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Comparative Media Studies

MIT Comparative Media Studies

Comparative Media Studies is the examination of media technologies and their cultural, social, aesthetic, political, ethical, legal, and economic implications. At MIT, students are trained to think critically about properties of all media and about the shared properties of different media, as well as the shared properties and functions of media more generally, both within one period of time and across generations.

MIT Comparative Media Studies offers both undergraduate degree opportunities, as well as a two-year course of study leading to an SM degree.

MIT Comparative Media Studies research and educational projects explore a wide variety of traditional media and their uses in education, entertainment, communication, politics, and commerce. Faculty are widely recognized for their leadership in developing both archival and instructional interactive projects, creating new models for thinking about, producing, and using digital media. Through several research and project initiatives we work closely with Microsoft, Initiative Media, LeapFrog Enterprises, American Theatre Wing, and the Royal Shakespeare Company.

For more information, go to http://web.mit.edu/cms/.

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Undergraduate Courses
MIT Course #Course Title
CMS.600 Videogame Theory and Analysis, Fall 2006
CMS.610 Media Industries and Systems, Spring 2006
CMS.840 Shakespeare, Film and Media, Fall 2002
CMS.845 Theory and Practice of Non-linear and Interactive Narrative, Spring 2003
CMS.845J Interactive and Non-Linear Narrative: Theory and Practice, Spring 2004
CMS.845J Interactive and Non-Linear Narrative: Theory and Practice, Spring 2006
CMS.874 Visualizing Cultures, Spring 2003
CMS.880 From Print to Digital: Technologies of the Word, 1450-Present, Fall 2005
CMS.910 Technologies of Humanism, Spring 2003
CMS.917J Documenting Culture, Spring 2004
CMS.920 Popular Narrative: Masterminds, Fall 2004
CMS.922 Media Industries and Systems, Spring 2006
CMS.930 Media Education and the Marketplace, Fall 2005
CMS.998 Videogame Theory and Analysis, Fall 2006


Graduate Courses
MIT Course #Course Title
CMS.600 Videogame Theory and Analysis, Fall 2006
CMS.796 Major Media Texts, Fall 2006 NEW
CMS.801 Media in Transition, Fall 2004
CMS.845 Theory and Practice of Non-linear and Interactive Narrative, Spring 2003
CMS.845J Interactive and Non-Linear Narrative: Theory and Practice, Spring 2006
CMS.876 History of Media and Technology, Spring 2005
CMS.876 History of Media and Technology: Sound, the Minority Report -- Radical Music of the Past 100 Years, Spring 2006
CMS.880 From Print to Digital: Technologies of the Word, 1450-Present, Fall 2005
CMS.917J Documenting Culture, Spring 2004
CMS.920 Popular Narrative: Masterminds, Fall 2004
CMS.930 Media, Education, and the Marketplace, Fall 2001
CMS.950 Workshop I, Fall 2005
CMS.998 Videogame Theory and Analysis, Fall 2006