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  • School of Media Arts and Design

School of Media Arts & Design

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  • School of Media Arts & Design

    The faculty and students of School of Media Arts & Design are linked by a common focus on the creation and analysis of media that powerfully affects their chosen audience. Located within a Liberal Arts curriculum, a rigorous education is offered in the areas of film and video production, digital imaging processes, motion graphics, and the critical analysis of visual mediums. The Film Studies and Graphic Communications majors in the department are designed to give students the technical skills necessary to adapt to an ever-changing technological landscape.

    Degree programs in Film Production, Film Studies, and Animation offer students courses in directing, producing, HDV and 16mm film production, post-production techniques, moving image aesthetics and criticism. Graphic Communications and Graphic Design majors focus on the creation and production of visual images, with coursework exploring areas of print production and design, web and multimedia development, 3D graphics, brand identity, typography and visual systems. Students pursuing a degree within the School of Media Arts & Design are taught by highly engaged faculty with diverse professional backgrounds.

    The School of Media Arts & Design offers intensive hands-on instruction. Access to the latest industry equipment and software prepares graduates with professional industry knowledge and provides experience to excel in a variety of related career fields.


  • MSUM graduate heads into career in film

    INFORUM, By Grace Lyden MOORHEAD—Caleb Stumpfl was in middle school when he realized he wanted to be a filmmaker. “I picked up my dad’s camera—he had an old Sony that still used tapes—and I would make videos with my friends at a pretty young age,” said the 22-year-old from Hanover, Minn. “I knew it was […]

    College for Kids is looking for MSUM students to create a commercial or promotional short video

    College for Kids is looking for MSUM students who can create a commercial and short video to promote the summer programming on campus. Visit our website, or see attached document for more information about the competition. It is open to any MSUM student, and there will be prize money for 1st ($500), 2nd ($300) and 3rd […]

    Commencement is today at 1 p.m.

    Can’t attend commencement? Watch the ceremony live. Minnesota State University Moorhead will award degrees to 362 students during its fall commencement program Thursday, Dec. 18 at 1 p.m. in the university’s Nemzek Fieldhouse. State Representative Ben Lien, a 2008 MSUM political science graduate, will deliver the commencement address. His district, 4A, is comprised of the […]

    Kyja Kristjansson-Nelson Named MN Professor of the Year

    Film Professor, Filmmaker is MSUM’s 11th CASE Professor of the Year View an interview with Kyja here. The art of filmmaking balances the big picture against the small picture details, said Minnesota State University Moorhead film studies Professor Kyja Kristjansson-Nelson. That harmony is also central to the teaching and learning process, a balance Kristjansson-Nelson manages […]

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