Public Engagement

Areas of Study

  • As a graduate student in Media Studies, you can pursue one or more of the following Areas of Study or work with a faculty advisor to develop your own.

    Seminar, production and research methods courses make up the curriculum and partner together to provide introductions to the theory and practice of media studies and inversions into focused areas of study. Though you are not required to choose an Area of Study any one area to earn your degree, completing one can enhance your résumé by communicating expertise to potential employers.

  • Media History, Criticism, Philosophy

    The MA in Media Studies focuses on understanding media in a variety of contexts and applications, historically, critically, and philosophically. Students learn how to investigate a range of critical and philosophical issues pertaining to the theory of media, the development of media technologies, and changing patterns of mediated cultural experiences. Drawing on a wide range of research in media aesthetics, genres, and cultures, courses provide students with a strong foundation in a theoretical approach to the study of media in contemporary culture. View related media history, criticism, and philosophy courses.

    Transmedia and Digital Storytelling

    Focusing on the creation of narratives that move across platforms, this area enables students to learn practices of multimedia storytelling. Students can investigate different forms of storytelling such as comics, novels, games, video, films, websites, and architecture. Students learn how to engage audiences as creative collaborators through the use of participatory and social media applications. View related transmedia and digital storytelling courses.

    Digital Cinema Production

    Courses in this area of study enable students to learn skills involved in film and video production, including producing, screenwriting, directing, advanced editing, cinematography, lighting, sound, and post-production. Drawing on film history, theory, and aesthetics, students gain skills and experience in the creation of new modes of cinematic expression. View related digital cinema production courses.

    Sound Studies

    This area of study enables students to investigate the production and consumption of sound, music, noise, and silence. Students learn skills of audio production and sound design; they can experiment in the creation of radio and podcasting programs. This area also enables students to understand the development and changes in sound cultures throughout history. View related sound studies courses.

    Documentary Studies

    Documentary studies explores nonfiction media as practiced by artists and activists around the globe. Courses appeal to students interested in the history, theory, criticism, and production of linear and nonlinear documentary work. Courses help to build a firm foundation for critical writing and thinking about documentary, conducting documentary research, and developing introductory and advanced skills in digital production and postproduction for film, audio, interactive, multimedia, and installation forms. Students gain a broad perspective on classic and innovative contemporary documentary, including observational, personal, epistolary, investigative, political, advocacy, and hybrid work that blurs boundaries between fiction and fact. View related documentary studies courses.

    Media Analytics

    This area of study enables students to learn the basics of data analytics to understand patterns and changes in media experiences. Students apply these skills to understand new developments in the creative industries: publishing, broadcasting, social media, cinema, and Web. Courses investigate topics in media management, data visualization, and cultural analytics. View related media analytics courses.