If you want to learn how to use media technology and develop your creative ideas into interactive products, the Bachelor of Science in a Media Design program will open up a plethory of doors for you. With the wealth of knowledge and skills you receive from this degree, you can pursue one of the many career opportunities that have become available with the expansion of the gaming industry.
Film and Video Editor
A film and video editor manipulates images to inform or entertain an audience. In this career, you organize the raw film footage that the camera operator captures, and you collaborate with the director and producer to develop a final production. You also discuss editing methods with the director to enhance scenes. An editor usually has an assistant, or multiple assistants, to help keep track of every image in a database or to load raw film in editing bays. Almost all image editing is completed on a computer using the specific editing software with which the editor is trained. Film and video editors may also edit footage to be used in video games.
Art, Drama and Music Teachers
In this career, you teach art, drama or music courses. Depending on the level of schooling you wish to teach, these courses could include applied and fine arts such as sculpting and painting. In some jobs, you may also do related research. Some of your duties may be advising student organizations, performing administrative duties, and supervising undergraduate or graduate research, internships and teaching. You could also be responsible for organizing performance groups and directing rehearsals. As a creative teacher, you could work with students who want to do voice acting for video games.
Art directors are in charge of the images and visual styles published in newspapers, magazines, television shows, films and on product packaging. They establish the overall design and direct subordinates in developing the layouts or artwork. As an art director, some of your other duties may be to review and approve photography, artwork, graphics and designs, as well as to discuss artistic approaches and styles with clients and coordinate activities with other creative and artistic departments. The general work environments of art directors include advertising agencies, publishers and public relations firms. They could also work with television, film, theater and video game directors and producers.
Multimedia Artist and Animator
As a multimedia artist or animator, you will create visual effects and animations for video games, television shows or films. You achieve this by using illustrations and computer programs. Some of the duties of multimedia artists and animators are researching upcoming projects to aid the creation process, developing storyboards to lay out key animated scenes, and editing effects and animations based on the director’s, client’s, game designer’s or other animator’s feedback.
With a graphic design degree (a variation of a media design degree), you could pursue a career in graphic design, in which you create visual concepts with computer software or by hand to communicate ideas that captivate, inform or inspire consumers. These visual concepts are published in advertisements, magazines, brochures, or Web mediums, as well as on retail packaging. As a graphic designer, you are likely to meet with art directors and clients to discuss projects, advise clients about strategies to reach specific audiences, present the design, incorporate recommended changes and review the designs prior to publishing or printing. A graphic design degree may also lead to a career creating visual concepts for video games.
A photographer has technical expertise, composition skills and creativity and uses those skills to preserve and produce images that record an event or tell a story. In this career, you can choose to work for yourself or work for commercial clients. Working with commercial clients, you are likely to be responsible for presenting final photographs to clients digitally. In self-employed photography, you have additional responsibilities such as advertising your business, scheduling meetings with clients, buying supplies, keeping records, billing clients and paying bills. You could also offer framing and album-creation services. This line of work also opens career opportunities as a scientific, aerial, news or fine arts photographer. Sometimes photographers are hired to photograph video game events or advertising purposes.