SUNY Cortland will be offering an undergraduate degree in Media Production starting in fall 2020 – a major addition for students interested in careers related to television, film, radio or digital arts.
The new program prioritizes hands-on training in Cortland’s professional-grade studio space, with 30 credit hours tied to production courses. Graduates will earn a Bachelor of Science degree and be prepared to work in various media settings.
“The degree (Bachelor of Science) conforms to industry standards,” said Paul van der Veur, professor and chairman of the Department of Communication and Media Studies. “It offers a more solid technical background, with a stronger emphasis on the science and technology of large media creations.”
SUNY Cortland’s Communication and Media Studies Department, which recently ranked # 3 in New York State on Zippia.com’s list of “Best Colleges for Communication Majors,” Now offers four undergraduate majors : cinema studies, communication studies, media production and new communication media. As part of the Communication Studies program, students may also pursue concentrations in Journalism, Popular Culture, or Public Relations and Advertising.
All these different offers open up many opportunities in the field, said van der Veur.
“We cover this broad spectrum ranging from the study of cinema, which is based on analysis, to communication studies and new communication media, which are in the middle, and now to media production, which has a strong career guidance, ”he said.
The SUNY Cortland campus also houses several well-equipped production facilities:
- Studio 112 for multimedia production: This networked editing facility offers mixed format editing and post-production capabilities, computer workstations with major software and available field cameras.
- Studio 119 for audio production: The 400 square foot sound studio and control room is home to WSUC-FM, SUNY Cortland’s NPR affiliate radio station. Licensed by the Federal Communication Commission and serving the local community of Cortland, the station also broadcasts its programming online.
- Studio 26 for television production: The 1,000 square foot, three camera television studio includes a fully equipped control room and fiber optic connection to the local cable system and campus television network.
Additionally, SUNY Cortland has hosted the Blackbird Film Festival since 2016, an annual spring event that attracts international entries and provides an outlet for students interested in filmmaking, event planning and strategic communications.
Media production majors will be required to complete a three-credit internship and earn at least one credit in one of SUNY Cortland’s student media clubs: 20CSTV TV station, WSUC-FM radio station or The Chronicle of the Dragon newspaper.
The new major is also expected to help facilitate a more transparent transfer process for students coming to Cortland with many credits tied to media production from two-year community colleges.
Visit cortland.edu/cms for more information on SUNY Cortland’s Communications and Media Studies Department.