Media Studies

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

Media Studies majors have something to say. Whether it be through a film, documentary, newscast, commercial, live sports broadcast or animation, Loras Media Studies students seek to bring their creative, storytelling talents to the world. Quite literally. Our students consistently travel the globe creating films and reports everywhere from the Caribbean to Europe and Asia, winning more awards than any other college or university in Iowa by a large margin.

You simply will not find another small college that offers more quality, breadth and depth of study in the media field. We prioritize our students’ opportunities to learn on day one and set the bar high, challenging you to push further than you’ve dreamed. If you have something to say, and want to perfect its delivery, the Media Studies program at Loras is the right choice for you.

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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 Media Studies students succeed.

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

LCTV is the Iowa College Media Association’s “Station of the Year” for the 10th straight year!


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

Media Studies majors have something to say. Whether it be through a film, documentary, newscast, commercial, live sports broadcast, or an animation…Loras Media Studies students seek to bring their creative, storytelling talents to the world. Quite literally. Consider that in just the past few years, we’ve:

  • Produced documentary films in China and Germany
  • Made a travel show in Paris and throughout northern France
  • Consistently won Best Newscast and Best Sportscast amongst all colleges/universities in Iowa
  • Created a powerful educational film in Haiti
  • Written and directed narrative short films on the Gulf Coast
  • Reported on the impact of service from Honduras
  • Won more broadcast journalism awards than any other college/university in Iowa by a wide margin
  • Covered Presidential inaugurations in Washington, D.C.
  • 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 – Media Studies
1. Students will apply  the principles and practices of the media
2. Students will create media texts within an ethical framework
3. Students will produce media messages with creative ability
4. Students will utilize the tools and technologies of the media industry
5. Students will conduct research and evaluate information by methods appropriate to media studies
6. Students will be proficient in media and academic writing
7. Students will critically analyze media texts



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Introduction to Television Production
A study of the basic techniques and methods of effective television broadcasting, programming, production, and studio operations.

Experimental Video
This course will explore the theory, criticism, and production of experimental video. Students will become acquainted with the purpose and motivation of experimental video in relationship to narrative and documentary forms.

Electronic Field Production
Creative video production in out-of-studio locations; includes concept development, audience analysis, cinematography, audio sweetening, lighting, digital editing. Includes the creation of commercials, dramatic and documentary production.

News Analysis
An examination of the selection, content, and delivery of print and broadcast news on the local and national levels. Students will engage a variety of news sources in order to analyze their methods of presentation and structure and in order to gain a greater understanding of the media’s role in determining what news is.

The Wonderful World of Animation
Students will experience the world of animation while examining the impact and development of animation in relation to its emergence as a part of the entertainment and information industries. A major part of the course will consist of an in-depth experience with animation software and other techniques used to create animation.

Global Filmmaking
A creative, video production course in which students travel to international and/or domestic locations to produce a film. As a production unit, students will engage in all elements of the production process, including research, writing, cinematography, editing, and distribution. The location, genre, and film style of each production will vary each year. Indicative work includes documentary, ethnographic, and narrative filmmaking.

The Haight-Ashbury: Exploring the History and Legacy of the Hippies
This course will consider the philosophies, lifestyles, cultural products and legacy of the 1960s counterculture commonly known as the “hippies.” In particular the course will examine how the hippies rejected the values of their parents’ generation and embodied opposing values. This will entail looking at the origins of the hippies in the Beat Generation of the 1950s and their bohemian lifestyle, the height of the hippie movement in the Summer of Love of 1967, the demise of their utopian idealism, and the longer-lasting legacy of the counterculture in a variety of significant cultural movements, including  environmentalism, pacifism, feminism, and a generally greater societal openness. The course will explore these topics through lectures, readings, films, music, discussion, and a trip to San Francisco and Monterey to visit the center of the hippie movement, the Haight¬-Ashbury District, and the location of the Monterey International Pop Festival.

Roots: Blues & Rock & Roll
Course examines the origins and significance of the Blues and Rock & Roll by focusing on two of the most important musical artists of the 20th century: Robert Johnson and Elvis Presley. Includes travel to Memphis and the Mississippi Delta Region. The course will look at the historical, musical, and cultural contexts in which the music was created.

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Major & Minor Requirements

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

Degree Requirements


Requirements for the major in Media Studies (B.A.):

Req Course Cr’s
1 Introduction to Mass Communication 3
2 Introduction to Television Production 3
3 Media Writing 3
4 Electronic Field Production 3
5 News Analysis 3
6 Communication Management 3
7 Media Studies Practicum Staff 1
8 Advanced Broadcast Writing 3
9 Media Criticism 3
10 Communication Law 3
11 Communication Research 3
12 Media Studies Capstone 3
13 Media Studies Practicum Staff 1
Select two from Req 14
14 Digital Imaging 3
14 Experimental Video 3
14 Photojournalism 3
14 Wonderful World of Animation 3
14 World Cinema-AA 3
14 Identity & Community in Rock & Roll-AI 3
14 Global Filmmaking 3
14 Haight-Ashbury: Exploring the History and Legacy of Hippies-AI
14 Media Convergence 3
14 Motion Graphics 3
14 Advanced Television Production 3
14 Cinema: Critical Analysis
14 Roots of the Blues and Rock & Roll 3
14 Persuasion 3
14 Art & Dissent in Czechoslovakia-AC 3
14 Topics 3
41 total required credits

Requirements for the minor in Journalism

Requirements for the minor in Media Studies:

Req Course Cr’s
1 Introduction to Mass Communication 3
2 Introduction to Television Production 3
3 Media Writing 3
4 Communication Management 3
5 Media Criticism 3
Select one from Req 6
6 Digital Imaging 3
6 Experimental Video 3
6 Electronic Field Production 3
6 Photojournalism 3
6 Wonderful World of Animation 3
6 News Analysis 3
6 World Cinema-AA 3
6 Identity & Community in Rock & Roll-AI 3
6 Global Filmmaking 3
6 Media Studies Practicum Staff 1
6 Media Convergence 3
6 Motion Graphics 3
6 Advanced Broadcast Writing 3
6 Advanced Television Production 3
6 Cinema: Critical Analysis 3
6 Roots of the Blues and Rock & Roll 3
6 Persuasion 3
6 Hippies in the Haight-Ashbury-AI 3
6 Art & Dissent in Czechoslovakia-AC 3
6 Topics 3
18 total required credits

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Career Opportunities

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

As a Media Studies major, you will be prepared for a variety of interesting careers.

  • Digital Video Producer
  • Film Director
  • Advertising Manager
  • Creative / Copy Writer
  • Broadcast Journalist
  • Editor
  • Educator
  • Artist
  • Web Designer
  • Sportscaster

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. We offer Scholarships, grants and special awards for 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 financial aid?

Submit your federal FAFSA, apply to Loras College and visit for information, scholarship opportunities and much more.

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