Atlanta-Area Media Production Schools
Students who want to pursue a career in media production can find training through different types of degree programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels near Atlanta, GA. This article examines three schools, two downtown and the other about half an hour away, and the relevant programs they offer. It also includes a table of information that prospective students should know, including each institution's enrollment, tuition and graduation rate.
- One of the downtown schools, Georgia State University offers media training through bachelor's degree programs in journalism and film and video production. It also has a master's degree program in film, video and digital imaging.
- The Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech) also is in downtown Atlanta. It features a bachelor's degree in computational media and master's and doctoral degree studies in digital media.
- Students at Kennesaw State University, 26 miles from the city center, can pursue a Bachelor of Science in Communication with concentrations in media studies or journalism and emerging media.
Comparison of Schools
There are many factors to consider when choosing a college. The following table presents pertinent facts about each of these schools so individuals can easily compare them.
|Georgia State University||Georgia Tech||Kennesaw State University|
|School Type||4-year; public||4-year; public||4-year; public|
|Total Enrollment (2017)||32,816*||29,376*||35,846*|
|Campus Setting||Large city||Large city||Large suburb|
|Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2017-2018)||$9,112 in-state; $23,971 out-of-state*||$12,418 in-state; $33,014 out-of-state*||$6,347 in-state; $17,329 out-of-state*|
|% of First-Year Students Receiving Any Form of Aid (2017)||94%*||76%*||91%*|
|Acceptance Rate (2017)||70%*||23%*||61%*|
|Retention Rate (2016-2017)||83% full-time; 53% part-time*||97% full-time; 67% part-time*||78% full-time; 59% part-time*|
|Graduation Rate (Students who began in Fall 2011)||53% (15% transfer-out rate)*||85% (3% transfer-out rate)*||42% (19% transfer-out rate)*|
Source: *National Center for Education Statistics
Georgia State University
The Department of Communication at Georgia State University offers media production training at the undergraduate and graduate levels. The Bachelor of Arts in Communication features specializations in film, video and journalism that offer media production and writing training. Students can pursue a Master of Arts in Film, Video and Digital Imaging as well. The department also offers programs in speech and theatre.
Bachelor of Arts in Film and Video
The film and video track within the communication program provides instruction in the artistic and professional aspects of media art. The curriculum includes courses in writing, film theory, film history and technical aspects of media production. This degree prepares students for graduate school or direct entry into careers in the industry, such as that of producer, director or public relations coordinator.
Bachelor of Arts in Journalism
Another available track for students interested in media production is Georgia State University's journalism major, which focuses on print media, telecommunications production and public relations. Students in this track have the opportunity to learn about telecommunications production, media management, marketing, news for telecommunications and lighting for television and film.
Master of Arts in Film, Video and Digital Imaging
The master's degree in film, video and digital imaging offers students the opportunity to pursue tracks in screenwriting, production and critical studies. While the critical studies track requires that students write a research thesis, the production and screenwriting tracks offer students the chance to gain hands-on experience. Students also have the opportunity to participate in assistantships, which allow them to work ten hours a week and earn a stipend for the academic year.
Georgia Tech offers digital media programs through the Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts. In addition to computational and digital media programs, the college also features degrees in economics, public policy and international affairs.
Bachelor of Science in Computational Media
Students in the computational media bachelor's degree program can pursue specialties in a variety of areas, including intelligence and film, performance and media; media and film, performance and media; and people and interaction design and experimental media. Degrees include 31-40 credits of intelligence required classes and 30 hours of film, performance and media required classes.
Master of Science in Digital Media
The master's degree in digital media program focuses on the technical, aesthetic and cultural aspects of the industry. Students in the program develop the theoretical and practical skills necessary to pursue leadership and management roles within the digital media field. Applicants to the program often have previous experience in the field.
Ph.D. in Digital Media
The Ph.D. in Digital Media program combines core requirements, minor courses and electives. Courses ensure students have an understanding of computers as an expressive medium, the history of new media and interactive design. Electives are offered in experimental media, interactive fiction, project production, new media issues and virtual space expression. The program culminates with a portfolio review and a comprehensive examination.
Kennesaw State University
The Department of Communication at Kennesaw State University offers a Bachelor of Science in Communication with several different concentrations. Students have the option of pursuing concentrations in journalism and citizen media, media studies, organizational communication and public relations.
Bachelor of Science in Journalism and Emerging Media
The goal of this degree is to prepare students for the innovative use of new media in the evolving world of journalism. The curriculum of this 4-year program includes courses in writing, journalistic ethics and new media production. Required courses cover topics in digital media production, media law, video production and audio production. Internships at local media outlets and student media groups provide hands-on experience.
Bachelor of Science in Media and Entertainment
The media and entertainment major prepares students for careers in media sales, media research, media production, writing and publishing. Required courses cover mass communication and the uses and effects of mass media. Students will be responsible for 18 credit hours in the major and 42 hours of general education credits.