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It's not necessary to go to grad schoolCommunications
It's not necessary to go to grad school in media arts. Though... the access to programs and equipment and having a solid internship got me my first 2 jobs, which lead to other jobs.

For undergrad, I wish I took a year off first - interning, working, volunteering and/or travelling. I wasn't sure of what I wanted and majored in something close to what I ended up doing. Had I known I was going into production, I would've gone straight to a school like Emerson. It's a much better place for undergrads than grad students. Much more at your disposal. So... advice for Media Arts undergrads: get involved in as much as you can outside of class. And don't take the classes too seriously.

Alumnus Male -- Class 2000
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The media arts (specifically film and tv), theater,Quite BrightOther
The media arts (specifically film and tv), theater, and speech /communication disorders programs are the best developed. Paying a ton of money to get a degree in WLP or marketing really isn't worth it. This school is all about making connections. You have to be driven to make your own way. No one is going to lead you along; you have to figure out what is best for what you want to do in the long run and work hard to get it. Go to your adviser as soon as possible and discuss at "10-year" plan. Tell them where you want to be in 10 years and then ask them to plan out the best course of action. Get involved with on-campus activities when you are a freshman as they are hard to get into later on. The best thing about Emerson is that it provides you with more than enough opportunity to go out there and get hands-on experience with the safety net of education to fall back on. You don't have to worry about getting fired from your first real job because it's your first time on a film set and you did something you weren't supposed to - by the time you graduate, you'll be incredibly comfortable with the process and members of the industry will be impressed with your knowledge.
3rd Year Female -- Class 2009
Innovation: A+, Extracurricular Activities: D-
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Emerson College is for a very particular student.Quite BrightFine Arts - Painting/Sculpture/Photography/etc
Emerson College is for a very particular student. For certain programs, despite what these people may have said - if you have the talent and the DRIVE then you will make it. Emerson's ties to the "industry" are better than any other college. When it comes down to going to a school there is a difference between getting a History degree at Yale and working at a Home Depot with a lot of knowledge but the inability to get a job as compared to taking the initiative to gain an able-understanding and having a job that utilizes your interests and needs. Emerson is not for the slacker type or for the kid who thinks they are hot shit. Emerson is for the type of person who will get involved and stay involved - not whine and bitch when something is wrong or when something seems to be off kilter. This school is for the open-minded who are ready to grab life by the balls and try to make a name for themselves. Learn from those around you - that is what Emerson is all about.
3rd Year Female -- Class 2003
University Resource Use/ spending: A, Scholastic Success: D-
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