Major in Media, Culture and the Arts


Debuting in fall 2016, media, culture and the arts (MCA) is the sixth major to be offered (along with art history, music, screen studies, studio art and theatre arts) through the Visual and Performing Arts Department.

As an MCA major, you commit to rigorous engagement with both hands-on practice and written scholarship in at least two of the following areas: art history, music, screen studies, studio art and theater arts. The major allows you to engage with histories and theories of media in these areas, while learning to produce creative works that interrogate these traditions. You examine cultural formations created and disseminated on many scales, by individuals as well as media industries, and the ways in which these forms of communication resonate in everyday life, on personal, local, national and global levels. 

Experience in media production or performance is not required to enter the program.

Why Study Media, Culture and the Arts at Clark?

  • Study in a program that emphasizes media history, theory and production in equal measure, and that encourages interdisciplinary and trans-media research and creation.
  • Explore contemporary hybrid and emerging forms such as digital film scoring, virtual reality, video essays, podcasting, and micro budget social documentary. 
  • Draw on the expertise of Visual and Performing Arts faculty, as well as a select group of faculty from departments like Language, Literature and Culture; Sociology; English and Psychology.
  • Make use of a wide range of media resources and facilities.
  • Create in the context of Clark’s Visual and Performing Arts Department, a tight-knit community that includes majors in music, screen studies, art history, studio art and theatre arts.