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Media Studies: Media Production FAQ's


Just the Facts

Program Start Term: Fall, Spring, Summer
Program Length: 2 Years
Award: A.A.S.

Average Class Size: 15
Part-Time or Full-Time: Both
Program Courses Offered: Day & Evening
Program Locations: Council Bluffs Campus

Q:

What makes this program unique compared to other Media Production programs?
 

A:

Our program is unique because our students begin working on media productions in their first semester and continue throughout the two-year program. In many four-year programs, students don’t operate cameras, edit video, or write and produce until their junior or senior year. Iowa Western is home to CBTV-17, which is the local cable television station in Council Bluffs. Our students assist in the production of several programs, including local news and sports news shows, as well as several other student productions.
 

Q:

Where are graduates for this program working now?
 

A:

Our graduates are working at many of the local television news stations, including KPTM, WOWT, KETV, and KPTM. We have also hired Iowa Western graduates to work for CBTV-17.
 

Q:

Which classes should I take in high school to prepare for this program?
 

A:

Audio or visual production courses and computer application courses are helpful. Because the media production field requires people to be excellent writers and speakers, it is also important to take as many speech, English, and creative writing courses as you can.
 

Q:

Are scholarships available?
 

A:

Iowa Western awards more than $1.5 million in scholarships each year. Visit our Scholarship Page for more information.

Q:

What are the admissions requirements?
 

A:

All Iowa Western students are required to submit an Application for Admission, complete placement testing, and submit official copies of high school and college transcripts. For more information on admissions requirements, visit our Admissions page.