Imagine graduating with the essential knowledge and ability to join an advertising or graphic design agency, work for a film production company or open your own studio. Imagine a meaningful internship before you begin your job search and a service learning opportunity that includes hands-on experience. Imagine completing your degree with a digital resume showcasing your academic achievements and practical knowledge. Now stop imagining. Marymount California University alumni have achieved professional success in all areas of media. Some former students own their own professional design studios, while others work in such noted companies as DigiLabs, ABC and Showtime. Your amazing life comes into view with a Marymount California University Bachelor's degree in Media Studies.
The Marymount California University Media Studies degree will provide you with a solid foundation of knowledge and experience. Your classes will be small in size, which will allow you to fully engage in learning--including case study presentations, discussion and reflection on what you've learned. You will receive individual faculty mentoring and targeted advising from your professors.The University's Oceanview and Waterfront campuses, with close proximity to Los Angeles, the hub of the entertainment and media industires, afford the Media Studies student many unique opportunities, including practical internships where you can apply what you've learned in the classroom and make valuable connections with design, digital art, film and Web professionals. And you’ll graduate prepared for the working world or graduate school with a professional e-portfolio of your accomplishments.
During the freshman and sophomore years, Media Studies students build an educational foundation that prepares them for their upper division studies. These courses will help you begin to build a portfolio of your work to show potential employers or graduate schools.
During the junior year, students complete most of their core courses in Media Studies and begin a concentrated study within one of the following areas:
The Arts and Media Interdisciplinary concentration offers students the opportunity to develop individualized cross-disciplinary research within the Arts and Media division, including Media Studies, Fine Arts, Music and Theater. Students will apply key concepts, theoretical knowledge, and technical abilities from the entire Arts and Media division, with required division chair approval.
The Digital Art and Design program primarily focuses on design for printed media. Course offerings include both theory and studio instruction in Western Civilization Art, Contemporary Art, Drawing, Painting, Digital Color, Page Layout, Photography, Illustration, Advertising Design and Package Design.
The Animation and Motion Graphics program is specifically designed for the aspiring animator or special effects artist. Classes include theory courses in Western Civilization Art, History of Broadcast Media, Multimedia and Graphic Design and Asian Art & Architecture. Studio work includes Drawing, Digital Photography, Digital Photography, Video Editing, 3-D Design, Modeling and Animation, Typography, Illustration and Interactive Website Design.
The Digital Video and Film program is designed to prepare the student for creative careers in the television and motion picture industries. Classes include theory courses in Broadcast Media, Journalism, Film, Television and Film Production Business Practices and Scriptwriting, as well as studio work in Digital Color, Video Production, Photography, Film Production, Audio and Video Editing and Website Design.
The Media Studies General concentration allows students to develop their own individual course of study within Media Studies. Students may select from the variety of Media Studies (AM) classes in history, theory and studio classes gaining a general disciplinary knowledge. Division chair approval required.
The Web Design and Interactive Media program is designed to prepare the student to become a creator of art, design and new media for the digital age. Classes include theory courses in Western Civilization Art, Introduction to HTML and PHP Programming, History of Graphic Design, and Multimedia and Contemporary Art. Studio work includes Drawing, Digital Color, Page Layout, Web Design, Photography, Illustration, Video Editing, Motion Graphics and other Website Technologies.
During senior year, students complete coursework in their selected area of concentration and undertake their Capstone Project––the culminating experience of a Marymount California University Bachelor of Arts degree. The Media Studies senior seminar includes work on your Capstone Project, and provides students with an overview of the business practices and standards of the various industries related to Digital Arts & Media, including television, film, photography, graphic design, animation and the Internet. This seminar also provides fundamental information on self-promotion, including resume and cover letter writing, portfolio development and interviewing skills.
Our programs are designed for students who truly want to make a difference. Courses emphasize problem solving, communication strategies and a sense of entrepreneurship. With a focus on the future, Marymount California continues to
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