Physical computing, wearable technologies, human computer interaction, hardware and software. Includes new human computer interfaces, such as voice and biometrics, smart homes and environments, and storytelling combined with the Internet of Things.


  • Robotics
  • Smart Home Environments
  • IOT Data Creative
  • Experience Designer
  • Physical Computing Engineer
  • Wearable Tech Designer
  • Technology Interactives Research and Development
  • Software Engineer
  • Touch Sensor Hardwear Engineer
  • User Experience Researcher
  • Interaction Designer
  • Wearables Test Engineer

What is an emphasis?

In the second year, BFA-EMA students will select two emphases (undergraduate specialty areas). Each emphasis consists of a minimum of four courses. Sensory Media is one emphasis option. The chart below shows how an emphasis makes up one part of the emerging media curriculum.

Course RequirementsCredits

Major Requirements

Core 48
Emphasis 1 12
Emphasis 2 12
Interdisciplinary Concentration 9
Total 81
Electives 9
ACE 30
Total in Degree 120
Detailed Curriculum and Degree Information Sample 4-Year Plan

Sensory Media Media Emphasis Courses

The Sensory Media emphasis consists of the following courses. These courses will be taken in addition to the core courses, a second required emphasis, an interdisciplinary concentration, electives, and general education (ACE) courses. See detailed degree and curriculum information at

Introduction to Electrical Engineering I (ECEN 121)

Introduction to basic electrical engineering concepts including communications and signal processing.

Elements of Electrical Engineering I (ECEN 211)

Basic circuit analysis including direct and alternating currents and operational amplifiers. Digital signals and circuits.

Special Topics in Electrical Engineering IV (ECEN 498)

Other Areas of Emphasis

Application to this program

Students considering Emerging Media Arts must complete the required application. This application applies to both incoming freshman and transfer students and is used to evaluate a student’s suitability for the Emerging Media Arts program. The application information is also used for awarding scholarships
(individual awards vary).

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