HOW CAN I FIND INFORMATION ON FILM OPPORTUNITIES OR UPCOMING EVENTS?

Film.byu.edu is the Media Arts blog that is updated daily with new job opportunities and internships. It has links to the Media Arts Program applications, the Student Film Association site, and displays upcoming events. Another source is the BYU Media Arts Facebook Page.

If you are looking to help on a student capstone film, click here to find out what projects are shooting in the near future and who to contact to join the crew. You do not need to be a Media Arts Major/Minor to help on a capstone film.

DOES THE MEDIA ARTS PROGRAM REQUIRE A FOREIGN LANGUAGE?

No. However, Media Arts students must fill all university requirements for graduation. CFAC Advisement (D-444 HFAC) can assist you in the selection of general education classes that compliment a Media Arts major or minor.

ARE APPRENTICESHIPS AND INTERNSHIPS AVAILABLE?

Yes. Kyle Stapley (801-422-4576, D-581A HFAC, kyle_stapley@byu.edu) coordinates apprenticeships and internship opportunities both on and off campus. Please e-mail for an appointment). There are also some websites available for additional information:

 

DOES THE TMA DEPARTMENT HAVE A CAREER PLACEMENT PROGRAM?

BYU offers a terrific career placement program located in the Wilkinson Student Center (Placement Center, 2410 WSC, 801-422-2072). The Placement Center will assist in finding future employment.

The film industry is difficult to place students as it is not a traditional career industry, it is mostly freelance work that is project to project based. Traditionally, the industry hires through networking so getting a job after graduation depends largely on experience and your reputation of dependability and expertise, which can be facilitated by apprenticeships, internships, and collaboration on class projects. Graduate degrees may improve employability.

SHOULD I PLAN FOR GRADUATE SCHOOL AFTER GRADUATING IN MEDIA ARTS?

We do not offer a graduate program in Media Arts Studies, however, many film students find value in graduate school. A graduate degree can provide advanced training in areas of interest and qualify you to teach on the college or university level.

I’M A TRANSFER STUDENT, HOW WILL I KNOW IF CREDITS I HAVE EARNED IN FILM CLASSES ELSEWHERE WILL BE ACCEPTED BY BYU’S MEDIA ARTS PROGRAM?

After acceptance into BYU, contact our transfer credit instructor, Professor Sharon Swenson (801-422-6648, F540 HFAC, sharon_swenson@byu.edu) to schedule an appointment regarding transfer credits. Sharon will assess the ability to have transfer credits count towards graduation and will help with the credit transfer process.

DO TRANSFER STUDENTS HAVE A DISADVANTAGE?

In some ways, yes. Students are encouraged to begin their education at BYU as early as possible to take advantage of the project and internship opportunities. This also helps students avoid problems with frequency of course offerings. However, if you are transferring, we recommend that you sign up for TMA 102 as well as apply to the program in your first semester at BYU. We also recommend you meet with your faculty advisor to discuss your graduation plan as soon as possible.

HOW DO I APPLY FOR SCHOLARSHIPS IN MEDIA ARTS?

The Theatre and Media Arts department provides a variety of financial aid opportunities for its students, however, these scholarships are currently only for those within the major/minor. The University does have scholarships for incoming students, you can learn more about those at admissions.byu.edu/scholarships. Merit scholarships are available continuing students and can provide up to half tuition. Groups or individuals within the program may apply for the Fulton grant. Students in their senior year qualify to apply for the Outstanding Student award. There are additional funding opportunities available through the college and university.

Visit http://cfacweb.byu.edu/tma/admissions-and-aid/ for additional information, or contact the TMA office (801-422-6645, D581 HFAC, tma_secretary@byu.edu).

WHAT IS THE PROBABILITY THAT I WILL BE ACCEPTED?

Only 50 to 60 percent of applicants are accepted into the program (major and minor) each year. Applicants are accepted twice a year. Applications are judged by:

  • The applicant’s abilities, interests, expectations, and preparation
  • A creative sample submitted by the applicant
  • The Media Arts criteria/requirements, namely proof that the applicant is analytical, creative, teachable, responsible, and able to work collaboratively with others (see application online at film.byu.edu)
  • The applicant’s adherence to outlined application procedures, guidelines, and deadlines.
  • A grade of B- or higher in the prerequisite course TMA 102.

If you are not accepted the first time that you submit your application, you have the opportunity to apply a maximum of one additional time. Many students improve their ability to be accepted the second time they apply.

Questions regarding the application process may be directed to faculty advisors or Kyle Stapley (801-422-4576, D581A HFAC, kyle_stapley@byu.edu).

WHAT ARE YOUR SUGGESTED COMPUTER REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MEDIA ARTS PROGRAM?

Although most of our students do come to our program with their own computer, students are not required to have a computer. We have provided an open lab with powerful iMacs which have all the latest editing and production software for students to use for their film projects (located in F233 HFAC).

If you are planning on purchasing a computer for your classwork in the program, we recommend the computer have a minimum of:

  • Latest Mac OS or Windows PC operating system
  • 8gig RAM
  • 2.7GHz Quad-core Intel Core i7 or better
  • 2gig Video Card or better
  • 750GB Serial ATA drive or 512GB Solid State drive
  • USB 3  or Thunderbolt ports
  • SD Card slot or external SD Card Reader

It is not required to purchase any software packages for the program as we provide them in our lab, however, most students do purchase their own licences to complete their work at home. We recommend students start with the Adobe Creative Cloud (student discount is available) then look into the other packages as they get into their classes. We use the following packages: