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    Film Studies

    The Film Studies major offers students the ability to focus their film study through two emphases, Film Production, and Film History and Criticism. Courses in video production, 16mm filmmaking, film directing, screenwriting as well as American and International film history, film appreciation, director study and genre study offer a wide and varied knowledge base for the Film Studies major.

    Students apply the course content as they become involved in all aspects of the film and video industry. During their time in the film program, our students become actively involved in community film projects such as on campus film festival programming, the local Fargo Film Festival and supporting community production projects. MSUM film students attend national conventions, have films recognized for their excellence in local and regional festivals and have aided in the preservation of local film history through work with the Clay and Becker County Historical Societies.

    After graduation, film majors with an emphasis in production become producers, directors, cinematographers, sound and visual editors. Film History and Criticism students can pursue work as media critics, historians, and community film programmers. Many of our students look at graduate programs as a way to continue their film education.

    Graphic Communications

    Graphic Communications, while dealing with design, focuses more on the production and technology aspects of the graphics industry. A degree in Graphic Design focuses more on design and aesthetics, and incorporates fine arts and art history courses into the degree. A Mass Communications degree in more involved with content and placement of mass media, such as public relations and advertising, journalism, and photojournalism. Graduates of the program receive a Bachelor of Science degree in Graphic Communications, with an emphasis in 3D Graphics, Digital Design and Production, or Interactive Multimedia; and are skilled in many areas of the graphics industry, including computer graphics, multimedia, photography, printing, advertising, graphic design, presentation graphics, television, CAD, and computer animation.

    Graphic Communications Emphasis

    The Graphic Communications degree with an emphasis in Digital Design and Production involves primarily the Adobe Creative Suite applications. Classes are focused on using the software to design graphics and layouts, create new graphics and images, and manipulate and enhance images. Projects are prepared from concept to production. At the 400 level, students take prepress and production courses in which they learn to prepare projects for an offset lithographic press using digital prepress techniques. Graduates work in advertising agencies, newspapers, magazines, printing companies, in-house corporations, and music industry and multimedia production.

    The Graphic Communications degree with an emphasis in Interactive Multimedia concentrates on multimedia and web design and development. Within this emphasis students take classes using software such as Flash, Dreamweaver, Photoshop, Javascript, and PHP/SQL. Classes may also include scripting and audio production. Graduates work in multimedia houses, web design firms, production houses, video editing, television stations, music industry, and advertising agencies.

    The 3D Graphics emphasis in the Graphic Communications program concentrates on technical graphics, 3D modeling, animation game graphics and simulations. Within this emphasis students take classes using software such as; 3D Studio Max, MAYA, AutoCAD, Pro Tools, Final Cut Pro. Classes also include video and audio production. Graduates may find employment with video production houses, video editing, television stations, music industry, multimedia and web design firms, and advertising agencies.

    For all students within the Graphic Communications major there is a common core of courses. The core includes all of the introductory courses that lead into both emphases to ensure all graduates have a basic knowledge of both areas. This also helps students make an educated decision about which emphasis to focus. The common core also includes upper level classes such as project management and the GCOM final project.