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Student Opportunities

It is undeniable that emerging media is dramatically changing the way that we work, play, and learn. Students in all disciplines at Ball State have the opportunity to engage with emerging media through academic programs, software training, a dedicated living-learning community, immersive learning projects, and even student employment.

Academic Programs

Instead of offering one emerging media major in one department, Ball State seeks to integrate emerging media experiences across the curriculum. Here, we highlight a handful of programs that are leading the way in emerging-media integration.  

Animation: The School of Art provides undergraduate and graduate level instruction on the latest 2D and 3D animation techniques as well as industry-standard animation software. 

Computer Science: Students in computer science have a variety of elective options, ranging from database management and interactive web sites to computer games and graph theory. 

Digital Fabrication: The College of Architecture and Planning (CAP) offers immersive experiences and certificate programs that link cutting-edge industrial computer technology with architectural design and connect students with industry professionals. 

Digital Media Minor: The digital media minor combines writing, video, and sound to create new forms of storytelling that are applicable to a wide array of majors.  Faculty represent the Departments of Communication Studies, Journalism, and Telecommunications, and the Schools of Art and Music.

Educational Technology: This graduate-level program includes coursework in visual and digital literacy, inquiry and simulations in educational computing, instructional design, curriculum integration of technology, educational multimedia and educational informatics.  

Emerging Media Journalism: The Departments of Telecommunications and Journalism have combined forces to prepare students for all types of multimedia journalism, challenging them to produce quality, in-depth news across multiple platforms.
Geographical Information Science: Within the Department of Geography, students are prepared to solve social and environmental problems using information visualization, remote sensing and geographical information systems.

Multimedia Production: This telecommunications program prepares students for careers in media, using digital technology to create content for television, radio, film, and interactive products.

Music Media Production and Industry: The program within the Department of Music features classes on recording technology, mixing, music industry and songwriting for audio production and the music business.

Media and Software Training

Ball State students and staff have access to online training videos about software applications through our partnership with Lynda.com.  This is a great free resource with hundreds of hours of tutorials. To access the training videos, visit bsu.edu/lynda.

Emerging Media Living-Learning Community

The Emerging Media Living-Learning Community is open to all students pursuing any major who have an interest in exploring new technology and innovations in media. Located in Wilson Hall within Johnson Complex, students in the community have 24-hour access to the hall’s Emerging Media Penthouse outfitted with a green screen, video cameras, Macintosh computers with editing software, flat screen television with Blu Ray DVD and surround sound system. They network with faculty and staff, upper-level students and professionals on academic and personal projects, and participate in emerging media workshops and community trips to film festivals and media companies.   

Immersive Learning Projects

In addition to immersive learning projects in academic courses throughout the university, the Building Better Communities (BBC) Fellows program forms interdisciplinary teams of faculty and students to find real-world solutions to real-world problems for Indiana businesses and organizations.  

Each semester, a number of BBC Fellow projects are dedicated to delivering emerging media solutions for client organizations. Interdisciplinary teams can include students from all levels of technical expertise and often work alongside Ball State’s Emerging Technologies and Digital Corps units. These projects are a great way for nontechnical majors, in particular, to apply their knowledge, learn technical skills, earn academic credit. and gain practical experience.

Student Employment

The Digital Corps is made up of a team of student media experts with varied skilled sets and backgrounds who provide high-level customer support in two high-end campus computer labs and media software training for students and professionals in Apple's Final Cut Studio and the Adobe Creative Suite.

The Digital Corps is based on a guild model of apprentice, specialist and master. Digital Corps students are organized into teams based on their areas of expertise. All students work together alongside staff members of Emerging Technologies to work on projects for the Ball State community and outside clients. Students learn emerging media applications, enhance their knowledge by teaching others, and use those skills to create a variety of projects for the campus community and outside clients.