Media Technologies & Culture

What you’ll learn

  • A wide range of social, technological, digital, material, visual, auditory and screen media cultures
  • How to use critical and analytical tools necessary to investigate the dynamics of the spectrum of media technologies
  • A deep knowledge of the diverse cultural contexts in which media technologies develop and operate
  • The best practices of a range of cultural research tools
A student group poses in front of a cityscape during a field experience course in China.

Uncovering the Media City: Public Screen Cultures and Urban China

A field experience course with travel to Shanghai and Hong Kong

During spring break, this class travels to Shanghai and Hong Kong, two central locations in which public screen media are made, designed and most pervasively used. Students witness screen-adorned cityscapes and visit the wide range of actors engaging with public screens in these locations, including design studios, LED factories, media artists and out-of-home advertising representatives.

Student work

People stand around a screen showing a woman in Chinese traditional dress during a student show.

Faculty

Learn from and collaborate with professors who specialize in everything from the philosophy of technology and popular culture to the cultural impact of public screens and the life history of objects. Our faculty are ranked among the top media researchers in the world.

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Careers

The media technologies and culture concentration will prepare you for graduate-level study in media and other social sciences fields, as well as careers in the media industry. Potential careers include content design strategist, information architect, communications director, e-marketing entrepreneur or technology trainer, to name a few options.

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Vernon O’Donnell

I love that I work in an industry that combines sports data, technology and media in interesting and exciting ways.

Vernon O’Donnell, BA’04, MA’08, chief customer officer at project44