Frequently Asked Questions

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How do I apply to The Media School? Your first step is to apply online to IU. Contact 812-855-9247 or mschinfo@indiana.edu for other admissions info.

When was The Media School founded? The Media School was launched July 1, 2014.

Where is it located? The school moved in summer 2016 to Franklin Hall, next to the Sample Gates at the head of Kirkwood Avenue. Studios in the Radio-TV building also are part of the school.

How did the school evolve? The Media School was formed through a merger of the 100-year-old journalism program, the more than half-century-old telecommunications department and the film studies component of the Department of Communication and Culture. It is part of the College of Arts and Sciences.

When were the first students admitted to the new school?  The first full class of Media School students started in fall 2015.

What student organizations and special programming are available? The school supports signature programs, such as honors programs and living-learning centers, speaker series and service-learning programs. Student groups include affiliate chapters of the Society of Professional Journalists, National Association of Black Journalists, Public Relations Student Society of America, the Online News Association, the Society for News Design and others.

Who are the core faculty? The core faculty comprises members of pre-existing academic units, as well as new hires in tenured faculty, lecturers and professors of practice. (See the current list of Media School faculty.)

How does the Media School prepare students for the changing media landscape? The curriculum equips students with a portfolio of knowledge and training that includes a broad liberal arts education, a mastery of professional skills, and an understanding of the media and journalistic role to guard a free and democratic society. (Read more about these programs.)

What are some of the degree specializations available for undergraduate programs? The school offers three bachelor’s degrees: Bachelor of Arts in Journalism, Bachelor of Arts in Media and Bachelor of Science in Game Design. Within each degree, students choose a concentration and specialization areas to customize their studies to suit their career choices.

What will the graduate areas of study include? The school offers a Master of Arts degree, a Master of Science degree and a doctorate.