Candidacy

Students majoring within the Department of Media Arts and the Department of Recording Industry must meet certain candidacy requirements prior to being fully accepted into their major concentration. Your college advisor will assist you in applying for candidacy when the time is right.

Department of Media Arts

The department of Media Arts requires that majors meet the requirements for candidacy to be formally accepted into the programs' upper division courses.  Pre-candidacy courses are different for each program. The five programs in the Department of Media Arts are: Video and Film Production, Animation,  Interactive Media (formerly New Media), Photography, and Media Management. Students should meet with their assigned advisor to determine their specific pre-candidacy requirements. Candidacy requirements are also published in the University’s Undergraduate Catalog. Be sure to refer to the proper catalog year for your specific requirements. If you are not sure which catalog year you are using, ask your academic advisor. Be aware that different year’s catalogs may have differing requirements.

Media Arts majors (with the exception of Animation majors) must complete a total of 45 credit hours, have grades of C (2.00) or higher in the required pre-candidacy classes and an inclusive GPA of 2.5 or higher.

Animation majors must complete a total of 45 credit hours, have grades of C (2.00) or higher in the required pre-candidacy classes, and have an overall GPA in pre-candidacy and math courses of 2.5 or higher.  Also, a portfolio review and candidacy score is determined for candidacy. Candidacy will be granted to students with a score of 90 or higher. A limited number of additional students may be admitted each semester based upon candidacy admissions score and available resources.


Department of Recording Industry

Candidacy in the Department of Recording Industry is a selective process due to the popularity of this program. Below are the requirements for Candidacy into the Recording Industry Program.  Students apply for candidacy during the semester in which they will have completed the requirements. 

For Department of Recording Industry students, seats are limited, making the process competitive. An appeal process for special circumstances and/or special talents will be available.  Students who do not obtain candidacy may not enroll in any other Recording Industry course except RIM 1230 and RIM 3650. 

Audio Production

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Must complete all learning support requirements;
  • Must complete all high school deficiencies;
  • Must complete 24 total credit hours;
  • Must have completed at least one general education natural science requirement;
  • Must receive at least a C (not a C-) in Math 1710 College Algebra or higher-level math;
  • Must receive at least a C (not a C-) in RIM 1230 or MUTH 1110;
  • Must complete RIM 3010, 3300, & 3600 with a C (not a C-);
  • Must be in good academic standing (not on probation).

 Definitions for formula:

  • Audio Production pre-candidacy course GPA= calculated by the average of: RIM: 3010, 3300, & 3600
  • Inclusive GPA =  MTSU and transfer course GPA 

 Formula:

  • The average of the Audio Production pre-candidacy GPA and the Inclusive GPA

Guaranteed Candidacy:

  • Students in the Audio Production major are guaranteed admission to candidacy if they earn an Audio Production pre-candidacy GPA of 3.5 or higher. A limited number of additional slots may become open based on availability.

 

Recording Industry (Music Business and Commercial Songwriting)

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Must complete all learning support requirements;
  • Must complete all high school deficiencies;
  • Must complete 24 total credit hours;
  • Must complete RIM 1020, 3000, 3010 (or 3011), & 3600 with a C (not a C-);
  • Must receive at least a C (not a C-) in Math 1710 College Algebra or higher-level math;
  • Must receive at least a C (not a C-) in RIM 1230 or MUTH 1110 (for Commercial Songwriting students);
  • Must be in good academic standing (not on probation).

Formula:

  • Music Business and Commercial Songwriting Candidacy Formula Score: (cum GPA x 3) + (math grade x 3) + (core RIM GPA x 4) + (total hrs earned x .05)

Guaranteed Candidacy:

Guaranteed candidacy will be granted to students with a score of 35.5 or higher. A limited number of additional slots may become open based on availability.

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