Video and Film Production, Motion Design Concentration, B.S.

Video and Film Production

Motion Design creatives develop the skills necessary for entering into an in-demand career field.

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Video and Film Production, Motion Design Concentration, B.S.

Motion Design fuses the technical skills, artistic aesthetics, and creativity of animation, graphic design, and video/film production to create compelling and moving visual imagery that can entertain, educate, inform, influence, or inspire. You see this kind of work anywhere that production design really matters.

Motion Design students build extensive knowledge working with cutting-edge tools for an ever expanding field, encompassing title and credit sequences for films and television, informational graphics for news and social media, animations for music videos and live events, animated advertisements, motion branding, VR/AR/MR/XR visual experiences, and much more. Hands-on opportunities begin the first year with foundational art and postproduction techniques and progress through a sequence of classes learning not only about the creation of cinematic moving art but how to operate motion design pieces in a variety of production environments including our 40-foot mobile television production lab and state of the art XR stage.

If you live in one of these states: AL GA; you may be able to attend MTSU at in-state rates under the Academic Common Market program.

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MTSU students help produce music video for Reba McEntire, Cody Johnson

MTSU students help produce music video for Reba McEntire, Cody Johnson

With Tennessee Miller Coliseum as the backdrop, MTSU alumni and students from the College of Media and Entertainment helped produce a music video for country star Reba McEntire and rising artist Cody Johnson. The video for "Dear Rodeo" was shot in the fall of 2020 and debuted a few months later. "Our students were involved in almost every aspect of this production, taking the stuff they're learning in the classroom and applying it to a big name like Reba McEntire," said MTSU digital marketing assistant, Kobe Hermann, who served as the video shoot's field producer. Jo Litzenberger, who is studying video and film production, added the experience exposed him to professional camera gear and equipment, and gave him the chance to see professionals in their element first-hand. "This is something that looks great on a resume. I really credit the university for everything that I've achieved…. Not only did I get an education, but I met all the people who will help me further that education and also help me put it to use."

Invaluable partnership with VER opens doors for MTSU grads

Invaluable partnership with VER opens doors for MTSU grads

Learning by doing has proven value, but Video and Film Production takes the concept to an extreme level, thanks to VER, the world's largest provider of video equipment for live events. "We started that partnership in 2014," says Mike Forbes, assistant director for technical systems for Media Arts. "Some of our students went there to work, and, while VER was certainly willing to train them, I heard from some friends there that they prefer more experience. When I explained that equipment limited training, the response was ‘We can take care of that.' And they sent a huge box truck of LED equipment for us to use!" Thus MTSU students train on state-of-the-art equipment that is inventoried and updated each summer. "It's a win-win! Our students learn the equipment and technology; consequently, various companies hire our students — not just VER [although more than 16 MTSU students have joined the prestigious company]. No other university that I'm aware of has such a partnership," says Forbes. The first year's equipment was valued at about half a million dollars; currently students are working with equipment worth about $2.5 million. Students use the equipment to create video walls and special effects for three to four large events each semester — some on campus in Tucker Theatre or Murphy Center — such as awards shows, dance programs, and concerts — Ludacris in 2017. "I'm most excited about the collaboration among different departments," says Forbes, citing an end-of-the-semester show featuring bands brought in by Recording Industry, who does the audio; Theatre and Dance, lighting; and Media Arts, video. He's proud too of the successes students achieve, sharing a story of FaceTiming during his Monday morning class with a grad wrapping up from a Super Bowl half-time show the night before.

News Briefs

MTSU students help produce music video for Reba McEntire, Cody Johnson

With Tennessee Miller Coliseum as the backdrop, MTSU alumni and students from the College of Media and Entertainment helped produce a music video for country star Reba McEntire and rising artist Cody Johnson. The video for "Dear Rodeo" was shot in the fall of 2020 and debuted a few months later. "Our students were involved in almost every aspect of this production, taking the stuff they're learning in the classroom and applying it to a big name like Reba McEntire," said MTSU digital marketing assistant, Kobe Hermann, who served as the video shoot's field producer. Jo Litzenberger, who is studying video and film production, added the experience exposed him to professional camera gear and equipment, and gave him the chance to see professionals in their element first-hand. "This is something that looks great on a resume. I really credit the university for everything that I've achieved…. Not only did I get an education, but I met all the people who will help me further that education and also help me put it to use."

Invaluable partnership with VER opens doors for MTSU grads

Learning by doing has proven value, but Video and Film Production takes the concept to an extreme level, thanks to VER, the world's largest provider of video equipment for live events. "We started that partnership in 2014," says Mike Forbes, assistant director for technical systems for Media Arts. "Some of our students went there to work, and, while VER was certainly willing to train them, I heard from some friends there that they prefer more experience. When I explained that equipment limited training, the response was ‘We can take care of that.' And they sent a huge box truck of LED equipment for us to use!" Thus MTSU students train on state-of-the-art equipment that is inventoried and updated each summer. "It's a win-win! Our students learn the equipment and technology; consequently, various companies hire our students — not just VER [although more than 16 MTSU students have joined the prestigious company]. No other university that I'm aware of has such a partnership," says Forbes. The first year's equipment was valued at about half a million dollars; currently students are working with equipment worth about $2.5 million. Students use the equipment to create video walls and special effects for three to four large events each semester — some on campus in Tucker Theatre or Murphy Center — such as awards shows, dance programs, and concerts — Ludacris in 2017. "I'm most excited about the collaboration among different departments," says Forbes, citing an end-of-the-semester show featuring bands brought in by Recording Industry, who does the audio; Theatre and Dance, lighting; and Media Arts, video. He's proud too of the successes students achieve, sharing a story of FaceTiming during his Monday morning class with a grad wrapping up from a Super Bowl half-time show the night before.

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CAREERS

Careers in video and film production are even more diverse than the endless credits of a Hollywood blockbuster film. While most traditional jobs in the industry remain, industry changes have opened exciting new possibilities. Video is everywhere now — including in your pocket. There is more serious video and film production being done than ever before. Essentially every organization now values and relies on video and film production - and they need skilled, talented, professional help.

Examples of career possibilities include:

  • 2D Motion Designer
  • 3D Motion Designer
  • Creative Director
  • Compositor
  • Designer/Animator
  • Digital Content Creator
  • Graphics Operator
  • Live Music Visuals Designer
  • Motion Graphics Artist
  • Motion Graphics Editor
  • Motion Comic Artist
  • Post-Production Artist
  • Stadium Video Operator
  • Title Designer
  • Vector Animator
  • Virtual Set Designer
  • Visual Effects Artist

Employers of MTSU alumni include

 

  • Animal Logic
  • Beats by Dr. Dre
  • BET
  • Blizzard Entertainment
  • Big Machine
  • CMT
  • Deluxe Entertainment Services Group
  • Digital Domain
  • Direct TV
  • Elastic
  • Flavor
  • GALE
  • iHeartMedia
  • Made in Network
  • Magnetic Dreams
  • Method Studios
  • MTV
  • NFL Network
  • Ryman Hospitality
  • Sony Pictures Imageworks
  • Timber
  • The Ant Farm
  • Weta Digital
  • WarnerMedia
  • Zoic Studios

 

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Students may choose from five Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degrees in the Department of Media Arts.

For complete curriculum details, click on the REQUIREMENTS tab above. 

Students may minor in any program that is not under the same degree as their major. Animation majors are required to have an Art minor.

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

 

 

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