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    Media Studies (BA/BS)

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  • Earn a Bachelor of Arts in Media Studies in a program open to transfer students, adults, and other nontraditional undergraduates. The Media Studies major helps you gain conceptual, technical, and practical skills in media analysis, production, and management. Learn to think critically about the creation, distribution, and reception of historic and emergent media forms in a global context. The program is designed to prepare students for professional work in a range of media fields such as film, web, mobile, print, games, social media, marketing, and transmedia narrative.

    • Degree Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science
    • Credits 120 (up to 84 transfer credits)
    • Format Full-time or part-time, on campus or online
    • Start Term Fall or Spring

    Interdisciplinary Curriculum

    The Media Studies program is distinguished by its interdisciplinary breadth and its commitment to creating media in the service of a more just and equitable world. Guided by a faculty of practicing professionals, award winners, and industry leaders, you may choose to complete a short film, write a feature screenplay, devise a business plan for a media startup, study the history of world cinema, or analyze the role of social media in a human rights campaign. Choose a concentration in Cinema Studies, Film Production, Media Entrepreneurship, Media and Social Change, Screenwriting, or design your own.

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    Career Paths

    Media Studies graduates are prepared to begin careers as entrepreneurs, administrators, technicians, and artists in varied areas of the media industry. Career paths include camera technician (television and film), manager in a new media company, new media technology entrepreneur, independent filmmaker, film production assistant, advertising production manager, and marketing researcher. Students are also prepared to pursue graduate study in media studies or a related field, and may apply to continue their academic work at The New School through the MA in Media Studies and MS in Media Management.


  • Media Studies courses are taught by a distinguished faculty from diverse media industries. Students benefit from the professional insights that only leading media makers, producers, executives, brand marketers, and entrepreneurs can provide.

  • Featured Courses

    • With fast changes in our consumer society along with amazing technological advancements, the music recording business can now be characterized as a mega-media, multifaceted, almost-everything-but a record business. Changing media formats and new business models along with transforming societal attit...

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    • NCOM 4301

      The Media Business

      An exploration of the work of media industries and the complex of factors that make the business of media so distinctive. In what ways has the media business evolved in the past 25 years? How do emergent media business models compare with legacy media industries? What economic drivers steer the me...

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    • There are many skills involved with being a professional writer working in television because writers are also producers in TV. This class will cover the process from coming up with an idea for an episode to executing a producible script, with an overview of the role of “writer/producer.” Students w...

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    • NFLM 3411

      The Art of Film

      The Art of Film lays the foundation for understanding the practical techniques, specialized language, and unique aesthetics of motion pictures. We will explore the expressive range of cinematic language and the ways in which complex emotions and ideas are communicated to the viewer. Students analyze...

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  • Relevance to the field is the most sought-after component of our program. Having instructors who are active professional practitioners makes it possible.

    Michelle Materre, Associate Professor of Media Studies and Film
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