Students selecting the Production concentration take courses at the basic level and produce work in all three production areas: film, video, and digital arts. It is our philosophy that students should be exposed to multiple mediums to foster artistic
talent and encourage ingenuity. Students in media study are thereby able to determine which production area best suits their interests as well as understand that no medium functions exclusively. A student interested
in film, for example, will want exposure to digital arts (for special effects or to present their work online); similarly, a student in digital arts will want exposure to video (to incorporate video in web or virtual
reality projects, for example). Students continue to diversify at the intermediate level, and focus on one area at the advanced level.
Students who select the Critical Studies concentration take courses in history, analysis, and theory which address the complex interrelationship between artistic practice and theoretical discourses. Concepts
in film theory, digital media design, the role of the machine, semiotics, political theory, and cultural studies are addressed through examination of works, critiques, and theoretical texts. Students are required to
take at least one basic production course to underscore the relationship between production and theory.
The typical class size for: Freshman/introductory courses is: 19 in introductory production courses, and 40-50 in film history courses Sophomore/intermediate courses is: 15-20 Upper
level/advanced courses is: 15-20
In the Department of Media Study, what do teaching assistants (TAs) do? TAs teach some sections and are also responsible for classroom lectures and demonstrations, critical review of student work,
and grading assignments.
Practical Experience and Special Academic Opportunities
Notable Program Features Access to film and video cameras and accessories, computer labs, digital editing suites and a production studio with lighting grid green screen and blue screen is available
for student projects on a sign-out basis. The Media Study Equipment Room has more than 300 pieces of equipment, including over 20 digital camcorders, 15 super-8 cameras, 20 16mm cameras (synch and non-synch packages
including an Arri SR, Bolexes, and CP16s), a range of microphones and audio recorders including (Hard Disc and DAT recorders), lighting kits, gaff equipment, tripods, dollies, and film-to-video transfer equipment. Editing
and post-production facilities include a 20 digital editing stations with the latest editing software including Final Cut Studio; 2 digital audio editing suites with ProTools, high-end recording mics, and multiple input
sources; 20 digital editing stations packaged for 3D animation, web design and interactive multimedia authoring with Adobe Creative Suite (Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign +) and Studio (Dreamweaver, Flash, Fireworks
+), Premiere, and Maya 3D animation among other programs; Linux Red Hat PCs for OpenGL graphics programming for animation and Virtual Reality environments; a PC lab with Visual Studio for robotics programming. The department
has multiple classrooms for projection and presentation including a 210-seat screening room where student screenings are held each semester.
Undergraduate Research and Practical Experience Independent Studies There are a variety of possibilities for interested students to work with individual faculty members on topics of study.
Internships For academic credit, the Department of Media Study encourages student participation in internship programs at production studios, local TV studios, and media access centers.
Study Abroad Transfer credits for work done in media study at foreign universities can be arranged on an individual basis. We currently have programs at the University of Bremen in Germany, and at Kent
University in England.
Honors, Awards and Scholarships Departmental Honors These honors are given for outstanding achievement in film, video, digital arts and media scholarship, as well as outstanding service to the university and community. Certificates are
presented at Annual student show.
Gregory Capasso Memorial Award Presented for outstanding creative work in film, video, digital arts and media scholarship.
Pierre McAloon Memorial Award Presented for excellence in creative work in film.
Levy-King-White Scholarships Presented for academic achievement and demonstrated financial need.