Bryan Alford (left), a client for a project in Collaboratory, listens to Colin Mascal (right) about performing in front of a green screen.
Frequently asked questions
Q: What sets this program apart?
A: Outstanding faculty whose classes are not run-of-the-mill lectures. We have many cutting-edge digital media courses that you can’t find elsewhere. We are also an applied learning degree where you learn by designing and developing client-based digital products. For example, we actively work on community-based media projects, enabling students to learn how to interact with and produce products for real clients.
“The most interesting project I’ve done so far is work with the Children’s Advocacy Center in St. Joseph to create a public service announcement that introduces a 7-step program designed to teach adults that the responsibility of protecting children from child sexual abuse is on the adults. It’s a great learning process that is teaching us collaboratory skills, as well as technical and project management skills.” Jennifer Kohler, 1st Year graduate student.
Q: What are students prepared to do after graduating?
A: They are prepared to work just about anywhere that values strong digital skills, team-based work environments, and creative approaches to completing projects.
Q: What is the networking potential?
A: A lot of students get a kick out of meeting other professionals—not just because of their interaction in the classroom but also because they are uncovering different job markets that they may not have considered before.
“The one element of the program that I enjoyed most was the opportunity to learn from and to interact with graduate students and professors from different fields.” Matthew Fowler, 2nd Year graduate student.
Q: What advice would you give those who are considering the master’s degree?
A: If you’re working full time, start by taking one or two courses per semester. All of our courses are in the evening or online, allowing time after work to earn your degree.
Q: What are the courses like?
A: Our courses emphasize applied learning, but they aren’t just about learning a particular software package. To the extent we can, our courses offer a broader view of subjects. So you might take a course on digital compositing and along the way, yeah, you will learn green screen techniques, but you’ll also likely learn theory and explore the bigger picture of how to integrate different forms of digital media together.
“I think the one of the most important skills I learned was how to work and succeed in a production atmosphere.” Colin Mascal, 2nd Year graduate student.
Q: What kind of facilities do students have access to on campus?
A: The Missouri Western State University computing facility in Potter Hall has everything students need, whether it’s sound editing software or expensive HD video cameras. We also have access to a full green screen.
Q: When can I apply to the program?
A: You can apply to the program through out the year. We have admission deadline dates for each semester that you can find here.