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Media Arts Major

Filmmakers, artists, designers, animators, writers, and composers come together to invent, tell stories, and make cool things.

Bethany’s location in southern Minnesota gives us a unique perspective marked by grit, resourcefulness, and versatility. Bethany students benefit by running national broadcast events, collaborating on high-impact film projects, and designing for real industry needs. Our graduates are finding work and fulfillment in a variety of media-related fields across the nation and the world.

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Media Arts Major Academic Requirements


The media arts major is a synthesis of the communication, studio art, and liberal arts curricula that gives rise to an intellectually creative skill set that moves far beyond the merely technical. Media arts seeks to provide students with the conceptual and technical tools necessary to succeed in a variety of creative media industries. Graduates will be enabled to participate in and thereby influence the shaping of American culture. Students are challenged to discover ways in which they might bring a Christian sensibility to all that they undertake.

Program Learning Outcomes

The media arts major seeks to produce graduates who demonstrate:

  • Proficiency with a variety of media and technologies.
  • Familiarity with the theoretical and historical underpinnings of their chosen field of study.
  • The ability to approach visual communication challenges with creativity and insight, producing work that is consistently original and meaningful.
  • Effective and professional written, verbal, and visual communication skills.
  • The ability to collaborate effectively with others.

Entry into the Major

Each student is required to formally apply for admittance into the media arts major. This is typically done during the spring semester of the sophomore year. It is imperative that all prospective media arts majors partner with an advisor from the Media Arts Department. 

A Media Arts Application Form may be obtained from any media arts faculty or downloaded from the media arts section of the college website. In order to gain admittance to, and to graduate with, the media arts major, students must maintain a 3.0 GPA in all pre-major and major coursework (see below).

Junior Review

At the end of the junior year, the transcript of each student will be examined by their advisor to ensure adequate progress is being made toward degree completion. At this point, admittance to the major may be rescinded.


Foundations (10 cr.):
Historical Perspective (9 cr):
Theoretical and Critical Analysis (6 credits):
Internship (required):
Capstone/Senior Project (required):

Area of Emphasis (required)

Motion Graphics and Animation (18 credits):
Recommended electives for the Motion Graphics and Animation Emphasis:
Video Arts and Broadcasting (18 credits):
Recommended electives for the Video Arts and Broadcasting Emphasis:
Photography (18 credits):
Recommended electives for the Photography Emphasis:

To view the most recent course list and requirements for the biology major, please consult the Academic Catalog.

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Media Arts Faculty

These faculty members teach many of the courses that comprise the Media Arts major. See also the Media Art Department.

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Next Steps

Interested in studying at Bethany? Scheduling a campus visit is a great way to see what we have to offer. You can meet professors or sit in on a class too! Contact our admissions office to learn more.