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Media Arts ProgramsThe media arts B.A. and B.F.A. programs encourage students to explore their creative interests while developing the skills needed for an exciting and rewarding career.  The program utilizes state-of-the-art facilities and is taught by professors who are practicing artists, designers and film/video specialists. Visiting professionals from industry who are experts in their fields and student internships make important contributions to the program.

Students choose one of four concentrations, though all students take some coursework in each area in order to better prepare them for the increasingly diverse needs of the design industry and the challenge of new technology.

Graphic Design

Interaction Design


Television & Video Production


NACE (National Association of Colleges and Employers) Summer 2010 Salary Survey

Visual arts majors by functional area:
Design/Graphic Arts$29,834Performing Arts/Entertainment  $40,293
2009 RMU Salary Survey: Media Arts
 Mean: $32,300Range: $30,900 - $40,000 

Schedule will vary based on a student's primary field of concentration.

Graphic Design


Television & Video Production

Web Design

All four Media Arts degree concentrations are available as a B.A. or B.F.A. program.

The Bachelor of Fine Arts degree is more specialized and intensive in the areas of concentration, with 24 credits of foundation studies and 24 major credits. The degree suits those who are clear that they wish to pursue a career in one of the four concentration areas, although they do not have to choose one until the sophomore year.

The Bachelor of Arts degree, in contrast, does not have a foundation studies area, but combines the same classes as those in the B.F.A. into 33 major credits. Additional courses are converted into open electives, allowing students to pursue a minor or broaden their studies into other areas of interest. The B.A. degree also allows transfer students to gain maximum advantage for credits completed at other institutions.

Academic Media Center  The Academic Media Center provides a learning environment for students interested in television, video, audio, photography, multimedia, producing, and writing. The center houses exceptional facilities, including the second-largest television studio in Pittsburgh, a television control room, linear and nonlinear editing suites, darkrooms, computer labs and field production equipment. This ensures that students get first-hand knowledge on the same equipment found in broadcast TV stations and corporate communication departments.

RMU-TV  The Academic Media Center produces programming for RMU-TV, a 24-hour cable television station broadcast throughout campus and to more than 200,000 homes in the surrounding community. Students participate in all phases of RMU-TV, both behind the scenes and in front of the camera. Student-produced programming includes news, sports, comedy, and talk shows.

Snee-Reinhardt House for the Media Arts  Besides an apartment for visiting artists and scholars, this building includes a large, natural-light studio, conference and meeting rooms, ample display space for student work, and a theater-quality HD screening room that can also be used for classes.

The Wheatley Center 
The School of Communications and Information Systems is now housed in the Wheatley Center. This soaring, 50,000 square-foot complex, glowing with colored LED accents, includes classrooms, computer labs, media arts studios, editing suites, a gallery, and teleconferencing facilities, as well as faculty and administrative offices, student meeting spaces and a café.

Within walking distance of the new building are facilities that provide opportunities for students to develop expertise in a range of media.  Students perform and produce plays and musicals in our theater; they produce our student newspaper, The Sentry, and our literary magazine, RUNE, in our newsroom; they produce documentaries, attend lectures and learn from visiting scholars in our Media Arts House; and they produce and host news, entertainment and sports programs in our state-of-the-art Academic Media Center’s broadcast facility and our Internet radio station.       

Faculty members in the School of Communications and Information Systems are recognized for their dedication to teaching, academic research, global understanding, and professional experience. Our faculty regularly wins awards and accolades for excellence in teaching and research. As guides and mentors, they motivate students to acquire the knowledge and skills they need to succeed in their field of study. Faculty members encourage students to engage in scholarly pursuits, including participation in academic conferences and professional organizations. Our faculty members hail from seven countries on four continents, helping to broaden students’ global understanding. Many lead study abroad trips and international student exchanges in Europe, South America, and Asia. Finally, SCIS faculty members’ professional experience and community involvement help students connect what they’re learning in the classroom to the workplace. 

Scholarships are available based upon academic achievement. 

For freshmen, high school grade point average and ACT/SAT scores are used. For transfer students, the cumulative grade point average of all college courses is used. Scholarships range from $1000 per year up to full tuition. (To calculate your scholarship eligibility, click here.)

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