Social Media

Curriculum

The following are the required courses for this major. Students meet with the Education Department to provide personalized academic counseling to complete the program. Transfer credits, placement tests, changes in curriculum, and other factors may affect the academic plan for individual students. The FIDM Education Department can provide additional information.

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GNST 1040
English Composition
UNITS: 3
In this process-oriented course, students combine deep, disciplined research with careful writing and revision to produce a thoughtful, creative, and personally meaningful research essay. They learn to formulate focused research questions, identify and investigate credible sources, and synthesize expert opinion with their own insight in support of a clearly defined, complex thesis. The emphasis is on curiosity, exploration, and discovery. As part of the process, students also gain confidence and competency in two primary areas of written expression: organization and mechanics.
GNST 1230
Color & Design Theory
UNITS: 3
An introductory study of the principles and elements of color and design theory. Students critique aspects of a visual representation by analyzing the components of design and the use of color by the artist.
GNST 1450
College Mathematics
UNITS: 3
An application course focusing on mathematical concepts used in everyday life. Students integrate computation and analysis with authentic learning in graph analysis, Venn diagrams, analytical geometry, statistical measures of central tendency and variation, and financial mathematics. Prerequisites: To register for GNST 1450, students must successfully pass the math placement test or pass GNST 450.
GNST 1600
Effective Speaking
UNITS: 3
A course in oral communication designed to give students poise, speaking confidence, and the ability to develop and produce a focused, well-organized speech that holds the audiences attention through effective delivery methods. Presentational skills and audience-centered communication are emphasized.
GNST 1620
The Creative Process
UNITS: 3
This course explores the science of creativity and emphasizes a psychological and socio-cultural approach. Students analyze and develop their own creative process through a quarter-long design project.
GNST 1650
Critical Thinking
UNITS: 3
Designed to foster independent thinking, this course strengthens students capacity to reason clearly, critically, and creatively, including the ability (1) to analyze the arguments of others, (2) to synthesize effective arguments of their own, and (3) to solve problems skillfully. Students also gain experience in reading closely and conducting purposeful, imaginative research skills essential to the examination of demanding social, moral, political, and personal issues. Prerequisite: GNST 1040
GNST 2120
Ethics
UNITS: 3
A course in moral reasoning. By systematically weighing the claims of personal and social responsibility, ethical principles and ideals, and more obligations and rights, students develop a structured approach to the analysis and resolution of complex moral issues. Emphasis is on examining issues from diverse points of view. Written and oral presentations and classroom discussion focus on major contemporary social, legal, and environmental issues, as well as on the role of ethics in business.
GNST 2750
Seminar in the Arts
UNITS: 3
A survey of the arts from a variety of origins, both classical and contemporary, with a particular emphasis on a diversity of fine, performing, and applied art forms. Students attend events that explore the following: pictures, sculpture, music, theatre, cinema, dance, architecture, and literature. Students gain an understanding of the different roles associated with these various art forms and critique these art forms through discussion, oral presentations, and essays, integrating their perceptions into their final projects.
GNST 2960
American Political & Economic History
UNITS: 3
A survey of American history from 1930-2000. Emphasis is on the political and economic features, both domestic and foreign, that contributed to the emergence of the welfare state and the nations rise to global leadership after World War II. The course provides an understanding of the Great Depression, the Second World War, the Cold War, Americas eventual emergence as the worlds only superpower, and the interrelation of all these factors.
GRPH 1050
Digital Imaging
UNITS: 3
In this introduction to digital graphics using Adobe Photoshop, students learn how to use programs, tools, layers, and palettes to enhance and manipulate photo composites and original art into conceptual designs. Prerequisites: GRPH 1100, GRPH 1300
GRPH 1300
Computer Illustration
UNITS: 3
This class introduces the students to digital illustration. Students learn the Adobe Illustrator software with its many tools, palettes, and menu bar. Illustrator is used to assist the students in rendering original sketches into high-resolution vector images.
GRPH 2230
UX Design
UNITS: 3
This introductory class offers a practical introduction to UX (user experience) design emphasizing the importance of research in the design process. Using web design applications, students are introduced to the steps involved in creating a functional website using multifaceted applications. Students analyze existing websites to further their understanding of interface design and image optimization. Basic HTML and CSS are also introduced.
GRPH 2780
Introduction to Digital Photography
UNITS: 3
This course enhances students appreciation of the skill and creativity of photography by challenging them to produce their own photographic art. Course discussions include terminology, innovations in digital photography, and various experimental processes.  The course illustrates the practice of buying commercial photography for fashion, graphic design, and general marketing purposes, including negotiating with art reps, buyout of stock photography, and coordinating photo shoots. Prerequisite: GRPH 1050
MMKT 1650
Consumer Behavior and Research
UNITS: 3
A course that examines the sociological and psychological variables that shape the consumer decision-making process. Students explore a variety of methodology and research techniques for understanding consumers wants and needs, attitude formation, purchase motivation, and consideration, as well as maximizing satisfaction and consumer loyalty. Prerequisites: MMKT 2880, MRCH 1450
MMKT 2080
Brand Management Strategies
UNITS: 3
Students gain an understanding of basic brand principles through exposure to classic and contemporary branding strategies, applications and case studies. Students explore brand identity elements, positioning and leveraging brand equity, and additionally learn how to create and implement an original brand plan. Prerequisites: MMKT 2880, MMKT 1650
MMKT 2780
Integrated Marketing Communications
UNITS: 3
In this advanced marketing course, students explore creative message strategies including: traditional and new media, public relations, and other innovative means of communication. Applying these techniques, they create an effective integrated marketing communications campaign that meets the challenges posed by promoting in a sophisticated, rapidly evolving marketplace. Prerequisite: MMKT 2080
MMKT 2880
Marketing Essentials
UNITS: 3
An examination of micro- and macro- marketing strategies involving the four parts of the marketing mix (product, price, promotion, and distribution). Students learn how environment, lifestyles, and buying behavior influence the marketing/merchandising approach and they work in teams to create, develop, and present a marketing plan for a new product.
MRCH 1450
Concepts in Trend Forecasting
UNITS: 3
An introduction to the concepts behind professional trend forecasting. Students learn to understand the fundamentals of the trend forecasting research process through the analysis of current events, social and cultural influences, and industry observation. Emphasis is placed on interpreting research into viable macro trends. Prerequisite: MMKT 2880
SMED 1100
Introduction to Social Media
UNITS: 3
This course introduces students to the history, theory, and technology of social media. Students explore the different social media outlets and have hands-on experience with social media technology. Students learn how to use this new media productively, and have a framework for understanding and evaluating social media platforms
SMED 1700
Writing for New Media
UNITS: 3
This course examines practices of writing in digital environments such as social media, video games, mobile apps, virtual reality, and augmented reality. Students learn to write in persuasive and impactful language while honing in on organization, grammar, and syntax.
SMED 2100
New Media Strategy
UNITS: 3
Students learn how to identify a target new media audience using profiling techniques, technographics and social computing. Through case studies and lectures students understand how to develop a strategy to effectively implement best new media practices into a business or brand. Prerequisite: MMKT 2080
SMED 2300
New Media Trends
UNITS: 3
Students take an in-depth look at the biggest new media forces. Students evaluate current online marketing trends for these outlets and use research of global trends to forecast what is in store for the next generation of online marketing. Prerequisite: MRCH 1650
SMED 2400
New Media Business Channels
UNITS: 3
In this course students explore techniques for integrating new media marketing as a component of marketing campaigns. Students have the opportunity to create and present a written business plan showing how to obtain business goals through the use of a new media marketing campaign. Prerequisites: SMED 2100, SMED 2300
SMED 2600
Social Media Analysis
UNITS: 3
This course provides students with an in-depth understanding of current trends and tools used to create a specific measurement and evaluation plan. Through research and case studies students understand the importance of current trends and tools including quantitative and qualitative measurement. Prerequisites: SMED 2100, SMED 2300
SMED 2700
Blogging for Business
UNITS: 3
Students learn the importance of blogging for business and how to create original content to engage and sustain online customers. Students learn to effectively use blogging sites such as Tumblr, WordPress, and Blogger to create and manage a successful business blog. Prerequisites: SMED 2100, SMED 2300
SMED 2750
E-Commerce Marketing
UNITS: 3
Students learn how to create a successful online business. Through class lecture and industry speakers students learn how to navigate e-commerce applications including document automation, domestic and international payment systems, online banking, and shopping cart software. Prerequisites: SMED 2100, SMED 2300
SMED 2880
New Media Public Relations
UNITS: 3
A preliminary course in the fundamentals of effective leadership. Students examine their own leadership profile and develop best business practices to improve their management skills. A key emphasis of this course is the study of successful industry leaders and identification of common traits.
SMED 2920
Social Media & Culture
UNITS: 3
In this course students analyze different social media platforms and how this technology affects our culture. Students examine how these platforms directly affect family, community, history and privacy. Prerequisites: SMED 2100, SMED 2300
SMED 2950
Internship
UNITS: 3
Through on-the-job training, students gain valuable insight as they apply theory and skills learned in the classroom to actual work situations and explore career options in the new media industry. Prerequisite: SMED 2300
VCOM 2420
Design for Social Media Branding
UNITS: 3
Using design principles and technology, students develop brand campaigns for online and social media formats. Existing brands are evaluated to determine effectiveness of brand messages; research will provide critical analysis for creating new brand campaigns in specific markets. Prerequisites: VCOM 2010, VCOM 2020
Total Units of Credit: 90
GRPH 1050
Digital Imaging
UNITS: 3
In this introduction to digital graphics using Adobe Photoshop, students learn how to use programs, tools, layers, and palettes to enhance and manipulate photo composites and original art into conceptual designs. Prerequisites: GRPH 1100, GRPH 1300
GRPH 1300
Computer Illustration
UNITS: 3
This class introduces the students to digital illustration. Students learn the Adobe Illustrator software with its many tools, palettes, and menu bar. Illustrator is used to assist the students in rendering original sketches into high-resolution vector images.
GRPH 2230
UX Design
UNITS: 3
This introductory class offers a practical introduction to UX (user experience) design emphasizing the importance of research in the design process. Using web design applications, students are introduced to the steps involved in creating a functional website using multifaceted applications. Students analyze existing websites to further their understanding of interface design and image optimization. Basic HTML and CSS are also introduced.
GRPH 2780
Introduction to Digital Photography
UNITS: 3
This course enhances students appreciation of the skill and creativity of photography by challenging them to produce their own photographic art. Course discussions include terminology, innovations in digital photography, and various experimental processes.  The course illustrates the practice of buying commercial photography for fashion, graphic design, and general marketing purposes, including negotiating with art reps, buyout of stock photography, and coordinating photo shoots. Prerequisite: GRPH 1050
MMKT 1650
Consumer Behavior and Research
UNITS: 3
A course that examines the sociological and psychological variables that shape the consumer decision-making process. Students explore a variety of methodology and research techniques for understanding consumers wants and needs, attitude formation, purchase motivation, and consideration, as well as maximizing satisfaction and consumer loyalty. Prerequisites: MMKT 2880, MRCH 1450
MMKT 2080
Brand Management Strategies
UNITS: 3
Students gain an understanding of basic brand principles through exposure to classic and contemporary branding strategies, applications and case studies. Students explore brand identity elements, positioning and leveraging brand equity, and additionally learn how to create and implement an original brand plan. Prerequisites: MMKT 2880, MMKT 1650
MMKT 2780
Integrated Marketing Communications
UNITS: 3
In this advanced marketing course, students explore creative message strategies including: traditional and new media, public relations, and other innovative means of communication. Applying these techniques, they create an effective integrated marketing communications campaign that meets the challenges posed by promoting in a sophisticated, rapidly evolving marketplace. Prerequisite: MMKT 2080
MMKT 2880
Marketing Essentials
UNITS: 3
An examination of micro- and macro- marketing strategies involving the four parts of the marketing mix (product, price, promotion, and distribution). Students learn how environment, lifestyles, and buying behavior influence the marketing/merchandising approach and they work in teams to create, develop, and present a marketing plan for a new product.
MRCH 1450
Concepts in Trend Forecasting
UNITS: 3
An introduction to the concepts behind professional trend forecasting. Students learn to understand the fundamentals of the trend forecasting research process through the analysis of current events, social and cultural influences, and industry observation. Emphasis is placed on interpreting research into viable macro trends. Prerequisite: MMKT 2880
SMED 1100
Introduction to Social Media
UNITS: 3
This course introduces students to the history, theory, and technology of social media. Students explore the different social media outlets and have hands-on experience with social media technology. Students learn how to use this new media productively, and have a framework for understanding and evaluating social media platforms
SMED 2100
New Media Strategy
UNITS: 3
Students learn how to identify a target new media audience using profiling techniques, technographics and social computing. Through case studies and lectures students understand how to develop a strategy to effectively implement best new media practices into a business or brand. Prerequisite: MMKT 2080
SMED 2300
New Media Trends
UNITS: 3
Students take an in-depth look at the biggest new media forces. Students evaluate current online marketing trends for these outlets and use research of global trends to forecast what is in store for the next generation of online marketing. Prerequisite: MRCH 1650
SMED 2400
New Media Business Channels
UNITS: 3
In this course students explore techniques for integrating new media marketing as a component of marketing campaigns. Students have the opportunity to create and present a written business plan showing how to obtain business goals through the use of a new media marketing campaign. Prerequisites: SMED 2100, SMED 2300
SMED 2600
Social Media Analysis
UNITS: 3
This course provides students with an in-depth understanding of current trends and tools used to create a specific measurement and evaluation plan. Through research and case studies students understand the importance of current trends and tools including quantitative and qualitative measurement. Prerequisites: SMED 2100, SMED 2300
SMED 2700
Blogging for Business
UNITS: 3
Students learn the importance of blogging for business and how to create original content to engage and sustain online customers. Students learn to effectively use blogging sites such as Tumblr, WordPress, and Blogger to create and manage a successful business blog. Prerequisites: SMED 2100, SMED 2300
SMED 2750
E-Commerce Marketing
UNITS: 3
Students learn how to create a successful online business. Through class lecture and industry speakers students learn how to navigate e-commerce applications including document automation, domestic and international payment systems, online banking, and shopping cart software. Prerequisites: SMED 2100, SMED 2300
SMED 2880
New Media Public Relations
UNITS: 3
A preliminary course in the fundamentals of effective leadership. Students examine their own leadership profile and develop best business practices to improve their management skills. A key emphasis of this course is the study of successful industry leaders and identification of common traits.
SMED 2920
Social Media & Culture
UNITS: 3
In this course students analyze different social media platforms and how this technology affects our culture. Students examine how these platforms directly affect family, community, history and privacy. Prerequisites: SMED 2100, SMED 2300
SMED 2950
Internship
UNITS: 3
Through on-the-job training, students gain valuable insight as they apply theory and skills learned in the classroom to actual work situations and explore career options in the new media industry. Prerequisite: SMED 2300
VCOM 2420
Design for Social Media Branding
UNITS: 3
Using design principles and technology, students develop brand campaigns for online and social media formats. Existing brands are evaluated to determine effectiveness of brand messages; research will provide critical analysis for creating new brand campaigns in specific markets. Prerequisites: VCOM 2010, VCOM 2020
Total Units of Credit: 60
Prerequisite:

Associate of Arts degree in Social Media from FIDM.

One-on-one advisement is available to students from other FIDM Majors to consider eligibility for special admissions to this program. Contact the appropriate department chairperson.

BUMT 3600
Management Theory & Principles
UNITS: 3
This course presents an introduction to management concepts and strategies used by modern businesses, and is designed to familiarize students with the accepted standards, procedures, and techniques employed by senior, middle, and operational managers. It provides students with an understanding of the financial impact of management and how to plan to optimize performance and achieve organizational goals. BUMT 3650
BUMT 3680
Global Marketing Communications
UNITS: 3
This course provides a foundation of knowledge necessary to create strategic communications plans that will support a product or service in todays competitive marketplace. Students participate in a learning forum environment whereby original ideas and assignments are presented, discussed, and critiqued by the class. This course provides students with a framework of how to enter foreign markets. Prerequisite: BUMT 4600
BUMT 3820
Business Law
UNITS: 3
Students develop an understanding of corporate formation and procedures, limited liability companies and special business forms. This course examines social, ethical, and political implications of law and its application to business transactions as well as intellectual property law.
BUMT 4600
Marketing Management
UNITS: 3
This course focuses on the management of the marketing function to achieve a competitive advantage and establish brand equity. Students explore creative strategies for entrepreneurs to develop consumer awareness.
BUMT 4840
Studies in Leadership
UNITS: 3
Students explore leadership theories, the characteristics that define effective leaders, and develop the ability to navigate corporate culture as a follower and as a leader. They explore the processes whereby an individual empowers or influences a group of people for the purpose of achieving a (common) goal. They analyze the characteristics of leadership vs. management, and develop an awareness of how diversity impacts leadership.
GNST 2370
Applied Statistics
UNITS: 3
This course emphasizes the understanding and application of statistical methodology. Major topics include descriptive statistics, probability, sampling, inferences of sampling, means and proportions,measures of central tendency, correlation, regression,hypothesis testing, and methods for displaying,describing, and producing data. Technology applications facilitate in-class activities.
GNST 2570
Microeconomics
UNITS: 3
Through the study of classical economic principles, students develop a framework for analyzing economic variables and their effects on individuals, business organizations, and economics. Using graphs and models, students also explore and apply fundamental economic concepts such as supply and demand, competition and monopoly, and profit maximization.
GNST 2870
Macroeconomics
UNITS: 3
Students study the global economy and the ways in which changing economic conditions shape local, national, and international policy decisions. They apply classical and contemporary economic theory to achieve an understanding of past and current world events in light of the many economic variables that exist.
GNST 3000
World Political History
UNITS: 3
This global survey traces the quest for independence and prosperity on the part of emerging economies around the world after WWII. The course examines the varying fortunes of countries as they encountered the crucial questions of political organization, state control, and personal freedom from 1945 to the present. It also examines the issue of environmental sustainability in the face of pressures posed by population, industrialization, and consumerism.
GNST 3050
Writing for Business Professionals
UNITS: 3
This course explores the principles and strategies of effective written professional communication in the context of the global workplace, current and emerging technologies, and contemporary issues. Students apply sound communication, analysis, and research techniques to the composition of a professional bio, memos, formal reports, and other forms of business communication. The connection between skillful communication, critical thinking, and decision-making is also stressed.
GNST 3400
Social Psychology
UNITS: 3
A course that examines social psychology and how the behaviors, thoughts, and emotions of individuals are created and modified by the social and cultural conditions in which they live. Issues of social influence, cooperation and conflict, conformity, perception, change, and leadership are explored.
GNST 3450
Applied Mathematics
UNITS: 3
Students gather, interpret, and evaluate data that has been used as the basis of factual claims sup- porting legislation and policy decisions in health- care reform, environmental regulation, the criminal justice system, and other critical issues in society. Research centers upon quantitative analysis employing mathematical and statistical methodology.
GNST 3500
Professional Presentation
UNITS: 3
A course in effective organizational communication, with emphasis on advanced oral communication skills, including interviewing. Students examine the dynamics of individual and group communication as preparation for full-scaled, business-specific informative and persuasive speeches, in which they use computer technology, visual aids, and statistical data to enhance the impact and clarity of their presentations.
GNST 3600
Future Trends in Society
UNITS: 3
Students explore the demographic trends, shifts in technology, and varied communication avenues of the current socioeconomic landscape as a means of anticipating the cultural expectations, values, and practices that will give rise to new products, methods of marketing/communication, and business trends. Prerequisite: GNST 3400
GNST 3900
Issues in Contemporary Society
UNITS: 3
A General Studies capstone course addressing current issues in social diversity, globalization, business ethics, and civic responsibility. Students combine critical analysis, scientific inquiry, and technological skill to research and prepare a clear written and oral presentation on a challenging, advanced question of their own choosing. Prerequisites: GNST 3050, GNST 3500
GRPH 4110
Outdoor Marketing
UNITS: 3
In this course, students develop or adapt advertising materials for nontraditional media formats, including gorilla marketing, social media content, and online viral advertising. Emphasis is on consistency of concept and design throughout the advertising campaign.
SMED 3100
Mobile Application Marketing
UNITS: 3
In this course students explore the global trend of mobile marketing and applications. Students research current mobile programs using case studies and trend analysis to understand how to create and implement a successful mobile marketing application that will create customer engagement and revenue.
SMED 3300
Search Engine Optimization and Analysis
UNITS: 3
Students learn the importance of using search engine optimization and ROI to build a successful online business. Through lecture and case studies students learn optimization techniques and how to convert clicks into monetary sales.
SMED 3400
New Media Narrative Writing
UNITS: 3
Students learn narrative storytelling techniques to create a successful online marketing campaign that will impact brand and business value. Through class lectures and case studies students understand the importance of engaging a customer through persuasive and relative marketing content.
SMED 3750
PR Writing for Social Media
UNITS: 3
Students use practical and hands on experience to develop an understanding of the role new media plays in current public relations. Students gain practical knowledge of these techniques by developing and presenting individual online campaigns in class. Prerequisite: SMED 3400
SMED 3950
Internship
UNITS: 3
Through on-the-job training, students gain valuable insight as they apply theory and skills learned in the classroom to actual work situations and explore career options in the new media industry. Prerequisite: SMED 3300B
SMED 4100
Video Online Marketing
UNITS: 3
Students learn how video marketing can impact the overall online business of a brand. Through research and analytics students compare and contrast the effectiveness of video marketing and use these findings to create a successful video marketing campaign to be presented in class. Prerequisite: SMED 3300B
SMED 4100L
Video Online Marketing Lab
UNITS: 1
This advanced exploration of video marketing online is a one-unit course that helps students hone their video production skills. Students will develop their video shooting and editing skills to produce high-quality marketing content of varying lengths.
SMED 4200
Startups & Entrepreneurship
UNITS: 3
This course examines the fundamental tools and vocabulary of new ventures, as well as what it takes to start, fund, and manage a new business venture. Students learn through in-class discussions, investor pitches, case studies, and visits from entrepreneurs on challenges faced by CEOs and CMOs.
SMED 4300
Ethics in Social Media & Advertising
UNITS: 3
Students learn the importance of moral and ethical issues in communication, new media, and technology. Students evaluate ethical issues presented by media and technology, and how moral action is influenced by cognitive, emotional, and ethical belief systems. Emerging issues surrounding social media advertising, manipulation, and transparency are explored.
SMED 4400
Social Media Sales & Consulting
UNITS: 3
This course examines what students need to sell or consult on their own in the growing business of new media. Students use management techniques specifically designed to build a successful consulting business. Prerequisite: BUMT 3680
SMED 4600
New Media Community Management
UNITS: 3
In this course students learn how to address social media management issues including working with limited resources, understanding how to drive meaningful content and how to handle an online crisis. Through case studies students develop an understanding of how to manage an editorial calendar and adjust content to meet the needs of a specific brand. Prerequisite: BUMT 3680
SMED 4750
Strategies in Business Management
UNITS: 3
Students develop an understanding of the current management skills used to make business strategy decisions. Through lectures and course work students learn how to make decisions using data which can help them identify common business efficiencies and effectiveness, and how this information can be used to improve an organizations economic value. Prerequisite: SMED 4600
SMED 4800
Digital Campaign Strategy
UNITS: 3
This course gives students insight into ways in which new media platforms can be used to build a better business and monetize brand websites. Students learn to interpret principles of marketing through the lens of the new media, develop a global media campaign, and make strategic decisions about return on investment and campaign effectiveness. Prerequisite: SMED 4600
SMED 4850
Creative Business Management
UNITS: 3
Students learn how economic, technologic and social changes can influence management practices. Through case studies and competitive analysis, students learn what kinds of management approaches should be taken to become successful in creative environment companies. Prerequisite: SMED 4600
SMED 4950
Internship
UNITS: 3
Through on-the-job training, students gain valuable insight as they apply theory and skills learned in the classroom to actual work situations and explore career options in the new media industry. Prerequisite: SMED 4600
Total Units of Credit: 91

Some programs offered may require completion of a second year at the Los Angeles or San Francisco campus. Please contact the campus for details.