Video & Media Design Get an Inside Look

The School of Drama Graduate Video & Media Design Option is a conceptually rigorous, hands-on and innovative three–year program, which teaches advanced technical skills in a critical context.

This program is designed for forward thinking and fearless artists working at the forefront of media technology and the Arts. Course work is focused on experimentation and collaboration. Classes like Advanced Digital Image and Expanded Theater explore state of the art image creation and display technologies, while Future Stages (the flagship collaborative class), is where Graduate students from all the Design, Directing and Dramatic Writing programs work with the Senior Actors to devise new works exploring the rich potential of technologically savvy performance.

Video & Media Design graduate students are encouraged to think critically about media technologies, their impact on individuals, relationships and society and to explore these issues in the form and content of their work. The program also leverages CMU’s advanced curricula in a variety of disciplines across the university to provide Graduates with an in-depth yet flexible course of study. Cross-departmental projects with the Schools of Art, Architecture, Music, Human Computer Interaction and others are enthusiastically supported. Indeed, the ability to tailor your course of study toward your interests and career goals is a key asset to this program.

Finally Graduate Video & Media Design students participate fully in the ambitious School of Drama production schedule across 3 theaters. All CMU productions are student designed and produced, with close faculty support. Graduate students are involved in at least one production per semester, which range from one-act plays to full-scale main-stage productions and “devised” or experimental works.

Facilities, Equipment and Software available for Media Design students:

  • “Studio 201,” a 15,000 sq ft, flexible media lab, housing large (12’ x 7’) wheeling rear-screen units, moving walls (8 ‘x 8’) lighting, sound and video projection equipment.
  • A wide variety of video projectors from tiny picos to Panasonic professional units (4- 10 K)
  • Multiple up to date Mac towers for production and class work.
  • In addition to the extensive CMU computing services facilities, the Media Design Option has in-house: Final Cut Studio, Adobe Creative Suite, Max/MSP/Jitter, Isadora, q-lab, Arduino.


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