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With all the moving parts that make a production happen, someone needs to oversee it all to make sure the machine doesn’t crumble to bits. Knowing how a crew operates is essential to a production’s success, as is understanding the increasing challenges the media industry will face as it evolves. We can’t guarantee your career’s outcome; but through cutting-edge courses and experienced faculty, we can help you develop the managerial and strategic skills to succeed in a highly technical career.

Whichever path you choose, the Department of Journalism and Media Production has the state-of-the-art tools used by media professionals. Denver’s growing media market caters well to MSU Denver graduates, who represent a large chunk of Colorado’s media industry. With prolific internship opportunities, solid job placement, hands-on work experience and unrivaled affordability, there may be no better school in the state than MSU Denver to study Media Production and Leadership.

With a vast understanding of the skills necessary for leading in the digital media industry, you’ll be well suited to succeed in the present and adapt to the future. In order to turn you into the expert the industry expects you to be, you’ll explore every aspect of television, radio and digital media. From marketing, development, production and sales, you’ll know the ins and outs of the media production industry and hit the ground running as soon as you’ve graduated.


Benefits of Earning Your Degree at MSU Denver


Denver is the 18th-largest media market in the U.S., so there are plenty of opportunities for internships while you’re enrolled in classes and to find permanent work once you’ve graduated.


Career Opportunities for Our Graduates


Four-panel image of Media Production and Leadership career possibilitiesThe average salary for a Media Production Manager is $74,640. Some titles you’ll be able to pursue with a B.S. in Media Production and Leadership from MSU Denver:

 

  • Producer/Director
  • Film/Video Editor
  • Audio Engineer
  • Camera Operator

Faculty


Chris Jennings_Technical CommunicationsChris Jennings, PhD

Chris has over two decades of experience in the media education field. Jennings has held positions as training analyst, instructional designer, director of digital media services, digital media producer, consultant and adjunct teaching faculty. He worked as education program specialist at the Library of Congress in Washington, DC.  He received the Humanitarian Service Medal, Expeditionary Medal (Panama), Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal and the National Defense Medal for his service in the U.S. Army.

 

 

Portrait of Shaun Schafer, Ph.D.Shaun Schafer, PhD

Shaun is chair of the Journalism and Media Production department. He joined the MSU Denver faculty in 2006. He has more than 20 years experience as a journalist. “I love being in the classroom. I am a believer in the value of experiential learning and I love the interactions we have in class.”


Sample Classes


A laptop running vide-editing software.

Here are some classes you might take while majoring in Media Production and Leadership: 

  • Media Production and Leadership (Basic and Advanced)
  • International Technical Communication
  • Writing for Interactive Media
  • Streaming Media Technologies
  • User Experience and Interface
  • Communication Law

Facilities and Resources


The Department of Journalism and Media Production students get their hands on the best audio and visual equipment available and learn the latest software broadcast professionals are using today. Auraria Campus is located in the heart of downtown Denver, near every major broadcast station in the city where you might land internships and permanent employment.


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