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Jon A. Radermacher, M.F.A.
Department Head, Media Arts
Associate Professor of Media Arts
Wheatley Center 208
Studies lead to the Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Media Arts degree with available
concentrations in graphic design, photography, television/video production and Web design.
The media arts degree program at Robert Morris University offers
a stimulating learning environment where students are encouraged
to explore their creative interests while developing the necessary
tools to build an exciting and rewarding career in the design,
communications and television/video production industries. The
program equips students with a focused design education experience
combined with a real-world business and communications skills
The program utilizes state-of-the-art facilities and is taught by
professors who are practicing artists, designers, photographers, and film/video
specialists. Visiting professionals from industry who are experts in
their fields and student internships make important contributions
to the program.
To respond to the increasingly diverse needs of the design industry
and the challenge of new technology, all students sample the areas
of graphic design, photography, television/video production and Web design.
This enables students to choose one of these four areas with
confidence for their final concentration.
The program offers four areas of concentration:
Graphic Design: The graphic design field is particularly
diverse and continually evolving to adapt to the needs of the
communications industry. Students in this concentration gain
conceptual and technical skills that encourage flexibility and
originality. These abilities are then developed with a focus
on specific design applications. Areas addressed include
corporate identity, editorial design, advertising, design for
print, typography, packaging and Web design.
Photography: The photography concentration is designed for students interested in using photography as a tool for visual communication. Students learn to capture, manipulate, and print photographic images in state-of-the-art digital labs, as well as a traditional darkroom. Courses are career-oriented, and areas covered include studio and commercial photography, photojournalism, the portrait, documentary photography and portfolio preparation.
Television/Video Production: Students in this concentration
learn by working behind the scenes and in front of the camera,
both inside the studio and out on location. Areas addressed
include motion graphics, videography, field production,
editing, storyboarding and writing for the media. A regionally
recognized faculty teaches the basic and advanced skills
students need to be successful, utilizing state-of-the-art facilities.
Students can produce their own programs for RMU-TV and
get involved in production as early as the first week of their
first semester in the program.
Web Design: The escalating development of PDA and cell
phone technology has fueled the continued growth of the
Internet and the prominence of Web design worldwide.
Students in this concentration learn to build from basic coding
and animation to advanced interactive design, using cutting-edge
facilities on the industry-standard Macintosh platform.
The University's design studios are equipped with Apple G4 and
G5 workstations. The learning environment is designed to simulate
an actual work setting, and faculty members are working
professionals from the local design community. Because they "do
what they teach," these talented professionals help students stretch
their imaginative and interpretive abilities while challenging them
to apply their knowledge and skills to solve complex problems for
clients. To ensure individual attention and give students the
flexibility to develop individual interests, class sizes are small.
Academic Media Center
The Academic Media Center provides a learning environment
for students interested in television, video, audio, photography,
multimedia, producing and writing. The Center houses exceptional
facilities, including the one of the largest television studios in the
region, a television control room, linear and nonlinear editing
suites, darkrooms, computer labs and field production equipment.
This ensures that students get first-hand knowledge on the same
equipment found in broadcast TV stations and corporate
communications departments. In addition, the Center produces
programming for RMU-TV, which is broadcast throughout campus
and to the surrounding community via the local cable television
system. Students participate in all phases of RMU-TV, both behind
the scenes and in front of the camera. Student-produced
programming includes news, sports, comedy and talk shows.
The Center for Documentary Production and Study
Founded in 2002, the Center for Documentary Production and
Study provides students with the opportunity to write and produce
documentary films, travel internationally, take special courses,
attend film festivals, and meet and learn from documentary
professionals from all over the world. To date, students and faculty
working together have produced more than a dozen documentaries,
some of which have won awards and been shown on broadcast
and cable television. In the past five years, more than 100 students
have received valuable experience and course credit by writing,
producing, editing and screening a wide variety of documentary
films. Recent student documentaries include Nursing in Nicaragua,
profiling RMU student nurses providing care to poor residents of
Managua, and Portrait of a Campaign, a behind-the-scenes look at
the 2004 race for the office of Allegheny County chief executive.
Employers look for more than good grades and activities; they
hire graduates who have specialized skills and diverse experience.
The professional portfolio you'll build as a media arts student at
RMU will give you a competitive edge in the job market.
RMU alumni have found employment in a variety of areas,
including advertising, marketing, public relations, television, radio,
motion pictures, video and multimedia production, packaging
design and brand identity, book publishing (print and electronic),
music publishing, editorial design (magazine and newspaper), Web
design, broadcast design, fashion promotion, corporate identity
design, interactive animation, exhibition and retail design, museum
and gallery design, environmental design (signage and typography),
corporate communications, design management, corporate media
and high school and college communications. Other graduates have
gone on to pursue graduate studies, including the interdisciplinary
M.S. in Communications and Information Systems degree program
at Robert Morris University.
Bachelor-Level Internship Employers
Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Foundation; American
Eagle Outfitters; Artist's Image Resource; Carnegie Science Center;
Children's Museum of Pittsburgh; ESPN Radio; Fox Broadcasting;
Fox Sports Television; Giant Eagle; Giant Ideas; Island Def Jam-
Universal Music Group; Jack Horner Communications; KDKA-TV;
Labwerks Interactive; The Late Show With David Letterman; Maya
Design Group; Media Cafe´; Mind Over Media; Pittsburgh Film
Office; Pittsburgh Penguins; Pittsburgh Pirates; Pittsburgh Steelers;
Production Masters; Roberts Communications; Suzanne DeLaurentiis
Productions; Sweetwater Center for the Arts; The View; Wall to Wall Studios; WPXI-TV; WQED-TV;
Bachelor-Level Hiring Organizations
Algor; America's Promise; Arizona Cardinals; Bethlehem Haven;
CNN; Diabolic Studios; Direct Image & Design (D.i.D.); Food Circus
Corp.; Fox Sports Net; FW Dodge Publications/McGraw Hill;
Gateway Star Publications; Giant Ideas; GlaxoSmithKline; KDKATV;
Longfellow Productions; Media Quest; Mind Over Media;
Moon Community Access Television; Norwegian Cruise Lines;
Observer Publishing; PaineWebber; Peter Argentine Productions;
Pittsburgh Penguins; Pittsburgh Pirates; Pittsburgh Public Schools;
Pittsburgh Steelers; Rome Monument; SEIX Investment Advisors;
United Jewish Federation; U.S. Steel; Verizon; Western Pennsylvania
Humane Society; WHTM-TV; WPXI-TV; WQED-TV; WTOV-TV.
2007 national mean bachelor-level starting salaries by job function: