Digital Media Production
Good storytelling can build businesses, advocate for causes, entertain and shape brands. The Digital Media Production major at Kent State University prepares students to create stories for these purposes and more, all while using the latest equipment and software. At Kent State, you'll 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 in the Digital Media Production degree program include narrative fiction, documentary, commercial and corporate productions.
Students can choose one of three pathways, all of which lead to careers with predicted growth according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics:
- Writing & Directing
- Production & Post-Production
- Business & Promotion
Though each pathway is specialized to prepare students for their area of interest, opportunities for collaboration within the major and throughout Kent State University are limitless. Digital media production majors regularly work with students from theatre and dance, game design, science, music, art and fashion, as they produce live events, short films, documentaries and animated works.
Career opportunities in each of these pathways include (predicted growth through 2026, according to BLS): Broadcast and sound engineering technicians (8 percent), film and video editors and camera operators (13 percent), producers and directors (12 percent), multimedia artists and animators (8 percent), advertising, promotions and marketing managers (10 percent)
Digital media production students work as producers, camera operators and more for the student-run television station TV2. TV2 reaches more than 26,000 homes in Portage County on Spectrum channel 1024 and more than 7,500 Kent State students on campus television channel 2-2. The station is also streamed live at www.kentwired.com. The station airs a daily evening broadcast, a midday webcast and nine sports, news and entertainment shows.
Black Squirrel Radio is a student-run radio station committed to providing innovative media content. With 56 different student-hosted shows airing from 10 a.m. to 2 a.m. everyday, the station provides professional industry experience while continuing to be a platform for experimental programming.
Kent State University Independent Films takes students who have a passion for film, and gives them the opportunity for real experience. KSUIF works as a student-run production company, where we produce a wide variety of content including web series, short films, award-winning music videos, documentaries, TV shows, and feature length films.
TeleProductions provides Kent State University and the surrounding community with a wide range of media services, technical and instructional support and award-winning video and audio productions. Students can be paid for working on live production of university events, marketing and promotional videos, Mid-American Conference (MAC) basketball and football games, custom graphics and animation and classroom video production. Students have the opportunity to work with the new high-definition satellite production truck.
Ideabase is a student-run, professionally supported design agency that produces digital work for campus and outside clients. Digital media production majors can work as videographers or gain experience in other areas of marketing and communication.