Digital Media Program at ASU Mid-South provides unique instruction

Students can learn the latest in technology, gain hands-on experience

By Don Threm ASU Mid-South

Arkansas State University Mid-South’s Digital Media program offers students an opportunity to experience a wide variety of industry-related skills and provides a combination of instruction difficult to find at most institutions. “Our program is great because it gives students the opportunity to learn how to do a variety of different things,” says Lead Instructor Anwar Jamison. “You can’t really get this type of instruction anywhere else in this area because most other schools focus on particular facets of the profession.” “Our students learn film and video production, graphic design, website design, and audio production on the digital platform. The variety of skills they’ll have the opportunity to develop at ASU Mid-South will make them very attractive to regional employers.” Students with a special interest in audio production will have the opportunity to work with the college’s KWEM Internet and low-power FM radio stations. Program-specific courses include Film & Video Production, Audio Production, Screenwriting, Cinematography, Producing and Directing, Advanced Digital Graphics, Digital Radio, Intro to Web Page Design, Digital Graphics for the Web, and Web Design & Methodology. ASU Mid-South also offers a 12-hour Certificate of Proficiency in Film and Video Production that includes Introduction to Film, Film and Video Production, Audio Production, and Screenwriting. The college’s spring 2016 semester begins Tuesday, Jan. 19, and registration will be held on Monday, Jan. 11, 10 a.m.-noon and 5 p.m.-6:30 p.m. in the Donald W. Reynolds Center on the South Campus. Five courses are scheduled for the spring 2016 semester: Advanced Digital Graphics, Digital Radio, Internship, Producing and Directing, and Screenwriting. Jamison said the curriculum focuses on hands-on learning opportunities for students of any academic level. With the rapid rise of digital media, many people have already been exposed to some of the program’s practical applications. “Technology and video are so prevalent that almost everyone has some knowledge and interest in it,” Jamison said. “Almost everybody is an amateur photographer or videographer now.” “And since everything has gone digital, it’s a great time for these kinds of courses. Incorporating all of the different components is also a big plus because employers want people who can do all of those things.” Jamison, who earned master’s degrees in Communications (Film and Video Production) and English at the University of Memphis, brings a good mix of classroom and practical experience. His undergraduate degree is in English Writing from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. “I’ve had the opportunity to write and direct an independent film, so I can share my experiences with my students,” he said. “Often, things don’t go as smoothly as you think they will, and I’ve already experienced some of that.” He said the opportunities for students are exciting. “When they say ‘the magic of filmmaking,’ it really is. I think of it as magic because you can make almost anything happen on the screen. It’s definitely a lot of fun.” For more information on Digital Media or other high-tech programs at ASU Mid-South, visit the college at 2000 West Broadway in West Memphis, call (870) 733-6728, email admissions@midsouthcc.edu, or see the website at http://www.asumidsouth.edu. Please note that the college is closed Dec. 19-Jan. 3 for the holidays.

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