This is an exciting time to begin your education for a career in today’s diverse and expanding media fields. The digital revolution has transformed mass communication media: entertainment television, television journalism, filmmaking, film viewing, and the exchange of information and ideas via the Internet. LaGuardia’s Media Studies degree has been designed to respond to the ways new technologies have already changed our world, and to anticipate the opportunities they promise for the future. 

    Students with career goals in media fields can get off to an early start by electing Media Studies, a specialized set of courses within the college’s Liberal Arts program. This option leads to the Associate in Arts degree and to transfer to a four-year college.

    The Media Studies A.A. offers foundation courses for Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Fine Arts, or Bachelor of Science degree programs in: cinema studies, media studies, media librarianship, film production, video production, television production, content creation for the Web and social media, and related major degree programs. 

    As a Media Studies student, you will be introduced to the skills of media production (screenwriting, cinematography, editing, broadcast operations, computer graphics and effects).  You will learn about the history of film and mass media, and how the Internet, mobile media, and social networks have transformed that history.  You will analyze films by great directors for the lessons they offer in the expressive arts of cinema: storytelling, composition, lighting, editing, and special effects.TXThouse

    Field trips, visits from entertainment and media industry professionals, and internships are designed to take advantage of LaGuardia’s prime location in the world's leading center of film and video production, and of the broadcast, music, and advertising industries. 

    What is the relation of Media Studies to the Liberal Arts?

    Industry professionals agree that, no matter how sophisticated the technology becomes, nothing is more important than content. The creative process begins with the need to communicate something—a message, a concept, a vision. Our curriculum is designed to offer the skills you need to bring your ideas to life. It also seeks to build expressive and conceptual skills—effective writing and critical thinking. It seeks to expand your knowledge of our world, its history and cultures. This is why Media Studies students enroll in the College’s Liberal Arts and Science program and earn the Associate in Arts degree.

    What are the required “Liberal Arts” courses (Introductory Cluster, First Year Seminar LIF 100, and Liberal Arts Seminar LIB200)?

    You will begin your coursework with the "First Year Seminar" and Liberal Arts “Introductory Cluster.” The cluster combines media studies courses with courses in English composition and may include a course in a third discipline, such as social science. All the courses are taken together in the same term with the same group of students, and make up a full-time course load. The different cluster courses are linked through a common theme and share common educational goals. Media cluster themes have included: “Truth, Lies and Videotape,” “From the Movies to the Internet: Media for the Masses,” and “Fame: Examining Stardom and Celebrity.”

    TXTkaneCluster classes include activities such as field trips, and visits with industry professionals. Each course in the cluster satisfies Media Studies and Liberal Arts curriculum requirements. Later, as you near the end of your coursework, you will participate in the “Liberal Arts Seminar,” also called “Final Seminar.” You may enroll in the final seminar once you have completed 33 credits. The final seminar provides an opportunity for you to think about connections between the various Liberal Arts courses you have taken and consider what you have learned in the broader context of the Humanist tradition.

     What is the Urban Study Intensive course?

    All students must select one course that is designated “Urban Study.” All Urban Study courses focus on some aspect of life in New York City. Course content centers on the many unique sites and resources that our city has to offer. We ask that Media Studies students enroll in Film and New York City, HUN196.

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