Media Arts & Sciences

Media Arts & Sciences Major


Co-Directors: Orit Shaer and David Teng Olsen

The Media Arts & Sciences major, jointly supported between the Art Department and Computer Science Department, provides interdisciplinary study in the new and dynamic developments within the fields of new media and technology.

The program focuses on media production that balances artistic sensibility with analytical reasoning within the rich tradition of the liberal arts environment. Areas of study include digital imaging and design; web-connected database architectures; three-dimensional visualization and modeling; digital composition in audio/video; analog print and photographic processes; computer graphics and animation; human-computer interaction; and programming for networked environments.

For more information, see the MAS website.

MAS Transfer of Credit information


All students planning to study art abroad or at an institution other than Wellesley for a semester, year, or summer must arrange meetings with their major or minor advisers prior to departure to discuss how their plans will impact the completion of their majors and their Wellesley degrees. We also recommend that non-departmental students intending to take an art course elsewhere for credit meet with the relevant member of our faculty regarding their plans. Without such a meeting, and ongoing consultation, there is no guarantee that courses will transfer as expected. 

The MAS Program grants transfer credit for 100-, 200-, and 300-level courses, with the advance approval of your major adviser or program chair.  Art History 100 and Advanced New Media 321 must be taken on campus. If approved by the Registrar and the relevant department, additional transfer credits will count towards completion of your Wellesley degree.


Students seeking either departmental or distribution credit must submit the transfer of credit request to the Registrar’s Office; please follow the instructions posted on the Registrar’s site (  Submit all of the requested information, as well as a complete syllabus (translated into English if necessary); the Registrar’s form cannot accept attachments so please email MAS course syllabi to Professor Olsen ( 

The Art Department will not act on any transfer of credit requests without a completed transfer of credit request form, syllabus, and (if relevant) portfolio; the sooner you submit this information, the sooner we can inform you of the departmental decision.  As this may affect your major or graduation plans it is to your advantage to complete this process in a timely fashion. 


Students arriving at Wellesley as transfer students in their junior or senior years may transfer up to five classes toward a departmental major; these credits cannot take the place of 300-level courses.  All transfer students must submit the necessary forms to the Registrar and arrange an appointment with the relevant faculty member (see above) to review transcripts, portfolios, and syllabi as soon as possible upon arrival at Wellesley.


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