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Media and Visual Culture Studies, B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
Redlands, CA, United States
All students in the Media and Visual Culture Studies program from University of Redlands share core courses, but beyond this have considerable scope to shape the major around explore their interests, building and develop critical and practical skills that will prepare them for the workplace or further education. 
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Course Description

We encourage students to pursue relevant internships either during the summer or the academic year, and award up to twelve units of degree credit in the major for these. 

After taking Introduction to MVC in their freshman or sophomore year, students learn to write in various media related genres (blog, review, film analysis, etc.) and to develop their abilities as researchers — an area regarded by external reviewers as a particular strength of the Media and Visual Culture Studies program from University of Redlands.  In spring of their senior years all majors then take a Theories and Methodologies class, which deepens their knowledge of key concepts and questions in the field, and serves as the foundation and springboard for the senior capstone. This is a directed research project on a particular topic chosen by the student, usually resulting in a thesis (though projects incorporating production or internships are also encouraged).

As well as these core classes, all students are required to take a course that is focused on media production—e.g. screenwriting, photography, filmmaking or making zines—and two courses in the history or theory of media cultures—ranging from Screen Genres and Visual Ethnography to Theories of Popular Culture and U.S. History on Film.  Other classes in the major are electives. 

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Sports, Media & Culture 
  • Visual Ethnography 
  • Space and Place
  • Modernity and Modernism 
  • Renaissance Artists and Their Clients 
  • Modernity and Modernism
  • After the Modern 

English Language Requirements

  • 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.

  • 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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    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks.

General Requirements

  • The Common Application, including the personal essay and University of Redlands member questions
  • $50 application fee
  • Official transcripts from all secondary schools attended
  • One letter of recommendation from guidance/college counselor and/or the Common Application Secondary school report
  • One letter of recommendation from a teacher who can speak to your academic ability
  • Students whose native language is not English, must meet the English requirements

Tuition Fee

  • International

    52150 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 52150 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    52150 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 52150 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Redlands

  • 1100 - 1600 USD/month
    Living Costs

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