Media Sandbox Michigan State University

What do I major in if I want to take Media Sandbox courses?
If you are majoring in Journalism, Advertising & Public RelationsMedia and Information or Communications, you are welcome to take Sandbox classes. Beginning in the summer of 2017, majors outside of our college will be eligible to take our summer online classes.

Who are the faculty in the Media Sandbox?
Award winning professionals who love teaching. They are filmmakers, documentarians, artists, graphic designers, game designers, information artists, web designers, and television producers.

What kinds of projects do students do in the Media Sandbox?
Everything from film to games, graphics to photography, web to animation, posters to ads. Visit our student gallery for examples of the great work done by our students. You can visit individual faculty pages for examples of their work.

Do I have to be good at drawing to be in Media Sandbox?
Nope…….you just have to be creative, interested in media, and willing to work hard and have fun.

I’m not sure what classes to take for Media Sandbox. Who do I talk to?
See your advisor early and often. They want to help you, and they are the best on campus. Our faculty are also available to speak with.

What kinds of jobs would Media Sandbox prepare me for?
Anything and everything in media, from animation to directing to game design Today’s media world is all about convergence. It’s no longer enough to master just one thing. For instance, a news photographer these days must also be able to shoot and edit video and get it online. A filmmaker must be able to do it all: the usual things like scripting, lighting, sound and editing but also marketing through social media.

Do I need a special computer to be in Media Sandbox?
Yes. The College of Communication Arts & Sciences requires you to have a laptop computer with the following minimum requirements to adequately participate in your CAS coursework and upper-level major courses:

  • Apple Mac laptop capable of running Mac OS X 10.11 or newer (OR Windows laptop capable of running Windows 10 or newer)
  • Multicore processor with 64-bit support
  • 8 GB of RAM minimum, 16 GB of RAM recommended or better
  • 256 GB of storage or better (Solid- State Drive (SSD) or hard drive – 7200 rpm recommended)
  • 1440 X 900 resolution display or better
  • 3 button mouse

It is required to have the following software:

  • Adobe Creative Suite Design Premium (currently Adobe Creative Cloud)
  • Microsoft Office, Apple iWorks, Open Office, Google Docs or equivalent office suite (word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation software)
  • Apple iMovie or equivalent entry-level video editing software

*** Note all the Media Sandbox courses and instructors use the Apple Macintosh platform. If you purchase a Windows laptop, you are responsible for completing the assignments according to the class requirements.  You may need to go to the CAS Mac labs during available open hours to complete some of your required assignments.

Which classes require software?
CAS 110 – No software. You’ll need to get about $10 in materials for field day.
CAS 111 – Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe InDesign, Final Cut Pro
CAS 112 – none
CAS 116 – Illustrator
CAS 117 – TBD
CAS 201 and CAS 202 – Final Cut Pro
CAS 203 – InDesign
CAS 204 – Dreamweaver and Photoshop
CAS 205 – Photoshop and Light Room
CAS 206 – Illustrator
CAS 207 – After Effects and Photoshop
CAS 208 – Twine

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MSU Media Sandbox is a creative CURRICULUM and COMMUNITY in the College of Communication Arts & Sciences at Michigan State University.