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Media Studies, Bachelor

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
University rank #561 (QS) , NY,
The BA/BS in Media Studies from The New School is designed specifically for adults and transfer students who want to be well prepared for professional work in a range of media fields such as film, video, web, mobile, print, games, and social media.


Gain conceptual, technical, and practical skills in media analysis, production, and management. In the Media Studies program, you'll learn to think critically about the creation, distribution, and reception of historic and emergent media forms in a global context.

The BA/BS in Media Studies is designed specifically for adults and transfer students who want to be well prepared for professional work in a range of media fields such as film, video, web, mobile, print, games, and social media. The major also offers pathways to a Bachelor's-Master's option with the MA in Media Studies. The program is distinguished by its interdisciplinary breadth and its commitment to creating media in the service of a more just and humane world.

Guided by a faculty of practicing professionals, award winners, and industry leaders, you may choose to complete a short film, write a feature screenplay, devise a business plan for a media startup, study the history of world cinema movements, or analyze the role of social media in a global human rights campaign. Whatever your aspirations in our changing media landscape, you can find a path that works for you.

Choose from a range of concentrations:

  • Cinema Studies
  • Film Production
  • Media Entrepreneurship
  • Media and Social Change
  • Screenwriting
  • Self-Designed Study

Flexible Study Options

Designed for adults and transfer students, our program can be completed through part-time or full-time study, and offers once-a-week evening courses, plus online learning options. The screenwriting and self-designed concentrations can be completed entirely online.

New School students come from a remarkable range of professional and academic backgrounds. We value the life experience that each student brings to the classroom.

As part of the New School Bachelor's Program for Adults and Transfer Students, the Media Studies major enables you to transfer up to 84 credits into program, including credits earned for relevant life experience.

Career Paths

Media Studies graduates are prepared to begin careers as entrepreneurs, administrators, technicians, artists, and workers in the highly varied areas of modern media and its related industries. Options include camera technician in established forms (television, film), manager in a new media company, new media technology entrepreneur, independent filmmaker, film production assistant, advertising production manager, and marketing researcher. Students are also prepared to pursue further academic study in media studies or a related field, and may apply to continue their academic work at The New School through graduate programs such as the MA in Media Studies and MS in Media Management.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    • Full-time duration 48 months
    • Intensity Flexible
    • Part-time variant
  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    Blended, Online
    • Time flexibility
      Fully structured
    • Attendance
      No Attendance
    • Teacher support
      Continuous support with feedback on request
    • Student interaction
      Individual work/assignments (with online group discussions), Online group works/assignments

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Introduction to Media Studies
  • One of the following approved studio electives:
  • Filmmaking Studio 1 (recommended for all students planning to pursue Film Production concentration)
  • Digital Video Production
  • Documentary Production Workshop
  • Introduction to Digital Design
  • Fundamental of Web Design
  • Audio Production

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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Academic Requirements

  • Complete the online application.
Application Fee
  • A nonrefundable $50 application fee paid as part of the online application.
Official Transcripts
  • All applicants must provide official high school and/or college transcripts. If you are currently in school, submit transcripts for all coursework taken to date. Applicants who have attended multiple high schools can submit only the graduating school’s official transcript as long as all prior coursework is reflected on that transcript.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    1640 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1640 USD per credit and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    1640 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1640 USD per credit and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for New York City

  • 1819 - 3970 USD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


The New School maintains an extensive program of scholarships and grants-in-aid based on academic merit and demonstrated financial need. Awards are usually made as part of the admission process. Institutional scholarships may be combined with government supported grants and loans in a single financial aid package. Scholarships and grants are normally applied to tuition costs. They can range from several hundred dollars to full tuition and do not require repayment.

Scholarships may be reduced or canceled if requested applications and verification documents are not received by the stated deadlines. Need-based scholarships do not automatically renew for the same amount in subsequent years. Changes in need calculations, late FAFSA submission, or refusal of a subsidized student loan may result in a modified award.
Undergraduate Students
  • U.S. citizens and permanent residents must file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to be considered for a financial aid package.
  • International students in the NSPE undergraduate program or a Parsons AAS program must file the Undergraduate International Student Scholarship Applications to be considered for financial aid.
  • There is no separate aid application for other international undergraduates.
All undergraduate students are considered for scholarships based on their academic merit. Availability of institutional merit-based scholarships varies according to academic program. Students who file FAFSA or the Undergraduate International Student Scholarship Application will be considered for institutional scholarships based on merit and demonstrated financial need. U.S. citizens and eligible residents may qualify for U.S. government and New York State fellowships and grants based on merit and financial need.

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