The Media Studies concentration is for students who want to explore in depth the complex relationship between media, culture, and society. Students take advanced courses in topics ranging from television genres; film authorship; digital media studies; reality tv; and sports media and culture.
This concentration focuses on how media represent various social groups, how media engage with diversity in society, how media are shaped by and shape the societies and cultures from which they emerge, how media are venues through which serious artists make important statements about what it means to live in a society, how audiences are active participants in media culture through various digital and social media practices. Graduates pursue a variety of careers and are prepared to work in areas such as production, film, editing and communication, as well as to continue onto graduate studies.
Learning Outcomes Include:
- Define the specific terminology and language used in the critical analysis of a film, television, new media and sound media.
- Identify the major figures, periods, and movements of film, television, new media history, and sound media.
- Identify major trends and approaches in the development of humanities-based media studies as a discipline.
- Develop a language to analyze diversity (i.e., race, class, gender, sex, nationality, disability, etc.) in film, television, new media, and sound media.
- Learn the various forms of research and writing in the humanities-based field of media studies.
- Demonstrate mastery of the aesthetic concepts of composition, editing, lighting, and audio through creative work.
- Demonstrate appropriate selection and competent execution of aesthetic forms and styles.
- Engage in critical analysis of their own and their peer's creative work.
- Students will complete (create) at least one advanced film, video, or sound media production project and demonstrate the ability to engage advanced original and individual production work following industry trends.
- Utilize organizational/leadership/management skills producing film, sound media, and video projects by leading a team toward a focused goal/outcome.