Freshman

Course Selection

  • Pursue general University Core
  • Start to take required prerequisites: ENGL 1120, CMJN 2100, MDIA 2350
  • Consider Supporting Coursework (minor- 15 hours)

Ask for Assistance

  • Be sure that you start your time at Auburn well by regularly meeting with your academic advisors in the college
  • Individual planning and advisor guidance can ensure you are off to a strong start

College of Liberal Arts

Gain Experience

  • Use Handshake to explore employers actively hiring in your field and search part-time jobs that can add experience to your résumé.
  • Gain as much practical experience as possible during your time in MDIAuburn.

Get Involved

Sophomore

Course Selection

  • Complete required prerequisites: COMM 1000, a core Social Science course
  • Apply for admission to Media Studies after 30 core hours

Ask for Assistance

  • Take advantage of Study Partners, SI sessions, and the academic coaching in the Office of Academic Support.
  • The Miller Writing Center can help with your writing assignments and all other writing assistance you may need.
  • Make an appointment with an MDIA advisor when preparing to apply for the major and/or when you have questions about supporting coursework, or are seeking input with regard to selecting a minor.

Gain Experience

  • Acquire valuable professional experience and contacts—locally, regionally and nationally.
  • There are numerous MDIA opportunities, including the student run radio station WEGL or Eagle Eye television, the Auburn Film Society, the Auburn New Media Club

Get Involved

  • Look for more opportunities on campus to engage by utilizing AUInvolve to identify organizations you’re interested in joining.

Junior

Course Selection

  • Concentrate on completing upper level pre-requisites and begin taking MDIA Group 1 courses.
  • Continue to take electives, minor coursework.

Ask for Assistance

  • Met with someone in the University Career Center (UCC) to explore career options and receive individualized assistance

Gain Experience

  • Use LinkedIn to identify past graduates in your major and set up informational interviews and shadowing opportunities to gain further understanding of your major in the world of work.
  • Explore internship sites like Chattahoochee Heritage Project, Raycom/WSFA, and the SEC Network. These organizations provide unique and exciting opportunities for students to gain valuable hands-on professional experience.

Get Involved

  • MDIA majors are encouraged to study and intern abroad. Contact Auburn Abroad to explore applicable opportunities.
  • Pursue leadership roles in your organizations to exercise and enhance your communication skills.

Senior

Course Selection

  • Complete 3000 and 4000 level courses; writing and production requirements; supporting coursework; and meet with Internship Director to apply for Internships.
  • MDIA 4920 Internship is required; students complete their internship their final semester.

Ask for Assistance

  • Work with the UCC to update your résumé and continue assembling a portfolio of your work.
  • Utilize resources such as ePortfolio Project and Media and Digital Resources Library (MDRL), both located in RBD Library

Gain Experience

  •  While completing your internship, remember to collect artifacts for your portfolio.

Get Involved

  • Connect with AU alumni and stakeholders to enhance professional opportunities

General Information

The Visual Media Option is a practice-based sequence of courses designed to develop skills applicable to narrative and documentary films, commercials, branded video and animation. Visual Media students learn how to write, direct, film, edit, color grade, composite and design sound. They complete a mix of individual and collaborative projects designed to develop conceptual and technical film and media making skills. The Option provides the foundation for a wide variety of careers in digital media, including in filmmaking, television, motion design, and visual effects.

Compare to Assessment Results

Career assessments are a great way to learn more about who you are in order to find a career and/or major that will be a good fit.

To learn more about assessments or find out how to get started, start here.

Interests

Holland's Code: AER

  • Artistic
  • Enterprising
  • Realistic

Personality

Most common* Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) personality types found in this major, in no particular order:

  • ENTJ
  • INTJ
  • INTP
  • ENFJ
  • INFJ
  • ENFP
  • INFP
  • ISFJ
  • ESTP

*Every MBTI type is found in every major, these are the most highly concentrated

Values

  • Independence
  • Achievement
  • Recognition

Skills

  • Active Listening
  • Critical Thinking
  • Time Management
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Speaking

Last modified: September 30, 2021