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Making a living in the music industry isn’t easy, but you don’t need to play an instrument or sing to be successful in it. If you’ve ever dreamt of producing musical content from behind a camera rather than performing on stage, MSU Denver has a career path for you.

The Journalism and Media Production Department is partnering with the Detroit Institute of Music Education by offering the Sound and Vision B.A. degree which integrates video production, social media and photography into aspects of the music business. This degree was created with two primary goals in mind:

  • To help students dip their toes into the side of the music industry seldom seen by college students and,
  • To produce visual media for use in the music business and ancillary industries.

Nothing can bring life to our souls or invigorate our imaginations quite like music. A Sound and Vision degree can allow you to portray your musical vision for others to enjoy. You’ll be equipped with the skills to succeed as visual producer now and have the adaptability to work effectively in the ever-changing landscape of the music and visual media industries.

Program Options

Similar degrees offered by the Department of Journalism and Media Production include:

  • Media Production and Leadership, B.A.
  • Video Production, B.S.
  • Technical Writing and Editing, B.S.
  • Digital Media minor

Benefits of Earning Your Degree at MSU Denver

As a Sound and Vision major, you’ll split time between Auraria Campus and DIME Denver. You’ll be instructed by award-winning video producers, photographers, musicians and songwriters to develop your own area of expertise.

You’ll also gain access to exclusive masterclasses from some of the most prominent artists and industry professions; like Usher, Don Was, Tomo Milicevic and more.

Career Opportunities for Our Graduates

Four-panel image of a broadcast studio, two female students at a soundboard, video editing software and a drum lesson.

The Sound and Vision B.A. was designed with music videos and documentaries in mind, which require a lot of moving parts for only a few minutes of production. This degree will get you hands-on experience to all aspects of the industry so you can become a:

  • Video producer
  • Music video and documentary director
  • Video editor
  • Videographer
  • Scriptwriter
  • Motion graphics artist and much more.


Chris Jennings_Technical CommunicationsChris Jennings, Ph.D.

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.

Sample Classes

Students in a computer lab with professor Kenn Bisio.

Some of the classes you’ll be taking between Auraria Campus and DIME Denver include:

  • Video Editing
  • Self-Employment Skill in Music
  • Scriptwriting for Video
  • Video Production Management
  • Mobile and Social Media Communication
  • Media Law for Video Production in Music Industry
  • Multi-Camera Production for the Music Industry

Facilities and Resources

MSU Denver’s partnership with DIME give its students unprecedented access to the music business seldom seen by other college students. Our curriculum reflects how the visual production industry currently is and we’ll continue to develop our degrees to ensure all of our students can succeed.

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