Creative Media

Be part of an award winning program with a Loras College Bachelor’s degree in Creative Media

Craig Schaefer, Creative Media

At Iowa’s most award-winning program, learn cutting edge content creation and visual storytelling skills. Create short films, social media, documentaries, live sports, commercials, motion graphics, music videos, and more.

Choose from three specialized tracks to concentrate: creative production, sports media, or popular culture.

Creative media majors learn by doing; learning production skills and techniques that will allow you to communicate messages clearly, creatively, and confidently. This also means that you will go new places, meet new people, and have new experiences that you may have never imagined.  This major will allow you to travel around the world through opportunities both in and outside of class.

Our students travel the globe. They consistently win more awards. And that’s why they are always in great demand by employers.

Learn About Our Major in Creative Media

Student Experience

We prioritize our students’ opportunities to learn BY DOING on day 1, NOT year 3 or 4. We set the bar high and challenge you to push further than you’ve dreamed and that’s why Loras Creative Media students succeed.

Learn More

Learn more about the Loras Creative Media program, internship opportunities, and preview some great work our students have done.

  • Creative Media Internship Opportunities
    • Loras Creative Media students are in demand and land outstanding internships all over the country in a wide variety of media fields. Students have interned in Chicago, Los Angeles, New York City, Memphis, Orlando, Nashville, Madison, Rockford, and of course, right here in Dubuque. Employers know the quality they are getting with a Loras Creative Media student and continue to seek our students year after year.
  • Sample Video Project Clips
  • Photo Gallery

Creative Media students have earned the Iowa College Media Association’s Outstanding Video Excellence award for the fourteenth consecutive year. Loras students won more awards than any other college or university in Iowa. In total, 23 Loras media students earned awards for their work in various formats, including news broadcasts, documentaries and short films.

You will simply NOT find another small college that offers more quality, breadth and depth of study in the media field.

Consider that in just the past few years, we’ve:

  • Produced documentary films in China and Germany
  • Created international productions in France, Italy, and Greece
  • Consistently won Best Newscast and Best Sportscast amongst all colleges/universities in Iowa
  • Created a powerful educational film in Haiti
  • Produced and directed narrative, short films on the Gulf Coast
  • Won more broadcast journalism awards than any other college/university in Iowa by a wide margin
  • And so much more!


  • Extremely high job placement rate
  • Proven track record of success
  • Innovative curriculum
  • Hands-on, experiential learning
  • Award-winning faculty
  • Breadth and depth of learning experiences other colleges can’t match
  • Tremendous internships
  • State of the art facilities, including Digital Media Lab and HD studio
  • Creative, critical thinking development
  • Consistently the most award-winning program in the state

Student Learning Outcomes


Student Learning Outcomes – Creative Media
1. Students will demonstrate an understanding of the organizations and forces that influence the media landscape.
2. Students will critically analyze media texts.
3. Students will apply tools and terminologies appropriate for the communication profession.
4. Students will demonstrate creative ability in producing media messages.
5. Students will create media texts within the framework of social responsibility.



View Highlighted Courses


Creative Image Making

Media Writing

Field Production

Media Management


Social Media Strategies

Advanced Storytelling

Media Analysis

Creative Media Capstone

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Major & Minor Requirements

Students will complete the following requirements in order to achieve a major or minor in Creative Media. 

Degree Requirements

Division of Communication & Fine Arts
Glenn Pohland, D.M.A., Chair

Beginning Fall 2024
Major Requirements for Creative Media (B.A.) TBA
Minor Requirements for Creative Media TBA

Closing Spring 2023
Major Requirements for Media Studies (B.A.)
Minor Requirements for Media Studies

Music Performance, B.A.
Music Education, B.A.
Public Relations, B.A.
Journalism, Minor
Music-Instrumental Emphasis, Minor
Liturgical Music, Minor
Music-Vocal/Choral Emphasis, Minor

Career Opportunities

“What can you do with a Creative Media degree?”

As a Creative Media major, you will be prepared for a variety of creative careers.

  • Digital Content Producer
  • Film Director/Editor
  • Social Media Manager
  • Director of Photography
  • Creative Advertising Specialist
  • Documentary Producer
  • Commercial/Corporate Marketing Producer
  • Artist
  • Web Designer

Supporting Your Investment

Loras takes great pride in supporting your investment – both through providing an exceptional learning experience and in sharing the cost of your degree. 100% of Loras students receive financial aid. We have scholarships, grants and special awards for all students based on their achievements and financial need.

Frequently Asked Questions

How long will it take me to earn my Loras degree?

Most students earn their undergraduate degree in four years or less. If you have questions about transferring any previously earned credits or degrees, please see our Transfer Student Information.

How much is tuition?

At Loras College, financial access to education is one of our defining values. We are committed to helping all of our students make their degree affordable. We partner with every student and family to understand their unique financial needs ensuring 100% of Loras students receive financial aid. Scholarships, grants and special awards are offered to all students based on their achievements and financial need. Loras is consistently ranked as one of the best universities for return on investment.  View our Tuition and Fees page.

How do I apply for schlarships and financial aid?

Submit your federal FAFSA, apply to Loras College and review our financial aid resources for detailed information, scholarship opportunities and much more.

Meet Our Professors

Glenn Pohland, D.M.A.
Professor of Music
Director of Instrumental Activities
Chair, Division of Communications and Fine Arts
563.588.7153 |
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Craig Schaefer, MA
Director of TV Studio
Professor of Creative Media
563.588.7385 |
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Paul Kohl, Ph.D.
Professor of Creative Media
563.588.7233 |
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Mark Mederson, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Creative Media
563.588.7960 |
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Seth Myers, M.F.A
Associate Professor of Creative Media
563.588.7940 |
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