Video Arts Minor


Through the Video Arts Minor, students are able to explore traditional, alternative, and artistic means of media delivery in a variety of expressive and creative contexts. The minor contributes to the development of students who seek to incorporate this medium into traditional art and/or narrative practices as well as those interested in creating experimental artworks that are expressed entirely within the format of video.

Coordinating Advisor contact info: Ed Quinn, Arts and Sciences Advising,

Coursework for the Video Arts Minor

The Video Arts Minor consists of 17 credit hours of course work distributed amongst four areas: Foundation Courses, Basic Tools and Concepts Courses, Issues and Techniques Courses, and Electives. In addition, students must select courses from at least two of the four departments offering course work: Art, Dance, History of Art, and Theatre. No courses may be taken for credit more than once and counted toward this minor. Internships and/or independent studies courses taken as part of the electives can only count for a maximum of 3 credit hours on the minor. A minor program form must be signed by the academic advisor.

Foundation Courses

Students must take one of the following courses (Note: only one may count toward the minor.):

  • Art 2601: Podcasting (3 credits)
  • Art 3000: Visual Studies (3 credits)
  • Art 3555: Photography 1 (3 credits)
  • Dance 3401: Dance in Popular Culture (3 credits)
  • History of Art 2901: Intro to World Cinema (3 credits)
  • Theatre 2100: Intro to Theatre (3 credits)
  • Theatre 2100H: Intro to Theatre (Honors) (3 credits)
  • Theatre 2341H: Moving Image Art (Honors) (3 credits)

Basic Tools and Concepts Courses

Students must take 3-7 credits in this category:

  • Art 3009: Video Art 1 (3 credits)
  • ACCAD 5100: Concept Development for Time-based Media (3 credits)
  • Dance 5211: Dance-Film 1 (2-3 credits)
  • Dance 5612: Digital Video Editing (1-3 credits)
  • Theatre 5321: Video Production 1 (3 credits)

Issues and Techniques Courses

Students must take 3-7 credits in this category:

  • Art 4009: Film/Video 2 (3 credits)
  • Art 4101: Moving Image Art (3 credits)
  • Art 5009: Film/Video 3 (3 credits)
  • Art 5019: Film/Video 4 (3 credits)
  • Theatre 5322: Editorial Process (3 credits)
  • Theatre 5323: Video Production 2 (3 credits)


Students should complete the remaining credit hours to total 17 hours for the minor. This may be from courses in Basic Tools and Concepts, Issues and Techniques, or Electives listed below:

  • Art 4191.50 Undergraduate Internship (1-3) or Theatre 4191: Internship in Theatre (1-3 credits)
  • Art 4201: New Media Art (3 credits)
  • Art, Arts College, Art Education, Dance, Design, History of Art, Music, or Theatre 4999/4999H (1-3 credits)
  • Dance 4193: Independent Studies (1-3 credits)
  • Dance 5212: Dance-Film 2 (3 credits)
  • Dance 5213: Intermedia Performance (2-3 credits)
  • Theatre 4000.03: Practicum: Video (1-3 credits)
  • Theatre 5189: Field Work (1-12 credits)
  • Theatre 5331: Screenwriting (3 credits)
  • Theatre 5341: Studies in the Documentary (3 credits)
  • Theatre 5771.09: Performance in Media (3 credits)

Arts and Sciences Minor Program Guidelines

  • A minor is not required for graduation.
  • Credit hours required: A minimum of 17 1000 level courses shall not be counted in the minor. The minor must contain at least 6 units at the 3000-level or above. 
  • Transfer credit hours allowed: A student is permitted to count up to 6 total hours of transfer credit and/or credit by examination.
  • Overlap with the GE: A student is permitted to overlap up to 6 credit hours between the GE and the minor. 
  • Overlap with the major and additional minors: The minor must be in a different subject than the major. The minor must contain a minimum of 12 hours distinct from the major and/or additional minor(s). 

Grades Required

  • Minimum C- for a course to be counted on the minor.
  • Minimum 2.00 cumulative point-hour ratio required for the minor.
  • Course work graded Pass/Non-Pass cannot count on the minor.
  • No more than 3 units of S/U may count toward the minor (e.g., 4998, 4999H, 5193, etc.)
  • The minor must contain 6 units at the 3000-level or above.

How to Declare a Video Arts Minor

The minor course work must be approved by the minor coordinating advisor, Ed Quinn. Download the minor program description sheet from Arts and Sciences Advising's minors page.

 Filing the Minor Program Form

The Minor Program Form must be filed at least by the time the graduation application is submitted to a college/school counselor.

Changing the Minor

Any changes to the requirements must be approved by the minor coordinating advisor,  Ed Quinn (