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. You must apply for admission to the film, video and media studies program. Acceptance is based on grades, a personal statement that reflects relevant educational and career goals, understanding of the field and writing ability.
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.
Recent WMU graduates with degrees in film, video and media studies are working as:
- Advertising agents
- Casting directors
- Event planners and coordinators
- Film editors
- Media buyers
- News anchors
- News directors
- News writers
- Producers and production assistants
- Radio show hosts and disc jockeys
- Script writers
- Set managers and designers
- Technical directors
Among the organizations they work for are:
- Media corporations
- Film companies
Close to 25 percent of WMU's film, video and media studies students transition into graduate studies after receiving their bachelor's degree. They enter prestigious programs around the country and study all areas of media and mass communication.