Emerging Media Arts electives in Story include courses in writing and screenwriting for film, television, games, and for VR and other immersive experiences, as well as producing quality content across all platforms, mediums, and technologies.

Narrative Storytelling (EMAR 311)

Prerequisite: Story Lab II (EMAR 111)

Introduction to visual storytelling and scriptwriting. Beginning with exercises in character development and story world development, students write several short screenplays. Strong emphasis placed on the importance of revision and refinement of story structure and problem solving.

Storyworlds (EMAR 341)

Prerequisites: Story Lab II (EMAR 111) and major in Emerging Media Arts 

A deep dive into creating stories in the age of ubiquitous computing, artificial intelligence, and fan culture.

Principles of Interactivity (EMAR 342)

Prerequisite: Major in Emerging Media Arts

Introduction to how humans interpret visual, tactile and auditory phenomena, and how these perceptions inform their actions in both the physical and digital worlds. Students will learn the principles and foundations of game design, and a range of game types, interfaces and experiences (be they digital, physical, aural, visual or haptic), that get people to take the action you intended them to take.

Detailed Curriculum and Degree Information Sample 4-Year Plan


  • Screenwriter
  • Writing for Games
  • Experience Design
  • Speculative Worlds
  • Video Game Director
  • Video Game Designer
  • Producer

Other Areas of EMA Electives

Additional application for the EMA program (REQUIRED)

Students considering the Emerging Media Arts major must complete an additional program 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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