Centered on the nature of storytelling in all its forms and designed to prepare students for careers in the media industries, the Media and Culture (MC) major is focused on production within an integrated curriculum on media literacy, theory and business. After all, “show business” is just that—a business. Students gain technical expertise in specialties, such as video and audio production, graphic and motion design, and writing about media forms, while also learning the business skills necessary for today’s media companies to succeed. In addition to the major’s focus on media literacy, English and Media Studies courses teach how media texts operate at the creative, cultural and industrial levels. New MC majors can join graduates who have screened their original films at the Cannes Film Festival, interned at MTV, and landed full-time jobs with prominent media firms in Boston, New York and Los Angeles.
Students are encouraged to complete either a media internship or capstone project and will have the flexibility to study abroad or enroll in Bentley’s one-semester media program at New York University. The Media and Culture Labs and Studio in Lindsay Hall boast professional software for screenwriting, film editing, sound mixing, animation and graphic design. Our state-of-the-art Labs and Studio give students hands-on experience in all forms of media production and provide opportunities for them to develop their creative abilities.
In addition to the specific major requirements described below, students must also complete the General Education Curriculum, and additional degree requirements for Arts and Sciences majors, including focused-course requirements, additional electives, modern language requirements and a Minor in Business Studies or Business Studies Major.
|The major consists of eight courses.|
|Four Core Courses|
|EMS 200||Introduction to Film, Literature and Media||3|
|MC 220||Introduction to Media Production||3|
|Select one of the following courses in media theory:||3|
|Introduction to Cultural Studies|
|Introduction to Cinema Studies|
|Selected Topics in Cinema Studies|
|Women and Film|
|Hollywood Genres: Classical Forms and Contemporary Re-Inventions|
|The Male Image in American Film|
|The City in American Film|
|Youth Culture in International Cinema|
|CIN 384||Horror/Sci-Fi in Film and Television||3|
|Select one production course from the following:||3|
|Audio Production and Sound Design|
|Animation Production and Motion Design|
|Select four additional courses from the English and Media Studies department. Any course with an MC, CIN, COM, EMS or LIT designator may be chosen as an elective.||12|