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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
    • Pahl wins silver ADDY at District 8 American Advertising Awards
    • WGS Colloquium: ‘Progressive Advances in Recent Independent Transgender and Gender Diverse Short Films’
      Friday, April 26 | 11:45 a.m. – 1 p.m. | Women’s Center (Bridges 154) Raymond Rea, FTM filmmaker and Professor of Film in MSUM’s School of Media Arts & Design, will […]
    • Two visionaries bring breathtaking work to MSUM
      Masterclass led by Frederick Wiseman – Thursday, April 25 | 1:30 p.m. | King HallTiticut Follies film screening – Friday, April 26 | 7:30 p.m. | Fargo […]
    • Project: Exhibitions
      April 23 – June 28Opening Reception: Thursday, April 25 | 4-7 p.m. A show consisting of four smaller exhibitions. Three […]
    • Participate in Art Drop Day
      Wednesday, April 10 | 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. | MSUM Campus Create a work of art (painting, poem, pottery , song, digital media, etc.). Everyone is welcome to […]
    • Randall Christopher visits MSUM
      Friday, March 22 | 1:30 p.m. | King Hall 110 Award winning animator and Fargo Film Festival guest, Randall Christopher will visit MSUM (King Hall 110) at 1:30 […]
    • MSUM Marketing, Foundation, students win ADDY awards
      The MSUM Marketing Team, MSUM Foundation and students won several awards at Friday night’s American Advertising Federation’s (AAF-ND) ADDY Awards. […]
    • MSUM new hires
      Please join us in welcoming the following employees to Minnesota State University Moorhead!  Make sure to stop by their departments […]
    • 1200+
      Friday, Nov. 16 | 2 p.m. | King 110 The SoMAD Department is collaborating with the Office of Diversity & […]
    • K-Nelson’s films screen nationally, internationally
      Hús, an experimental film by Kyja Kristjansson-Nelson (School of Media Arts & Design), screened at the Aurora Picture Show on […]
    • K-Nelson’s video installation on view in South Korea
      Drawing – For the Body, By the Body is a show on view at the Cheonan Arts Center in Cheonan, […]
    • A Once in a Lifetime Opportunity
      Obioha interns at Lifetime Movie Network
    • MSUM Alumni Film Screening
      Friday, Oct. 5 | 7 p.m. | Glasrud Auditorium, Weld Hall As part of Homecoming festivities MSUM’s School of Media […]
    • A Silent Cinema Tribute to Dave Knudtson
      Monday, July 9 | 7:30 p.m. | Glasrud Auditorium MSUM’s School of Media Arts & Design and the Red River […]
    • SoMAD film alumni featured in HPR cover story
      The High Plains Reader recently featured two LA-based SoMAD Film alumni, Chris Haskell ’09 and Brent Rockswold ’06 in their […]
    • 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. […]
    March 2019: Alumni Summit
    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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