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Information on Master’s Degree Programs in Media Production

Majors Overview February 27, 2016

This article talks about master’s degree programs in media production and their education requirements, coursework, career choices, job and wage outlook, and continuing education choices.

Master’s Programs in Media Production

The media industry relies on media production professionals for the provision of artistic and technical support and direction during the development and release of entertainment products such as television shows, films, and video games, among others. Those who seek to enhance their technical and creative skills and to gain a better grasp of the theory underlying the art of media production would benefit from enrolling in these master’s degree programs.

Schools commonly offer the Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.) in Media Production, which incorporates areas of concentration such as television, film, or audio production. There are some less structured programs where incoming students can pursue customized projects in keeping with their professional interests. Full-time students need about three years to complete most programs.

Education Requirements

Admission criteria typically require incoming students to hold a bachelor’s degree in the field though schools may accept applicants from various backgrounds. However, those without a fine arts background may have to complete prerequisite classes. Incoming students are usually required to submit GRE scores along with a sample video reel or a portfolio of work.

Coursework

Program coursework varies by professional interests and concentration. Core coursework commonly covers topic areas such as:

•Computer animation
•Web design
•Media history
•Image and sound production
•Writing for Media
•Modern media
•Post-production
•Media production
•Documentary production

Career Choices

Program graduates may seek various career opportunities, including independent consulting and studio work. They may choose from possible job positions such as:

•Film editor
•Sound specialist
•Producer
•Director
•Videographer

Job and Wage Outlook

Over the 2010 – 2020 decade, film and video editors are expected to see an eleven percent job growth while multimedia artists and animators are expected to witness a six percent job growth (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics). In 2012, film and video editors brought in an average annual wage of $52,470 while multimedia animators and artists banked $63,630 on average per annum (BLS).

Continuing Education Options

Program graduates who seek continuing education in the form of advanced theories behind current media and its creation may pursue doctoral degree programs in media arts and technology. They may also avail professional certification via courses and exams offered by manufacturers of software used in the creation of sound and video products.

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