Degree, Certificate or Diploma
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.
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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
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JOU 110 - Introduction to Mass Media
MMS 113 - Introduction to Media Production
ENG 105 - Composition I
MMS 123 - Electronic Media Performance
SPC 112 - Public Speaking
MMS 114 - Media Production II
MMS 260 - Electronic Media Sales and Management
MMS 134 - Media Writing
MMS 204 - New Media Production
MMS 296 - Video Practicum I
PHI 211 - Ethics in the Media
MMS 231 - Advanced Video Production I
MAT 711 - Business and Financial Mathematics
ART 125 - Digital Media
MMS 202 - Social Media Marketing
MMS 297 - Video Practicum II
MMS 190 - Broadcast Promotions
MMS 232 - Advanced Video Production II
MMS 301 - Video Practicum III
MMS 933 - Media Studies Internship
MGT 195 - Workplace Empowerment
Total Semester Hours Required: 63.0
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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