What Can I Do With a Major In Studies in Cinema & Media Culture?

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Major Information

Studies in Cinema and Media Culture (SCMC) examines cinema by emphasizing its location within the intricate social, historical, and cultural matrix of audiovisual forms and practices. Core courses and electives are offered not only in the Department of Cultural Studies and Comparative Literature (CSCL), but also in a number of other contributing departments, including Asian languages and literatures; gender, women, and sexuality studies; art; and journalism. Although the major includes a production component, its principal focus is on cultural contexts, history, and theory.

Students in this major will:

  • develop the ability to read the production and circulation of meaning in cinema especially as it arises and circulates within the institutions and practices of mass culture
  • examine the history of cinema cultures
  • engage the cross-cultural and global dynamics of cinema production and reception
  • explore the theoretical models that have shaped thinking about the cinema and its relations to other media

All liberal arts degrees help CLA students develop their Core Career Competencies and Studies in Cinema and Media Culture majors develop great skills that are applicable to lots of different careers.  These skills include:

  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to analyze various forms of media
  • Critical thinking
  • Ability to assess and explain theory to a wide audience
  • Ability to formulate clear and persuasive messages in various media
  • Listening, clarifying, questioning and responding skills
  • Creative problem-solving skills
  • Ability to work well independently and collaboratively

Interest Code:  AIR


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Below is a small sampling of what alumni with this major have pursued, organized by the most common career fields they go into (although keep in mind that there are Studies in Cinema and Media Culture alumni in all eight of the career fields).  For more career information for Studies in Cinema and Media Culture majors, utilize these additional resources.

  • What Can I Do With This Major - Find information about common career paths, employers, and strategies for how to build experience in different career fields
  • LinkedIn's Alumni Tool - Explore thousand of alumni career pathways
  • GoldPASS - Explore different job, internship, and volunteer opportunities as well as career events on campus

Note:  *Asterisks denote that further education and/or training is often required

Arts & Culture


  • Model Builder, LEGO
  • Video Production Intern, Minnesota Children's Museum
  • Production Artist Intern, Periscope
  • Production Intern, Committee Films


  • Video Production Manager, The Tile Shop
  • Director, Fringe Festival Minneapolis
  • Director of Equipment and Facilities, IFP Minnesota Center for Media Arts
  • Studio Tech, CLA TV Studios
  • Editor, Dead Horse Productions
  • Production Artist/QA Specialist, Periscope
  • Creative Director, SLAM Productions
  • Digital Media Specialist, Ordway Center for the Performing Arts
  • Program Director, Minnesota Film Arts
  • Script Supervisor, Strange Turtle Blues Productions


  • Talent Agent, ACME Talent & Literary
  • Program Director, KFAI Fresh Air Radio
  • Director, Dreambear Productions*
  • Senior Production Artist, Periscope
  • Talent Agent: Print/Commercial Division, DDO Artists Agency
  • Program Host/DJ/Event Promoter, Radio Pocho
  • Production Assistant, H2
  • Senior Video Editor/Producer, Refinery 29
  • Coordinator-Commercial Operations, E!-NBC Universal
  • Production Assistant, Rick Kessenich Creative
  • Program Director, Northwest Film Forum*
  • Partner/Agent, Robertson/Taylor Agency*
  • Station Relations Representative, American Public Media
  • Head of Post Production, New York Post
  • Artist, Self-Employed
  • Videographer, StoryBridge

Graduate Programs

  • MFA-Creative Writing, Arizona State University
  • MFA-Design and Technology, Parsons School of Design
  • MFA Film/Video and Photographic Arts, University of Colorado-Boulder
Advertising, Public Relations, Journalism & Communications


  • Intern Copywriter, Target
  • Event Planning/Marketing Intern, Taste of the NFL


  • Junior Copywriter, Mullen
  • Events Coordinator, Taste of the NFL


  • Copywriter, David and Goliath
  • Program Coordinator, Piper Center for Creative Writing
Business, Consulting, Marketing & Sales


  • Marketing Specialist, Datacard Corporation
  • Marketing Coordinator, Ellerbe Becket


  • Senior Marketing Communications Specialist, United Health Group
  • Principal Regulatory Affairs Specialist, Medtronic
  • Assistant Payroll Accountant, Disney ABC Television Group
  • Business Analyst, Ameriprise Financial Services
  • Marketing Manager-Media Product Development,Best Buy

Graduate Programs

  • Masters (mini), E-Commerce, University of St. Thomas