Media Arts

The media arts major and minor at Pacific University provide students with a broad background in the media with preparation for a career in media-related areas. Students learn how to write for print and broadcast, how to create still and moving visual images, and how to use the latest computer communication technology. Graduates are prepared for meaningful work in public relations, corporate and institutional communications, and marketing.

Program Highlights

  • Intensive year-long, self-designed senior capstone project in area of emphasis
  • A digital media lab that includes graphic design, illustration, web design, digital audio and video production hardware and software
  • High-definition cameras
  • Student media outlets including The Pacific Index student newspaper
  • High Definition cameras
  • Student media outlets including The Pacific Index student newspaper; video productions with the Pacific University Media Arts student club (PUMA), which brings guest artists to campus, creates their own projects and hosts screenings
  • Video productions with the Pacific University Media Arts student club (PUMA), which brings guest artists to campus and creates their own projects and hosts screenings
  • Study abroad opportunity in media production and studies with York St. John University in York, England

Internships

Internships with local media and communications outlets also are a key component of study. Examples include KATU-TV in Portland, Portland independent filmmakers, a National Guard newspaper and Voltage Pictures in Hollywood, producers of the academy award-winning film "The Hurt Locker." This broad-based approach allows graduates to gravitate to a variety of fields from television and newspapers to web design and marketing.

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Courses

The program emphasizes theoretical and social aspects of the media as well as the creative and technical components. The Department of Media Arts enables students to become creative media makers and critical thinkers. Students are encouraged to create media as self-expression to engage with the world around them, to foster inter-cultural and interdisciplinary dialogue, and to reflect on social issues.

Career-Building Experiences

Course work includes the theoretical and social aspects of the media as well as the creative and technical components, including an understanding of the history, social and cultural roles of media in society.

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