4353: Corporate Media Production

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Course features the study of the field and function of media production for business and nonprofit organizations. The course addresses client contact; budgeting; analysis of production problems; and design and writing of scripts for promotion, training and news in corporate and industrial settings. Special course fee $25.

MDIA 4483: Broadcast Graphics

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Development and production of graphics for video, television, and internet-based media.

Students taking an emphasis in Narrative Media must take the following courses.

MDIA 3403: Screenwriting for Narrative Motion Pictures

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Focuses on the study and application of writing and scripting techniques for narrative motion pictures, including synopsis, sequence outline, treatments and screenplay. Characterization and genre conventions are also considered.

MDIA 3503: Film Cinematography, Lighting and Editing

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

This is an introduction to the theory and techniques of cinematography, lighting and editing for narrative filmmaking.

MDIA 4303: Advanced Filmmaking Techniques

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

This is an in-depth study of narrative filmmaking as an art form. Students develop greater expertise in shooting properly exposed and imaginatively composed images, storyboarding, production techniques, composition aesthetics, lighting, sound mixes, and digital non-linear editing.

Must have 6 credit hours of the following courses.

ENG 1003: Composition I

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Study and practice of fundamentals of written communication, including principles of grammar, punctuation, spelling, organization, and careful analytical reading. Prerequisite, with grade of C or better, for ENG 1013.

ENG 1013: Composition II

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Continues the practice of ENG 1003 to develop further the skills learned in that course. Based on reading and discussion of various types of writing, the students’ essays will provide practice in different kinds of rhetorical development, including research and documentation.

Must have 3 to 4 credit hours or any higher level mathematics course for which College Algebra is a prerequisite. The course listed below is the only one offered online through A-State at this time. You may also take Math 1054.

MATH 1023: College Algebra

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Equations and inequalities, functions and graphs, polynomial and rational functions, exponential and logarithmic functions, systems of equations and inequalities, matrices, and miscellaneous topics. No credit given if taken following MATH 1054.

Students must complete three courses from this section. At least one must be a fine arts course, one humanities, and one English course. Please note that Intro to the Literature of the Western World I ENG 2003 and Intro to the Literature of the Western World II ENG 2013 are offered online through Arkansas State University. Other Fine Arts courses not offered online are ART 2501, THEA 2503, PHIL 1103.

ENG 2003: Introduction to World Literature I

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Introduction to the analysis and interpretation of literary works from several historical periods ranging from early civilizations through the Renaissance.

ENG 2013: Introduction to World Literature II

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Introduction to the analysis and interpretation of literary works from several historical periods ranging from the Renaissance to the present.

MUS 2503: Fine Arts – Music

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

An introduction to music for the listener who has had no formal musical training or experience. A study of musical styles and composers and their cultural and historical contexts.

Three of the following courses must be completed. At least one course must be selected from SOC 2213, HIST 2773, or POSC 2103. Please note that POSC 2103, Introduction to American Government, and SOC 2213, Introduction to Sociology are offered online through Arkansas State University. Other social science courses that can be taken but not offered online are ECON 2313, ECON 2333, POSC 1003.

POSC 2103: Introduction to US Government

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

The constitution, government, and politics of the United States.

SOC 2213: Principles of Sociology

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Human society and social behavior.

PSY 2013: Introduction to Psychology

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Study of the important scientific, principles of individual human behavior from biological, cognitive, social, and behavioral perspectives.

One of the following courses and lab must be completed. Please note that Biological Science BIO 1003 and Laboratory for Biological Science BIO 1001 are offered online through Arkansas State University. Other courses that may be taken but not offered online are BIO 1033, BIO 1063, BIO 2013.

BIO 1003: Biological Science

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

The major characteristics and processes of life emphasizing the human organism. Promotes understanding of diversity and unity among living organisms with focus on ecological interactions and responsibilities of people within their social and natural environment. Lecture three hours per week. Special course fees may apply. Must be taken with BIO 1001.

BIO 1001: Laboratory for Biological Science

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 1

Laboratory, must be taken with BIO 1003. There will be a fee when purchasing the LabKit. Please visit the tuition and fees page for pricing.

CHEM 1043: Fundamentals of Chemistry I

Duration: Varies  |  Credit Hours: 3

An introduction to selected fundamental concepts including dimensional analysis, mole concept, atomic and molecular structure, nomenclature, chemical reactions, thermochemistry, intermolecular interactions, gases, mixtures, kinetics, equilibrium and acid base chemistry. Fall, Summer.

CHEM 1041: Fundamentals of Chemistry Lab

Duration: Varies  |  Credit Hours: 1

Special course fees apply. Prerequisite or co-requisite of CHEM 1043. Fall, Summer.

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