Media Arts, Design, and Technology

Quinn Winchell (left) and Kristofer Castillo (right) work on a camera during a Directing for Film & Television (MADT 465).


The BA in media arts provides opportunities for undergraduate study toward careers in exciting media and media-related fields such as film and television production and post-production, social media photography and narrative storytelling, commercial advertising, broadcasting, web design, and academic scholarship on the media industries.


Facilities. Students have access to digital video and audio production equipment, a brand new broadcasting studio, Chico State's student-run radio station (KCSC), the latest computer labs, digital design and print labs, post-production sound and picture editing labs, audio recording rooms, and digital photography facilities.

Internships. Internships are transitions between school and work. Internships provide students with academic credit while pursuing on-the-job experiences. Internship opportunities are available throughout California, the US, and around the world.

Communication Activities. Media Arts, Design, and Technology houses a number of student-operated programs and clubs including the MADTech Group (a student-staffed media development group), KCSC (a student-managed fully functioning broadcast radio station), a student chapter of AIGA (the professional organization for design), and the Digital Filmmaker’s Guild.

Career Outlook

In our increasingly fluid mass media landscape, communication design and media-related degrees play an expanding critical role in communication and education. Energized by rapid developments of new technologies, from visual and audio software to social media platforms, there is an urgent need for experts in the field of media arts, design, and the technologies that inform them. In areas as diverse as scripted entertainment, live broadcasting, photography, social media storytelling, commercial advertising, and even personal media consumption, the importance of communication design and the role of media industries are as vital as ever.