Boston Media Production Schools
The following resource includes summaries of the media production programs at a few Boston schools, including coursework and practical experiences. All three of the featured schools are private, not-for-profit institutions. Some other schools available in this area are also profiled at the end of this article.
- At Suffolk University, students can earn a major or minor in journalism, in which media production techniques can be studied. The university is located right in Boston's downtown.
- Emerson College, also in downtown Boston, offers two bachelor's programs in media production. A master's degree program is also available.
- Students can earn undergraduate and graduate degrees in film and television through production classes at Boston University. This school is located a little less than three miles from Boston's downtown.
Comparison of Schools
Compare the private tuition rates at the three schools featured in this article. Find out which schools are the least or most selective, as well as your chances of receiving financial aid in your first year.
|Suffolk University||Emerson College||Boston University|
|School Type||Four-year; private, not-for-profit||Four-year; private, not-for-profit||Four-year; private, not-for-profit|
|Total Enrollment (2017)||7,201*||4,459*||33,355*|
|Campus Setting||Large city||Large city||Large city|
|Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2017-2018)||$37,270*||$44,832*||$52,082*|
|% of First-Year Undergraduates Receiving Any Form of Aid (2016-2017)||93%*||76%*||55%*|
|Undergraduate Acceptance Rate (2017)||84%*||46%*||25%*|
|Undergraduate Retention Rate (2016-2017)||77% for full-time students; 71% for part-time students*||88% for full-time students*||93% for full-time students*|
|Undergraduate Graduation Rate (for those who began their studies in 2011)||60%*||81%*||87%*|
Source: *NCES College Navigator
Students at Suffolk University who are seeking a media production education can select a major in journalism with different areas of specialization. Additionally, students can choose a journalism minor.
Journalism Major - Concentrations in Broadcast Journalism and Print/Web Journalism
Students in the journalism major can choose from tracks in broadcast journalism and print/web journalism. The major requires 48 credits in areas like oral communication, legal concepts in media, online journalism and production techniques. Coursework in the concentrations explores areas like television news, feature writing, copy editing, and photojournalism.
A 20-credit journalism minor is available, which requires five courses. Students study basic media production concepts such as issues in modern journalism, review writing, and advanced reporting techniques.
Emerson College, located in the heart of downtown Boston, offers a variety of production-related programs. Through the Department of Visual and Media Arts, students can pursue programs that incorporate hands-on production training.
Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Production
Students can select from 13 concentrations, some of which include cinematography, directing, post-production and sound design, as well as studio TV production, experimental media and interactive media. They take general education, theoretical and foundational media arts courses, including media theory and criticism and media arts history. Additionally, they complete two production courses, as well as 16 credits of concentration courses. The program culminates in a final project, which is a production, portfolio or reel.
Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) in Media Arts Production
During their junior year, students in the B.A. program with a GPA of 3.0 or higher can apply to the B.F.A program. B.F.A students complete many of the same requirements as B.A. students, but they also take additional advanced courses, including an additional 16 credits in the visual and media arts. These credits include two semesters of production workshop, during which students create a final project in their specialization area.
Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.) in Film and Media Art
The M.F.A. in Film and Media Arts is a three-year terminal program that requires 64 credits of coursework. Students can concentrate in computer animation, documentary, experimental media, installation; concentrations in interactive art, fiction narrative and sound design are also available. Every year, students' portfolios are reviewed to keep the program relevant to each student.
During the first semester, students take foundational courses in media arts, including classes in media business, writing, history and theory. For the final two years, students take media production courses within their area of specialization. They also complete a production workshop, an M.F.A. project and a thesis, during which they produce original media content.
Boston University offers media production and media studies programs. The undergraduate program focuses on multiple aspects of film and television, while the master's programs are specialized, allowing students to focus on a single medium.
Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Film & Television
This program focuses on the theory, production, writing and management of film, television and new media within the context of a liberal arts curriculum. Before enrolling, students must take an introductory communications class during their first year and declare the major during their fourth semester. Although there are some required courses, students largely develop their own programs of study with the approval of an academic advisor.
Core courses include introductory production and film and television storytelling. Students choose at least five other courses from the four primary areas of the program: film/tv studies, production, management and writing. Production courses cover topics such as postproduction effects editing, documentary production, TV studio production and cinematography. Students also choose three electives, which may be taken in other departments. Upon completion of the program, students can seek work in the film and media industries or pursue graduate studies in the field.
Master of Science (M.S.) in Media Science
This three-year program requires 48 credits of section, concentration and elective requirements. Topics include interactive marketing, communication research, the management of social media, media writing, and media in society.
Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.) in Cinema and Media Production
In this four-semester program, M.F.A. students take courses in advanced directing and line producing, as well as film production electives. Students can specialize in directing, producing or cinematography. They also prepare a creative thesis, typically a video project.
Other School Options
Within the city of Boston, students interested in studying media production can earn an associate's degree in integrated media design from Bunker Hill Community College, a bachelor's degree in communication and media studies from Fisher College and undergraduate degrees in media and screen studies and communication studies from Northeastern University. Outside of Boston, an associate's program in media arts is offered at Massasoit Community College in Brockton. Lasell College in Newton and Bentley University in Waltham both offer media-focused bachelor's degrees, while Endicott College in Beverly offers a bachelor's program with a digital filmmaking concentration.