the magic school bus of college


the magic school bus of college


These entry-level media communication classes will jumpstart your skills and get you producing.

These entry-level media communication classes will jumpstart your skills and get you producing.


The Badges

The Badges


We're excited to offer students from majors across Michigan State University's campus the opportunity to take our online Sandbox courses this summer (US17). In the past, these classes have only been available to majors in our college. Space is limited, so sign up early. 

The seven groupings of courses below are your guide to gaining the skills you need to be the kind of communicator you want to be. With each set you complete, you will not only gain strong skills in that area, but you'll earn a badge commemorating your achievement and the right to boast about it on your resume and LinkedIn profile (badges are non-transcriptable, which means they will not appear on your transcript). You are also welcome to just take classes a la carte.


The Illustrator

CAS 116, CAS 206, CAS 205

The Gamemaker

CAS 117, CAS 207, CAS 208

The Graphic Designer

CAS 111, CAS 203, CAS 205

The Creative

CAS 110 + any two 200-level courses

The Animator

CAS 116, CAS 206, CAS 207

The Filmmaker

CAS 112, CAS 290-730, CAS 290-731

The Web Designer

CAS 111, CAS 203, CAS 204


Badges are non-trascriptable, but can be listed on LinkedIn profiles and resumes. Actual badges will be delivered as a .jpg image and a physical button available. Students should notify Media Sandbox (sandbox@msu.edu) upon successful completion (passing grade in all courses) of a badge grouping at the end of this summer, so that Sandbox can properly verify and arrange for badge delivery.


The Classes

The Classes


100-Level, 3-Credit Classes

CAS 110: Creative Thinking

Explores the theory and practice for utilizing creative and critical thinking skills to generate unique ideas to solve complex problems and generate unique media content.

CAS 111: Design and Layout

Explores the fundamentals of design practices and creative thinking, such as elements and principles of design, form, content and meaning, composition, color theory, typography, and the grid. Apply skills to solve creative challenges by working on projects using Adobe applications: Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign.

CAS 112: Story, Sound and Motion

Explores the central role of storytelling, sound, and editing in media communication.

CAS 116: Media Sketching and Graphics

Explores how to draw both real-world and imagined imagery for media projects using traditional and digital methods.

CAS 117: Games and Interactivity

Explores the development of responsive media and iterative design from physical games to modern interactive software. In this introductory class, students will get hands on experience with designing games, making websites, and creating applications/videogames. You will learn the process of user testing and iterative design by making non-digital games, get an introduction to coding with C#, and learn to make and edit websites with HTML.


200-Level, 1-Credit Classes

CAS 203: Media Design

Explores essential techniques and design principles for creating single page and multiple page layouts. Typography and the elements of design will also be introduced.

CAS 204: Web Design

Professional web authoring techniques including technology standards, aesthetics and production using HTML and CSS. The course is a blend of design principles and development skills through course material and hands-on activities.

CAS 205: Photography in Media Settings

How to enhance, modify, and retouch digital images. There will be an introduction about cameras and lenses, however the class is not a photography class. In CAS 205, we will focus primarily on how to manipulate existing images.

CAS 206: Graphics and Illustration

How to create vector artwork, digital illustrations and graphics for media projects.

CAS 207: Media Animation

Fundamentals of animation including principles, technology and design techniques for stand-alone and web-based applications in media settings.

CAS 208: Media Interactivity

User interface and programming techniques for interactive design.

CAS 290-730: Basic Video Editing

In this course you will learn the basics of editing video, putting together simple video clips to help tell a story. We will be using Adobe Premiere editing software and by the end of the course, you will learn the basics of the  program, as well as how to aesthetically make a story look great.  Students will be expected to shoot some basic video on their mobile phones.

CAS 290-731: Video Special Effects and Motion

Learn how to make and add video effects and motion graphics to your videos using digital methods. Work with the After Effects program to integrate video with animation, add special effects and combine with other programs for powerful creative potential.


Email sandbox@msu.edu


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