The media arts department is a place where filmmakers, artists, designers, writers, and composers come together to make things. We value passion, curiosity, and equal parts fun and hard work. Our location in southern Minnesota gives us a unique perspective marked by grit, resourcefulness, and versatility. We’re a young program that’s quickly growing with students finding work and fulfillment in a variety of media-related fields.
The broadcast arm of the media arts existed long before this department was created. We do mostly sports broadcasting, including live sportcasts for the MSU Mavericks Division 1 Hockey, but we also broadcast a range of other shows and productions. Broadcast students have gone on to work at large networks like ESPN as well as local affiliates and everything in between.
Our motion graphics, animation, and design students are pushed to generate creative ideas and execute ambitious projects. We’re different from other programs in that students are exposed to many different techniques in design and animation early on, which fosters fun, experimentation, and versatility. Graduates are finding work with a variety of companies, agencies, and studios both close to home and in Los Angeles.
The short film is a staple in this program, with everyone trying on different hats including writer, director, cinematographer, editor, and producer. The size of our program allows all students, including freshmen, easy access to our cutting-edge studio facilities and equipment. Our film students typically find employment in commercial work.
The best way to learn more about us is to come by for a campus visit! The admissions office can take you on a tour, talk financial aid, schedule you to sit in on a class, or set up a meeting for you to meet with media arts faculty and/or staff. We love meeting new people!