Media studies might just sound like a degree where you sit around and debate the finer points of last night’s Jersey Shore, or write papers on how the latest Judd Apatow movie rocked. But in reality, it calls for so much more.
The purpose of a media studies degree is to look at the way media (including print, film, and television) affect society as a whole. It answers questions about how media influence the way people act in their personal lives and in business. Media studies majors examine topics such as how news reporting affects political opinions and how violence in movies affects how communities interact.
You can get a media studies degree from a number of universities, including art and online schools. Some schools combine this department with other fields of study, which means you can graduate with a degree in, say, communication and media studies, or film and media studies. Occasionally, schools will offer their students the opportunity to take media-making classes along with theory-based courses—for example, classes on film editing or interviewing.
Classes in this major cover the gamut of media. You can spend your time in courses that focus on television news, journalism, or the movie industry. Some examples of real classes include media ethics, news media and global affairs, and the music business in media.
After you graduate, look for entry-level positions—as an Editorial Assistant, Runner, or Production Assistant, for example. To improve your chances of grabbing a job in what can be very competitive fields (journalism, movies, and TV), spend some time in an internship or an unpaid position while in school.
There are master’s degrees in this field. If you hope to become a Professor or work in a higher position in the entertainment industry, a master’s can help get you where you want to be.
Careers You May Like
Handle the details of launching an ad campaign.
Find promising manuscripts for your company to publish.
Create memorable product descriptions and catch-phrases for ads.
Supervise the design and production of advertising spots.
Read out stories and weather reports with your golden radio voice.
Write commentary and critiques about art.
Assign stories and tasks to News Reporters.
Turn books from rough manuscripts into polished masterpieces.
Create hype for newly published books.
Listen to consumer conversations on social media to improve your company.
Write opinionated columns for a newspaper on a specific topic.
Organize text and drawings into a great comic book.
Promote a company through community outreach.
Review the wording and accuracy of pieces before they’re published.
Create texts for websites, papers, advertisements and more.
Coordinate cameras and crew to tell a true story on film.
Polish news articles, website content, or manuscripts for publication.
Perform administrative tasks for an Editor.
Let your readers know about local environmental issues and trends.
Manage both the creative and business sides of a publication.
Decide what fashion trends a magazine will feature.
Build up the reputation of a fashion brand or designer.
Oversee the design, marketing and coordination of fashion shows.
Write in-depth articles for magazines, papers, or websites.
Supervise filming and post-production to keep movie budgets under control.
Drive the creative and artistic vision of a film.
Oversee all movie business and production from start to finish.
Be involved in each step of a film’s production and distribution.
Help the Film Director by managing the technical aspects of filming.
Sell your well-researched stories to news outlets around the world.
Condense a big idea into an eye-catching newspaper or website headline.
Advise clients on how to look good.
Keep companies safe from negative publicity in the Internet.
Investigate events and people to tell the public what’s going on.
Keep track of the budget for TV or film productions.
Bring the interests of companies or groups to the attention of Lawmakers.
Prepare magazines for publication.
Assign stories to writers and give final approval on each magazine issue.
Cover news and other engaging topics for early morning TV.
Oversee the development and production of songs and albums.
Help albums or Recording Artists gain popularity.
Cover important news stories on your nightly broadcast.
Piece together news stories into a finished paper.
Oversee the day-to-day operations of a newspaper’s editorial department.
Create, maintain, and participate in online groups to help marketing.
Order supplies, supervise staff, and manage production processes.
Build a good name for a company.
Get good media coverage for your clients.
Use your engaging voice to record intros, promos, and more for radio.
Take charge of what your radio station broadcasts.
Investigate and write up news stories for TV, web, or print.
Report on scientific breakthroughs in print, the web, or TV.
Help the First Assistant Director to keep film production running smoothly.
Oversee stories and staff for a section of a newspaper or magazine.
Lead the daily work of creating a television show.
Advise clients about creating an online presence through social media.
Handle the day-to-day aspects of running social media platforms.
Help clients harness the power of social media for their marketing efforts.
Make public statements on behalf of your company.
Provide in-depth predictions about sports teams and players.
Generate media publicity for a university’s athletic teams.
Cover games and keep viewers in-the-know about sports news.
Use special tricks of the trade to stage enticing food advertisements.
Interview guests to entertain TV audiences.
Help develop content and manage production for TV Producers.
Make all major creative and business decisions for TV Shows.
Coordinate the staff, production, and media clips for on-air news shows.
Manage the business side of producing TV shows.
Act as the driving creative force behind a play or musical.
Keep the cast and crew working together on a movie set.
Let drivers know about accidents and construction via radio or TV.
Discover new places and report on your travels for your readers.
Capture events, weddings, and small music videos on film.
Develop visual concepts, schedules and budgets for film special effects.