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, 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.
Natasha Smith talks about her experience