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Entertainment Industry

The Entertainment Industry major focuses on dynamic and creative endeavors in unique areas of the arts, including sound, video and film production.

Creating and Entertaining

Each emphasis area in the Entertainment Industry major offers unique and in-depth insights into either sound, video or film production, all of which lead to careers in popular mass media entertainment.

The Recording Industry Management emphasis prepares students for a wide range of behind-the-scenes careers in the music and entertainment industries, while the Recording Industry Production emphasis is centered on in-studio audio recording and editing skills that prepare students for careers in live sound, audio for video, radio production and audio recording.

The Media Production emphasis offers opportunities that span across radio, television and film, teaching pre- and post-production work.

The Film emphasis introduces students to the study of motion picture production as a vibrant contemporary art form, dynamic international commercial industry and important cultural medium.

Coursework

Entertainment Industry majors enjoy highly technical coursework that involves hands-on learning and creating. Each emphasis requires students to be involved in the actual work they will do after graduation in order to gain experience and develop a professional portfolio.

Recording Industry students have the opportunity to work with the WUSM Tailgate Concert Series and work at South by Southwest (SXSW) in Austin, Texas, among other high-impact experiences. Film students complete at least two short films and write at least one feature-length screenplay during their program, and Media Production students aid in the production of weekly programs.

Degree Options

There are two Bachelor of Arts (BA) and two Bachelor of Science (BS) degrees available with this major.

  • Entertainment Industry (Film) BA

    Availability: Gulf Park

    Our well-established film program prepares students to work with large and small motion picture production companies, federal or state agency production units or as independent producers, directors or production specialists.

    Students become well-versed in documentary, cinematography, and script writing.

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  • Entertainment Industry (Media Production) BA

    Availability: Hattiesburg

    The Southern Miss media production program has stayed ahead of this fast-growing industry.

    Our media production faculty understand the demand for media production professionals in advertising and program production in broadcasting and cable television, as well as in corporations, government agencies, and medical centers that utilize video communication for training and institutional communication.

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  • Entertainment Industry (Recording Industry Management) BS

    Availability: Hattiesburg

    The Recording Industry Production and Management programs offer students ample opportunities to connect with the entertainment industry.

    Faculty bring in alumni and others active in the entertainment industry to speak to classes and meet with students, in addition to leading student experiences such as the South By Southwest course offered each spring. Between the student organizations, South City Records and Golden Eagle Sound and Production, students have an excellent opportunity to advance their learning in and out of the classroom.

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  • Entertainment Industry (Recording Industry Production) BS

    Availability: Hattiesburg

    The Recording Industry Production and Management programs offer students ample opportunities to connect with the entertainment industry.

    Faculty bring in alumni and others active in the entertainment industry to speak to classes and meet with students, in addition to leading student experiences such as the South By Southwest course offered each spring. Between the student organizations, South City Records and Golden Eagle Sound and Production, students have an excellent opportunity to advance their learning in and out of the classroom.

    View Semester by Semester Guide

More about this Major

Outcomes

Recording Industry Production

Audio engineer and producer, concert crew, live sound operator and audio technician for television, film, radio and internet.

Recording Industry Management

Festival producer and concert promoter, music publisher, record label professional or artist manager

Media Production

Director or editor of photography for any format of media, creative services professional, producer, colorist, sound mixer or editor, or technical director

Film

Cinematographer/videographer, editor, screenwriter, or line producer/production manager

• According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, growth in the recording industry is and will continue to be strong.
• Growth in the media production industry is one of the strongest in all occupations.
• Growth in the film industry has a strong outlook.
Southern Miss is in a prime location for any form of entertainment production, with proximity to the Gulf Coast, Jackson and New Orleans, all prime spots for work in any form of digital production.

Courses You Might Take

EI 300: Introduction to Audio Production

This course is an introductory overview of modern audio production theory and practice, designed to provide students with both an overview of audio recording concepts, practice, history, and equipment, as well as basic hands-on experience with various types of professional audio production instruments and software.

EI 370: Talent Management

This course focuses on a study of the talent management strategies and practices and analysis of the management team's roles.

MCJ 442: Writing for Radio, TV and Film

This writing intensive course focuses on writing for commercials and multiple program formats.

FLM 470: Contemporary Cinema

This course provides an historical examination of the international trends in film from 1945 to the present. Feature films from a number of nations and stylistic traditions are screened for analysis and discussion.

Meet Some of Your Professors

Jon Pluskota

Assistant Professor

Expertise: Music recording, creative sound design, experimental sound projects

Jeff Rassier

Instructor

Expertise: Audio production, forensic audio, acoustic analysis, recording industry history

Jared Hollingsworth

Visiting Instructor

Expertise: Concept development, modern post-production techniques and workflows, Premiere Pro CC, Final Cut Pro X

Phillip Gentile

Assistant Professor

Expertise: Film history and theory, film production and animation

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