Mass Media Arts (BA)
Degree in Media Studies Major
The BA in Mass Media Arts is a dynamic media studies major that begins with four foundational classes in visual media, storytelling, communication theory and broadcast media business skills before offering students a variety of media-related electives. Students in the Cinema and New Media Arts (CNMA) media studies program can select film/video production classes, creative writing and journalism courses, and special topics related to broadcast media, public relations, or video-game design. Mass Media Arts students also take part in multiple professional internships with Houston-based broadcast media companies and organizations. Each graduate of the Mass Media Arts degree completes a professional portfolio showcasing his or her best work within the media studies program.
The BFA in Cinematic Arts expands this media studies curriculum by providing students a comprehensive education in filmmaking and video production. In addition to the foundational CNMA media studies classes, our Cinematic Arts students take multiple classes within specific areas of specialization, such as screenwriting, directing, editing or cinematography. The degree also offers numerous media studies classes in film history and theory designed to provide students important foundations for their artistic work. The final year of the Cinematic Arts degree is focused on faculty-directed practicums and a two-semester senior project designed to showcase the student’s best cinematic skills.
A minor in Cinema & New Media Arts (18 credit hours) is also available for students seeking media studies.