Media Arts

Unleash Your Creative Potential in Dynamic Media and Communication Fields

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Program Overview

Are you drawn to the dynamic world of media and eager to express your creative vision? College of Western Idaho (CWI) offers an exciting Media Arts program that combines technical, creative, and collaborative skills essential for thriving in the media industry. Designed for those aspiring to careers in diverse fields like film, journalism, marketing, and entertainment, this program equips you with a comprehensive skill set highly valued in today's digital world.

As a Media Arts student at CWI, you will immerse yourself in video production, audio editing, writing, and performance communication. You will gain critical media literacy, enabling you to analyze and deconstruct media messages and discern truth from misinformation. The hands-on projects and real-world simulations prepare you for the workforce or further academic pursuits, while fostering your unique voice in various media forms.
 

Degree or Certificate Type

Associate of Arts

Cost

$8,610

Additional cost may apply.

Time to Complete

2 years

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Learning Opportunities

  • Diverse Skill Development: Master skills in video production, audio editing, and creative writing, preparing you for a range of media careers.
  • Critical Media Literacy: Learn to critically analyze media messages, an essential skill for navigating today's media landscape.
  • Practical Experience in Media Production: Engage in hands-on projects simulating real-world media production scenarios.
  • Creative Exploration: Discover and develop your unique voice across different media platforms.
  • Career Versatility: Prepare for diverse career opportunities in fields like film, journalism, and social media management.

Area of Study

Degrees & Certificates

Media Arts – Associate of Arts Degree

2

YEARS

AA

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Career Opportunities

  • Postsecondary Teachers

    1434

    Annual Openings*

    $35.69

    Hourly Median Wage*

    $74,235

    Annual Median Salary

    45.6%

    Growth (2021 – 2031)*

  • Managers, All Other

    All managers not listed separately.

    548

    Annual Openings*

    $27.11

    Hourly Median Wage*

    $56,389

    Annual Median Salary

    27.37%

    Growth (2021 – 2031)*

  • Web and Digital Interface Designers

    Design digital user interfaces or websites. Develop and test layouts, interfaces, functionality, and navigation menus to ensure compatibility and usability across browsers or devices. May use web framework applications as well as client-side code and processes. May evaluate web design following web and accessibility standards, and may analyze web use metrics and optimize websites for marketability and search engine ranking. May design and test interfaces that facilitate the human-computer interaction and maximize the usability of digital devices, websites, and software with a focus on aesthetics and design. May create graphics used in websites and manage website content and links.

    53

    Annual Openings*

    $25.50

    Hourly Median Wage*

    $53,040

    Annual Median Salary

    36.11%

    Growth (2021 – 2031)*

  • Media and Communication Workers, All Other

    All media and communication workers not listed separately.

    19

    Annual Openings*

    $11.65

    Hourly Median Wage*

    $24,232

    Annual Median Salary

    121.25%

    Growth (2021 – 2031)*

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*Data sourced from Lightcast™ (2023), a global leader in labor market analytics, and limited to the state of Idaho. Contact CWI Institutional Research for questions regarding this data.

"In fine tuning my skills and knowledge, I have achieved personal and professional milestones giving me more than I ever thought possible. Because of CWI, I am ready for the future." Read more > about Ready for the Future
Justina Sexton
Student, Media Arts

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Congratulations to Assistant Professor of Communication, Media Arts, and Marketing, Anna Daly, who was named Faculty of Distinction for September 2023.

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Congratulations to Dan Garrity, an instructor in the Communications and Marketing department and the College's Faculty of Distinction for September 2021.

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“CWI empowered me to become a more confident version of myself… Because of CWI, I am ready for the future.”

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More than 80 students in five different classes at CWI and Boise State are challenging you to Get RAD to help change the narrative about race.

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CWI student, wife, and mother, Tehani Schnupp, hopes in sharing her story she can inspire others to make their next move.

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Marketing and Communication students at CWI launch a suicide prevention project called Hope for Idaho.

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Congratulations to Luke Yeates, College of Western Idaho’s Faculty of Distinction for April 2020.

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Local media professionals share expertise and experience with students during a panel discussion.

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Two Media Arts students published in this year's edition of "Censored 2019: Fighting the Fake News Invasion".

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Media Club held their first meeting of the semester at the new location on Thursday, Sept. 20.

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