College of Communication and Information

Media Arts & Studies

13:1

Student/Teacher Ratio

1688

Total Undergraduate Students

15

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Schyler Simpson

Director of Retention and Engagement; Director of CI Connect Living Learning Program; Interim Recruiter

(859) 257-7800

College of Communication and Information

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  • BA
  • BS

The mission of the Media Arts and Studies program is to promote the study of the means of production and dissemination of digital content, and their ultimate effects on individuals, political communication, civic participation, media organizations, media policy and practices, and society as a whole. Courses and internships prepare students for careers in the industry with interest in audio/visual production, media studies, web design, video, graphics and other web-based systems.

Careers

The Media Arts and Studies major offers a wide variety of career opportunities including:

  • Producer
  • Director
  • Editor
  • Technical Supervisor
  • Multimedia Designer
  • Animator
  • Multimedia Developer
  • Telecommunication Manager
  • Graphic Designer
  • Audience and Content Researcher
"As a telecommunications (now Media Arts and Studies) major, the academic program challenged me and presented great opportunities for me to grow professionally through hands-on production classes with state-of-the-art equipment, excellent career counseling/guidance and unique internship opportunities. The variety of skills obtained while at UK absolutely prepared me for my amazing and incredible 25-year career here at CBS News.

Cathy Black

Senior Producer, CBS News

Media Arts and Studies Major

The mission of the Media Arts and Studies program is to provide instruction and conduct scholarly research in the creation, production, dissemination and use of digital media content. Students are required to complete a minor and internship to graduate.

Students can take courses in the following areas:

Video and Audio Production

Including producing, directing, writing, and technical supervision – across all digital media platforms.

Multimedia Design and Development

Including computer-based interactive multimedia design and development, web applications, integrating audio, graphics, video, text, animation, and interactive applications for education, entertainment, and business purposes.

Media Management

Including network management in organizations; media distribution, sales and marketing; audience and content research; nonprofit and for-profit media entrepreneurship; and the management of various types of telecommunications and digital media companies.

Media Studies

Including advanced study in media education and scholarship, public advocacy of media-related issues, and communications law and policy.

 

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Film and Video Editors and Camera Operators

Film and video editors and camera operators manipulate moving images that entertain or inform an audience.

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics | Click the link for more info.

Median Salary

$65,070

per year in 2023

Number of Jobs

87,500

in 2023

10 Year Job Outlook

5,800

new jobs (average)


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Producers and Directors

Producers and directors make business and creative decisions about film, television, stage, and other productions.

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics | Click the link for more info.

Median Salary

$82,510

per year in 2023

Number of Jobs

175,300

in 2023

10 Year Job Outlook

11,700

new jobs (average)


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Broadcast and Sound Engineering Technicians

Broadcast and sound engineering technicians set up, operate, and maintain the electrical equipment for media programs.

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics | Click the link for more info.

Median Salary

$43,660

per year in 2023

Number of Jobs

144,300

in 2023

10 Year Job Outlook

11,500

new jobs (average)

Similar Occupations

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

  • Computer Support Specialists
  • Electrical and Electronics Engineering Technicians
  • Electrical and Electronics Installers and Repairers
  • Film and Video Editors and Camera Operators
  • Announcers
  • Reporters, Correspondents, and Broadcast News Analysts
  • Telecommunications Equipment Installers and Repairers

Enhancing Your Time at UK

There are countless ways to “see blue.” on campus, but the best way to maximize your journey at the University of Kentucky is by engaging in an Education Abroad opportunity.

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Schyler Simpson

Director of Retention and Engagement; Director of CI Connect Living Learning Program; Interim Recruiter

(859) 257-7800

College of Communication and Information