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The School of Media Arts & Studies prepares well-rounded, proactive individuals to think critically, act creatively, and practice ethically in a global media society. Students have exceptional opportunities to focus in an area of specific interest while also taking advantage of a broad-based, liberal arts curriculum that enhances long-term success. The School also provides several media-related student organizations and we strongly encourage participation in internships. These opportunities lead to important connections that foster career advancement.

With over 650 undergraduates and more than 20 faculty, the School of Media Arts & Studies is proud of its reputation throughout the world. Our top-notch students become graduates that make a real difference in the media industries. As an integral part of the Scripps College of Communication Center of Excellence, there is strong demand to join our program. Because of this demand, the School of Media Arts & Studies has entry requirements above the university’s requirements.

The School of Media Arts & Studies also offers a major through the Honors Tutorial College for students with outstanding high school records. MDIA freshmen with strong academic records may also qualify.

See freshman admission requirements here. Students who wish to transfer into the school should refer to the Transfer Policy.

For more information about the School of Media Arts and Studies, please email:

For visitors

Want to plan a visit with the School of Media Arts and Studies? Contact Andie Walla, our outreach coordinator. Visits are typically scheduled for the second and fourth Fridays between 1-4 p.m. and take about an hour. Visitors are also encouraged to schedule a campus-wide tour with Undergraduate Admissions.