Students selecting the Production concentration take basic level courses in all three production areas: film, video and digital arts. It is our philosophy that students should be exposed to multiple media forms and systems to challenge perceptions and encourage experimentation. Through these multiple exposures students broaden their horizons and understand that no medium functions in isolation.
A student interested in film, for example, may value exposure to digital arts (for special effects or to present their work online); similarly, a student in digital arts will value exposure to video (to incorporate time-based imagery in web or virtual reality projects, for example). Students continue to diversify their skills and interests at the intermediate level, and focus on one area at the advanced level.
DMS has a long history of combining situated, context specific learning with theoretical discourses. By combining theory and practice, students in DMS are trained to think holistically about media as contextualized systems.
Our undergraduate courses range for 20 to 100 students, depending on the topic. Many of our courses are offered on-line over the summer and winter recesses.
Media Study maintains a range of state-of-the-art equipment and facilities integral to the practice of media arts production including: a student accessible equipment pool with hundreds of pieces of equipment for traditional and emerging media creation (video production, computational media, virtual reality); computer labs with the latest industry-standard and open-source software for digital audio and video editing, computational media, multimedia creation, game design, 3D printing and prototyping; a large production studio with green screen and lighting grid; smart classrooms; a 200+ seat auditorium with high definition projection and sound.
The Department of Media Study faculty is among the most distinguished in the university and are recognized internationally for their work in their respective fields.
Please visit the Media Study department website for additional information about our faculty.
In the past employment for media study graduates were mostly found in traditional film, video and broadcasting industries. More recently, graduates from our program land in information-centric areas as well as emerging fields that require a combination of skills and the ability to rapidly synthesize new information.
Media study’s undergraduate program is also an excellent gateway to graduate studies in the humanities, and social sciences.
Recent graduates have found employment in the following areas:
- Assistant editor
- Assistant producer
- Director of George Eastman House
- Editor for Fox Sports
- Film and video production
- Film programmer
- Multimedia developer
- Production coordinator
- Videographer & Video Editor
- Virtual Reality Video Stitcher
- News Editor
- Metro Reporter
- Web master
Several graduates have won Academy Awards, Emmys, Clios, and major film festivals, and have had their work shown on PBS and national television.
Work settings include:
- Advertising agencies
- Animation providers
- Film studios
- Film/video supply houses
- Media galleries
- Media production firms
- Motion picture companies
- Newspapers/publishing firm
- Non-profit agencies
- Public relations agencies
- Record company
- Recording studio
- Television/radio station
- Touring production company
- Web design firm
The department’s preeminent advising goal is to support students in completing the program in a timely manner. All of our advising forms are available on the Media Study website. While the advisor provides information on each of the programs, general education advising occurs through CAS advising located at 275 Park Hall.
Bradley Hendricks: firstname.lastname@example.org
Department of Media Study
231 Center for the Arts