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  • About the School of Media Arts & Design

    Film Studies, Film Production & Animation

    The B.A. degree in Film Studies focuses on film history, film theory and media criticism. Students take rigorous courses in international cinema, film history, film appreciation, adaptations, director studies and genre studies, which offer a wide and varied knowledge base for an undergraduate education in Film Studies. Students apply the course content as they become actively involved in community film projects such as campus film festival programming, the Fargo Film Festival and supporting community production projects. MSUM film studies students attend conventions and have been recognized for their academic excellence in regional and national conferences. Film Studies graduates can pursue work as media critics, film historians, film programmers, curators, and film festival coordinators. Many of our students look at graduate programs as a way to continue their film education.

    The B.A. degree in Film Production focuses on the pre-production, production and post-production of film, video and media content for a number of markets and audiences. Students get hands-on experience in the areas of writing, directing, producing, cinematography and editing. Courses introduce HD video technology, 16mm film production, and a wide array of film equipment and computer software. Emphasis is placed on telling compelling, personal stories that stretch a students’ ability to communicate through a range of cinematic modes (fiction, non-fiction, and experimental practices). MSUM film students have been recognized for their excellence in local, regional and national festivals and competitions. Graduates in Film Production may find employment as producers, production managers, directors, assistant directors, cinematographers, camera operators, and editors.

    The B.A. degree in Animation focuses on traditional 2D animation, as well as 3D animation, with a foundation in film. Students get hands-on experience with technical graphics, 3D modeling, animation game graphics and simulations. Courses use software such as 3D Studio Max, MAYA, AutoCAD, Pro Tools, Final Cut Pro and the Adobe Creative Cloud. Classes also include video and audio production. Graduates may find employment with video production companies, post-production companies, television stations, music industry studios, multimedia and web design firms, and advertising agencies.

    Graphic Communications

    The B.S. degree in Graphic Communications focuses on the production and technology of the graphics industry. Our graduates are skilled in many areas of the graphics industry, including computer graphics, multimedia, image manipulation, printing, advertising, graphic design, presentation graphics, and computer animation. Graduates in Graphic Communications work with advertising agencies, newspapers, magazines, printing companies, in-house marketing corporations, multimedia and web design firms. Students pursuing a Graphic Communications degree may choose between two emphases: Interactive Multimedia, and Digital Design and Production.

    • Interactive Multimedia concentrates on multimedia production, web design and development. Students learn software such as Flash, 3DS Max, Dreamweaver, Photoshop, Javascript, and PHP/SQL.
    • Digital Design and Production focuses on the creation of graphics, images and layouts, and image manipulation and enhancement using the Adobe Creative Cloud. Once students master foundational skills, they learn to prepare projects for an offset lithographic press using digital prepress techniques.

    Graphic Design

    The B.F.A. degree in Graphic Design focuses on traditional and computer processes utilized for in-depth studio investigations into various conceptual and technical applications towards effective visual communication. Investigations deal with one or more of the following: symbols, typography, information design, systems, 3D, visual concepts, and multimedia. Projects may include logos, brochures, CD covers, posters, magazine layouts, packaging, annual reports, and many more issues dealing with visual communications and society. Internships are required for the BFA degree. The American Institute of Graphic Artists (AIGA) and the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD) do not recognize the Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in art or design as adequate preparation for entry as a Graphic Design professional. The Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) is considered the professional and specialized degree program for entry into practice.