Media Production, Minor

Program Code: MEDPR_UMNR

Program Description

The Media Production Minor is designed to introduce students to the field of media studies through one of several General Education courses, hone their media writing skills, and provide basic training and experience in the media production areas of graphic and multimedia design, photography, audio and sound, and video. The minor is intended to complement and add value to students' major field of study.

What is Media Production?

As social, cultural, and economic aspects of life become more media-saturated, many career fields are demanding capabilities in media production – in writing, photography, videography, audio and sound production, graphic design, and more. The Media Production minor appeals to students from a variety of majors as a supplement to their primary career field. The program allows students to develop a deeper understanding of media and media production, giving them the skills needed to create content for a variety of media platforms.

You Might Like This Program If...

  • You want to better understand how media relates to a variety of fields in today’s society.
  • You appreciate the ways visual media can convey messages and impact audiences.
  • You value the use of graphics and multimedia in solving problems and relaying data.
  • You view media as a form of art that can bring a deeper understanding of the human condition.

Program Requirements

Requirement Credits
Requirements for the Minor 18

Requirements for the Minor

A grade of C or better is required for all courses in the minor, as specified by Senate Policy 59-10. In addition, at least six credits of the minor must be unique from the prescribed courses required by a student's major(s).

Some courses may require prerequisites. 

Additional Courses
Additional Courses: Require a grade of C or better
Background and Foundations:
Select 3 credits from the following:3
COMM 100
Introduction to Media Effects Keystone/General Education Course
The Art of the Cinema Keystone/General Education Course
Survey of Electronic Media and Telecommunications Keystone/General Education Course
Writing Skills:
Select 3 credits from the following:3
Writing for Media
News Writing and Reporting
Applications for Media Writing
Basic Media Production Skills:
Select 6 credits from the following 100-300 level courses:6
Basic Photography for Communications
Graphic Design for Communications
Basic Video/Filmmaking
Introduction to Multimedia Production
Television Field Production
Television Studio Production
Intermediate Documentary Production
Audio Production
Advanced Video Production
Introduction to Graphic Design Keystone/General Education Course
Introduction to Photography Keystone/General Education Course
Advanced Production Skills:
Select 6 credits from the following 400 level courses:6
Electronic News Gathering and Editing
Advanced Photography for Communications
Advanced Audio Production
Advanced Documentary Production
Advanced Graphic Design for Communications
Graphic Applications in Print Communications
Convergent Media News Service: Newspaper Production
Convergent Media News Service: TV
Convergent Media News Service: Radio and Online Publications
Advanced Multimedia Production
Writing for the Web

Academic Advising

The objectives of the university's academic advising program are to help advisees identify and achieve their academic goals, to promote their intellectual discovery, and to encourage students to take advantage of both in-and out-of class educational opportunities in order that they become self-directed learners and decision makers.

Both advisers and advisees share responsibility for making the advising relationship succeed. By encouraging their advisees to become engaged in their education, to meet their educational goals, and to develop the habit of learning, advisers assume a significant educational role. The advisee's unit of enrollment will provide each advisee with a primary academic adviser, the information needed to plan the chosen program of study, and referrals to other specialized resources.



David Kahl Jr., Ph.D.
Program Chair and Professor of Communication
44 Kochel Center
Erie, PA 16563



170 Irvin Kochel Center
4951 College Drive
Erie, PA 16563