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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 small production companies, corporate media departments and large production companies.

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 Daily Kent Stater, and its online edition; the campus television station, TV-2; the campus radio station, Black Squirrel Radio; and the campus magazine, the Burr, and its online edition. Students may also obtain positions in TeleProductions.

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 State students wishing to pursue a major in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication must have an overall GPA of 2.000 or higher to be admitted directly into one of the School of Journalism and Mass Communication majors/concentrations.

Progression Requirement
A major GPA of 2.700 and a minimum a 2.000 cumulative GPA must be maintained to continue taking JMC courses.

Graduation Requirements

Minimum 124 credit hours and a minimum 2.700 major GPA and 2.000 cumulative 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. 

Students must maintain a 2.700 major GPA and a 2.000 cumulative 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.

Study Abroad/Away Opportunities

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

Student Organizations

National Association of Black Journalists, Public Relations Student Society of America, National Press Photographers Association, Franklin Advertising Association, Kappa Tau Alpha. Student Media: Artemis, The Daily Kent Stater, The Burr and Cyburr, UHURU, Luna Negra, Fusion, TV2, Black Squirrel Radio, 

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