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The Bachelor of Science in Multimedia Design is a 4-year undergraduate curriculum that develops the knowledge and skills that provide students with qualifications to establish careers in a wide range of public and private sector industries, both in Bahrain and abroad. The possibilities include acquiring professional positions in media, advertising, business marketing and public relations, information technology, film, television, entertainment and video gaming, and online, interactive training networks, to name just a few.

The Bachelor of Science in Multimedia Design gives students the opportunity to specialize in mass communication, production, or advertising. Each degree option develops a solid base of multimedia skills and knowledge, encompassing interface design, 2-D animation, video production, introductory software development, Web-based design, and digital audio, and hands-on experience with real-world multimedia production. Majors in a chosen field of specialization, selecting from subject areas such as film and television, journalism, communication, and advertising further enhance this knowledge.

All students pursuing the Bachelor of Fine Arts in Multimedia Design must complete a minimum of 125 credits with a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or better.

Course information

English requirements (9 credits)

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3
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0
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3

This course is an overview of expository writing, including the development and revision of paragraphs and essays using various rhetorical strategies, as well as reading and discussion of selected essays, short stories and poems. In addition, the course introduces writing about literature, incorporation and documentation of material from primary sources.

Lecture:
3
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0
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3

This course emphasizes documented critical writing based on an introduction to fiction, drama, and poetry. 

Prerequisite: ENGL 101

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3
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3

This course emphasizes on techniques for communicating successfully through sound, honest written and oral business messages. The content is directed primarily to careers that involve precise writing skills, as well as general strategies involved in job related functions.

Arab Heritage requirements (6 credits)

Lecture:
3
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0
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3

This course introduces the general principles of Arab Heritage and Language.

Lecture:
3
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0
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3

This course introduces the general principles of the modern history of Bahrain.

Mathematics requirements (6 credits) - Choose two courses

Lecture:
3
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3

This course introduces sets, number systems, fractions, polynomials, linear equations in one variable, functions, special functions, exponential and logarithmic functions, equation of a straight line, systems of equations and mathematics of finance.

Lecture:
3
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0
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3

This course introduces matrix algebra, inequalities and systems of linear inequalities, linear programming, and basics of differential and integral calculus.

Prerequisite: MATH 130

Lecture:
3
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0
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3

This course introduces the concepts of and need for statistics, collection, tabulations, graphical representation of statistical data, frequency distributions, measures of central tendency, measures of dispersion and skewness, probability and probability distributions, the binomial, the Poisson and the normal distributions, sampling, and estimating means and percentages.

Science requirements (8 credits) - Choose two courses

Lecture:
3
Laboratory:
1
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4

This course introduces the general principles of chemistry with emphasis on inorganic materials.

Prerequisites: High school chemistry and 2 years of high school algebra

Lecture:
3
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0
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3

This course provides an overview of the fundamental principles of physics in areas of mechanics and oscillatory motion. Topics include standards and units, vectors and coordinate systems, kinematics, dynamics of work energy and power, conservation of energy, dynamics of system of particles, collisions, rotational kinematics and dynamics, equilibrium of rigid bodies, and oscillations. The course is designed for students requiring calculus-based physics.

Prerequisites: High school physics and MATH 151

Lecture:
3
Laboratory:
1
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4

The basis of study in a variety of fields builds upon the capacity to view the world from multiple perspectives as well as the ability to ask investigative questions on the intricacies of life. Students in this course work toward gaining such skills as they survey fundamental biological principles. Students engage in discussions, application-based assignments that emphasize basic biology, cell biology, metabolism, genetics, evolution, ecology and diversity. Students also gain an introduction to the scientific method. Through this course, students will have the opportunity to increase their fundamental understanding of biology as it applies to everyday life.

Social science requirements (9 credits)

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3
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0
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3

This course introduces the general principles of Global Human Rights.

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3
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3

The course is a survey of topics such as research methodology, biological bases of behavior, perception, motivation and emotion, learning and memory, development, intelligence, personality, mental disturbance, and social influence.

Lecture:
3
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3

This course provides a broad overview of sociology and how it applies to everyday life. Major theoretical perspectives and concepts are presented, including sociological imagination, culture, deviance, inequality, social change, and social structure. Students also explore the influence of social class and social institutions, such as churches, education, healthcare, government, economy, and environment. The family as a social structure is also examined.

Core requirements (51 credits)

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3
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This course introduces the essential concepts of visual culture. The role that images play in producing cultural meaning is examined. It focuses on how sight, knowledge and power are related, or on how to read images.

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3
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3

This course focuses on visual experiences in the day to day life in the field of art, cinema, advertising, television, music videos and digital media, by using different approaches such as cultural studies, media and gender studies. Prerequisite: DSGN 101

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3
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3

This course focuses on equipping the designer with the keys to the realm of concrete visual thinking and the ability to translate concepts, subjects, themes or narratives into visual language. The course also focuses on translating written or spoken word into visual symbols through 2D compositions.

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3
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0
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3

This course focuses on the text and the meaning and effects of visual language. Different aspects of art and design will be examined over the examples of two-and three-dimensional space by using a variety of tools Prerequisite: DSGN 111

Lecture:
3
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0
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3

This course provides an overview of the role of the computer within the subject of creativity. Course content introduces extensive knowledge about computers, information networks, multimedia environments and issues related to design and innovation processes that involve computers.

Lecture:
3
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0
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3

This course develops understanding of the emerging cybercultures and virtual worlds necessary for efficient utilization in both professional and personal tasks. This course identifies the key issues with cybercultures and virtual worlds and explores the relationship of computers to design and the media. Prerequisite: DSGN 111

Lecture:
3
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0
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3

This course focuses on the fundamentals of typography history, technology, and theory. Course content emphasizes the study of letter-forms, typographic composition, typographic expression and communication, the power and role of typography in constructing meaning, and typography as a tool for representation of concepts.

Lecture:
3
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0
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3

This course introduces basic technical skills of black and white photographic techniques, such as shooting, film processing, and enlarging. Topics include photographic equipment, materials, processes and philosophy, use of black and white materials, small camera operation, roll film processing, enlarging, finishing and presentation.

Lecture:
3
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0
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3

This course introduces photographic image modification using computer technology. Topics include the use of scanners and other input devices, image editing software and various output options, as well as the commercial and aesthetic potential and application of digital imagery.

Lecture:
3
Laboratory:
0
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3

This course introduces the design and use of video equipment. Camera types, the working principles of the camera and TV system, lenses, camera movements, camera mounting equipment, and a basic knowledge of audio equipment are covered. Discussion also involves contemporary video production concepts and equipment, along with a basic history of technical development in this area.

Lecture:
3
Laboratory:
0
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3

This course focuses on the process of multimedia production with hands-on experience and introduction to the basics of most media.

Lecture:
3
Laboratory:
0
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3

The course introduces physical interaction design in new media works with microcontroller and sensor technologies and explores interaction design practices adaptable for physical interaction, daily-life applications and contemporary art works. Arduino microcontroller and PureData environment are used as production tools. Course content also introduces artistic strategies, structures and methodologies for the creation of interactive installations and physical media-image-sound interaction projects. The course is taught using PureData, an open source, object-oriented programming environment and Arduino microcontroller.

Lecture:
0
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0
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This course focuses on the methodological basis of a capstone project focusing on progression of the concept and developing the skills needed to understand and carry out a research-based visualization process. (This is a pass/fail course.)

Lecture:
6
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0
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6

This course emphasizes organizing and monitoring the capstone project by working to eliminate problems determined by the project committee. Solutions to obstacles are suggested accordingly. Prerequisite: DSGN 401

Lecture:
6
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0
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6

The purpose of the internship is to expose students to the profession and give them an opportunity to apply their academic knowledge in a practical setting. The internship consists of a minimum of 240 work hours (6 weeks) for third-year students and 320 work hours (8 weeks) for fourth-year students with an approved employer. Internships are evaluated by the internship coordinator with a pass/fail grade. Prerequisites: at least junior standing

Major requirements (18 credits)

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3
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This course focuses on the skills of drawing real objects and learning to perceive the compositions of object groups for interpretation in the digital medium.

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3
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3

This course is a survey of the key design elements of publishing content on the World Wide Web. Course content includes processes such as concept development for interactive design works, information design, interface design, interaction design, optimization and integration for the Web, usability, beta-testing, etc., as well as the basic principles of publishing and managing visual content for hypermedia and an interactive portal site. Tools for creating and editing Web projects include browsers, browser helper applications, HTML editors, document management tools and image editors.

Lecture:
3
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0
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3

This course expands upon the ideas introduced in DSGN 311. Topics include developing rich media applications, preparing flash animations, promoting the site, and creating an e-campaign. Prerequisite: DSGN 301

Lecture:
3
Laboratory:
0
Total:
3

This course involves application of the process of appropriate use of all available communication levels (i.e., text, video, animation, audio, etc.) for multimedia production.

Lecture:
3
Laboratory:
0
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3

This course involves application of the process of multimedia production culminating in a completed multimedia production ready to be delivered to the end user. Every aspect of a multimedia production is planned, designed, edited and programmed. Prerequisite: DSGN 331

Lecture:
3
Laboratory:
0
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3

This course introduces 3-D modeling and rendering software, basic modeling concepts and techniques, methods on how to create materials, scenes rendered with digital lights and cameras, and providing a perspective on the 3-D digital design and virtual environments.

Major electives (9 credits)

Students pursuing Bachelor of Fine Arts in Multimedia Design must complete a minimum of nine elective credits in design (DSGN) coursework offered at or above the 200-level and which are not considered courses within the major requirements. 9 credits must be earned in the area of art/design history, theory and criticism (as a part of common body of knowledge).

Professional Electives (9 credits)

Students pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Multimedia Design must complete a minimum of 9 elective credits. Elective credits can be earned via any courses offered at or above the 100-level. (Choose 3 courses) Each of the following courses bear 3 credit units:

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3
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0
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3

This course provides an understanding of legal history and legal institutions and an overview of the most important principles and rules of court procedure and evidence, as well as the general principles of contract law that are relevant for business and professional courses.

Lecture:
3
Laboratory:
0
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3

This course focuses on the creation of investable technology-based start-ups. Topics include identifying and evaluating opportunities, human capital, key operations, lean start-up methodology, pitch deck and elevator pitch, start-up funding rounds (FFF, business angels, venture capitals, media for equity). Different actual businesses are studied through case-study analysis.

Lecture:
3
Laboratory:
0
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3

This course introduces the ethical dimensions of business as related to the various stakeholders inside and outside the organization. Topics include business ethical theory, ethical decision making, typical dilemmas, and corporate social responsibility.

Prerequisite: ENGL 205