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Digital Media Production Major

Communications jobs are varied, diverse and cross all types of media. To be successful in today's competitive market, you need a broad base of knowledge and professional experience. From storytelling and videography to broadcasting and digital media, a degree from Grand View will give you the knowledge you need to have a successful career in this ever-changing field. 

Grand View's digital media production major provides extensive hands-on experience in all aspects of broadcasting, combining theoretical and practical work in radio and television. Students prepare for careers in broadcasting and corporate communications by using state-of-the-art equipment available on campus.

Why Grand View?

  • Hands-on multimedia experience
  • Learn from experienced faculty with wide-ranging expertise
  • Focus on the interplay between technology and journalism
  • Be a part of Grand View's award-winning honors magazine and on-campus radio station
  • On campus radio and video and photography studios open to all communication students
  • Access to countless internships with nonprofits, agencies, media outlets and political offices
Career Options

Students who major in Digital Media Production can find careers such as:

  • Directors
  • Radio DJ
  • Studio Engineer
  • Promotions Director
  • Advertising producer
  • News director
  • Producer
  • Writer
  • TV Reporter
  • Web page designer
  • Videographer
  • Weathercaster

What Can I Do With This Major?

Course Requirements

Prerequisites for Courses in the Major

These courses will not be counted in computing the GPA for the major.

COMM 110 Mass Communication 3 credits
PHOT 131 Basic Digital Photography 3 credits

Requirements for the Major (48 credits)

Communication Core

COMM 121 Digital Video & Audio 3 credits
COMM 129 Voice Delivery and Performance 1 credit
COMM 141 Multimedia Storytelling 3 credits
COMM 159 Journalism Laboratory 1 credit
COMM 263 Digital Publishing 3 credits
COMM 329
or
COMM 359
Advanced Broadcast Production
or
Advanced Journalism Lab
1 credit
COMM 399 Internship 3 credits
COMM 404 Communication Law and Ethics 3 credits
COMM 470 Multimedia Career Seminar 3 credits

Digital Media Courses

COMM 129 Voice Delivery and Performance (in addition to requirement above) 1 credit
COMM 222 Radio Station Operation 3 credits
COMM 312 TV in Society 3 credits
COMM 323 Video Producing and Directing 3 credits
COMM 324 Radio Production and Announcing 3 credits
COMM 329 Advanced Broadcast Production (in addition to the requirement above) 2 credits
COMM 421 Electronic Field Production 3 credits

9 Additional Credits

COMM 151 Reporting 3 credits
COMM 270 Sports and Media 3 credits
COMM 355 Public Relations Principles 3 credits
COMM 405 Media Advertising 3 credits
COMM 423 Advanced Reporting 3 credits
ARTS 104 Principles of Design II: Digital Media 3 credits

All Digital Media Production majors must attain a 2.2 GPA or better in the courses which comprise their academic major. Students majoring in Digital Media Production must achieve a grade of C or better in all the required courses in order to graduate.

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Student Center

Renovated in 2015 the Student Center has become a central hub for students at Grand View. Home to the Communications department, the building is equipped with a radio studio, TV studio, a recording studio, and Computer labs equipped with adobe software. The Student Center also houses the Bookstore, Viking Theatre, CJ’s Place convenience store, student gathering area and the Students dining hall.

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Awards and Accomplishments

Faculty

Steve Winzenburg • Professor of communication, published two books, TV Programming Perspectives, Second Edition, and the Communication Job Search Handbook. The former will be used in his TV in Society class and the latter will be used in the Communication Career Seminar course.

Alumni

Andrew McGuire '17 • A digital media production major, he is now a photojournalist for KCCI-TV Des Moines. 

Jeff Fett '05 • Has received two Emmy Awards for his work at KSTP-TV in Minneapolis.

Travis Justice • Is a co-host of the morning sports talk show on KXNO-AM in Des Moines.

Why Digital Media Production?

  • There are unparalleled opportunities for students to become a part of this fast growing industry. 
  • We live in a digital-era where the need for people with the ability to work with digital products is on the rise.
  • If you have ever wanted to be on television or on the news, digital media production is for you.
  • Digital media students are hired for a variety of reasons from many different types of industries. 
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