FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
WILL ALL OF MY COURSES TRANSFER?LaGuardia has an agreement with the Department of Film and with the Department of Television and Radio at Brooklyn College for students from our Media Studies major who wish to transfer there. Other CUNY colleges with baccalaureate programs in film studies, media studies, film and video production (Hunter College, Queens College, Baruch College, City College, College of Staten Island) will apply all or most LaGuardia courses in the Media Studies major toward their own degree requirements and elective credits. Pathways requirements satisfied at LaGuardia are automatically applied when transferring to other CUNY colleges.Faculty advisors and college counselors offer individual assistance to LaGuardia students who wish to transfer to film, video, digital media, and media studies programs at: The School of Visual Arts, Tisch School of the Arts/NYU, University of Southern California, Purchase College SUNY, and other non-CUNY colleges. In the past, LaGuardia students transferring to those institutions have had all or most of their Media Studies credits applied toward degree requirements and elective credits.DOES LAGUARDIA OFFER INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITIES IN MEDIA FIELDS?LaGuardia students are no longer required to complete an internship to earn their A.A. degree. However, we regard internships as a distinct advantage for students aspiring to a career in a media field. Internships offer Media Studies students valuable real-world experience and the chance to network with professionals who work in interactive, entertainment, and communication media. Faculty and staff endeavor to connect current students and alumni with opportunities that may come to them through their professional networks.WHAT KINDS OF JOBS ARE AVAILABLE TO PEOPLE WITH DEGREES IN MEDIA?Individuals can work as full-time staff members for broadcast networks, cable stations, film production or postproduction companies, or one of a number of major motion picture studios that are located in New York City. Many creative and craftspeople are free-lance workers. Other self-employed workers, such as event videographers, operate their own businesses.
The types of careers available in television, motion pictures, video, and Internet are too numerous to list them all here. However, a sample of today’s media occupations includes: writer, producer, line producer, director, assistant director, director of photography, camera assistant, camera operator, sound recordist, sound mixer, Foley artist, production assistant, boom operator, grip, gaffer, editor, assistant editor, animator, broadcast technician, ENG operator, event videographer (weddings, memorial videos, college athletics recruiting videos), legal videographer, media librarian, public relations, sales, cinema and media studies educator.
When setting career goals, it’s good to keep in mind that there are many rewarding careers outside the major motion picture and broadcast industries. Graduates with media degrees have found jobs in educational institutions and corporations. Today, in spite of difficult economic conditions, there are secure careers in the legal and government sectors for producers, videographers, and individuals trained in digital asset management. Video for the Web, social networking, and other emerging digital media are setting the stage for new opportunities every day.
ARE THERE EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES FOR MEDIA STUDIES STUDENTS?The Office of Campus Life offers students the opportunity to organize student clubs and provides support for club activities. Past film club events included movie theme nights (McDonalds hamburgers with SUPERSIZE ME, a horror film marathon on Halloween night), excursions to midnight openings of cult movies, teaming with the Theatre Club to produce action movies and comedies.A rite of Spring is the Thomson Avenue Film Festival and Red Carpet event. Since 2003, the Humanities Department Media Studies program, in conjunction with the Library’s Media Services division, has sponsored an annual festival of videos by current students and alumni–it’s a LaGuardia tradition. Friends, family, and the college community come together to celebrate the end of the school year, and the creative energy of our student filmmakers and videographers. For the filmmakers, it’s a chance to see their work in front of a large audience on a big screen with a quality sound system. Media students can also join in the operation and programming of our WebTV station. Participants can direct or crew talk shows, interviews, game shows, campus news, etc., in our television studio, then add graphics, edit and stream their productions from the WebTV editing suite.
Humanities Department31-10 Thomson AvenueRoom M-121Long Island City, NY, 11101 718-482-5690 718-609-2000
For more information about the Media and Technology Programs please contact:
Joyce Rheuban (Media Studies Degree) 718-420-5706
James Richardson (New Media Technology Degree) 718-349-4033