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SUNY Cortland to Offer B.S. in Media Production Starting Fall 2020

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SUNY Cortland will soon offer an undergraduate degree in media production starting in Fall 2020, offering a hands-on, practical education for students interested in careers related to television, film, radio or the digital arts.

According to the schools PR Director Frederic Pierce, the new program prioritizes hands-on training in Cortland’s professional-quality studio space, with 30 credit hours tied to production coursework.

Graduates will earn a bachelor of science (B.S.) degree and receive training that allows them to work across a variety of media settings.

“The (bachelor of science) degree falls in line with industry standards,” said Paul van der Veur, professor and chair of the Communication and Media Studies Department. “It provides a more robust technical experience, with a heavier emphasis on the science and technology of great media creations.”

The Communication and Media Studies Department now offers four undergraduate majors: cinema study, communication studies, media production and new communication media, further justifying why it was recently scored high at No. 3 in New York State on’s list of “Best Colleges for Communication Majors.”

“We cover this broad spectrum going from cinema study, which is analysis based, to communication studies and new communication media, which sit in the middle, and now media production, which has a strong professional orientation,” van der Veur said.

Media production majors will be required to complete a three-credit internship and earn at least one credit through one of SUNY Cortland’s student media clubs: 20CSTV television station, WSUC-FM radio station or The Dragon Chronicle newspaper.

School officials say the new major should also should help ease the transfer process for students coming to Cortland with many media production-related credits from two-year community colleges.

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