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BA in Media Arts

Media Studies Emphasis 

The media studies emphasis offers critical study of a variety of media, such as film, television, print, and new media, as well as opportunities to acquire writing and production skills. It provides the background for students who wish to work in media-related jobs or who wish to acquire a background in media before pursuing professional degrees such as the MBA or law degree. It also provides the necessary background for students who wish to attend graduate programs in media studies (MA and PhD) and production (MA and MFA) for more specialized media career development.

All media arts majors take four lower division courses. Media and Society acquaints students with the history and development of mass media in the United States as well as the organizational, institutional, and cultural dynamics of today’s major commercial media. Introduction to Media Production provides an overview of tools and skills necessary to produce digital media content. Media Forms examines the formal elements of media texts, including cinematography, sound, and editing, across a variety of media platforms. Media Industries examines how the media industries have evolved and now operate, and includes numerous in-class discussions with industry professionals. These courses prepare students for upper division course work in both the studies and production tracks.

Students in the Media Studies track then take required upper-division courses in Television Criticism and New Media and Communication, and choose from electives such as Film Criticism, Documentary Studies, Screen Comedy, and Global Media and Communication. Media Studies students are required to take at least one writing and one production course, and additional production and writing courses may be taken as electives. See the course catalog for specific options.

Download the Media Studies emphasis information sheet here.

Download the course rotation schedule here.

Media Studies Senior Seminar

The Senior Seminar class provides students an opportunity to incorporate the skills, concepts, and theories that they have learned throughout their media studies program into a scholarly project.  Students will have the opportunity to refine their academic knowledge and skills in ways that are useful for both professional opportunities and graduate school. 

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.

South Texas Cinémathèque Screening Series

South Texas Cinémathèque, a collaborative screening series run by The Department of Communication and Media 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.

Minors & Certification

We offer minors in communication, public relations and digital journalism and a teacher certification in speech. The minors 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.

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.