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School of Media Arts & Design

  • The MSUM School of Media Arts & Design faculty and students 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. Using the latest industry equipment and software prepares students for a successful career in the media arts and design field.

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  • Benefits of an MSUM School of Media Arts and Design Degree
    Our award-winning School of Media Arts and Design faculty have an ideal combination of industry and teaching experience. They’ve been in your shoes and will work with you to ensure you find success in your film endeavors.
    The School of Media Arts and Design helps you compile an extensive reel of work that showcases your skills and will help you land an excellent career.
    You’ll stand out from other job applicants with a degree from the School of Media Arts and Design. Employers appreciate graduates who have experience with both visual design and technical applications.
    Learn by doing at MSUM. Join a student organization, live and learn with others in your major, find internships, and build your portfolio. All will help you succeed here and after graduation.
  • School of Media Arts & Design News
    • Navigating Film Fests: Festival Organizers Speak to the Process
      Thursday, Jan. 25 | 7 p.m. | Library 103 MSUM’s School of Media Arts & Design presents a workshop on […]
    • Kristjansson-Nelson Screens at Slamdance
      Professor Kyja Kristjansson-Nelson, School of Media Arts & Design, was named in the Official Selections of the 2018 Slamdance Film […]
    • Juried Film and Animation Exhibition
      Saturday, Dec. 9 | 7 p.m. | Glasrud Auditorum MSUM’s School of Media Arts & Design will host its semi-annual […]
    • ‘Look Out Point’ presented at Anthology Film Archives showcase in NYC
    • Holiday Art Sale
      Friday, Dec. 1 | 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. | CMU Sun Garden Lounge & Main Lounge Get an early […]
    • An Evening with Student Academy Award Winner Devon Manney
      Monday, Nov. 27 | 7 p.m. | King Lecture Hall MSUM’s School of Media Arts & Design presents an evening […]
    • Kristjansson-Nelson presents at Danish American Center
      Film faculty Kyja Kristjansson-Nelson presented at the Danish American Center in Minneapolis on Saturday, Nov. 18. Hosted by the Icelandic […]
    • Kristjansson-Nelson’s film, Hús, kicks off first day of Festival Mutoscopio
      Kyja Kristjansson-Nelson’s most recent film, Hús, kicked off the first day of Festival Mutoscopio in Puebla, Mexico the evening of […]
    • Dr. Adah presents at Midwest Popular Culture/American Culture Association Conference
      Dr. Anthony Adah presented at the 2017 Midwest Popular Culture/American Culture Association Conference. The conference was held in St. Louis, […]
    • SoMAD represents at Twin Cities Film Fest
      The School of Media Arts & Design was well represented at this year’s Twin Cities Film Festival, with ten Film/Animation […]
    • Fall BFA No.1 Reception Today
      Thursday, Nov. 9 | 4-7 p.m. | CA 155 The School of Art invites the public to the reception for […]
    • An Evening with Student Academy Award Winner Devon Manney
      Monday, Nov. 27 | 7 p.m. | King Lecture Hall
    • ‘Phantom of the Opera’ screening with live organ accomaniment
      Friday, Oct. 27 | 7 p.m. | Glasrud Auditorium MSUM’s School of Media Arts & Design and the Red River […]
    • MSUM Enrollment Increases for 2nd Straight Year
      The official Fall Semester enrollment figures for Minnesota State University Moorhead show an overall increase led by gains in new […]
    • What’s happening in Marketing
      Each year, the Marketing Communications team develops a holiday greeting from the university to faculty, staff, students, alumni and friends […]
    • Kyja K-Nelson screens experimental video in North Portland Unknown Film Festival
      Kyja K-Nelson, faculty of the School of Media Arts & Design, will be screening her new experimental video, Hús, in […]
    • Gallery talk: Celia Gray
      Thursday, Oct. 12 | 10 a.m. | CA 155 Visiting artist Celia Gray, whose work is featured in the current […]
    • Media, Arts and Communications Fair today
      Wednesday, Oct. 11 | 3-5 p.m. | Roland Dille Center for the Arts – Hansen Theater Please join us today, […]
    • Film and animation students, alumni and faculty exhibit work in Minne Mini Film Festival
      Film and Animation students, alumni and faculty exhibit work in the Minne Mini Film Festival. The sold-out event will take […]
    • Faculty, students attend South Dakota Film Festival
      Film Production and Animation students and alumni show work, win awards Professors Anthony Adah, Don Clark, and Kyja K-Nelson of […]
  • EVENTS
    May 2018: Graphic Communications Senior Final Project Presentations
    May 2018: Juried Film & Animation Exhibition
    April 2019: Alumni Summit
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    Learning Opportunities Outside the Classroom

    MSUM’s School of Media Arts and Design offers ways to enhance your degree outside of the classroom with student organizations, internships and more.

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  • Careers & Outcomes
    The School of Media Arts and Design graduates enjoy rich and varied careers in film, animation, graphic design, web design, print production and more.
  • Focus on Film and Animation
    Produce and analyze captivating films and animations
    Delve into Graphic Design
    Real-world experience and community connections
    School of Media Arts & Design focuses on the creation and analysis of media that powerfully affects the audience
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