What will I learn?

Western Michigan University's film, video and media studies program is for students who are interested in any aspect of film, TV and radio broadcasting, or production.

If you decide to major in film, video and media studies at WMU, you will learn about the theoretical framework and practical assumptions that drive today's mass media and spend many hours in the University's state-of-the-art training facilities, where you will gain practical experience in radio and TV broadcasting, news writing, technical direction and production.

Beyond the classroom

Broadcasting is an extremely competitive field. As a film, video and media studies student at WMU, you will be strongly advised to make moves that will give you an edge over the competition. Although not required for the degree, internships, volunteer work and freelance work are necessary if you want to be successful in the field. The more experience you gain while you're a student at WMU, the better equipped you'll be to land a position when you leave.

There are many on- and off-campus groups that may provide paid and unpaid opportunities for you to learn the ins and outs of the broadcasting world. There are several TV and radio stations in the area, which regular employ interns from WMU. WIDR, the campus radio station, lets many students take their turn as a radio show host or on-air disc jockey. WIDR also has positions in announcing, ad sales and radio production. If you think you'd be better served to polish your news writing and interviewing skills, get involved at the Western Herald, WMU's student newspaper.

After you graduate

Recent WMU graduates with degrees in film, video and media studies are working as:

Actors
Advertising agents
Announcers
Casting directors
Critics
Event planners and coordinators
Film editors
Media buyers
News anchors
News directors
News writers
Photographers
Producers and production assistants
Radio show hosts and disc jockeys
Script writers
Set managers and designers
Technical directors
Videographers

Among the organizations they work for are:

Media corporations
Film companies
Publishers

Which department am I in?

College of Arts and Sciences

Study options

Full Time (122 credit hours)

Tuition fees
US$17,541.00 per year
Undergraduate Upper-level 56 or more credits – USD $19,113
Application deadline

15 November 2021

Start date

10 January 2022

Venue

Western Michigan University

1903 W Michigan Avenue,

KALAMAZOO,

Michigan,

49008, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

A first-year applicant is a student who is applying for admission and who has not attempted or earned any college credit after graduating from high school/secondary school (or earned equivalent).

For international students

A first-year applicant is a student who is applying for admission and who has not attempted or earned any college credit after graduating from high school/secondary school (or earned equivalent).

Minimum English proficiency test scores:

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL): 71 iBT

International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic: 6.0

Pearson Test of English, Academic Module (PTE): 48

Michigan English Test (MET): 48

Application deadlines:

Fall: June 15; Spring: October 15 (Extended to November 15!)

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

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