Digital Media Production - B.S.

College of Communication and Information
School of Journalism and Mass Communication
201 Franklin Hall
Kent Campus
330-672-2572
jmc@kent.edu
www.kent.edu/jmc


Description

The Bachelor of Science degree in Digital Media Production allows students to gain first-hand experience in all aspects of single camera and live multi-camera production, including shooting, audio recording, editing, writing, directing and producing digital films and live television. Film styles covered include narrative fiction, documentary, commercial and corporate productions.

The Digital Media Production major comprises two concentrations:

  • The Television concentration provides students opportunities to learn how to produce and create live television programming in both the studio and remote production truck. Students may assist in the production aspects of student media entities, Black Squirrel Radio and TV-2, producing scripted shows and/or live sports. Graduates generally secure permanent or freelance positions with television stations and remote broadcast entities.
  • The Digital Film concentration provides opportunities for students learn how to direct, produce, shoot and edit single-camera style programs. Students learn documentary, commercial and fiction film production. Students may assist in the production aspects of TV-2 and Kent State University Independent Films. Graduates generally secure permanent or freelance positions at production companies and corporate media departments.

Students in the major have the opportunity to work as student employees at TeleProductions, Kent State University's professional broadcast department. In addition, students supplement their coursework with an internship in their field of specialization. There are many study abroad/away opportunities.

Fully Offered At:

  • Kent Campus

Accreditation

Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications (ACEJMC)

Admission Requirements

The university affirmatively strives to provide educational opportunities and access to students with varied backgrounds, those with special talents and adult students who graduated from high school three or more years ago.

Freshman Students on the Kent Campus: The freshman admission policy on the Kent Campus is selective. Admission decisions are based upon the following: cumulative grade point average, ACT and/or SAT scores, strength of high school college preparatory curriculum and grade trends. The Admissions Office at the Kent Campus may defer the admission of students who do not meet admissions criteria but who demonstrate areas of promise for successful college study. Deferred applicants may begin their college coursework at one of seven Regional Campuses of Kent State University. For more information on admissions, including additional requirements for some academic programs, visit the admissions website for new freshmen.

Freshman Students on the Regional Campuses:  Kent State campuses at Ashtabula, East Liverpool, Geauga, Salem, Stark, Trumbull and Tuscarawas, as well as the Regional Academic Center in Twinsburg, have open enrollment admission for students who hold a high school diploma, GED or equivalent.

English Language Proficiency Requirements for International Students: All international students must provide proof of English language proficiency (unless they meet specific exceptions) by earning a minimum 525 TOEFL score (71 on the Internet-based version), minimum 75 MELAB score, minimum 6.0 IELTS score or minimum 48 PTE Academic score, or by completing the ELS level 112 Intensive Program. For more information on international admission, visit the Office of Global Education’s admission website.

Transfer, Transitioning and Former Students: For more information about admission criteria for transfer, transitioning and former students, please visit the admissions website.

Current Kent Students must have a minimum 2.000 overall GPA to be admitted directly into any major within the School of Journalism and Mass Communication.

Program Learning Outcomes

Graduates of this program will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate critical thinking, grounded in a legal and ethical framework. 
  2. Gather information, analyze it, and make informed judgments using methods and tools appropriate to their professions. 
  3. Demonstrate the ability to apply theory and research appropriate to their professions, including quantitative and qualitative methods. 
  4. Demonstrate the ability to apply basic ethical principles to their professional work. 
  5. Demonstrate the ability to apply laws and regulations applicable to their professional work. 
  6. Write correctly and clearly in forms and styles appropriate for the communications professions, audiences and purposes they serve. 
  7. Demonstrate understanding of how media and their professions evolved historically, their role in societal development and their global interaction today with institutions and individuals. 
  8. Demonstrate appreciation for diverse cultures and individual differences, and reflect that appreciation in their work. 

University Requirements 

All students in a bachelor's degree program at Kent State University must complete the following university requirements for graduation.

NOTE:  University requirements may be fulfilled in this program by specific course requirements. Please see Program Requirements for details.

Destination Kent State: First Year Experience 1
Course is not required for students with 25 transfer credits, excluding College Credit Plus, or age 21+ at time of admission.
Diversity Domestic/Global (DIVD/DIVG) 2 courses
Students must successfully complete one domestic and one global course, of which one must be from the Kent Core.
Experiental Learning Requirement (ELR) varies
Students must successfully complete one course or approved experience.
Kent Core (see table below) 36-37
Writing-Intensive Course (WIC) 1 course
Students must earn a minimum C grade in the course.
Upper-Division Requirement 39 (or 42)
Students must successfully complete 39 upper-division (numbered 30000 to 49999) credit hours to graduate. Students in a B.A. and/or B.S. degree in the College of Arts and Sciences must complete 42 upper-division credit hours.
Total Credit Hour Requirement 120
Some bachelor's degrees require students to complete more than 120 credit hours.

Kent Core Requirements

Kent Core Composition (KCMP) 6
Kent Core Mathematics and Critical Reasoning (KMCR) 3
Kent Core Humanities and Fine Arts (KHUM/KFA) (min one course each) 9
Kent Core Social Sciences (KSS) (must be from two disciplines) 6
Kent Core Basic Sciences (KBS/KLAB) (must include one laboratory) 6-7
Kent Core Additional (KADL) 6
Total Credit Hours: 36-37

Program Requirements

Major Requirements

Major Requirements (courses count in major GPA) (min C- grade is required in all courses)
JMC 20001MEDIA, POWER AND CULTURE (DIVD) (KSS) 13
JMC 20009VIDEO AUDIO PRODUCTION AESTHETICS 3
JMC 20011VIDEO AUDIO FUNDAMENTALS 3
JMC 30004WRITING FOR VIDEO AND AUDIO MEDIA 3
JMC 40006LAW OF MASS COMMUNICATION 3
JMC 40010ETHICS AND ISSUES IN MASS COMMUNICATION (WIC) 23
JMC 40092INTERNSHIP (ELR) 1
JMC 49099SENIOR DIGITAL MEDIA PRODUCTION PROJECT (ELR) 3
Digital Film, Television and Other Journalism and Mass Communication Electives, choose from the following:8
RESEARCH AND MEASUREMENT IN ADVERTISING AND PUBLIC RELATIONS
PRINCIPLES OF ADVERTISING
PRINCIPLES OF PUBLIC RELATIONS
PROGRAMMING FOR DIGITAL MEDIA
AUDIO SET-UP AND MIXING 3
AUDIO FOR DIGITAL FILM 4
TELEVISION ENGINEERING
STUDIO TELEVISION 3
DIGITAL CINEMATOGRAPHY 4
TELEVISION SPORTS PRODUCTION 5
DIGITAL VIDEO EDITING 4
SCRIPTWRITING FOR VIDEO AND FILM
INTERNSHIP (ELR)
SELECTED TOPICS IN JOURNALISM AND MASS COMMUNICATION 6
RECORD PROMOTION
REMOTE TELEVISION 3
POST PRODUCTION SOUND
MOBILE MULTIMEDIA
ADVANCED LIGHTING FOR DIGITAL FILM AND TELEVISION
FEATURE FILM PREPRODUCTION
FEATURE FILM PRODUCTION
FEATURE FILM POST PRODUCTION
AVID EDITOR CERTIFICATION
BROADCAST DOCUMENTARY
MOTION GRAPHICS FOR VIDEO EDITING
MUSIC VIDEO PRODUCTION
Additional Requirements (courses do not count in major GPA)
COMM 15000INTRODUCTION TO HUMAN COMMUNICATION (KADL) 3
COMM 21000COMMUNICATION GRAMMAR REVIEW (min C- grade)1
ENG 30063PROFESSIONAL WRITING 3
ENTR 27056INTRODUCTION TO ENTREPRENEURSHIP 3
HIST 12070EARLY AMERICA: FROM PRE-COLONIZATION TO CIVIL WAR AND RECONSTRUCTION (DIVD) (KHUM) 3
HIST 12071MODERN AMERICA: FROM INDUSTRIALIZATION TO GLOBALIZATION (DIVD) (KHUM) 3
LIS 30010INFORMATION FLUENCY IN THE WORKPLACE AND BEYOND 3
PHY 21040PHYSICS IN ENTERTAINMENT AND THE ARTS (KBS) 3
PHY 21041PHYSICS IN ENTERTAINMENT AND THE ARTS LABORATORY (KBS) (KLAB) 1
UC 10097DESTINATION KENT STATE: FIRST YEAR EXPERIENCE 1
VCD 14001VISUAL DESIGN LITERACY 3
Kent Core Composition6
Kent Core Mathematics and Critical Reasoning3
Kent Core Fine Arts3
Kent Core Social Sciences (must be from two disciplines)3
Kent Core Basic Science3
Kent Core Additional3
General Electives (total credit hours depends on earning 120 credit hours, including 39 upper-division credit hours)24
Concentrations
Choose from the following:18
Minimum Total Credit Hours:120
1

Students may substitute JMC 20003 for JMC 20001.

2

A minimum C grade must be earned to fulfill the writing-intensive requirement. If course is not being used to fulfill the writing-intensive requirement, a minimum grade of C- must be earned.

3

Students in the Television concentration cannot apply this course toward this elective group as the course is required in the concentration

4

Students in the Digital Film concentration cannot apply this course toward this elective group as the course is required in the concentration.

5

Courses taken as major elective may not count toward concentration elective.

6

See advisor for appropriate topics.

7

All general elective credit hours for the degree must be from courses outside of the discipline.

Progression Requirements

Students must maintain a minimum 2.700 major GPA and a minimum 2.000 overall GPA to continue taking JMC courses. Failure to do so will result in students not being permitted to enroll in JMC courses until they meet with their academic advisor to complete a plan of study. In addition, no grade lower than a C- in a JMC course will be counted toward graduation or as a prerequisite for a subsequent class.

Graduation Requirements

Minimum Major GPA Minimum Overall GPA
2.700 2.000
 
  • A minimum C- grade may be required in some courses.
  • Any JMC course taken is calculated in the major GPA.
  • Students must complete minimum 72 credit hours outside the journalism and mass communication discipline per the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications. The following courses are considered within the discipline and cannot be used toward the 72-credit-hour requirement:
    COMM 20000FOUNDATIONS OF COMMUNICATION 3
    COMM 21008SOCIAL MEDIA STRATEGIES 3
    COMM 25863BUSINESS AND PROFESSIONAL COMMUNICATION 3
    COMM 25902COMMUNICATION THEORY 3
    COMM 26001PUBLIC COMMUNICATION IN SOCIETY 3
    COMM 26501INTRODUCTION TO HEALTH COMMUNICATION 3
    COMM 30000COMMUNICATION RESEARCH METHODS 3
    COMM 35860INTERVIEWING 3
    COMM 41000SPORTS COMMUNICATION 3
    COMM 42000MEDIA, WAR AND PROPAGANDA 3
    COMM 43000COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGY AND HUMAN INTERACTION 3
    COMM 45006MEDIA USE AND EFFECTS 3
    COMM 45007FREEDOM OF SPEECH 3
    COMM 45092INTERNSHIP IN COMMUNICATION STUDIES (ELR) 3-6
    COMM 45093VARIABLE TITLE WORKSHOP IN COMMUNICATION 1-5
    COMM 45095SPECIAL TOPICS IN COMMUNICATION STUDIES 1-6
    COMM 45196INDEPENDENT STUDY: COMMUNICATION STUDIES 1-6
    COMM 45902COMMUNICATION AND INFLUENCE (WIC) 3
    COMM 46091SENIOR SEMINAR (ELR) 3
    COMM 46092PRACTICUM IN APPLIED COMMUNICATION (ELR) 3
    COMM 46503HEALTH COMMUNICATION AND MEDIA 3
    JMC any course
    VCD 13000INTRODUCTION TO VISUAL COMMUNICATION DESIGN 3
    VCD 13001INTRODUCTION TO VISUAL COMMUNICATION DESIGN STUDIO 3
    VCD 14002COMMUNICATING WITH COLOR 3
    VCD 18000PHOTOGRAPHY 3
    VCD 18002PHOTOGRAPHY II 3
    VCD 20000BASIC COMPUTER-GRAPHIC DESIGN AND ILLUSTRATION 3
    VCD 20010INTRODUCTION TO DESIGN RESEARCH 3
    VCD 23000INTERMEDIATE STUDIO SKILLS:GRAPHIC DESIGN AND ILLUSTRATION 3
    VCD 28001ADVANCED PHOTOGRAPHY 3
    VCD 28003PHOTO TECHNOLOGY 3
    VCD 28004PHOTOGRAPHIC PERSPECTIVES 3
    VCD 28005COLOR PHOTOGRAPHY 3
    VCD 28007ADVANCED DIGITAL IMAGING 3
    VCD 32000ILLUSTRATION I 3
    VCD 32001ILLUSTRATION II 3
    VCD 33000GRAPHIC DESIGN I 3
    VCD 33001GRAPHIC DESIGN II 3
    VCD 34004VISUAL ETHICS 3
    VCD 34005INTRODUCTION TO 3D GRAPHIC DESIGN 3
    VCD 34006MOTION DESIGN 3
    VCD 37000VISUAL DESIGN FOR MEDIA: ADVANCED 3
    VCD 38001PHOTOGRAPHICS 3
    VCD 38007PHOTO-ILLUSTRATION TECHNIQUES 3
    VCD 38009INTERNSHIP SEMINAR - PHOTO-ILLUSTRATION 2
    VCD 38011EDITORIAL PHOTOGRAPHY 3
    VCD 40025PROFESSIONAL PORTFOLIO 2
    VCD 40052GRAPHIC DESIGN-TRAVEL AND FIELD EXPERIENCE 1-6
    VCD 40053GRAPHIC DESIGN STUDIO-GLYPHIX 1-8
    VCD 40092INTERNSHIP I-GRAPHIC DESIGN/ILLUSTRATION (ELR) 1
    VCD 40095SPECIAL TOPICS:GRAPHIC DESIGN/ILLUSTRATION 3
    VCD 40096INDIVIDUAL INVESTIGATION IN GRAPHIC DESIGN AND ILLUSTRATION 1-8
    VCD 40192INTERNSHIP II-GRAPHIC DESIGN/ILLUSTRATION/PHOTO-ILLUSTRATION (ELR) 1-6
    VCD 40193VARIABLE TITLE WORKSHOP IN VISUAL COMMUNICATION DESIGN 1-3
    VCD 40195SELECTED TOPICS:GRAPHIC DESIGN/ILLUSTRATION 1-4
    VCD 42000ADVANCED ILLUSTRATION:MEDIA 3
    VCD 42002EDITORIAL ILLUSTRATION 3
    VCD 42003ADVERTISING ILLUSTRATION 3
    VCD 43000STUDIO PRODUCTION 3
    VCD 43001INTERACTION DESIGN 3
    VCD 43002TYPOGRAPHIC/PHOTOGRAPHIC GRAPHIC DESIGN 3
    VCD 43003CORPORATE IDENTITY/GRAPHIC DESIGN 3
    VCD 43004ISSUES FOR GRAPHIC DESIGN BUSINESSES 3
    VCD 43005PACKAGING, PROMOTION AND RETAIL ENVIRONMENTS 3
    VCD 43006ENVIRONMENTAL GRAPHIC DESIGN 3
    VCD 43007INFORMATION GRAPHICS 3
    VCD 43008BRANDED IDENTITY 3
    VCD 43051TYPE HIGH PRESS 3
    VCD 45000GRAPHIC DESIGN PERSPECTIVES (WIC) 3
    VCD 46000WEB DESIGN AND PROGRAMMING I 3
    VCD 46001WEB DESIGN AND PROGRAMMING II 3
    VCD 46003ADVANCED TYPOGRAPHY 3
    VCD 46053WEB DESIGN AND PROGRAMMING STUDIO 3
    VCD 48001PHOTOGRAPHIC PROJECT 3
    VCD 48002ADVANCED PHOTOGRAPHIC PROJECT 3
    VCD 48003PROFESSIONAL PORTFOLIO - PHOTO-ILLUSTRATION 2
    VCD 48009FASHION PHOTOGRAPHY 3
    VCD 48092PRACTICUM IN PHOTOGRAPHY (ELR) 1-3
    VCD 49198SENIOR RESEARCH PAPER:GRAPHIC DESIGN/ILLUSTRATION (ELR) (WIC) 2
    VCD 49199SENIOR CAPSTONE (ELR) 3
  • All transfer coursework with a subject TRAN, KAPS, COMM, JMC or VCD (and no number other than "xxxx") will not count toward the 72-credit-hour requirement automatically, nor will Kent State coursework with a subject designator of CCI. Prior Kent State coursework with the subject designator of JOUR also will not count toward the 72-credit-hour requirement. Students must meet with their academic advisor for further evaluation of their coursework for applicability to this requirement.

Digital Film Concentration Requirements

[CI-BS-DMP-DFM]

Concentration Requirements (courses count in major GPA) (min C- grade is required in all courses)
JMC 33033AUDIO FOR DIGITAL FILM 13
JMC 33043DIGITAL CINEMATOGRAPHY 13
JMC 40036DIGITAL VIDEO EDITING 13
JMC 45007PRODUCING AND DIRECTING FOR SINGLE CAMERA 3
Digital Film Advanced Skills Electives, choose from the following:6
SCRIPTWRITING FOR VIDEO AND FILM 1
POST PRODUCTION SOUND
MOBILE MULTIMEDIA 1
ADVANCED LIGHTING FOR DIGITAL FILM AND TELEVISION 1
AVID EDITOR CERTIFICATION 1
MOTION GRAPHICS FOR VIDEO EDITING 1
Minimum Total Credit Hours:18
1

Courses taken as major elective may not count toward concentration elective. 

Television Concentration Requirements

[CI-BS-DMP-TV]

Concentration Requirements (courses count in major GPA) (min C- grade is required in all courses)
JMC 33032AUDIO SET-UP AND MIXING 13
JMC 33042STUDIO TELEVISION 13
JMC 44042REMOTE TELEVISION 13
JMC 45006PRODUCING AND DIRECTING LIVE TELEVISION 13
Television Advanced Skills Electives, choose from the following:6
PROGRAMMING FOR DIGITAL MEDIA
TELEVISION ENGINEERING
TELEVISION SPORTS PRODUCTION
POST PRODUCTION SOUND 1
MOBILE MULTIMEDIA 1
Minimum Total Credit Hours:18
1

Courses taken as major elective may not count toward concentration elective. 

 

Roadmap

This roadmap is a recommended semester-by-semester plan of study for this major. However, courses designated as critical (!) must be completed in the semester listed to ensure a timely graduation.

Plan of Study Grid
Semester OneCredits
COMM 15000 INTRODUCTION TO HUMAN COMMUNICATION (KADL) 3
HIST 12070 EARLY AMERICA: FROM PRE-COLONIZATION TO CIVIL WAR AND RECONSTRUCTION (DIVD) (KHUM) 3
JMC 20001 MEDIA, POWER AND CULTURE (DIVD) (KSS) 3
UC 10097 DESTINATION KENT STATE: FIRST YEAR EXPERIENCE 1
Kent Core Requirement 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
 Credit Hours16
Semester Two
COMM 21000 COMMUNICATION GRAMMAR REVIEW 1
HIST 12071 MODERN AMERICA: FROM INDUSTRIALIZATION TO GLOBALIZATION (DIVD) (KHUM) 3
JMC 20009 VIDEO AUDIO PRODUCTION AESTHETICS 3
PHY 21040 PHYSICS IN ENTERTAINMENT AND THE ARTS (KBS) 3
PHY 21041 PHYSICS IN ENTERTAINMENT AND THE ARTS LABORATORY (KBS) (KLAB) 1
Kent Core Requirement 3
 Credit Hours14
Semester Three
JMC 20011 VIDEO AUDIO FUNDAMENTALS 3
JMC 30004 WRITING FOR VIDEO AND AUDIO MEDIA 3
VCD 14001 VISUAL DESIGN LITERACY 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
 Credit Hours15
Semester Four
ENG 30063 PROFESSIONAL WRITING 3
Concentration Requirement 3
Digital Film, Television and Other Journalism and Mass Communication Elective 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
 Credit Hours15
Semester Five
Concentration Requirement 3
Concentration Requirement 3
Digital Film, Television and Other Journalism and Mass Communication Elective 2
General Electives 7
 Credit Hours15
Semester Six
ENTR 27056 INTRODUCTION TO ENTREPRENEURSHIP 3
LIS 30010 INFORMATION FLUENCY IN THE WORKPLACE AND BEYOND 3
Concentration Requirement 3
General Electives 6
 Credit Hours15
Third Summer Term
JMC 40092 INTERNSHIP (ELR) 1
 Credit Hours1
Semester Seven
JMC 40006 LAW OF MASS COMMUNICATION 3
Concentration Advanced Skills Elective 3
Digital Film, Television and Other Journalism and Mass Communication Elective 3
General Electives 7
 Credit Hours16
Semester Eight
JMC 40010 ETHICS AND ISSUES IN MASS COMMUNICATION (WIC) 3
JMC 49099 SENIOR DIGITAL MEDIA PRODUCTION PROJECT (ELR) 3
Concentration Advanced Skills Elective 3
General Electives 4
 Credit Hours13
 Minimum Total Credit Hours:120