Film & media production

Follow your passion for making movies, documentary films and other video productions.

In-class experience

  • Write scripts for film and video productions.
  • Get experience in the different roles on a production team.
  • Use professional equipment and facilities to create films and media productions.
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Internships/practicums

What you'll learn

  • How to work on a professional production team
  • How to produce industry-quality work

Where you'll intern

  • Media production houses
  • In-house video production departments
  • Independent film teams

Possible careers after graduation

  • Independent filmmaker or documentarian
  • Producer, director, cinematographer, grip or editor in film industry
  • Video producer at a company or nonprofit

What you'll study

Students must complete 39 units of journalism courses for the major and 120 units overall to graduate. Find details below about completing your journalism courses with a film & media production emphasis. View all required courses on our bachelor's degree of journalism page.

  • Journalism core (21 credits)
    1. Complete all required core courses. (21 credits)
      • JOUR 103 – Introduction to Media and Society
      • JOUR 107 – Media Writing
      • JOUR 108 – Media Design
      • JOUR 208 – Media Production
      • JOUR 305 - Media Ethics
      • JOUR 401 - First Amendment and Society
      • JOUR 499 - Professional Internship or JOUR 416 – Practicum (3)
  • Film & media production emphasis (12 credits)
    1. Complete three required emphasis courses. (9 credits) 
      • JOUR 330: Script Writing
      • JOUR 340: Intermediate Media Production OR
        JOUR 162: History of Documentary Film
      • JOUR 440: Advanced Media Production OR
        JOUR 462: Documentary Filmmaking
    2. Choose one additional course from the list above if not taken as a required course OR one additional course from the list below. (3 credits)
      • JOUR 405: Motion Graphics
      • JOUR 425: Audio: Radio, Podcasting & Beyond
      • JOUR 490: Special Problems
  • Journalism electives (6 credits)
    1. Complete six credits of upper-division journalism courses from any emphasis. Students are encouraged to take additional credits in their chosen emphasis but are also free to select courses from other emphases.

  • Recommended minors / double majors
    • Art (Digital Media, Photography, Graphic Design)
    • Cinema and Media Studies

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Meet emphasis faculty

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Kari Barber
Kari Barber
Associate Professor of Electronic Media She, her
(775) 784-1791
RSJ 103D
5890 News, broadcast, documentary, media studies, visual communication, documentary film, reporting, faculty, journalism, graduate students
Film & media production Journalism, faculty, advertising & public relations, Spanish language media
Ezequiel Korin
Ezequiel Korin
Assistant Professor of Spanish-Language Media He, him
(775) 784-6946
RSJ 203
5890 Journalism, faculty, advertising & public relations, Spanish language media
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Melissa McClinton
Melissa McClinton
Assistant Professor of Video Production and Immersive Media
(775) 682-7642
RSJ 215A
5890 video production, visual communication, news, broadcasting, documentary, television, faculty, immersive media, film
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Myrton Running Wolf
Myrton Running Wolf
Assistant Professor of Race and Media Photo credit: Pamela Peters
(775) 784-4187
RSJ 215B
5890 Journalism, faculty, advertising, documentary, media studies, visual communication, race and media
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Luke Sorensen
Luke Sorensen
Technology Manager He, him
(775) 784-4751
RSJ 119
5890 Journalism, administration, faculty, technology, video production