Entertainment and Media Studies - A.B.

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Degree & Major: Entertainment and Media Studies - A.B.
College Name: Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication
Department Name: Entertainment and Media Studies
James Hamilton
Department Head
(706) 542-3556
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Degree Requirements

College-wide Requirements

University-wide Requirements

Description: This program prepares students for careers as industry, governmental, and academic innovators and leaders who work in, develop policy for, and study media-entertainment industries nationally and globally. The major focuses on entertainment media for the screen, providing students with professional courses in the theory and in the production of creative media within a media studies framework.

Career Opportunities: Creative career opportunities include producing, screenwriting, directing, editing, and postproduction. Corporate/managerial opportunities include those in content strategy and development, distribution, research, programming, and talent management. Research opportunities include governmental policymaking and academic scholarship and teaching.

The Grady College Career Services office, located in 239C Journalism Building, and the UGA Career Center partner to help students and alumni in their career planning and development. The Grady College Career Services office distributes a weekly listserv of job and internship postings.

The Grady College Career Services office and the UGA Career Center offer individual counseling sessions for students to discuss career options, job and internship search strategies, resumes and cover letters, and interviewing skills. They also provide workshops on topics related to career planning and development.

Contact Director of Experiential Learning at (706)542-5032 or Samantha Meyer, Grady Career Consultant, at sam610@uga.edu or (706) 542-3375.
of Transfer Students:
The academic program for the A.B. degree consists of two parts: Areas I-V of the General Education Curriculum (which includes foreign language at the second and third levels and micro or macro economics) taken during the first and second years at UGA or another institution and the professional degree program taken after formal admission to the Grady College.

Admission to the University of Georgia does not guarantee admission to the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication. A maximum number of spaces in each major is determined by the availability of teaching staff, classroom space, lab facilities, and other resources. In reaching its decisions on how many students may be admitted each semester, the Admissions Committee is governed by the number already enrolled in each major, the number expected to graduate, and the number applying. See Entrance Requirements.

Applications must be submitted online at http://www.grady.uga.edu. The deadline is 5:00 p.m. on Friday of the second full week of classes.
Scholarships: The Grady College administers about 130 undergraduate scholarships. A general application assures consideration for any of the scholarships for which the applicant is qualified. Application forms may be obtained early in the spring semester from the Office of Undergraduate Services, Room 312, Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication, or online at www.grady.uga.edu.
Study Abroad: Students in Advertising, Journalism, Public Relations, and Entertainment and Media Studies are encouraged to study abroad and participate in domestic field studies as part of their course of study. A critical understanding of the global scope of journalism and mass communication sets students apart in their fields. From travel writing to industry-leading advertising and entertainment strategies, each travel study program offers students an experience that strengthens their portfolio. While each program offers courses in specific disciplines, students are not limited to enrolling in courses only within their major.

Grady College Study Abroad Programming:
Cannes Film Festival international studies in film, advertising, and media in Cannes, France
Choose China advertising and public relations study in Beijing, Hong Kong, and Shanghai
Travel Writing course and cultural experience in Prague, Czech Republic, and in Zagreb, Croatia
Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity in Cannes, France
Grady at Oxford courses in Journalism, Advertising, PR, and Entertainment and Media Studies at historic Oxford University and networking in London, UK

Domestic Field Studies Programming:
Grady @ LA, studies in Entertainment and Media Studies and summer internships in the entertainment industry
Summer at the Circus, advertising and public relations studies in creativity with The Creative Circus in Atlanta, GA
Grady @ NYC, studies in the communications industry and tour major firms in a major US city
Grady @ DC, travel to Washington D.C. for an agency/government/nonprofit tour

Contact: Department heads of the corresponding topic area.
Internships: Valuable practical experience is gained by completing internships. Although not required in the degree program, internships are considered essential to a student’s total educational experience and greatly enhance job opportunities upon graduation. Credit hours may be earned for successful completion of an internship if:

1. Advance approval is received from the student’s department. Under no circumstances can non-majors receive internship credit. A written request must be submitted that includes a job description, length of internship, name of supervisor, and rate of pay. Also, a letter verifying the internship offer must be submitted by the employer prior to the first day of the semester in which the internship is served.

2. Certain basic courses as determined by the department have been completed.

3. The internship covers a minimum number of weeks of employment as determined by the department.

4. During the semester of the internship the student registers concurrently for EMST 5010, which is included in the maximum semester hours of journalism and mass communication credit that may be earned toward the major.

5. A written report is submitted by the employer prior to the last day of the semester in which the internship is served describing the intern’s duties and the quality of performance.

6. A final, written report of week-by-week activities is submitted by the student to the department prior to the last day of the semester in which the internship is served.
Student Organizations: The Entertainment Media Industries Club
Advisor: James Hamilton (hamilton@uga.edu)

Available Graduate Programs: Information available at: http://grady.uga.edu/graduate_studies/masters