Media Studies and Production Classes

Study inspiring subject matter, like entrepreneurship and emergent media, media analysis, media business, and media production and performance, all within the context of rapidly converging industries.

The Media Studies and Production program in Temple’s School of Media and Communication (SMC) gives you the chance to chance to take part in both classroom instruction and hands-on experience. You’ll graduate from the program fully prepared with the skills and understanding you need to succeed in today’s rapidly growing communications fields.

In addition to taking three foundation courses, you’ll select courses from four focused areas of Media Studies: Emergent Media, Media Analysis, Media Business and Entrepreneurship, or Media Production. Near the end of your course work, you’ll complete an internship at a media-related institution off campus or in a practicum on campus.

Four Plus One Option

The Four Plus One program enables undergraduate students of Media Studies and Production to pursue a Master of Arts in the same major in an additional year. Students begin taking graduate courses during the second semester of junior year that count toward both the bachelor’s and master’s degrees. After earning a bachelor’s degree, Four Plus One students complete graduate course work the following year, including two summer semesters. Learn more about the Media Studies and Production Four Plus One program.

Sample Courses

Introduction to Media Studies

Learn the various techniques and practices involved in creating and understanding media production. You’ll become familiar with all the basic aspects of TV production in its three stages—preproduction, production and postproduction—and sharpen your creative and technical skills.

Introduction to Media Theory

Acquaint yourself with a range of key theoretical approaches to the understanding of human communicative behavior, and focus on the theoretical frameworks associated with mediated communication. This course will help you hone an appreciation for the role theory plays in our society, including the relationship of theory to research and the application of theoretical models to contemporary phenomena.

Audio for Media

Study principles of sound design and recording techniques for multitrack audio production in a range of media production settings. You’ll examine design theory and technical practices and learn the basic functioning and operation of digital audio workstations, field recording devices, loudspeakers, microphones, mixing consoles and the basics of acoustical physics. You’ll also develop your critical listening skills and understanding of sound aesthetics.

Media and Society

Delve into the past, present and future roles of media in society. You’ll explore the complex relationships between media and society—especially in light of prevailing technological and cultural conditions in the U.S. and around the world. You’ll also discover specific approaches to becoming more enlightened as a consumer and a producer of media messages by sharpening your creativity, critical thinking, reasoning, research and writing skills.

The Business of Media

Acquaint yourself with the media structures and managerial roles and responsibilities in electronic media industries, including cable, mobile, online, radio, satellite and TV. Understand the financial implications leading to the profitability of media entities and challenges facing nonprofit entities. You’ll also examine how media managers are influenced by the changing media landscape, the impact of technology on the future of media and the role of government in media industries.

Technology and Culture

How do new communication technologies influence and shape contemporary U.S. culture? Explore how technologies effect our ideas about art, environment, identity, knowledge, leisure and work, and gain an understanding of the nature, role and significance of new communication technologies as a dynamic factor in society.

Concentrations

Emergent Media Professional Option

In the emergent media professional option track, you’ll focus on critical analysis and production in new digital media, specifically in mobile media, video games and the web. You’ll develop an understanding of the global nature of the digital media environment and its business practices and production processes. Once you earn your degree, you’ll be well-prepared for a career as a digital media consultant, marketing professional or web designer.

Media Analysis Professional Option

As a student of media analysis, you’ll gain a critical understanding of the roles of media in contemporary life, including media as a source of shared social identities; media technology as a cultural force; and the nature of media institutions, audiences and texts. You’ll also be preparing yourself for a career as a community activist, corporate communication producer, editorial or technical writer, market research analyst, media consultant, or media scholar.

Media Business and Entrepreneurship Professional Option

Learn about the practical and ethical ways to launch, operate or participate in an enterprise that creates, produces and/or distributes media content. You’ll be able to seek out career opportunities as a media entrepreneur; media production freelancer; owner or operator of a production company or recording studio; website developer; or founder of a channel, station or network.

Media Production Professional Option

In the media production track you’ll learn about the conceptual and technical tools needed to create digital media content. You’ll also develop strong professional skills, as well as critical and analytical abilities, that will help you evaluate content for various media outlets. As a graduate, your career opportunities can include positions like editor, producer, recording engineer, website designer, writer and videographer.

Digital Media Technologies Minor

The Digital Media Technologies Minor is offered through SMC’s Department of Media Studies and Production and the Department of Computer and Information Sciences in the College of Science and Technology. It is designed to expand students’ knowledge of the Information Age and enable them to share communications using quickly evolving, emergent technologies.

Graduation Requirements

To graduate, you must complete a minimum of 124 credits with a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher, overall and in your major.

University requirements

All students are required to complete the General Education (GenEd) curriculum with a minimum of two writing-intensive courses in your major.

SMC requirements

  • You must complete a minimum of 42 credits and a maximum of 64 credits in Media Studies and Production.
  • Each course that fulfills a requirement for your major must be passed with a C- or better.
  • All prerequisites must be met unless you’re exempted from writing.
  • No more than 20 transfer credits may be applied to the Media Studies and Production major.
  • No more than 8 credits will be accepted in Kinesiology and Dance activities courses.
  • No more than 12 total credits will be accepted for internships, independent study courses and practica.

Read more Media Studies and Production course descriptions.