Wayne State University

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Major in Media Arts and Studies

A major in media arts and studies provides a background for students wishing to enter the broadcasting, cable or corporate video fields. Students utilize studios and post-production facilities created exclusively for the Department of Communication. They also have access to a wide range of courses in the department.

Media Arts and Studies at WSU

Media arts and studies offers students a full production sequence where they learn film making, editing, directing, and screenwriting. Students are given the opportunity to explore the creative opportunities in the dynamic field of media arts.  On the academic side, students learn about films, media criticism, international communication, radio and television history, effects of mass media and media's role in society.  The combination of studies and practice is a unique feature of WSU's program, which best prepares students as both practitioners and critical citizens.

The faculty of the media arts and studies program are skilled professionals who teach students how to become producers of mass media (film, video, broadcast TV, radio, online programming, media writing).  Faculty connections and internships in the industry help place students into work opportunities.  In addition, students interested in pursuing graduate degrees will find the undergraduate program in media studies to be rigorous, including opportunities for research and writing that will prepare him or her well for pursuing  a master's degree.

Student Experience

The MAS student film club helps put on the Moving Media Film Festival each spring.  WAYN Radio is the student-run internet radio station located within the Department of Communication.  MAS students are encouraged to participate in these groups.

A media lab in Old Main offers MAS students a variety of production facilities for editing and studio production.  The equipment includes high definition cameras, computers for non-linear editing, sound, light and other associated equipment.  Students will utilize the equipment throughout their careers at WSU, becoming proficient and comfortable with the technology.  Audio labs are available in Manoogian Hall as well.

Since the university is located in the heart of a large metropolitan area, there are great opportunities for students to know and work with communication professionals. Internships are possible with Detroit radio stations, television stations, cable and industrial video production companies.

View the Media Arts and Studies Curriculum.

View the suggested plan of work for production track media arts and studies majors.

View the suggested plan of work for studies track media arts and studies majors.

Find out what our students are doing - 

View the Media Arts and Studies Blog.

View MovingMedia Student Film Festival.

View students working on a 2010 video project.