Media & TechnologyAre you interested in studying media, new media technology, or film? Then, welcome to the LaGuardia Media and Technology Website! The LaGuardia Humanities Department offers two outstanding degree programs for students who are considering careers in today's diverse and expanding media fields.
Our programs in Media Studies and New Media Technology offer students the opportunity to learn the arts, crafts, and skills necessary to succeed in such dynamic industries as infotainment and entertainment, web design and development, e-commerce entrepreneurship, and game design. How do the degree programs differ?Media Studies is one of the college's specialized options in Liberal Arts. Your coursework leads to an Associate in Arts degree, and is designed to prepare you to transfer to a B.A., B.F.A., or B.S. degree program in a media field at a four-year college. As a Media Studies major at LaGuardia, you'll be studying the history of film, TV, and other mass media, as well as the impact of digital technology on each of these media venues. You'll acquire the skills to criticize and analyze media productions, learn the craft of screenwriting, and utilize video production tools in the studio and on location. Along with media courses, you'll also take liberal arts courses in English, Social Science, Math, and Science that will apply to your four-year degree. New Media Technology courses lead to an Associate in Applied Science degree, and is designed to prepare students to enter directly into the workplace, or to further their education by transferring to a B.S., B.F.A., or B.S. degree program. The New Media Technology degree offers students the opportunity to learn skills such as web design, web animation and interactivity, Internet video and DVD development, and Internet game design. Other required and elective courses place those skills in the context of artistic traditions and values, introduce students to the wide range of applications for their skills, and how to consider the social and ethical issues raised by these new technologies.
How do I decide which degree program to pursue?The best guide for choosing an academic program is to follow your passion. What interests you? What are you good at? How do you see yourself in 10 years? The following summary will give you an idea of the kinds of careers available to graduates of our two degree programs. Students who complete degrees in Media Studies often pursue careers in creative and craft arenas of film, television, and multimedia production. Jobs our students can expect to obtain, include writer, director, producer, director of photography, editor, broadcast engineer, ENG operator, or media librarian. Other paths can lead to careers as teachers of film and media studies.
Students who complete degrees in New Media Technology can apply their digital technology skills to obtain careers in corporate and government environments, entertainment and infotainment companies, public relations and advertising organizations, and as e-commerce entrepreneurs. Jobs our students can expect to obtain include web designer/developer, rich media specialist, web cartoon animator, music video producer, and Flash game designer.
We hope to see you soon.
Dr. Joyce RheubanDirector, Media/New Media Programs
Professor James RichardsonCoordinator, New Media Technology
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