Creative Media Production
What is Creative Media Production?
Creative Media Production (CMP) students learn to be professional storytellers using digital media through hands-on learning and real-world experiences. At one of the most state-of-the-art facilities in the nation, OU CMP students can focus their study with one or more of seven tracks: Audio Production, Corporate and Commercial Production, Documentary, Electronic Filmmaking, Video Production, Writing, or Interactive Multimedia. Students produce their work in one of Gaylord's four studios, 14 editing suites, nearly 150 editing stations, two control rooms, two radio stations, or the multi-track audio station. Students are equipped to go on location with more than two-dozen cameras to create their own work. Screenings of student films are held in the new 185-seat Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation auditorium.
CMP students have the opportunity to work for the student-produced television station, TV4OU, producing shows such as the OU Nightly newscast, sports and magazine shows and major music productions. In addition, students work on major independent projects such as films, documentaries with Gaylord Hall Productions and commercial productions or on special projects like ESPNU's Campus Connection.
Students wishing to work in radio can get hands on experience at two on-campus stations, The Wire and KGOU. Students may also work with the athletic department's high-definition production unit, SoonerVision.
Do my interests fit?
CMP students typically have interests in:
- Film, radio or television
- Creative expression
- Media and digital design
- Fast-paced environment
High school preparation could include journalism, broadcast production, event planning, digital design or yearbook.
How can OU CMP help me?
Gaylord College has built an incredible alumni network that exists to help yOU! With graduates in CMP all over the world, alumni look forward to meeting with, donating and awarding internships to Gaylord students. Advisors and faculty encourage and help supplement traditional classroom experience with on-the-job training. With opportunities like career fairs, networking events, premier student organizations, faculty guided trips and tours and study abroad opportunities, there’s no limit to the possibilities with a CMP degree.
Graduates from CMP have worked around the globe, covering wars in the Middle East, serving the president in media relations and working for some of the biggest names in television. Among Gaylord College's outstanding alumni are Paul Gadd, producer for "24" on the Fox Network; Spencer Tillman, Sports Broadcaster, CBS Sports; and James Dolan, president and CEO for Dolan Media.
How can I get involved?
There are numerous organizations CMP students can be a part of. Check them out:
What courses will I take?
CMP courses include:
- Introduction to Mass Communication
- Writing for Mass Media
- Introduction to Public Relations
- Electronic Media Writing
- Introduction to Video Production
- Survey of Electronic Media
- Electronic Field Production
- Issues & Ethics in Electronic Media - Capstone
- Gaylord Electives
- Minor Classes
- CMP Tracks - CMP students have the opportunity to select one of the following tracks (9-10 hours) to complete their degree.
o Audio Production
o Corporate Commercial Media and Design
o Documentary Production
o Electronic Film Making
o Interactive Multimedia Graphics
o Video Production
o Planned Studies
Wait, I can have a minor?
Gaylord students have the opportunity to minor in a non-Gaylord program as part of their program degree sheet. Typically, CMP students minor in:
- A foreign language (Spanish, French, etc.)
- Film & Media Studies
- Nonprofit Organizational Studies
- Political Science
- General Business
- Enterprise Studies
How can I study abroad?
CMP students have the chance to study abroad with:
- British Media Study Abroad in the United Kingdom
- Communicating Culture: Travel writing in Puerto Rico
- International Advertising in either Europe or Asia
- Summer Program in Communication at Erfurt (SPICE) in Germany
- Summer in Washington, D.C.
- JMC: Professional Media Program at OU in Arezzo, Italy
- Students also have the opportunity for club trips in Austin, Dallas, New York City and San Francisco
What kind of career could I pursue?
How much will I make?
Median pay for Reporters, Correspondents and
Broadcast News Analysts: $38,870
Median pay for Film and Video Editors and Camera
Median pay for Producers and Directors: $70,950
*Pay from Bureau of Labor Statistics
The Gaylord College of Journalism and Mass Communication is a founding member of the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communication. The college has had continuous accreditation since 1948. A creative media production student graduates with a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism degree. A Master of Arts and Ph.D. in Media Arts are also available.