Frequently Asked Questions
Reach out to the MAS fellow or the department co-directors to discuss your interest in the major. Feel free to swing by MAS events or drop in on the advising fellow's office hours to talk about any questions.
Consult the Major Requirements about the introductory courses that MAS students must take. Please note that some of the introductory Art Studio classes have enrollment caps and an application process, and may be difficult to get into. You should contact the professor teaching the class the semester prior to your enrollment about enrolling in the class.
You should meet either of the co-Directors or the MAS fellow before declaring your major. Our advising fellow is a great resource to answer any questions you may have and give advice about the MAS track at Wellesley. Reach out as soon as possible once you have decided on the major.
No. You may design your major to balance studies between Media Arts and Media Sciences. The emphasis on either Media Arts or Media Sciences is optional.
No. If you are more interested in concentrating in Media Science or Media Arts, consider doing a minor in CS or Art Studio (focusing on digital media classes).
Both the Media Arts & Sciences major and the Cinema Media Studies major share an interest in media. The primary difference, however, is that the MAS major is production oriented. All MAS core classes require that you learn the production skills while also engaging in a larger critical framework. A MAS major means that you will work actively in both the creative production and analytical side of technology.
MAS majors have gone to programs all around the world! Check out our compilation of MAS pre-approved programs that offer courses relevant to the major. If there is a program you are interested in that is not on the list, reach out to your advisor to discuss its relevance to the major and your plan of action.
Do the pre-requisite classes (see the Course Catalog) as soon as possible - these will allow you to take the needed 200 level classes in your second year. Ideally, you should have 6-8 of your major units in place before you go abroad, depending on what offerings the abroad program has in related course work. Schedule a meeting with one of the Co-Directors or the MAS fellow during the fall semester of your second year, to review your plans.
Most of the local MAS related internships offer the opportunity to be active producing a serious project or event, not the common staple of office filing and clerical work. As you review the list of postings, consider what skills may be needed and what you can walk away with from the internship. While many are unpaid internships, having a solid portfolio of projects and skill sets is hugely valued in today's marketplace. Check the Wellesley CS & MAS linkedin group and the MAS-students Google group for ongoing postings.
Make it your practice of developing your portfolio. Talk to professors and other students if you have a specific interest, and need help or suggestions. The Art Department often offers a lunch time workshop on portfolio development.