Major Requirements

Major Requirements

A major in Media Arts and Sciences requires 12 units of course work, at least eight of which must be above the 100 level and at least two of which must be at the 300 level. No more than one can be 350 or 360. MAS majors are required to take: three introductory courses, at least three core arts courses, and at least three core computer science courses. Students are also required to create and present an online portfolio by the Fall semester of their senior year.

Flexibility has been built into the major to allow students to adapt their course of study to their interests. Majors may choose an optional concentration in either Media Arts (by taking two additional core arts courses), or in Media Sciences (by taking two additional core computer science courses). Majors are also encouraged to take at least one approved media culture course and an advanced media production course.

In addition to other courses at Wellesley, students can take approved courses at the MIT's Media Lab and Comparative Media Studies program or at Olin College of Engineering. See sample ways to structure the major.

Introductory Courses

There are three required introductory courses in the MAS major. One from Art History, Studio Art, and Computer Science respectively:

  • ARTH 100 The Power of Images: An Introduction to Art and its Histories or CAMS 101 Introduction to Cinema and Media Studies

  • Any ARTS 100 level course (or the equivalent CAMS courses)

  • CS/MAS 115 Computing for Socio-Techno Web 



If you have already taken CS 111, you may still take CS 115 as your introductory course.

If you've taken CS 111 and would like to opt out of CS 115, you may count CS 111 as your introductory course and must take CS 204 as one of your CS core courses.

Arts Courses

At least three required Arts courses (at least five required for an emphasis in Media Arts) from the following:

Computer Science Courses

At least three required Computer Science courses (at least five required for emphasis in Media Sciences) from the following:

  • CS 111 Computer Programming and Problem Solving

  • CS 203 Computer Music

  • CS 204 Introduction to Front-End Web Development

  • CS 220 Human-Computer Interaction

  • CS 230 Data Structures

  • CS 232 Artificial Intelligence

  • CS 304 Databases with Web Interfaces

  • CS 307 Computer Graphics

  • CS 315 Web Search and Mining

  • CS 320 Tangible User Interfaces

  • CS 321  Mixed and Augmented Reality

  • CS 323 Social Computing

  • MAS 225 Making and Fabrication: Methods, Culture, and a Heuristic Approach to Technology

Media Culture Courses

At least one Media Culture course is recommended from the following:

  • ARTH 225 Modern Art Since 1945

  • ARTH 226 History of Photography: From Invention to Media Age

  • ARTH 391 Persuasive Images

  • CAMS 218 Theories of Media from Photography to the Internet

  • CAMS 222 "Being There": Documentary Film and Media

  • CAMS 272 The Ludic Imagination: Histories and Theories of Games and Play

  • CAMS 276 Media Publics: An Introduction to Civic Media

  • PHIL 222   Ethics of Technology

  • PSYC 218  Sensation and Perception

Production Courses

At least one Production course is recommended from the following (can be done in groups):

Honors may be supervised by members of the departments associated with the major in accordance with the requirements of the host department. Supervisors from other departments can be arranged by permission of the directors.

Related Courses for MAS Credit

The courses listed below are representative of Wellesley and MIT courses that emphasize topics related to the MAS major. Students may include courses not listed below in their major with permission of the program directors.

  • ANTH 232 Anthropology of the Media

  • ANTH 246 From Glyphs to Bytes: Ancient Egypt and the Future of Digital Humanities

  • ARTH 373/CLCV 373 Antiquities Today: The Politics of Replication

  • CAMS 208/ENG 208 Writing for Television

  • CAMS 234/ENG 204 The Art of Screenwriting

  • CS 231 Fundamental Algorithms

  • CS 234 Data, Analytics, and Visualization

  • CS 242 Computer Networks

  • CS 332 Visual Processing by Computer and Biological Vision Systems

  • MUS 276 American Popular Music

  • MUS 300 History, Theory, Analysis and Ethnomusicology: Music and Sound in Video Games

  • PHIL 203 Philosophy of Art

  • SOC 231 The Sociology of Art, Media, and Culture-Comparative Perspectives

  • THST 200 That's What She Said: Trailblazing Women of American Comedy

  • THST 207 Stagecraft

  • THST 209 Scenic Design as Collaborative Art

MIT Courses

The MIT Media Lab and the MIT Comparative Media Studies Program offers a large variety of courses that may be appropriate for a MAS major. These offerings vary per semester; please consult the MIT catalog at and

Olin Courses

The Olin College of Engineering offers the following course that may be appropriate for a media arts and sciences major.

  • ENGR 2250 User-Oriented Collaborative Design

Online Portfolio

Students must create and present an online portfolio by the end of the Fall semester of their senior year.