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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.
Throughout the program students will have the option to participate in a variety of experiential learning opportunities beyond the classroom:
- Film Festival
- Partnership with Scripps Media
Requirements and Costs
Degrees and Certificates
Media Arts - Associate of Arts Degree
Explore the resources below for information, dates, and deadlines related to admissions, financial aid, registration, and next steps.
|Dates & Deadlines for Credit Programs||Summer 2023||Fall 2023||Spring 2024|
|Priority Registration Begins 1||N/A||Apr 10||Nov 13 (2023)|
|Open Registration Begins||Feb 27||Apr 17||Nov 20 (2023)|
|Financial Aid Priority Deadline||May 13||Jul 29||Dec 16 (2023)|
|Admission Deadline 2||May 27||Aug 12||Jan 6|
|Last Day to Register for Classes||Jun 2||Aug 18||Jan 12|
|Tuition and Fees Due||Jun 2||Aug 18||Jan 12|
|Classes Begin 3||Jun 5||Aug 21||Jan 16|
1 Priority registration is limited to continuing students. Students are assigned a registration time based on their cumulative credits earned. Students should check myCWI and their CWI email to learn their assigned registration time. Students may register online anytime on or after their assigned registration time.
2 The Admission Deadline for international students is earlier than the deadline for non-international students and is only available during the fall and spring semesters. Please consult the Academic Calendar for the international student admission deadlines.
3 Classes in shorter sessions (including 4-, 5-, and 8-week sessions) may begin before or after this date. Please refer to the specific class session sections beneath the full Academic Calendar for more information.
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Boise State University - BA Media Arts
- BA Media Arts - Production
- BA Media Arts - Journalism
- BA Media Arts - Public Relations
Idaho State University - BA Multi-Media Journalism
- BA Visual Media
- BA Multiplatform Journalism
University of Idaho - BA/BS Journalism and Mass Communication
- BA/BS Broadcast and Digital Media
- BA/BS Journalism
- BA/BS Public Relations
Financial Aid Available
Did you know that as a student in this program you may be eligible for financial aid? Through grants, scholarships, and loans, more than 60 percent of first-time, full-time CWI students receive some form of financial assistance. To learn more about financial aid options and whether you may be eligible, visit Financial Aid.
Tuition and Fees
Tuition for a full-time CWI student averages half the cost of a state university and a third of the cost of a private college. Tuition and fees vary based on program and residence. Visit Tuition and Fees for more information.
- Audio Engineer
- Broadcast News Analyst
- Broadcasting Journalist
- Broadcasting Technician
- Camera Operator
- Copywriting Professional
- Digital Editing Professional
- Digital Music Production
- Digital Video Editor
- Education Writer
- Film Director
- Graphic Designer
- Magazine Editorial Assistant
- Marketing Manager
- Media Planner Creative Director
- Multi Media Journalist
- Music Producer
- News Broadcaster
- News Producer
- Newspaper Editors
- PR Manager
- Print Designer
- Print Production
- Production Assistant
- Public Relations Professional
- Publicity Manager
- Social Media Manager
- Speech Writer
- Sports Broadcaster
- Sports Commentator
- Television Director
- Web Design
Graduates from media arts programs may find entry-level careers in television or filmmaking, or in new media, such as multimedia, web or videogame related professions.
Program Department Chair
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