Explore how media functions in society. Create short documentaries about pressing social issues. Discover your inner animator. Work with analog and high definition video. Collaborate with other budding filmmakers.
Contemporary skills. How we understand the world is shaped by the images and sounds we see on screens. At Evergreen, we know that through thoughtful critique and analysis of media, we can find answers to complex questions both societal and personal. By choosing to use the powerful tools of media production, you’ll ignite the spark that illuminates the human experience.
The history of you. As a student in Evergreen’s Media Arts & Media Studies field, you’ll engage deeply in issues of race, class, and gender. You’ll develop critical awareness through screenings, reading, writing, and discussion. In addition, you’ll confront and embrace your own personal narrative as you learn the history, theory, and practice of film, animation, and sound design.
Getting started and going beyond. Our courses and programs offer many entry points for you to develop your critical skills and talents. You will have access to interdisciplinary programs that will allow you to discover your interests and academic skills in the practice of media. Advanced programs, senior projects, and media internships are also offered for upper division students.
Arts of Urgency: Latin American Film and Literature
Offered Fall–Winter 2019
Explore the historical and cultural contexts of Latin American film, animation, and literature, beginning with Third Cinema in the 1960s and continuing into the present. Reflect on your own histories and urgent concerns and develop your own creative responses. You will also build skills in close reading of literature and film, analysis of social and political themes, visual and written storytelling skills, and basic analog animation techniques.
The risk-takers. Graduates in Media Arts & Media Studies go on to shape the shifting landscape of what the world sees, hears, and does. Evergreen alumni in this field are the educators, entrepreneurs, and leaders of their generation. They are freelance producers and social media influencers, and more than a few are Academy Award winners, hit TV show producers, and renowned documentarians.
Take your pick. Many Greener Media Arts & Media Studies grads go on to respected MFA programs around the country. Some decide to make an impact in community media, journalism, or as independent media creators. Others choose to take their enhanced critical thinking skills and production experience to major corporations like Amazon, Facebook, and Microsoft. Or, they find success at online news and entertainment conglomerates such as BuzzFeed and College Humor. Whichever path you choose to take, the skills gained from the Media Arts & Media Studies field will take you there.
Facilities & Resources
Center for Creative and Applied Media (CCAM)
The CCAM facilities offer a wide range of studio and production spaces to allow you the creative freedom you need to learn valuable production skills in state-of-the-art facilities. The CCAM is equipped with:
- TV studio
- Production and engineering control
- Green room
- Sound effects studio
- Audio lab
- Small-scale studio
- Audio/video post-production
- 5.1 Surround mix studio
- Podcast studio
Electronic Media provides direct media instruction and support for facilities that include:
- 2D and 3D Animation labs
- Audio studios
- Analog film editing suites
- Music technology labs
- Video and multimedia editing lab
At Evergreen, all students have the freedom to use the media facilities to create video and audio work that showcases their interest in their studies. Our media facilities are equipped with all the tools needed for students to investigate and complete work that will prepare them for post-graduate study or professional-level work. Students also have opportunities to gain professional experience as interns or student staff with Evergreen’s Media Services.
Student Groups and Community Involvement
Whether engaging with the community through advanced media programs or participating in on-campus opportunities, students have all kinds of options to integrate Media Arts & Media Studies into their time at Evergreen. Student-generated activities related to this field include the Evergreen Student Music Project (ESMP), the Student Art Gallery, clubs like the Graphic Novel Union and Let’s Keep This Short (a film club), and the annual Chibichibicon. Media students at Evergreen also form a crucial part of Olympia’s storied and vibrant arts community.
How to Choose Your Path
You’ll choose what you study to earn a Bachelor’s degree that’s meaningful to you. Some students decide their programs as they go, while others chart their course in advance.
Aim for both breadth and depth; explore fields that may be related or that may seem very distant. You'll be surprised at what you discover.
If you're new to college, look for programs where you can gain a foundation, build key skills, and broaden your knowledge (FR only, FR-SO, or FR-SR).
If you already have a foundation in this field, look for programs with intermediate or advanced material (SO-SR, JR-SR, or FR-SR). These programs may include community-based learning and in-depth research. Some of these programs have specific prerequisites; check the description for details.
Talk to an academic advisor to get help figuring out what coursework is best for you.
|Class Standing||Quarters Offered||Credits|
|Conceptualizing Place: Pacific Northwest Native Art and Geographies||SO-SR||16|
|Mediaworks: Animation, Documentary, and Experimental Approaches to the Moving Image||SO-SR||16|