Media Studies investigates the wide range of approaches to understanding and interpreting media forms and practices, especially media texts such as television, film, internet, and video games. Courses consider theories and practices of media texts, industries, audiences, and social contexts. Students will have a variety of opportunities to engage critically with existing media, as well as create their own.
Did you know?
Student-produced short films are screened for the public each spring.
Media studies students present at the Austin College Scholarship Conference.
Opportunities on-campus, local, and regional.
As part of regular coursework, students have a variety of opportunities to create non-traditional work, including video essays, websites, infographics, Wikipedia entries, digital stories, interactive fiction, and board games, to name a few.
Some examples of student production work:
What You Will Learn
- In Independence of Independents, students look at what makes "indie" media "independent"...can you produce a film outside of Hollywood that looks like a blockbuster? Can a band make an album with an "indie" sound on a major label? And is there such a thing as independent TV?!
- From Florence Lawrence the Biograph Girl to Jennifer Lawrence the "It" girl, Hollywood Stars looks at celebrities and celebrity culture to arrive at a better understanding of what stars can tell us about society.
- In Screenwriting, students practice the fundamentals of writing in the screenplay genre, including everything from principles like characterization and dramatization to nuts and bolts like proper page formatting. And since the best way to improve is to practice, you will write a lot.
- In Games in Contemporary Culture, students explore what makes the medium of video games unique and consider what its cultural impact has been in today’s world. True, playing video games is considered homework in this class. But the course will force you to reevaluate what you consider “fun” and why.
Erin Copple Smith studies media industries, with an emphasis on television, and teaches courses on everything from celebrity to popular music to youth media.
Brett Boessen is a media studies generalist whose interests range both wide and deep. He takes particular interest in filmmaking and media production, screenwriting, and digital networked media, including the web and videogames, and their cultural impact.
After Austin College
Interactive Producer, Agency Entourage, AC Class of ’14 – Focused on applying my creative skills in a modern and practical way, I discovered my passion for digital marketing which began developing here at AC. Three years post-grad, I have had the pleasure of working with various brands, ranging from non-profit to high-end hospitality. Addicted to… [Read More]
During my college career, Austin College always supported intertwining disciplines, and I found myself constantly combining my Media and Japanese studies. After graduating, I knew I wanted to continue working within both fields, and so quickly accepted an offer to be an Assistant Language Teacher through the JET (Japan Exchange and Teaching) program. Living and… [Read More]
Director of Marketing & Customer Experience, Shutterstock.com, AC Class of ’05 With a Communications degree from Austin College (and a post-grad MFA in Radio/TV/Film from University of North Texas), I’ve worked the last decade in professional media production and distribution. I’m currently driving global marketing initiatives for Shutterstock.com, the world’s leading stock media marketplace. Prior to… [Read More]