Core Curriculum

  • Intro to Media Arts
  • Media Arts I, II, III, IV
  • Video and Audio Technical Production
  • Advanced Film and Television Production
  • Senior Focus

Audition Requirements

The on-site audition for Media includes a Director’s Note assignment. Instructions will be provided at the time of audition. Applicants must submit a portfolio.

  • The applicant will submit one (1) 60 second film depicting a scene or story in a non-documentary style. Subject matter is the student’s choice. The film must be made by the student applying. View Quick Guide: “How to Make a Short Film/Scene
  • The film must be accompanied by a one-page typed essay (12 point font, Times New Roman) describing:
    1) The process of making the film;
    2) Why the topic was chosen, and;
    3) A description of what will be seen in the film.

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Two MSA Students Awarded in William Faulkner Literary Competition

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John Kelly Shelburne, a native Mississippian, holds a BA in film and minor in History from University of Southern Mississippi, as well as an MA in Cinema Studies and a MFA in Film and Television from the Savannah College of Art and Design. Shelburne has given presentations in basic cinematography, transitions of editing, and Walter Murch’s “Rule of Six.” He has served as script supervisor, unit production manager, editor, writer and producer of short films. Shelburne was a host of the SCAD Cinema Circle, a moderator for the Savannah Film Festival and moderator at Film Haven Film Festival in Brookhaven, Mississippi.

By immersing students in a well-rounded, college-level curriculum of cinematic arts, we are preparing them to be ahead of their freshmen classmates in a university, or ready to work on any film project in the professional workspace.


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