Media Arts

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Media Arts is a dynamic and contemporary program that prepares students to produce, consume, and analyze media messages through the mediums of video, audio, written, and performance communication.    


The mission of the Media Arts program is to prepare students to critically and effectively produce, consume, and analyze media content in order to create better lives for themselves and others in a global economy and democratic society.

Why This Program

Students will engage in creating media artifacts and gaining practical experience in the media community. The Media Arts program will emphasize a combination of theory and practical application in preparing students to engage in the media profession. Upon completion of the Media Arts program, students will be prepared to enter the workforce in entry level media positions or transfer to any Idaho public university at the junior level. Completion of the program is designed to result in an Associate of Arts degree in Media Arts as well as meet the general education requirements of all Idaho public universities. This degree is a unique combination of practical and technical abilities focused on a career in media arts. Common courses will include graphic design, 3-D media, video games, web design, aesthetics, and digital imaging.

Additional Opportunities

Throughout the program students will have the option to participate in a variety of experiential learning opportunities beyond the classroom:

  • Film Festival
  • Internships
  • Partnership with Scripps Media

Respectful Community

College of Western Idaho is committed to maintaining a Respectful Community by providing equal opportunity for all individuals and does not discriminate in services, benefits, or activities on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability status, veteran status, age, or any other legally protected status.  More on Title IX

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