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Digital Media Production Major

Digital Media Production Major Plan

In an age of emerging and convergent technologies, these are exciting times for people working in the radio, television, film, and multi-media industries. Our students are prepared for digital and wide screen production in an increasingly international market that distributes material via the traditional broadcast and cable networks as well as Blu-Ray, On Demand and the Internet. Production majors learn how to use the tools necessary to create mediated messages, but more importantly they learn how the technology allows them to communicate effectively.

Production majors receive a solid liberal arts education combined with media theory, writing and professional course work with hands-on experience. Students prepare for careers in digital media production by utilizing writing and production skills in the classroom as well as the surrounding community.

Student work, and collaborations between faculty and students, have earned a number of prestigious awards including the King Foundation Best of Festival Award at the Broadcast Education Association Festival of Arts in Las Vegas; First Place Long Form Documentary Award at the Broadcast Education Association Festival of Arts in Las Vegas; Second Place Music Video Award at BEA, as well as BEA Honorable Mentions.  The CINE Golden Eagle; intermedia-Silver Globe Award at the World Media Festival in Hamburg, Germany, and Telly Awards.  Student video work has been screened in international film festivals, on national cable television through Current TV,  and have been distributed by Indiepix, a well-respected independent film distribution company.  Students have created work or collaborated with The Woodstock Film Festival, The Hudson Valley Film Commission, and with InHolland University in The Netherlands for videos on the web.  In addition, student audio work has been broadcast on WAMC Northeast Public Radio and on WKZE FM.

The Program
Students who wish to become digital media production majors may apply upon admission. It is important to meet with an advisor in the department as soon as possible.

Upon acceptance as a major, students begin their production sequence as well as take media-related electives. When course work has been completed, students participate in an internship at a place of their choosing appropriate for their career plans.

Majors have the opportunity to join the Media and Journalism Society, a department student-run organization that emphasizes professionalism, lifelong learning and networking with alumni and others in the media industries. This organization is connected to the Broadcast Education Association.

A broad-based, competitive internship program offers qualified juniors and seniors challenging opportunities to extend their experience to the media workplace. New Paltz students have interned with organizations such as: American Movie Classics, Blair Television, BMG Music, Cablevision Systems, CBS-Sports, Comedy Central, HBO, Lifetime, MSG, MTV, NBC News, Sony Music, WABC-TV, WEOK/WPDH, WFAN, WRNN-TV, and television shows ranging from Rosie O'Donnell and Montel Williams to Law and Order.

Teaching facilities feature the digital technologies that students will face entering the production industries. Our audio area includes two control rooms with studios and four digital audio work stations for editing. Video facilities include a large television studio and nonlinear edition rooms, including Avid, Pro-Tools, Adobe After Effects and Photoshop. Students have unlimited access to the audio and video editing facilities to prepare their class productions. Conveniently located near these facilities are two computer labs, a graphics lab and the department office.

Members of the Digital Media Production faculty have professional media experience as well as graduate degrees in their field. Their individual areas of specialization include audio and video production, media management, radio/television history and criticism, and media effects. Faculty are actively engaged in professional productions, consultants to a number of Fortune 500 media firms, hold office in national organizations, and publish media-oriented research.

Lynn Spangler, Ph.D. - Professor
Daniel Labbato, MFA - Assistant Professor
Joseph Vlachos, M.A - Adjunct Instructor
Jerry Persaud, Ph.D. - Assistant Professor
Patricia Sullivan, Ph.D. - Professor
Gregory Bray, Ph.D. - Assistant Professor
Will Hong, MFA - Assistant Professor
Todd Holmes, ABD - Assistant Professor
Thomas Cznarty, MFA - Lecturer

Applying for the Major

You must apply for this major before you have completed 75 credits and you may apply only once. Deadlines for applications are available through the Department of Communication and Media as well as Admissions.

Transfer students: It is important that you see the Department of Communication & Media academic advisor or chair to evaluate your transferred courses that might count towards the major, including if any can count as a core course. If you have not had all the required courses at your previous school, you will be enrolled as a pre-major.

Film and Video Studies Minor

The Film and Video Studies Minor is a new Interdisciplinary Program based in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and the School of Fine and Performing Arts.  Students studying in this minor will gain critical approaches to film and video, as well as acquire historical, theoretical, intercultural and practical tools to study films and video from around the world.  They will familiarize themselves with reading the art of cinema as cultural critics, while having the option to learn the basics of screenwriting and production.

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