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Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Media Art Overview

The media art major at SMWC will prepare you for a rewarding career by giving you the technical knowledge and conceptualization skills to communicate your ideas through photos and videos.

With foundational courses in the studio arts, you will develop the skills to conceptualize, while also having the knowledge to bring ideas to life using industry-standard computer software. A lighting studio will support your photo and video projects. A gallery gives you an opportunity to display your artwork to students, faculty, staff and Terre Haute community members.

Major in Media Art

SMWC’s media art major combines a student’s creativity with technology in an effort to express concepts through a variety of media. They will not only learn the skills that are necessary to create appealing photos, videos and interactive designs, but they will also learn how to problem-solve.

With a need for proficiency in traditional forms of art, SMWC’s media art curriculum will provide a strong foundation in the visual arts in a manner that integrates and combines both art and technology.

Students will leave SMWC with a portfolio of professional-quality work from their art and media classes. Students majoring in media art will be prepared for a variety of careers.

Media Art Career Paths

Classes at SMWC will prepare you for a variety of media art careers including:

Design Director

A design director is usually found in the advertising, media and entertainment industries. Similar to a creative director, the design director ensures that new designs fit with the client's requirements. Unlike the creative director, though, a design director is not responsible for the quality of the final creative work, merely for the final quality of the design within a creative project.

Environmental Wayfinding Designer

Wayfinding design helps people find their way every day through print and broadcast media, the Internet and signage. Designers consult on and analyze all aspects of communication between a client and their visitors, in venues including hospitals, educational institutions, cities and towns, resort venues and many others.

Freelance Media Artist

A freelance media artist is self-employed and contracted by private individuals or companies to create artwork for a variety of projects. Becoming a freelance artist allows you to work on art projects that are enjoyable to you. Determining your strengths and carefully establishing your business and portfolio can lead to a rewarding career.

Interactive Designer

An interactive designer creates memorable experiences for education and information. They work with computers and other technology to create products which can inform or teach through interactivity. Their products appear everywhere, from computers to museums.

Media Specialist

A media specialist knows about various types of media, when and how to use it and what approach is best for each situation. They apply their knowledge in businesses, libraries, schools and a variety of other places. They help others know what forms of media they need, whatever their purpose.

Multimedia Designer

A multimedia designer learns about a variety of media, from sound to light, and then discovers how to package it together to create a product that works on multiple levels. A multimedia designer typically works with theatre, entertainment, advertising, and other groups to help create memorable experiences.


A photographer creates permanent visual images for an exceptionally wide range of creative, technical and documentary purposes. A professional photographer usually works to a creative brief set by the client or employer. Examples of image content include wedding, family and baby photographs, fashion, food, architecture, corporate photography, war zones and landscapes.

Presentation Designer

The key to any good presentation is its ability to be understood and remembered. A presentation designer not only knows how to make an appealing presentation, but a memorable one, as well.

Storyboard Artist

A storyboard artist has an understanding of story and film techniques. He or she knows how to present a story visually, as well as what technology is needed to get the job done.

Video Designer

A video designer designs and creates websites and helps create the visual identity of a company. He or she works in a variety of work environments, from teams in agencies to individual freelance businesses.

Video Journalist

A video journalist produces video content in which the journalist shoots, edits and often presents.

Web Designer

A web designer designs and creates websites and helps create the visual identity of a company. He or she works in a variety of work environments, from teams in agencies to individual freelance businesses.