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Media Study BA Critical Studies Concentration / Arts Management MA

(HEGIS: 06.01 , CIP: 50.0601 Film/Cinema/Media Studies)

Department of Media Study

231 Center for the Arts
North Campus
Buffalo, NY 14260-6020

Thomas H. Feeley

Bradley Hendricks
Assistant to the Chair for Student Programs

Arts Management Program

240A Center for the Arts
Buffalo NY 14260

Associated Programs

Why study Media Study BA Critical Studies Concentration / Arts Management MA at UB?

The Media Study BA Critical Studies Concentration/Arts Management MA deliberately links critical artistic and management inquiry to create a dynamic investigation of media study, production, and media art environments. The positioning of students between management and artistic practice/discourse will create a new perspective designed to give students the versatility to enter, and then grow in the field, as either an artist, a manager, or an artist/manager. The degree increases employment prospects through a divergent set of skills in artistic practice and management, while providing varied perspectives of arts environments

Learning Outcomes

  • Comprehend, explain and interpret media theory and use of media technology.
  • Apply, produce and demonstrate use of media technology and theory: be able to use the knowledge towards media theory and produce media objects skillfully.
  • Deconstruct, analyze and compare media objects and theory: deconstruct media objects for analysis, and create comparisons using media theory.
  • Incorporate media technology and theory into critiques and appraisals. Be able to take the knowledge one step beyond merely applying it.
  • Identify, recall, and reproduce elements of critical arts management and cultural policy theory and practice.
  • Comprehend, explain, and discuss critical arts management and cultural policy theory and practice
  • Interpret, employ, and apply critical arts management and cultural policy theory and practice.
  • Critically understand and analyze the presuppositions implicit while considering arts management and cultural policy models
  •  Identify and solve complex, interdisciplinary problems and tensions that are inherent in the areas of arts management and cultural policy making
  • Develop, contextualize, and implement creative arts management solutions

The Learning Environment

CDMS has a long history of combining situated, context specific learning with theoretical discourses. By combining making objects with thinking of objects, 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.

The Arts Management Program offers practical and theory based courses in intimate seminar settings (6-15 seats). Students explore arts management practice in experiential learning opportunities under the close guidance of faculty and professionals in the field.

About Our Facilities

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.

About Our Faculty

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. The Arts Management Program faculty includes accomplished scholars and practicing arts managers from a wide range of disciplines and nationalities. This diverse faculty cohort has been carefully assembled to give students a varied perspective on the field of arts management.

Faculty List Directory

Please visit the Media Study department  and Arts Management website for additional information about our faculty.

Career Outlook

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.

Recent graduates have found employment in the following areas:

  •  Assistant producer
  • Augmented reality engineer
  •   Digital marketer
  •   Editorial producer
  •   Film director
  •  Game developer
  •  Production coordinator
  •  Professor
  • Videographer & Video Editor
  • Web developer
  • Web master

Work settings include:

  • Advertising agencies
  • Animation companies
  • Colleges/universities
  • Film studios
  • Game studios
  • Libraries
  • Media Galleries
  • Museums/archives
  • Non-profit agencies
  • Public relations agencies
  • Recording studio
  • Schools
  • Television/radio stations
  • Web design firm

Academic Advising

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.

Prospective majors should work closely with the department Academic Manager and Assistant Director in Arts Management to ensure they maintain a viable sequence in this dual degree track.

Academic Advising Contact Information

Bradley Hendricks
Department of Media Study
231 Center for the Arts
Email Bradley Hendricks

For advising on the Arts Management MA contact:
Kevin Leary
Assistant Director
Email Kevin Leary

Scholarships and Financial Support

Students entering the Arts Management MA are eligible for the Arts Management Awards, which are intended for incoming students who demonstrate exceptional merit or financial need; prioritizing under-represented minority students, as defined by SUNY: African American, Indigenous, and Latinx. Students are automatically considered for these opportunities when they apply to pursue their MA studies.

Associated Programs

Published: Nov 28, 2022 13:03:59