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2017-18 Undergraduate Catalog 
2017-18 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Global Media, B.A., Sound and Music Concentration

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About the Program

  • Preparation for careers in media, entertainment, creative industries
  • Professional internships—here or abroad
  • Opportunities to study abroad at some of the top universities around the world

Global Media offers a vast array of career opportunities in the fields of media, entertainment, and creative industries in the knowledge economy. Students have a multitude of options to develop their interests, skills, and talents in a variety of areas.

This program combines theory with practice, global learning with problem-solving, and opportunities with challenges. Students think, reflect, and produce creatively and analytically.

The program emphasizes writing, visual thinking and speech communication/presentation, as well as emphasizes portfolio development, global perspectives in studying media, and personal attention in academic and career planning.

Students are required to spend two full-time semesters abroad taking courses in their chosen concentrations with the approval of the department chair.

Students will have the option of spending each of the two semesters in two different universities in the same country or in two different universities in two different countries, provided they have processed their applications through The College of Global Studies and the Office of International Affairs at Arcadia.

Concentrations available in Cultural Studies, Digital Gaming Studies, Digital Media, Fashion Studies, Film Production, New Media Journalism, Media Industries, Media Production, Sound and Music, Visual Cultures, Visual Journalism, and World Cinema.

Recommended Universities

The following Universities are recommended for Global Media majors, depending on the chosen concentration. In addition, pending approval from the adviser and the department chair, students could potentially participate in any of Arcadia’s approved student abroad programs. For more information on Universities and locations, visit the Office of International Affairs.

United Kingdom

  • City University
  • London Center


  • Bond University
  • Griffith University
  • Queensland University of Technology 
  • University of Technology Sydney


  • University of Sterling 


(Credits as listed below, with Undergraduate Curriculum requirements and electives to total 128 credits)

This program requires one year of study abroad. Students need to work with their advisers and the department chair to prepare a plan of studying abroad in one of the concentration areas to complete the Global Media degrees.

Media and Communication Core (20 credits)

The Core Requirements are the following courses:

Minimum GPA Requirement

Global Media students must maintain an overall minimum GPA of a 3.00 before leaving for study abroad. Students may request a waiver for some universities and some programs, which must be approved by the Department Chair of Media and Communication in consultation with the advisor.

Concentration Courses

The third set of courses are taken at one or two Universities abroad through The College of Global Studies. Based on the model of integrating academic training with the demands and needs of the professional and policy world, these programs offer courses that transgress traditional boundaries between disciplines and emphasize an integration of theory and practice with traditional and new technologies.

All courses adopt an approach that is essentially global, situating media in issues of globalization and national media contexts. With an emphasis on creative industries, students will get practical experience as they immerse themselves in other cultures.  Courses vary by concentration and by University.  Students will work closely with their adviser and the Office of International Affairs to select appropriate courses. 

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