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FROM STUDY TO SKILLS

The Department of Screen Arts and Cultures (SAC) is uniquely situated to help LSA students explore the intersection of intellectual study and creative practice in the arts.  SAC offers a well-conceived integration of critical studies and creative production that examines American and world film, video art, television, and digital media, as well as the development of particular genres and the careers of individual artists.  The program also provides undergraduates with practical experience in filmmaking, video, television, digital media, as well as a challenging merit-based sequence of screenwriting and TV writing courses to qualified students.

SAC concentrators develop a broad range of skills, including artistic, critical, evaluative, planning, and technical abilities and are encouraged to study abroad.  A minor in Global Media is also available.

Related fields include Communication Studies, English Literature and Creative Writing, Theatre, History of Art, Art and Design, Music, Performance Technology (School of Music), Business, and Computer Science.

SKILLS & ABILITIES

Organizational / Project Skills

Establishing timelines
Delegating assignments / authority
Maintaining overview of program or project
Motivating groups
Assessing needs
Developing cost analysis
Budgeting for programs /services
Organizing equipment
Establishing priorities
Fundraising
Reviewing new projects

Communication Skills

Writing clearly
Explaining complex ideas
Supervising people
Solving problems
Writing copy / proposals
Comparing / contrasting ideas
Viewing popular culture in its historical context
Using critical analysis

Artistic Skills

Thinking creatively
Creating new approaches /concepts
Giving visual and aural form to ideas
Understanding of the importance of detail
Designing scenery
Setting camera positions

Technical Skills

Operating visual and audio equipment
Lighting productions
Installing and maintaining projecting and receiving systems
Developing computer graphics
Digital animation

BUILDING YOUR SKILLS OUTSIDE THE CLASSROOM

Employers seek out individuals who can demonstrate excellent verbal and written communication skills, teamwork and interpersonal skills, initiative, and a strong work ethic. Student organizations and campus employment offer valuable opportunities to add to the skills you are developing in your classes. Most concentrations sponsor specific student groups like an undergraduate organization or an honor society. Other options include study abroad, off-campus employment or volunteering in the community. Finally, a summer internship may be the best way of all to test out a career field and develop marketable skills.

FROM SKILLS TO CAREER

The skills you gain as a Screen Arts & Cultures concentrator will prepare you to succeed in a number of occupations. While the academic program emphasizes the artistic aspects of moving image media, SAC concentrators have discovered occupational opportunities in a wide range of careers, such as business, non-profit organizations, government, education, and all media. In addition, SAC concentrators may choose to continue their education in professional or graduate school. The list below is a sample of careers undertaken by Screen Arts graduates.

Organization / Project Skills

Production assistant / Stage manager
Executive producer / Filmmaker
Film archivist
Arts center administrator
Television or film researcher
Account manager (public relations / marketing)

Communication Skills

Contract / entertainment lawyer open book icon
Talent agent
Casting director
K-12 teacher
Film scholar open book icon
Film reviewer / blogger
Audio–visual program officer
Media librarian
Education programming specialist
Public affairs specialist

Artistic and Technical Skills

Graphic artist
Director
Screenwriter’
Cinematographer / videographer
Special effects specialist
Animator / Cartoonist
Editor, film, TV, Internet
Sound engineer
Gaffer
Dubbing editor
Photographic technologist
Audio and video equipment technician
Television broadcast technician
Digital production

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For more career information, see O*Net at http://online.onetcenter.org/

CONCENTRATION REQUIREMENTS

The SAC concentration requires a minimum of 37 credits, including required courses in SAC and an integrated sequence of courses in related areas approved by the program. Electives in cognate fields are selected from among a large number of courses approved by the department. For more information about the concentration and degree requirements, contact us at:

Department of Screen Arts & Cultures
6330 North Quad, 105 S. State
734-764-0147
www.lsa.umich.edu/sac/

Newnan Advising Center
1255 Angell Hall
734-764-0332
www.lsa.umich.edu/advising

NEXT STEPS / RESOURCES

To begin connecting to professionals in fields that interest you, create your own LinkedIn account:
www.careercenter.umich.edu/article/getting-started-linkedin

To identify internships or job opportunities, visit Career Center Connector:
www.careercenter.umich.edu/article/career-center-connector

Maize Pages list hundreds of organizations for students to get involved in:  http://studentorgs.umich.edu/maize

On-campus jobs (work-study and non work-study jobs) are listed at:
https://studentemployment.umich.edu/JobX_Home.aspx

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The Career Guide series was developed by the University of Michigan Career Center, Division of Student Affairs, in cooperation with the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts. ©2011 Regents of the University of Michigan