Media Studies Graduate Programs: Online and Campus-Based Programs

While you can receive graduate training in media studies online, campus-based programs are more the norm. Get info about the prerequisites, coursework and internship opportunities in graduate media studies programs. Schools offering Animation degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

What Courses Will I Take in a Media Studies Graduate Program?

Your courses will focus on both research and production in media. If you enroll in a graduate certificate program, your courses might include film genres, documentary filmmaking, film theory, global media and computer-aided design. Classes in master's degree programs address media theories, popular culture, mass communication, freedom of expression and more. You'll probably have to write a thesis for graduation. Doctoral degree-level courses include film philosophy, autobiographical screenwriting, popular culture, black film criticism and media histographies.

Common Courses Film genres, filmmaking, film theory, mass communication, film criticism
Degree Levels Graduate certificate, master's and doctoral degrees
Experience Needed Ph.D. programs may require foreign language mastery
Training Internships, research assistantships, teaching assistantships

What Kind of Background Do I Need?

Perhaps surprisingly, you may not even need a media background. Many graduate-level media studies schools seek out students from different backgrounds. These backgrounds can include liberal arts, management, journalism, computer science and economics. Some schools will prefer a background in film and media, but place more emphasis on talent and drive. Still, others might look for students who have technical skills and are interested in the humanities. Additionally, Ph.D. programs might require mastery of a foreign language.

Will I Receive Hands-On Instruction?

You'll get hands-on training through a number of avenues, including media internships with libraries, Internet journals and television stations. A graduate program in media studies can give you skills in film, TV and journalistic media. Graduate programs of various levels may allow you to participate in research assistantships, which give you the opportunity to design and develop digital media platforms, create videos, design games, gain a greater understanding of new media and work on real-world projects. You can earn academic credit through both internships and assistantships. The research assistantships might pay tuition and a stipend as well.

Through a Ph.D. program, you may be able to complete a teaching assistantship experience. Schools will often match you with a teaching assistantship in a subfield of media that matches your proficiencies and interests. Teaching assistant opportunities are optional for some Ph.D. programs but are required for others.

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