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BA in Media Arts

Media Production Emphasis 

The Department of Communication and Media’s Media Production Emphasis offers a curriculum focused on equipping students with creative and market-relevant skills in the theory and application of moving image production. Students develop expertise in shooting, editing and visual storytelling using state of the art equipment while working with faculty who are active visual artists and scholars in their field.  Coursework is designed to prepare students for production-focused jobs in film, television and new media or to pursue advanced degrees in related fields upon graduation.

Download the Media Production degree track information sheet here.

Download the course rotation schedule here.

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Student Showcase (Spring)
Every spring the Media Production Student Showcase offers students an opportunity to screen their coursework to live audiences in a theatrical environment. Selective inclusion in the showcase provides students with networking opportunities and serves as a portfolio-building event.

 

South Texas Cinémathèque Screening Series (Fall and Spring)
South Texas Cinémathèque, a collaborative screening series run by The Department of Communication and Media’s Media Production Emphasis and the Art Museum of South Texas, is designed to broaden Media students’ exposure to independent film by bringing internationally recognized filmmakers to Corpus Christi, Texas for discussions, screenings and lectures. South Texas Cinémathèque’s past guests are recipients of some of the most prestigious awards given in independent film. The series gives students rare opportunities to interact with internationally recognized film artists while broadening their understanding of the filmmaking process.

 

Annual Portfolio Reviews (Spring)
Intensive annual portfolio reviews are held each spring as part of a formal mentorship initiative overseen by Media Production Faculty. Spanning several days, these reviews allow students to meet one on one with faculty to discuss creative work, career objectives, matriculation, and involvement in other Media Production program initiatives.

 

Media Production Technical Workshops (Fall and Spring)
A series of faculty led technical workshops designed to build student competency in specialty skills such as cinematic motion, complex lighting and cinematography for film.

 

Media Production Screening Series (Fall and Spring)
A faculty led screening series designed to broaden student exposure to independent cinema and foster discussion and collaboration among Production Students.

 

Media Production Writers’ Room (Fall and Spring)
A student led and faculty supervised screenwriting workshop designed to produce extracurricular screenplays for short film and to improve visual storytelling skills for narrative film. Each semester the workshop will culminate in a table reading event in collaboration with the Department of Theatre and Dance.

 

Media Professional Program (August Session)
The Media Professional Program gives Production Students diverse learning opportunities while working with active industry professionals on faculty led film projects. Students train with production experts in intensive shooting environments while serving in key crew positions such as Assistant Camera Operator, Production Sound Mixer, Script Supervisor, Assistant Director, Production Assistant and more.

 

DIS Opportunity (Fall and Spring)
The Directed Independent Study Opportunity is a highly selective honor that gives Media Production Students a chance to work one-on-one with Production Track Faculty toward the creation of a media product. This opportunity is reserved for students who have demonstrated exemplary performance in their evolution as visual artists. The DIS Opportunity is initiated at the discretion of the participating faculty member, and implemented only with consent of the Department Chair and Dean.

 

Internships
Students at TAMUCC have excellent opportunities to get experience working in the media industries through internships. Corpus Christi is home to several network affiliates, the public television station, and many radio station which have all hosted internships. Additionally, media students have completed internships at major media companies in New York and Los Angeles which have in some cases led to employment at those companies. More information on internships is available here on the department website.

 

Scholarships
Nearly $15,000 in competitive scholarships is available annually for communication majors at TAMU-CC.  More information and applications can be found by visiting the Scholarship Programs page at tamucc.edu. The annual application deadline is March 1 and scholarship notifications are sent in May.

 

Minors & Certification
We offer minors in communication studies, public relations and digital journalism and a teacher certification in speech.  The minors can go hand-in-hand with the media arts degree, but they also provide skills that compliment any major within TAMU-CC.  Students interested in teaching can opt to earn their secondary certification by taking 30 hours to complete the teacher certification in speech. Contact Rachelle Stanley at rachelle.stanley@tamucc.edu for more information.