Imagine Your Future
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 experience that includes on-the-job knowledge. Imagine completing your degree with a digital resume showcasing your academic achievements and hands-on experience. Your dreams can come true with a Marymount College Bachelor’s Degree in Media Studies.
Marymount College alumni have reached professional success in design, film production and interactive media. Former students own design photography studios, while others work in film production, advertising and Web development for companies such as DigiLabs, ABC and Showtime.
You Choose Your Area of Interest
Beginning your freshman year as a Media Studies student, you will delve right into the theory and production classes that will prepare you for graduation. These courses will help you build a portfolio of your work to show potential employers or graduate schools. In the pursuit of a Bachelor of Arts in Media Studies you will select an area of concentration within one of the following areas:
Arts & Media Interdisciplinary (AM-AMI)
The Interdisciplinary Media Studies concentration offers students the opportunity to develop an individualized cross-disciplinary research within the arts and Media division. the arts and Media Division houses Media Studies, Fine arts, Music and theater. Core classes are Media Studies centered while allowing students to choose interdisciplinary concentration courses within all arts and Media division departments. Students will apply key concepts, theoretical knowledge, and technical abilities from the entire art and Media division. Division chair approval required.
Digital Art & Design
The Digital Art & Design program primarily focuses on fine art, photography, digital art and graphic design for printed media. Courses offered include theory and studio learning: Western Civilization Art, Contemporary Art, Drawing, Painting, Digital Color, Page Layout, Photography, Illustration, Advertising Design and Package Design.
Animation & Motion Graphics
The Animation & 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 Web site Design.
Digital Video & Film Production
The Digital Video & 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 & Film Production Business Practices and Scriptwriting, as well as studio work in Digital Color, Video Production, Photography, Film Production, Audio and Video Editing and Web site Design.
Media Studies General (AM-MSG)
The general Media Studies 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.
Web Design & Interactive Media
The Web Design & 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 Web site Technologies.
The Capstone Project
Your senior year will include your Capstone Project and the completion of your coursework in your area of concentration. The senior seminar includes work on your Capstone Project and provides you 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.
You Can Expect Academic and Real-World Learning
The Marymount College 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 participate in learning. You will receive individual faculty mentoring and focused advising from your professors.
The College's proximity to Los Angeles affords the Media Studies student many opportunities including 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 completed e-portfolio of your work.
Graduate Well-Prepared for the Future
A student seeking a Bachelor’s Degree in Media Studies can expect to complete their degree with:
- The ability to think critically and to analyze and critique professional and academic design
- The understanding of major design elements in both a contemporary and historical context and the ability to research, write and discuss visual culture
- The awareness of business practices and professional standards in the use of Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign and traditional media
- The knowledge to design and create professional level artwork using global digital technologies and employ advanced formal design principles, color theory and creative media concepts to complete an exhibition portfolio.
- The Use of advanced formal design principles, color theory and and creative media concepts to complete an exhibition portfolio.