New Media Degree Requirements

Bachelor of Arts with Emphasis in Music & New Media (B.A.)

The Bachelor of Arts with emphasis in Music & New Media (B.A.) degree at UofL is a four-year program of study designed to prepare students for careers in music and new media arts that emphasize presentation, performance, and research with technology, including audio and video production for multimedia communications, music recording, audio and video post-production, video art, sound engineering, sound design for film and gaming, sound art, sound and image research, public performance, and computer music composition.

School of Music admission requirements and audition dates

Coursework for Emphasis in New Media

Bachelor of Arts in Music with Emphasis in Music & New Media

Major: Music & New Media
Degree: BA
Unit: Music

Departmental Admission Requirements: Students in this unit are admitted directly into their degree program.

General Education

Hours

General Education Requirements1,2

34

All degrees require the completion of the University-wide General Education Program. Some General Education requirements may be met in the requirements for the major or supporting coursework, in which case additional electives may be required to complete the minimum hours for the degree.

Program Courses

Hours

Music Theory3 141-241 (three 4-hour courses)

12

Music Literature 361 (three 3-hour courses)

9

Principal Ensemble 109 (minimum of four 1-hour courses) (Strings take section 01, others solely dependent on the ensemble audition.)

4

Major Ensemble 109 (minimum of four 1-hour courses) (Contingent on interest and audition)

4

Recital Attendance 097 (six semesters of “S”)

0

Applied Instrument or Voice4,5 125-126, 225-226 (four 1-hour courses)

4

Piano Class5,6 131-132 (two 1-hour courses)

2

Analysis or Theory IV 2427

2-4

Introduction to Music Study 100

1

Piano Proficiency 197

0

Total

38-40

Plan Courses

Hours

Introduction to Musical Acoustics 170

2

Audio Engineering 171

2

Creative Audio Recording & Production Techniques 270

2

Sound Design 271

2

Sound Art 376

2

Special Topics in Music & New Media 477

2

Music Electives (2 hours of music electives if Theory IV is chosen; 4 hours of music electives if Analysis of Electronic Media is chosen)

2-4

BA Capstone Project 496 (CUE)

0

General Electives
(Non-music electives which include 18 hours in one area of concentration.
At least 9 hours in the area of concentration, and a total of 12 of the 32 hours, must be at the 300-level or above.
The student may choose to pursue a second major or take a minor in a non-music area.)

32

Total

46-48

 

Hours

Minimum Total

120

 

Culminating Undergraduate Experience (For students admitted Summer 2014 or later

Requirement fulfilled by completing MUS 496

(0)

1 Students are required to take PAS 214 African American Music (Arts and Humanities content: Cultural Diversity competency) and ANTH 205 Music in World Cultures (Social and Behavioral Sciences content: Cultural Diversity competency).

2 MUH courses may not be taken to fulfill any General Education requirement.

3 Students who do not pass the computer-based Fundamentals Test prior to the beginning of the fall semester are required to enroll in MUS 091 Fundamentals of Music I for 0 credit concurrently with MUS 141 Theory I. Students who do not pass Theory I, and students who enter the School of Music in January and do not place into MUS 142 Theory II, must enroll in MUS 092 Musicianship I for the spring semester. Credits for MUS 092 do not count toward the degree.

4 The Piano Proficiency Examination is required for applied piano and organ majors.

5 If the applied area is piano or organ, Piano Class is replaced with 2 hours of music electives. The Piano Proficiency Examination may be taken in lieu of two semesters of Piano Class.

6 Students must pass the complete Piano Proficiency Examination before receiving credit for the final semester of the piano requirement. Students must be enrolled continuously in Piano Class until their piano requirement has been completed. Those who pass the Piano Proficiency Exam before the end of the second semester of Piano Class may replace the requirement with electives or with secondary piano if faculty load permits.

7 MUS 347 Analysis for BA General, MUS 349 Jazz Analysis for BA Jazz Studies, MUS 350 Analysis of Electronic Media for BA Music & New Media.

Notes:

1 Students enrolled in the BA Music & New Media are strongly encouraged to enroll in MUS 535 Music Industry, MUS 567 Computer Music, MUS 575 Music Production, or MUS 576 Multimedia Production for their Music Electives credits.

Upper Division Assessment

All students enrolled in a music degree program will be reviewed at the approximate midpoint of the selected program in order for students to achieve Upper Division status. Students must meet the standards of this review to register for 400-level courses in music. Both the elements and standards of the review are established by the faculty and include credit for MUS 242 Theory IV or MUS 350 Analysis of Electronic Media; MUS 361-01 Music Literature; 4 semesters of Applied Instrument at the course numbers required for the degree; Piano Proficiency Examination; MUS 97 Recital Attendance, with “S” for 4 semesters; Ensemble Participation; cumulative 2.5 GPA (good standing); minimum of 48 credit hours completed; pass English 101 or 105 and 3 additional Gen Ed courses.

Additional specific elements and standards appropriate to specific degree programs in jazz studies, music composition, music education, music history, instrumental and vocal performance, pedagogy, music & new media music theory, and music therapy are required of students in order to achieve Upper Division status and to continue in the degree program. Specific degree requirements are determined by the division and area faculties and are outlined in the Music Student Handbook and the various Division handbooks. 

Emphasis in New Media Portfolio

Although each student must play or sing a performance audition for the School of Music, applicants to the BA program with emphasis in Music & New Media must also submit a portfolio of work that includes the following: three or four samples of original creative work, i.e., music composition, video, multimedia, electronic music, creative writing, photography, visual art, sound art, etc. Evidence of experience using personal computers in the production of creative work is helpful.

Application materials should be received by Feb. 1 for full consideration.

Send to:
Admissions Counselor
School of Music

University of Louisville
Louisville, KY  40292

Capstone Project

Students have the flexibility in the curriculum to focus on their own goals and interests after completing the minimum requirements of the program in audio engineering, acoustics, video generation, sound analysis, sound art, electronic music, and creative new media projects. Students also design and realize a Capstone project with direct faculty oversight. These projects reflect the student’s own focus, interests and goals. Students develop an individually determined body of work and a portfolio that demonstrates their technical, conceptual, and expressive abilities.

Financial Support Suggestions

There are a few undergraduate scholarships for outstanding students. In addition, if you have excellent performance skills and wish to be considered for a performance award for participation in School of Music ensembles, please contact the instructor of your instrument or voice at the School of Music.