Why major in Film & Media Arts?

UPIKE’s Film and Media Arts program focuses on film and digital media. As a student, you’ll learn to integrate digital technologies with traditional forms of artistic methods of expression through images. The program takes a multidisciplinary approach to provide you with a comprehensive understanding of the media arts and the relationship between art, media, technology and business. The program curriculum includes courses in film and media arts, communication, art, business, English and computer science.

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Program Distinctives

Film and Media Arts majors are actively engaged in hands-on projects both in front of and behind the camera. After just a few courses you will be capable of finding employment in the field. You’ll also have the opportunity to earn credit by working on feature-length productions.

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Interesting Courses

FMA 235 Basic Video Production
Learn how to shoot professional video work and edit on Adobe Premiere Pro. Projects in the course include a short film, a documentary and a news package.

FMA 325 Script writing
Learn how to write professional scripts to prepare for work in the film and television industry.

FMA 330 Intermediate Broadcasting
Be a part of a student broadcasting team that creates a monthly campus newscast and broadcasts live sporting events on campus.

Student working behind the camera.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the program, you’ll be versed in the history, theory and concepts of digital media and its importance to and effect on society. Using film and media arts as a platform, you’ll be able to identify and acknowledge diverse opinions, cultural experiences, and ethical, legal and social issues. In addition to demonstrating a mastery of the concepts, tools and equipment used in the creation of digital media, you’ll develop key skills needed to work as an industry professional.

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Program Faculty

Andrew Reed
Phone: (606) 218-5972
Email: AndrewReed@upike.edu

Christopher Epling
Email: christopherepling@upike.edu

Ronnie Hylton
Phone: (606) 218-5555
Email: RonnieHylton@upike.edu

Bruce Parsons
Email: BruceParsons@upike.edu

Brian Wood
Email: BrianWood@upike.edu

Career paths in Film & Media Arts

Broadcast News Reporter
Comic Book Creator
Computer Animator
Corporate Video Producer​
Digital Marketing Specialist
Film Director/Industry
Radio Marketing Executive
Sports Anchor
Television Producer
Web Designer

Where Recent Graduates have gone to work or study

East Kentucky Broadcasting (EKB-TV)
Kentucky Valley Educational Cooperative
The Holler

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“The FMA program at UPIKE provided me real-life work in a hands-on environment. The program has a wide scope, allowing students to focus on a number of fields such as TV news, radio or film. It wasn’t a bunch of ‘pen and paper’ work. I had my hands on a camera or editing software almost every day. I was prepared for my career at the time of graduation because I had already used professional equipment and been placed in professional situations. The classes are small, so FMA students truly get to know their classmates and professors.”



Andrew Reed

Associate Professor of Film & Media Arts
(606) 218-5972