M.A. in Media Arts & Sciences

Communication, Technology & Society

Consider the impact of new communications technologies on society — and society’s impact on them — by combining theories of technology at the social level of analysis in this research seminar.

Media Audiences

Study audiences in the context of film, television, new media and other media forms.

Images & Critique in Public Culture

Examine and assess contemporary critical thought about visual and nonvisual images, especially their role in politics.

What are the ecological implications of smartphones? How effective are online support communities for cancer patients? How can radio commercials break through the advertising clutter?

Black Film Center & Archive

The Black Film Center & Archive is a resource for scholars, students, and researchers studying films and related materials by and about Black people. Included are films that have substantial participation by Black writers, actors, producers, directors, musicians, and consultants, as well as those that depict some aspect of black experience.

Visit the BFCA’s website

Center for Documentary Research and Practice

The Center for Documentary Research and Practice serves as a research hub for historical, theoretical and critical research on nonfiction film and video, and hosts visiting artists and scholars who are working on projects with nonfiction media components.

Visit the CDRP’s website

Center for International Media Law and Policy Studies

The Center for International Media Law and Policy Studies researches the legal protection of media rights in Indiana, the United States and the world. The center studies free expression rights, educates the public and develops opportunities for students.

Visit CIMLAPS’s website


This degree provides the perfect entry into a Ph.D. program or a career as an industry analyst or researcher.

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Nicky Lewis

There is little doubt that I wouldn’t be doing what I am today without the people, education and environment that made IU so special.

Nicky Lewis, MA’11, PhD’15, associate professor, The Media School at Indiana University