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. 

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 video project.


Wayne State Faculty in Media Arts and Studies


Juanita Anderson is a veteran producer, executive producer and documentary filmmaker. She teaches advanced media arts production courses including COM 5410 Producers’ Workshop and COM 5420/7420 Directors’ Workshop; media studies courses including COM 5060 Documentary and Non Fiction Film and African Cinema (under COM 5020); and production topics courses including Documentary Production and Media and Community Engagement. Anderson also manages the Allesee master classes and the Michigan Creative Film Alliance, and fosters student opportunities for industry and community engagement. Her areas of interest and expertise include independent film/television, media diversity, public television, African American/African world culture and history, urban affairs and the arts. She is also an accomplished still photographer whose work has been exhibited internationally. She is most proud of the awards her students are winning. She has a passion for all of the arts in any combination. She is most likely to be seen at independent film screenings, art gallery openings, and dance concerts.



Victoria Dallas is an academic services officer in the Department of Communication and is serving as area head of media arts and studies. Her responsibilities in the department include supervising the advising of students, supervising the office staff, scheduling and staffing classes and managing the departmental budget. She has been with the university for over 30 years.

She has an undergraduate degree in Economics and a graduate degree in Education with a major in Instructional Technology.  She has an interest in learning theories and how these theories can be applied to advising.  Her main interests are in student retention and student success. She has served on several university level committees on these topics including the President’s Committee on Undergraduate Retention, The Retention Implementation Task Force, University Admissions Readiness Committee and most recently on The Retention Advisory Committee for Underrepresented Populations and The Strategic Graduation Action Committee.

She has served on and chaired several university, college and departmental committees. At the University level she is currently chairing the University Advising Council, which is made up of representatives from all of the university’s undergraduate programs and addresses advising issues such as communication and training for advising staff across the university. She has served on the Faculty Academic Senate for the past seven years, with five years of service on the Senate's Policy Committee, which is the executive committee of the Senate. In prior years she was chair of the Career Development Committee for the Commission on the Status of Women as well as serving as Vice Chair of the Commission.

On a personal note, Ms. Dallas was born in Greece and came to the United States as a small child. One of her most memorable moments is getting her United States citizenship when she was about nine years old.  She is truly bi-lingual in Greek and English.  She loves to cook Greek food and listen to Greek music.  One more interesting note is that she is a graduate of Wayne State, her husband is a graduate of Wayne State, her daughter is a graduate of Wayne State and her hopes are that her son will soon also be a graduate of Wayne State.


Kelly Donnellan (MFA, American University) is an assistant professor of media arts and studies. She teaches COM 1600 and COM 5380/7380. She has been working professionally in post-production since 2000. She held numerous post-production positions while working in L.A., including supervising assistant editor/post production supervisor for the DVD special features of The Matrix Reloaded, Animatrix and Enter the Matrix Game and assistant editor on The Sponge Bob Square Pants Movie.

As an editor, Donnellan's work includes the Student Academy Award winning short documentary Dying Green. She also edited A Place to Belong: Asperger’s and a School, which aired on Toledo Public Television, and Richard Remsen: Artist, which aired on Maine Public Television. Donnellan produced, directed, edited, and shot the award winning I is Another, which is playing the festival circuit. She aspires to be as good a cook as her Sicilian grandmother.



Kelly Gottesman serves as multimedia specialist in the media arts area of the Department of Communication. He maintains a record of success in technology-based applications designed for teaching, promotion, documentation and performance and he challenges traditional approaches to education and production.

Gottesman holds a BFA in dance from Ohio University and an MFA in dance choreography and technology from Ohio State University. His research focuses on the use of advanced technologies in dance theatre performance, including telematics (live Internet broadcast), interactive media and processed video with movement in live performance.






Patricia K. McCormick, associate professor, holds a Ph.D. in mass media/telecommunications and an M.A. in telecommunications from Michigan State University. She also holds an M.A. in African studies from Howard University and a B.A. in African studies and geography from the University of Michigan. Her research has concerned the international diffusion of policy, specifically the privatisation of the telecommunications sector. In this regard Dr. McCormick has conducted extensive fieldwork in African and Caribbean states. Conceptually, her research is interdisciplinary in nature, viewing the telecommunications sector as integrated within a broader political and economic context at both the national and international levels. She has examined the institutional restructuring of international satellite organizations and is examining space policy issues, specifically space debris and space surveillance. McCormick is co-editor and contributor to The Transformation of Intergovernmental Satellite Organisations Policy and Legal Perspectives, and she has published articles in such esteemed journals as Science and Public Policy and Telecommunications Policy. She teaches the History of Communication Technologies, Societal Affects of New Technologies, Critical Mass Communications Theory and International Communications. She reads – and assigns – science fiction.


Karen McDevitt teaches New Media Practices (COM 5280) and New Media Theory (COM 6270), which are the two core courses for the Graduate Certificate in Communication and New Media. She is also an instructor for Media Criticism and Analysis, along with Introduction to Film, both in their online formats.

McDevitt has been teaching about media (old and new) since earning an individual interdisciplinary Ph.D. from Wayne State University (2002), with a specialization in computer-mediated communication and gender studies. She has a distinct interest in media convergence from a critical-cultural studies perspective, and her research focuses on the ways in which new media are reshaping contemporary social practices.

Currently serving on the Board of Directors of the Detroit Film Theatre (DFT) at the Detroit Institute of Arts, Dr. McDevitt is also a member of the Board of Visitors for Wayne State University Press. She is a regular attendee at the Toronto International Film Festival and the New Directors Film Festival in New York, but she can be found almost every weekend at either the DFT or the Maple Art Theatre. She lives in the Village of Milford with her husband, John Evans, and their two rescue dachshunds, Anna and Otto. Prior to academia, she established a long history as a graphic artist and founder/owner of five graphic art studio locations in the Detroit metro area. While always admitting to a fervent interest in all things mediated, Karen is an especially avid fan of life online.


Hayg Oshagan (Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison ) is an associate professor of mass media effects and public opinion. Dr. Oshagan studies the relationship of individuals to the mass media and the effects of mass media on public opinion. His research has been published in Communication Research, International Journal of Public Opinion Research, Journal of Communication, National Journal of Sociology and several edited books. He serves as editor of The Armenian Review and is a co-founder of New Michigan Media.







Marc Ruiz teaches a number of courses in the media arts and studies major - most notably the capstone course designed to introduce students to organized set structures. He has been director/director of photography (DP) on a number of national television spots for companies such as Quicken Loans and Fathead. He was a DP on a music video featuring Kendrick Lamar and was a producer on a music video featuring Nicki Minaj.