Media Studies: Television/Video, A.A.S.

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Council Bluffs Campus

Program Information

Media Studies: TV/Video is a highly specialized program, allowing students to work with state-of-the-art equipment while learning first-hand the skills needed to succeed in all aspects of storytelling in video, television/cable, and new media applications.

Students build proficiencies in courses such as studio and field production, video editing, and scriptwriting, from beginning through advanced production classes. This skill sets benefit students, independent filmmakers, freelance producers, and young professionals who wish to pursue careers in news, documentaries, and sports.

Iowa Western has a strong Media Studies program, providing students' valuable hands-on experience on IWTV and social media channels.

Job Outlook

841 Jobs (2020)

-2.7% Change from 2020-2025

Data is from the Omaha Metropolitans Area, and the seven counties in Southwest Iowa that Iowa Western serves

What will you do

This program is designed for students intending to enter the workforce upon completion of this two-year degree. Graduates are qualified to work as a camera operator, editor, control room operator, and assistant producers in TV and news. Graduates also have many opportunities in freelance work, including specializations in sports marketing, weddings, advertising, film, web site production, and more.


  • Entry: $14.82
  • Average: $24.88
  • Experienced: $60.22

Career Examples

  • Editors
  • Copy Writer
  • Content Writer
  • Reporter
  • Entry-level Technical Writer
  • Multimedia Journalist
  • Editorial Assistant
  • Photojournalist
  • Freelance Writer

First Semester

JOU 110 - Introduction to Mass Media 3.0 Credit(s)
MMS 113 - Introduction to Media Production 3.0 Credit(s)
ENG 105 - Composition I 3.0 Credit(s)
MMS 123 - Electronic Media Performance 3.0 Credit(s)
SPC 112 - Public Speaking 3.0 Credit(s)

Semester Total: 15.0 Credits

Second Semester

MMS 114 - Media Production II 3.0 Credit(s)
MMS 260 - Electronic Media Sales and Management 3.0 Credit(s)
MMS 134 - Media Writing 3.0 Credit(s)
MMS 204 - New Media Production 3.0 Credit(s)
MMS 296 - Video Practicum I 1.0 Credit(s)
PHI 211 - Ethics in the Media 3.0 Credit(s)

Semester Total: 16.0 Credits

Third Semester

MMS 231 - Advanced Video Production I 3.0 Credit(s)
MAT 711 - Business and Financial Mathematics 3.0 Credit(s)
ART 125 - Digital Media 3.0 Credit(s)
MMS 202 - Social Media Marketing 3.0 Credit(s)
MMS 297 - Video Practicum II 1.0 Credit(s)
HUM 122 - American Film 3.0 Credit(s)

Semester Total: 16.0 Credits

Fourth Semester

MMS 190 - Broadcast Promotions 3.0 Credit(s)
  • Program Elective 3.0 Credit(s) 1
  • MMS 232 - Advanced Video Production II 3.0 Credit(s)
    MMS 301 - Video Practicum III 2.0 Credit(s)
    MMS 933 - Media Studies Internship 2.0 Credit(s)
    MGT 195 - Workplace Empowerment 3.0 Credit(s)

    Semester Total: 16.0 Credits

    Total Semester Hours Required: 63.0


    1 Program elective must be selected from the following:


    ART 184 - Photography 3.0 Credit(s)
    MKT 110 - Principles of Marketing 3.0 Credit(s)
    MKT 150 - Principles of Advertising 3.0 Credit(s)
    MMS 105 - Audio Production 3.0 Credit(s)
    MMS 216 - Social Media Capstone 4.0 Credit(s)
    MUS 306 - Digital Audio Production I 3.0 Credit(s)

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    Program Outcomes

    Upon the successful completion of the program students will:

    • Use digital editing software to produce professional quality materials.
    • Write in a variety of styles for use in the media.
    • Create a post-graduation packet including a resume, cover letter, demo, and web/social media components.
    • Demonstrate vocal performance ability.
    • Use studio and field production equipment to produce video stories.
    • Analyze the significance of mass media and its role in society.

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