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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
    • K-Nelson in Official Selection of England’s Sheffield Doc/Fest
      The Sheffield Doc/Fest will be screening Hús (House) by Kyja Kristjansson-Nelson (School of Media Arts & Design). The Sheffield International […]
    • K-Nelson screened at Altered Esthetics and the Duluth Superior Film Festival 
      Kyja Kristjansson-Nelson (School of Media Arts & Design) presented her short experimental film, Hús, at the Duluth Superior Film Festival […]
    • Film & Animation Senior Seminar Screening and Presentations
      Friday, April 27 | 7-10 p.m. | Glasrud Auditorium, Weld Hall Free and open to the public, refreshments served This […]
    • K-Nelson in Official Selection of the 56th Ann Arbor Film Festival
      Kyja Kristjansson-Nelson’s short experimental film, Hús, was named in the Official Selections of the 56th annual Ann Arbor Film Festival. […]
    • K-Nelson’s film on view at the Beeler Gallery
      The Beeler Gallery at the Columbus College of Art and Design will present Hús, a film by Professor Kyja Kristjansson-Nelson. […]
    • K-Nelson Screens in Lincoln, England
      A short documentary made by Professor Kyja Kristjansson-Nelson, School of Media Arts & Design, will be featured in the Indie-Lincs […]
    • MLK – A Cinema Celebration of Justice, Equality & Peace
      Thursday, March 15 | 7 p.m. | Fox Recital Hall (CA 150) MSUM’s School of Media Arts & Design presents: MLK […]
    • 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 […]
  • 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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