Media Studies: Visual Media

Bachelor of Arts in Media Studies: Visual Media

Our culture is becoming increasingly visual—with information, relationships, and careers relying more on digital and graphical media. The study of visual media prepares students with the prime abilities to understand and create visual knowledge in our sight-driven world.

The B.A in media studies, visual media track provides students with the conceptual framework, historical context, and technical skills necessary for the production of digital artworks and the effective use of digital communication. Through the creative application of technology, students will learn to produce projects within traditional media (like documentary and narrative film) and new media (like interactive media for the web). The visual media track enables students to express ideas by means of digital images, whether by film, television, the Internet or mobile devices. Students learn to treat the computer both as a tool and as a site for creative exploration. In the tradition of the liberal arts, students learn that ideas are as important as the techniques and tools used to express them.

Visual media graduates have the necessary foundation for a wide variety of jobs in digital media, including careers in interactive Web design, filmmaking, motion graphics design, and related fields that involve digital image production, design, display, and exhibition. They are prepared for jobs in a global community where an ever-increasing variety of media formats are used to visually convey ideas and information.

Learn more about the path towards a degree and career in media studies from the Career Center’s Pathways.

For more information about Media Studies: Visual Media

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Careers in Media Studies: Visual Media

Below are some of the successful careers of media studies alumni:

  • Actor
  • Filmmaker, 3 Penny Films
  • Writer/editor
  • Web designer
  • Film production assistant
  • Broadcast/able network programmer
  • Traffic manager & on air personality, Auburn Network
  • Product marketing manager, North American Gaming/Dell
  • Producer, The Weather Channel
  • Regional network manager, IMG Sports
  • Syndicated radio show hosts, iHeart Radio
  • Media relations director, Georgia General Assembly
  • On-air talent, Beasley Broadcast Group
  • Video editor. Diamond Studios
  • Writer, General Hospital (ABC)
  • Director of corporate communications, AT&T
  • Script coordinator
  • Radio producer, Auburn IMG Sports
  • Morning anchor, WKRN-Nashville
  • Sideline reporter, ESPN
  • Broadcast journalist/reporter
  • News director
  • Video production manager, Viacomm
  • Integrated marketing coordinator, Comedy Central
  • Creative director, Keysys Consulting
  • Morning show co-host, WIXE 1190AM
  • Online video producer, Orlando Sentinel
  • Web relations specialist, Morris Jenkins Company
  • Media & communication specialist, Point University
  • Director/producer, SnapShot Interactive
  • Creative producer & photography director, Jump Cut Collective

Curriculum Guide for BA in Media Studies - Visual Media Option

Curriculum in Media Studies – Visual Media Option Students must apply for admission to the MDIA major. Before applying, students must: 1) Have a minimum of a 2.3 GPA in ENGL 1120 and a Core Social Science course*; 2) Complete ENGL 1120, CMJN 2100 or 2103, and a Core Social Science course* with a C or better; 3) Successfully complete COMM 1000 or COMM 1003 with a B or better; 4) Successfully complete 30 hours of degree-applicable course credits (including AP and proficiency credits); and 5) Write a 300-word essay explaining how the applicant expects to contribute to the field of Media Studies and his/her career goals. See the School adviser or the associate director for Media Studies for further information. Students who transfer to Auburn University must apply to the MDIA major and complete one semester at Auburn before applying for admission. Transfer students are required to take a minimum of 24 hours in the AU MDIA program. 

*May not use a History course to fulfill the Core Social Science requirement 

Core Social Science3Foreign Language II (College Core)4
Core Math3Core Social Science3
Foreign Language I (College Core)4Core History to complete sequence3
Core History3MDIA 2350 Introduction To Film Studies3
ENGL 1100 English Composition I3ENGL 1120 English Composition II3
 16 16
Core Literature3Core Science4
Core Science 4Core Humanities3
COMM 1000 Public Speaking (or COMM 1003 Public Speaking)13LBAR 2010 Liberal Arts Careers Preparation (College Core)2
CMJN 2100 Concepts in Communications and Journalism (or CMJN 2103 Concepts in Communication and Journalism)3MDIA 2700 Introduction to Visual Media3
MDIA 2420 Introduction to Filmmaking3Supporting Coursework23
 16 15
CMJN 3350 Visual Communication (or 3353 Visual Communication)3MDIA 3350 Writing for Television and Film3
MDIA 3100 Intermediate Filmmaking3MDIA 3820 Sequence Design3
MDIA 3300 Foundation of Mass Communication (or MDIA 3303 Foundation of Mass Communication)3Course from Major Group 1 or 239
Supporting Coursework23 
Core Fine Arts (Other than MDIA 2350)33 
 15 15
MDIA 4940 Visual Media Projects3MDIA 4920 Internship3
Course from Major Group 1 or 233UNIV 4AA0 University Graduation0
Supporting Coursework26Supporting Coursework23
Elective Course23Elective Course26
 15 12
Total Hours: 120

COMM 1000 fulfills SLO7.


Students must meet with their advisers to determine appropriate electives and courses for their supporting coursework. 


 Students must meet with their adviser to identify approved courses for Groups 1 and 2.


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Last Updated: June 22, 2016