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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.

Acceptance into the Major

Each student formally applies for admittance into the media arts major. The application is typically done during the spring semester of sophomore year. 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 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.

Pre-Major Requirements

Studio Foundations (choose one):

Production Foundations (choose one):

Additional required courses:

Historical Perspective (choose two):

Theoretical and Critical Analysis (9 credits)

Capstone/Senior Project (two courses):

Area of Emphasis

Choose between Motion Graphics and Animation or Video Arts and Broadcasting

Motion Graphics and Animation

Both of:

Three of:

Video Arts and Broadcasting

One course:

Four of:

Optional Internship

Optional Coursework

Additional curricular suggestions and electives for the media arts student:

Media Arts Faculty

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

Next Steps

Love art in media? We’d love to hear from you! Schedule your personal visit today, or learn more about becoming a Bethany student.