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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
    • Faculty awarded $19,561 for ‘Shark Tank’ Presentation
      MSUM faculty were awarded $19,561 (full funding) for their Minnesota Innovation Grant “Shark Tank” Presentation, “Finding Refuge: Using GIS Technology […]
    • MSUM students bring home advertising awards
      At February’s American Advertising Federation Awards ceremony, several students took home awards for their design work. Jordan Dalbey was recognized […]
    • It’s almost summer!
      Just kidding! But it's time to plan your Summer 2020 schedule now.
    • Graphic Design Creative Shorts
      Saturday, Nov. 2 | 6 p.m. | Center for Business The School of Media Arts & Design will be presenting […]
    • DRAGONS: NEW HEIGHTS documentary film featuring Women’s Basketball’s greatest season to premiere at Fargo Theatre Oct. 9
      Wednesday, Oct. 9 | 7 p.m. | Fargo Theatre MSUM film student Sean Rice followed the Dragon women’s basketball team […]
    • Rea receives Lake Region Arts Council fellowship award
      Ray Rea was awarded the 2019 Lake Region Arts Council McKnight Fellowship Lake Region Arts Council awards, a $5,000 Fellowship […]
    • Featured Employer: H2M
      Thursday, Sept. 12 | 3-4 p.m. | Center for the Arts 163 H2M brings their intelligence, intuition and insight to […]
    • Rea & K-Nelson featured at Cellular Cinema
      Raymond Rea and Kyja Kristjansson-Nelson (School of Media Arts & Design) were the featured artists at Cellular Cinema’s screening event […]
    • K-Nelson Screens at St. Kilda Film Festival, Australia
      The St. Kilda Film Festival recently screened Hús, an experimental film by Kyja Kristjansson-Nelson (School of Media Arts & Design). […]
    • Project: Exhibitions
      April 23 – June 28 A show consisting of four smaller exhibitions. Three are presented by students in the Professional […]
    • Film & Animation Juried Exhibition and Awards Ceremony
      Friday, May 10 | 7-10 p.m. | Glasrud Auditorium The Film & Animation Juried Exhibition and Awards Ceremony screens a selection of this semester’s student work […]
    • Film & Animation Capstone Project Screening
      Friday, May 3 | 7 p.m. | Glasrud Auditorium School of Media Arts & Design Film & Animation seniors will present their Capstone Projects, this Friday, […]
    • 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
      Titicut Follies film screening – Friday, April 26 | 7:30 p.m. | Fargo TheatreTiticut Follies: The Ballet – Saturday, April […]
    • Pahl wins silver ADDY at District 8 American Advertising Awards
    • 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 & […]
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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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