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Specializations

SIU Digital Media Audio students

Our specializations help you define your career goals as you manage multiple projects, explore creative opportunities, and gain real-life work experience. Students enrolled in the Radio, Television, and Digital Media program must declare a specialization before progressing to any course beyond RTD 200 and 201.


Compass IconCheck out the Course Requirements and Specialized Curricular Guides below to help you outline what courses you should take each semester for all four years.


Digital Media Arts and Animation

In Digital Media Arts and Animation, students choose courses on digital art creation, creative storytelling, and computer animation. Digital media artists write, design, and create computer animation, games, digital audio, and video for delivery across an array of media platforms. Through innovative forms and methods, students in the Digital Media Arts and Animation specialization can creatively explore and critically comment on the arts, content, media theories, and technologies that are shaping the future of media.


Compass IconDigital Media Arts & Animation Curricular Guide (PDF)

Electronic Journalism

Industry professionals teach courses that incorporate history, ethics, legal issues, and in-depth reporting. Students shoot, report, and edit their own stories using state-of-the-art equipment and software. Hands-on experience opportunities exist from the moment students arrive through a student-produced live half-hour newscast that includes weather, sports, and investigative reporting, airing on WSIU, the local PBS station. Many internship opportunities provide students with professional experience, as well.


Compass IconElectronic Journalism Curricular Guide (PDF)

Media Industries

Students work at the intersection of media creativity, technology, and business as they learn about the broad structures and specific practices of film, television, radio, music, gaming, internet, and mobile media.

Classes prepare students for entry-level and executive-track positions at major studios, network and cable television outlets, in the music business, and at emerging media companies that create video games, internet apps, and mobile content.


Compass IconMedia Industries Curricular Guide (PDF)

Radio/Audio Production

Students develop their creative talents through course work in critical listening while they master the art and science of recorded sound. Instructors teach from a wide variety of professional, artistic, and historical viewpoints. They include sound art, professional music industries, sound design for moving image, audio engineering, radio broadcasting, and documentary radio production.

With the aid of our talented faculty, students learn to create and exhibit their projects produced in our custom sound studios. Our studios feature both analog and digital platforms, including Pro Tools HD surround mixing facility, a 32-channel analog studio with complete outboard processing, and a professional microphone collection.


Compass IconProduction: Radio/Audio Curricular Guide (PDF)

Television/Video Production

Students learn how to how to tell compelling stories, and light, video, and edit professionally. Courses in field and studio production use state-of-the-art equipment to prepare students for positions in the industry.

Students have the opportunity to gain professional experience by working with WSIU Public Broadcasting. Post-production facilities include a full complement of editing and multimedia software, allowing student producers to bring their imaginations to life.


Compass IconProduction: Television/Video Curricular Guide (PDF)

Electronic Sports Media

Sports Production

Students learn the fundamentals of live-event video production and receive practical experience in a variety of production positions on live ESPN 3 telecasts.


Sports Journalism

Students learn the basic techniques of covering and reporting on sporting events, including interviews and live game coverage. They also explore legal, ethical, and cultural issues surrounding sports.


Compass IconElectronic Sports Media Curricular Guide (PDF)