Journalism, Media Design Concentration, B.S.

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Harness your creativity and technology to create impactful designs in digital and print media.

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Journalism, Media Design Concentration, B.S.

In today’s society, visuals are everywhere. That means there’s a need for talented, digital-savvy content creators. Media Design offers hands-on learning where teachers in the field show you the latest tools and techniques used to create compelling visual stories. You’ll learn the art of design, social media content creation, illustration, photography, typography, web design, interactive graphics, advertising design, and so much more.

The benefit of Media Design being based in the School of Journalism and Strategic Media (SoJSM) is that you’ll leave the program with the winning combination of writing, content creation, and digital skills. All SoJSM students gain a foundation in video, photography, media writing, and editing skills. Another bonus? Being situated in the College of Media and Entertainment provides a stimulating environment where there are limitless opportunities to partner with other students in film, photography, animation, advertising, public relations, recording industry, and more. Real-world experience paired with current techniques of storytelling ensure students leave our program with relevant and marketable skill sets.

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Media Design students create award-winning campaign graphics

Media Design students create award-winning campaign graphics

Media Design students Andrew Felts and Sydney Clendening worked with MTSU Marketing photographers to create eye-catching visuals for a mask-wearing campaign. The two seniors worked within a team including four other students from PR and Advertising, along with faculty advisors, over the summer of 2020 to create an original, targeted campaign that would encourage MTSU students to always wear their masks on campus. The theme of "Easier than" was arrived at after much research and brainstorming. Clever inside jokes were written to engage students and make mask-wearing seem less burdensome. Insights such as "Easier than finding a parking space" and "Easier than filling out your FAFSA" were plastered all over campus using yard signs, bus shelter signs, buttons, signage on doors, indoor digital screens, and through social media. The team had to develop and produce all content, as well as sell the concept to the Board of Directors of MTSU. This agency-like experience provided these students the opportunity to put the skills they've learned in the classroom into action.

Media Design faculty bring wealth of worldwide experience

Media Design faculty bring wealth of worldwide experience

Leslie Haines, professor, is an award-winning visual communicator and internationally recognized digital collage artist. Before coming to MTSU, she served as academic director of the graphic design and advertising programs at the Art Institute of Tennessee - Nashville. Prior to becoming an educator, Haines worked at The Syracuse Newspapers, The Tennessean, and various agencies. She has run her own advertising and design business since 1995. Recent clients include MakerWear for Target and The Messina Group (Kenney Chesney and Shawn Mendes). Philip Loubere, associate professor, teaches applications classes, including Information Web Design. He has worked as a news artist at the Seattle Times, San Jose Mercury News, and Orange County Register (1996-2008). Sanjay Asthana, professor, teaches courses in visual communication, globalization, communication technologies, and cultural studies. He has authored the books Youth Media Imaginaries from Around the World and Innovative Practices of Youth Participation in Media.

News Briefs

Media Design students create award-winning campaign graphics

Media Design students Andrew Felts and Sydney Clendening worked with MTSU Marketing photographers to create eye-catching visuals for a mask-wearing campaign. The two seniors worked within a team including four other students from PR and Advertising, along with faculty advisors, over the summer of 2020 to create an original, targeted campaign that would encourage MTSU students to always wear their masks on campus. The theme of "Easier than" was arrived at after much research and brainstorming. Clever inside jokes were written to engage students and make mask-wearing seem less burdensome. Insights such as "Easier than finding a parking space" and "Easier than filling out your FAFSA" were plastered all over campus using yard signs, bus shelter signs, buttons, signage on doors, indoor digital screens, and through social media. The team had to develop and produce all content, as well as sell the concept to the Board of Directors of MTSU. This agency-like experience provided these students the opportunity to put the skills they've learned in the classroom into action.

Media Design faculty bring wealth of worldwide experience

Leslie Haines, professor, is an award-winning visual communicator and internationally recognized digital collage artist. Before coming to MTSU, she served as academic director of the graphic design and advertising programs at the Art Institute of Tennessee - Nashville. Prior to becoming an educator, Haines worked at The Syracuse Newspapers, The Tennessean, and various agencies. She has run her own advertising and design business since 1995. Recent clients include MakerWear for Target and The Messina Group (Kenney Chesney and Shawn Mendes). Philip Loubere, associate professor, teaches applications classes, including Information Web Design. He has worked as a news artist at the Seattle Times, San Jose Mercury News, and Orange County Register (1996-2008). Sanjay Asthana, professor, teaches courses in visual communication, globalization, communication technologies, and cultural studies. He has authored the books Youth Media Imaginaries from Around the World and Innovative Practices of Youth Participation in Media.

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CAREERS

Media Design graduates have both the technical and conceptual knowledge needed to successfully deliver compelling stories on both print and digital platforms. Some possible professional pursuits:

  • Digital designer
  • Art director
  • Web designer
  • UX/UI designer
  • Graphic designer
  • Digital media specialist
  • Visual journalist
  • Publications director
  • Social media content creator
  • Advertising designer
  • Production artist
  • Freelance designer

Employers of MTSU alumni include

Employment opportunities are available at advertising agencies, design studios, media companies, publishing companies, record labels, and corporations both large and small.There are also opportunities to serve clients directly through freelancing or self-employment.

  • Cronin Creative
  • Bohan Advertising
  • Tusculum University
  • The Tennessean
  • EmpowerLocal
  • Concord | Independent Music
  • Ingram Content Group
  • The Nashville Predators
  • Logo Brands
  • True North Custom Media

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MTSU's School of Journalism and Strategic Media offers work leading to the Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree with a major in Journalism. Concentrations are available in

For complete curriculum details, click on REQUIREMENTS.

Undergraduate or graduate students outside the College of Media and Entertainment may choose to minor in Mass Communication with an emphasis in any of the School of Journalism and Strategic Media’s concentrations.

Master of Science (M.S.) degree is available in Media and Communication.

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