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Media Studies and Production

School of Communication and the Arts

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Marist’s Media Studies and Production major is designed to provide a well-rounded education in both the theory and practice of the industry. Taught by faculty who live what they teach, our program will hone your creativity and passion to take you from the classroom to the production room.

"There were many ways in which Marist helped prepare me for success, but one specific example during my interview at Marvel comes to mind. I was asked how comfortable I was with a system used in post-production and something they didn't expect someone so early in their career to know a lot about. Luckily, I had been using it in my production classes at Marist since freshman year. It’s little things like that that continually pop up that make me very grateful for my Marist education."

Nick Tormey
Media Studies and Production Major, Photography Minor
Assistant Editor, Marvel New Media

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Focus Your Coursework On Your Career Goals

Our Media Studies and Production students are afforded the flexibility of the Marist curriculum. Unique elective opportunities, like “Comedy Writing,” “Online Culture,” and “Race and Ethnicity in Film,” paired with a rigorous, foundational major education, prepares our students with both the theory and experience for practical application in the industry.

Learn Media Studies and Production From Industry Professionals

Our Media Studies and Production faculty provide you with the attention and specialization of a small school as well as the industry knowledge and technology of a global university. Our faculty is intentionally composed of industry professionals with a wide array of experiences, expertise, and training backgrounds, exposing our students to a variety of sub-disciplines both within and outside the Media majors. 

“As a result of the emphasis on teaching and the students, we as faculty are really able to help guide our students on their creative projects in class. By the time our students enroll in their capping course, their projects reflect and integrate all the creative tools they have gained through hands-on experience.”

Perform Media Studies and Production Work for Real Clients

At Marist, we firmly believe that producing media that meets the needs of real clients, rather than simply satisfying the requirements of a class assignment, provides the real-world skills for an edge in the industry. That’s why our Media Studies and Production students are given the opportunity to produce work for real clients in the community, and even collaborate on interdisciplinary projects with students from other majors.

  • Film and TV students are helping produce a documentary film for Criminal Justice faculty member Dr. Julie Raines, to raise awareness of problem-solving courts seeking to remedy conditions such as drug addiction and mental illness as an alternative to incarceration
  • Students produced a recruitment video for the City of Poughkeepsie Police Department
  • On the Right: Students in the Comedy Writing Workshop class produced a song parody video of “7 Rings” by Ariana Grande to be used as a promotional video for Marist Dining Services.

Courtney Clyburn is a junior Media Studies major at Marist doubling as the upcoming hip-hop producer, "Ness." His production portfolio of tracks by Drake, Kodak Black, A Boogie Wit da Hoodie, PnB Rock, Don Q and Chief Keef have collectively racked over 200 million streams on Spotify within the past two years. He has been interviewed by New York radio station, Hot 97, named one of the "30 of the Best Hip-Hop Producers of 2017" by XXL Magazine, and was featured by Genius, in a September 2017 video interview reaching a total of 10,000 views on YouTube.

Young Folks, a film produced by Marist Media Studies and Production students, won “Best Short Feature” 2019 at the Nyack Film Festival and “Best Film” 2019 at the American Creed Film Festival. Involved students were Michael Barron, Audrey Cerrone, Niccole D’Arco, Jessica Farr, and Nora Proce.

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At Marist, we pride ourselves on our dedication to providing our students with a well-rounded liberal arts education that prepares them for practical experience and profound success in their field. But don't just take our word for it - the numbers speak for themselves.


Of current students are satisfied with their Marist Experience


Graduation rate, higher than the average for public and private colleges


Employed or attending grad school 6 months after graduation

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