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College of Communication and Information

School of Journalism and Mass Communication

201 Franklin Hall
Tel: 330-672-2572


The Bachelor of Science in Digital Media Production comprises two concentrations: Television and Digital Film.

Students in the Television concentration learn how to produce and create live television programming in both the studio and remote production truck. Students may assist in the production aspects of Student Media entities, Black Squirrel Radio and TV-2, producing scripted shows and/or live sports. Students also have the opportunity to work as student employees at TeleProductions, Kent State University's professional broadcast department. Graduates generally secure permanent or freelance positions with television stations and remote broadcast entities.

Students in the Digital Film concentration learn how to direct, produce, shoot and edit single-camera style programs. Students learn documentary, commercial and fiction film production. Students may assist in the production aspects of TV-2 and KSU Independent Films. Students also have the opportunity to work as student employees at TeleProductions, Kent State University's professional broadcast department. Graduates generally secure permanent or freelance positions at production companies and corporate media departments.

Journalism and mass communication majors supplement their coursework with an internship in their field of specialization. Other opportunities for practical experience include news, production, management, sales, performance and advertising positions on the campus newspaper, the Kent Stater, and its online edition; the campus television station, TV2; the campus radio station, Black Squirrel Radio; and the campus magazine, the Burr, and its online edition. Students may also obtain positions in TeleProductions.

There are many study abroad/away opportunities. For more information contact the Office of Global Education or CCI's Coordinator of International Study Programs.

Career Opportunities

Employment was distributed among the following detailed occupations: About 30% worked in broadcasting (except Internet) and 17% work in the motion picture, video and sound recording industries. About 13% were self-employed. Television stations employ, on average, many more technicians than radio stations. Some technicians are employed in other industries producing employee communications, sales and training programs. Technician jobs in television and radio are located in virtually all cities; jobs in radio also are found in many small towns.
(Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics)

Admission Requirements

General Admissions for Freshman Students
Admission Requirements at the Kent Campus: The freshman admission policy at the Kent Campus is selective. Admission decisions are based upon the following: cumulative grade point average, ACT and/or SAT scores, strength of high school college preparatory curriculum and grade trends.

The university affirmatively strives to provide educational opportunities and access to students with varied backgrounds, those with special talents and adult students who graduated from high school three or more years ago. For more information on admissions, visit the admissions website for new freshmen.

Current Kent Students must have a minimum overall GPA of 2.000 to be admitted directly into any major within the School of Journalism and Mass Communication.

For more information about admission criteria for transfer, transitioning and former students, please visit the admissions website.

Progression Requirements

Students must maintain a 2.700 major GPA and a 2.000 overall GPA in order to continue taking JMC courses. Failure to do so will result in not being permitted to enroll in JMC courses. In addition, no grade lower than a C- (1.700) in a JMC course will be counted toward graduation or as a prerequisite for a subsequent class.


Graduation Requirements

Minimum 124 credit hours and a minimum 2.700 major GPA and 2.000 overall GPA are required for graduation. Minimum 72 credit hours taken outside the discipline, see requirements for acceptable courses. Only general elective courses may be taken as pass/fail, of which maximum 12 credit hours may be taken as pass/fail. 

Program Learning Outcomes

Graduates of this program will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate critical thinking, grounded in a legal and ethical framework. 
  2. Gather information, analyze it, and make informed judgments using methods and tools appropriate to their professions. 
  3. Demonstrate the ability to apply theory and research appropriate to their professions, including quantitative and qualitative methods. 
  4. Demonstrate the ability to apply basic ethical principles to their professional work. 
  5. Demonstrate the ability to apply laws and regulations applicable to their professional work. 
  6. Write correctly and clearly in forms and styles appropriate for the communications professions, audiences and purposes they serve. 
  7. Demonstrate understanding of how media and their professions evolved historically, their role in societal development and their global interaction today with institutions and individuals. 
  8. Demonstrate appreciation for diverse cultures and individual differences, and reflect that appreciation in their work. 

Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications (ACEJMC)
Stauffer-Flint Hall
1435 Jayhawk Blvd.
Lawrence, KS 66045-7575