Performing & Media Arts

As a performing and media arts major, you’ll benefit from the synergies between the study and practice of theatre and live performance, cinema/media and/or dance. Whether you’re an actor/director, a filmmaker, a scholar-critic, a choreographer or a designer, you’ll be able to take many possible combinations of courses depending on your interest in history/theory/criticism, creative authorship, design or embodied performance and more. Students are also welcome to explore our four minors: Performing and Media Arts, Dance, Film and Theatre.

Sample classes

  • Dance Improvisation or Technology and the Moving Body
  • Screening Cosa Nostra: The Mafia and the Movies from Scarface to The Sopranos
  • Staging Dissent: Theater and Social Change
  • Introduction to African-American Cinema


All information below is based on the 2022 First-Destination Post-Graduate Survey. Lists are not exhaustive, rather they are a sampling of the data. If you would like more information, please email

What can you do with a degree in Performing & Media Arts?

Graduate school: 

In 2022, 25% of PMA students embarked on graduate school journeys. They pursued various advanced degrees, with 54% focusing on their MFA, 31% working towards an MA, 8% dedicated to an MD, and more. Their graduate field interest ranges from film & video studies (38%), archaeology (8%), and creative writing (8%).

These ambitious individuals have chosen to continue their education at prestigious institutions like California State University-Los Angeles, Carnegie Mellon University, Columbia University, New York University, and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.


58% of performing & media arts graduates secured employment, and the majority entered sectors in communication/media (29%), business/industry (13%), and consulting/professional practice (10%). Comcast/NBCUniversal was the top 2022 employer.

Where 2022 Performing & Media Arts Graduates Work

Employer Job Titles
Actors' Equity Business Representative for Discrimination and Harassment
Cheddar Production Assistant
Comcast/NBCUniversal Entertainment Operations Coordinator
Facebook Product Designer
Intuitive Production Management Assistant Production Manager
MarVista Entertainment Creative Affairs Assistant
Model Club Inc.  Actor
United Talent Agency Agent Trainee
Verizon Media Production Coordinator/Producer