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Media Arts: What to Expect

Whether you're interested in filmmaking, game design, animation, internet and web art, manga and sequential art, mobile media, or emerging forms from the frontiers of digital art... a degree in Media Arts will prepare you to be a creator in tomorrow's media landscape.

There are programs all over the country where you can learn a single aspect of media making. But successful makers are flexible and adaptable. You already know that the future of media is changing. There are programs all over the country that can train you to follow instructions, to run a camera, to use a piece of software. But building a sustainable career means realizing your own vision. You want a portfolio you can truly call your own. We prepare agile, independent artists—makers who are ready to succeed as workers and partners, and as innovators and entrepreneurs in America's biggest export: producers who are driving the next wave of media culture.

At the very beginning of the degree, every student takes the helm of a media art production project. At the end, every student has an internship and applies valuable skills from class to the industry. Every course in between puts you at the center of a practical curriculum of intellectual consequence. You learn best by making. Our professional facilities have the right equipment to make any idea a reality. Our courses inspire you to meet your goals, then to dig deeper and go further. You have a creative drive, and you want to turn that into a satisfying career.

Some recent Media Arts courses:

  • Digital Media Fundamentals
  • The Moving Image
  • Digital Imaging
  • Sound Design
  • Fiction Filmmaking
  • Documentary Filmmaking
  • Animation
  • Video Game Design
  • Media Performance
  • Television Writing
  • Manga & Anime
  • Media Entrepreneurship
  • ...and more!

While you're reading this, there are students performing motion capture for a new video game on our bluescreen stage. Others are mixing the soundtrack for the latest high definition film they are working on. Our alumni are leading productions across the nation, running media studios at companies of every size, and are even using the entrepreneurial spirit sparked here at USC to start their own successful businesses. Companies across the country host our seniors in valuable internships. Our students are showing their films at prestigious festivals and conferences while they are still in school.

It's all happening right now. If you're ready, join us. Take part in making what you see.

A detailed list of degree requirements can be found in the Undergraduate Bulletin.

Enhancing your Experience

Study Abroad allows you to earn academic credits toward your USC degree while seeing the world! Overseas study can complement any academic program or major. You may also choose to intern, volunteer, or conduct research abroad. You are encouraged to visit the Study Abroad Web site for more information on opportunities to broaden and extend your knowledge and perspectives.
Student Organizations can be instrumental in helping you adjust to life on campus and network within your field. The University of South Carolina has a family of nearly 300 student organizations. Getting involved in an organization that interests you can help you network, meet new friends, and develop leadership skills. You can also seek out volunteer opportunities that relate to your major. Find a student organization on campus that interests you!
Graduate School is one of many possibilities following graduation. Media Arts majors often go on to pursue graduate degrees in Media Arts, Art Studio, English, Business, and Law.
Departmental Scholarships may be awarded to outstanding entering freshmen or current students. The Art Department awards a variety scholarships each year.

Internship and Research Opportunities

Internships can be an important asset to your overall educational experience. Internship experiences often help you confirm your career interests, give you hands-on experience in a professional setting, help build your resume, reinforce what you've learned in class and can often lead to full-time employment. Likewise, pursuing professional research opportunities as an undergraduate student can also help enrich your academic experience while at the University. As an undergraduate student, you can work closely with faculty research mentors and explore a discipline that interests you.

As a USC student you will have numerous resources at your disposal to assist you with locating internship and research opportunities. The USC Career Center is the central location at USC for assisting students with internship preparation and finding an internship. In addition, be sure to visit your academic department as many programs offer supplemental internship guidance specific to your major. The Media Arts Department offers a list of recommended internship sites for your convenience.The Office of Undergraduate Research assists all USC undergraduates by providing research and scholarly experiences in their chosen fields.

Media Arts majors at Carolina have interned with film productions, sound studios, television stations, game design firms, post-production facilities, and animation companies.

Career Opportunities

The USC Career Center offers numerous resources which provide more information about career opportunities for students in this major. Once admitted, a Career Development Coach is available to help you assess your interest areas, make decisions about your career path, and identify the experiences and skills that will help you accomplish your goals. Spur Connections will help you locate mentors from among USC alumni, employers and community members who can provide insights based on their careers and experiences. Early planning and preparation are keys to success.

You can find more information about career options in the US Department of Laborís Occupational Outlook Handbook.

About the Department of Art

The Department of Art boasts an 85,000-square-foot facility designed specifically for the study and creation of the visual arts. The department offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in four major artistic disciplines: Art Education, Art History, Art Studio, and Media Arts. Our faculty members possess national and international reputations in their areas of expertise and are a cohesive group of cutting-edge professionals who have dedicated their lives to art and its teaching. The Department of Art is in the College of Arts and Sciences.

Points of Pride

  • The University of South Carolina Department of Art is the largest and most comprehensive art department in the state.
  • Our media art facilities include a full size bluescreen stage, animation lab, sound studio, and full high-definition production across the entire curriculum.
Additional Resources.
Department of Art Website
College of Arts and Sciences Website
University Career Center
Undergraduate Bulletin