UGA Specific Information for Entertainment and Media Studies

This program prepares students for careers in creative digital media industries. The major includes four emphasis areas: video production for film, television, online and mobile distribution; scriptwriting and screenwriting; digital media management, programming, sales and research; and new media development, including online, mobile, and social media. The major focuses on entertainment and other creative content, providing students with professional courses of study in the theory and production of creative digital media and the impact of that content on society. Graduates find careers in the film, television, radio, cable, satellite, online, mobile, and other new media industries. Majors work in writing, content production, programming, distribution, management, sales, and research, primarily in the creative and entertainment industries. 



Class of 2019 Career Outcomes for Entertainment and Media Studies*

** Includes Self-Employed

Campus Resources

Additional UGA Career Center Recommendations/Considerations

Knowledge/Skills Needed in this Industry

  • Get experience with reporting, production, and editing by securing an internship with a TV broadcast station, radio station or production company. Obtaining a production assistant internship is common for students beginning their careers in this field. Internships may be paid or unpaid positions.
  • Many crew and casting positions in the entertainment industry are not posted online and are often filled through networking. If you do not see a position that interests you, visit the film commission website for the state in which you want to work, click on the crew/production directory and email or call the production company. Inquire about open positions and be ready to discuss who you are, what you’ve done relative to the job, and what you want to do. Many entry-level film jobs are freelance jobs and will be listed under the title "Production Assistant." When applying for a crew position, you must indicate at the top of your resume and/or in a cover letter which department or job you are applying for.
  • Remember that networking is incredibly important in this industry. Start building your network as early as you can, and remember to consider people like professors, internship supervisors, friends of your family and your peers. LinkedIn is a great place to start building your network. Check out the UGA Career Center's networking page for tips on creating your profile and which features to use.
  • Develop excellent scriptwriting, reporting, editing, and public speaking skills.
  • Enroll in New Media Certificate courses to gain understanding and proficiency in digital media such as coding, new technology, and social media.
  • Volunteer to announce sporting events at UGA or within the community. If you are interested in the sports industry, consider enrolling in the Sports Media Certificate.
  • Get experience with a variety of software programs, including Adobe Photoshop, InDesign, Photo Mechanic, Apple - Final Cut Pro X, Audacity, and Soundslides. Additionally, Dreamweaver, Macromedia Flash, Adobe Premiere Pro, Avid, and Fireworks are also very useful in the multimedia industry. LinkedIn Learning (Formerly Lynda.com) is a great, free resource for this.
  • Gain experience with social media marketing using platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Become proficient in social media analytics by using HootSuite.
  • Create a portfolio and/or reel of your work, including writing samples, videos you worked on in any way (pre-production, post-production, sound, etc.), graphics, and ideas. Making an online portfolio is a good way to market your skills for job opportunities by using websites such as Behance, Vimeo, WixWordPress, Vimeo, and YouTube. For more information and platforms, check out Portfolio Resources on the Career Center website.

Campus Involvement, Domestic Field Study and Study Abroad Opportunities 

  • Pre-Journalism and Entertainment Media Studies majors interested in getting hands-on experience in video production are strongly encouraged to get involved with Grady Newsource, a four-day-a-week, 30-minute newscast that airs on WNEG-TV. Students rotate weekly through every job in the newsroom: producer, playback, assignments editor, anchors, writers, reporters, videographers, sports, and weather.
  • Join DiGamma Kappa, the official broadcasting society at the University of Georgia. The group meets bi-weekly to provide networking opportunities, activities, and social functions within the broadcast and entertainment industry. The organization also provides an atmosphere for students to learn about jobs and internships from professionals in the industry.
  • Host a radio show on or intern with WUOG 90.5 FM or WUGA 91.7/97.9 FM or other local radio stations.
  • Students interested in working in entertainment media are encouraged to attend Grady L.A., a summer internship/study program in Los Angeles. This program provides the structure of a formal internship program paired with the additional coursework, allowing students to receive academic instruction and professional, industry experience simultaneously. Each week, students will be introduced to guest speakers including studio executives, animators, directors, screenwriters, agents, and other key industry players.
  • Students interested in film are encouraged to get involved with "The Industry," student organization at UGA, and Film Athens.
  • Consider enrolling in the UGA Cannes Film Festival Study Abroad program which offers two academic courses in film studies. This opportunity also allows students to network with producers, directors, and actors who have starred in motion pictures.

LinkedIn Groups to Join 

  • Internships and Interns
  • UGA DiGamma Kappa (DGK)
  • University of Georgia Alumni Association Group (UGA)
  • University of Georgia Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication Alumni
  • Tip: Join LinkedIn groups that are related to your career interest.
  • For more information on how to effectively utilize LinkedIn, check out the UGA Career Center's Networking Page.

Additional Internship/Job Search Tips

  • For additional information on internships and job opportunities, look out for emails sent every Tuesday on the Grady Career Services Update listserv. If you are not on that listserv, sign up for the Grady job leads listserv here.
  • Follow @UGAGradyCareers for timely job postings and career advice, run by the Grady College Office of Experiential Learning.
  • If you’re interested in working or interning for a specific company, visit that company’s website. Job and internship opportunities are usually listed under the “Careers” tab.
  • For information about job salary, company reviews, and job openings, visit Glassdoor and Payscale.com.
  • For a general job search, visit websites such as Indeed, Monster, and Simply Hired.

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Additional Career Research Resources

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Professional Associations/Resources


The information below represents employers and position titles from the Class of 2019 Career Outcomes Survey. To view historical Career Outcomes for this major, click here and select "Historical Data" from the navigation menu.

Employer Position Title(s)
Adventure Media and Events, LLC Editorial Assistant
Align Executive Assistant
Allied Global Marketing Publicity and Promotions Coordinator
American Eagle Sales Associate
Anonymous Content Trainee/PA
Atlanta Eats Production Intern
Atlanta United FC Assistant Video Producer
BC Live Productions Assistant to the Head of Production
Bearpaw Partners Content Writer
Blue Ox Films Filmmaker
Booster Videographer
Carbon Film Video Editor
Chispa House Assistant Video Editor
Civiche Server/Bartender
Cobb County School District 3rd-5th Grade Teacher
Cox Media Group Client Services Coordinator
Crisp Video Group Cinematographer
D Gonzalez Law LLC Community, Media, and Policy Fellow
Democratic Party of Georgia Field Organizer
DIVAS Who Win Freedom Center Brand Ambassador
ELEAD1ONE Graphic Designer
English Opens Doors Teacher
ESPN Broadcast Intern
FOX 5 Atlanta Creative Services Trainee
GBK Productions Prospect Correspondent
Geeks Who Drink Quizmaster
GEICO Management Development Associate
IFM Collaborative Film Producer
IMG Live Junior Project Manager
Jittery Joe's Coffee Barista
Jonny On It Marketing Content Manager
JPMorgan Chase & Co. Commericial Banking Analyst
Juvare Digital Marketing Analyst
Lethal Rhythms Entertainment Social Media Coordinator
Marketing Eye Marketing Intern
MasTec Utility Services Multimedia Training Specialist
Nickelodeon Animation Studio Not Specified
Northside Hospital Gwinnett Graphic Designer
Production Resource Group Camera Prep Tech
Publicis Media Associate Media Planner
Ray Hughes Management Executive Assistant
Roundabout Ent. Inc. Assistant AVID Editor
Scoot Inn Production Assistant
Season of Witches Social Media Coordinator
Shafritz and Dean LLC Post Closer
Skillshot Media Camera Operator
Style Doctors Limited Digital Media Specialist
The Walt Disney Company Graphic Designer
The Wilbert Group Video Fellow
Turner Broadcasting System Creative Services Intern, Production Operations Intern
Turner Classic Movies Digital Intern
United Talent Agency Assistant
University of Georgia Dining Services Assistant Manager
University of Georgia Wesley Foundation Discipleship Intern
Vestigo Adventures Marketing Specialist
Walt Disney World Attractions Cast Member
Westat Computer Programmer Analyst
William Morris Endeavor Floating Assistant
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*Source: Areas above marked with an Asterisk (*) have been created utilizing data taken from the UGA Career Outcomes Survey. The "Employers Hiring...," "Job Titles of...," "Career Outcomes for...," and "Graduate/Professional Schools and Programs..." information listed above represent UGA Class of 2019 Graduates. The lists are not exhaustive and therefore do not represent all potential career options. Click here for more detailed Career Outcomes information regarding this major.

GRADUATE/PROFESSIONAL SCHOOLS ATTENDED BY UGA Entertainment & Media Studies - Bachelor's Degree MAJORS FOR THE CLASS OF 2019**

Graduate School Program(s)
Georgia Southern University Fashion Merchandising and Apparel Design, BS
Loyola Marymount University Film and Television Production, MFA
The University of Texas at Austin Media Studies, Degree Not Specified
University of Georgia Education, MEd; Geography, MS; Journalism (Advertising and Public Relations), MA; Narrative Media Writing, MFA; Nonprofit Management and Leadership, MA
* denotes no responses received.