New Media Degree Requirements

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

 The Bachelor of Arts in Music with emphasis in New Media (B.A.) degree at the University of Louisville 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 music technology.

University of Louisville Academic Catalog

Coursework for Emphasis in New Media

Bachelor of Arts in Music with Emphasis in New Media

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

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

General Education


General Education Requirements1,2


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.


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 22 hours, must be at the 300-level or above. The student may choose to pursue a minor in a non-music area.)

Program Courses


Music Theory3 141, 142, 241 (three 4-hour courses)


Music Literature 361, 362, 363 (three 3-hour courses)


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


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


Recital Attendance 097 (six semesters of “S”)


Applied Instrument or Voice4,5 125,126, 225, 226 (four 1-hour courses)
Jazz Applied 105, 106


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


Analysis of Electronic Media 3507


Introduction to Music Study 100


Piano Proficiency 197




Plan Courses


New Media Seminar (eight 0.5-hour courses) 268


Introduction to Musical Acoustics 170


Audio Engineering 171


Secondary Composition 145


Creative Audio Recording & Production Techniques 270


Sound Design 271


Sound Art 376


New Media Internship 396


Special Topics in New Media 477


500-level Courses, choose two from the following: Music Industry 535, Studies in Improvisation 551, Introduction to
Electronic & Computer Music 567, Music Production 575, Multimedia Production 576, Composition for Digital Media 586


BA Capstone Project 496 (CUE)






Minimum Total



Culminating Undergraduate Experience (For students admitted Summer 2014 or later

Requirement fulfilled by completing MUS 496


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

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. 

Capstone Project

Students design and realize a Capstone project with direct faculty mentorship and 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.