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VMA Department Chair Brooke Knight said he and the associate chairs identified 92 sections of production courses that would be significantly impacted by the transition to online.

Online learning results in alterations to VMA production courses

By Shruti Rajkumar
April 14, 2020

Sophomore visual media arts major Lauren Miller was preparing to film a group final project when the college announced it would be switching to remote learning in light of the progressing COVID-19 pandemic—she...

The VMA department will debut a new 400-level course open to undergraduates and graduates to create gun violence prevention media for Massachusetts General Hospital. Katie Redefer / Beacon Staff

VMA Department set to offer gun violence prevention video class

By Katie Redefer, Staff Writer
November 20, 2019

The Visual and Media Arts Department at Emerson plans to work in collaboration with Massachusetts General Hospital through a new class centered around the creation of gun violence prevention videos.  This...

Kristie Mitchell (left) and Sam Stenson (right) helped organize Delta Kappa Alphas one-minute film festival. Greyson Acquaviva / Beacon Staff

Delta Kappa Alpha starts new competition in lieu of 48 hour film festival

By Grace Rispoli
November 6, 2019

During his first year at Emerson, senior Jacob Falberg pulled an all-nighter to direct and edit a film for Emerson’s 48 Hour Film Festival.  He reminisced about collaborating with another editor,...

Both students and faculty were affected when the college switched to using Workday software. Lizzie Heintz / Beacon Staff

Departments and Faculty Hit with Workday Issues

By Dana Gerber, News Editor
October 28, 2019

Faculty members experienced complications transitioning to the new Workday software since its July 1 implementation, leading to overpaid faculty members and issues with reimbursement processes, according...

Chassidy David works on the set of her BFA film, Missing First Period. Photo courtesy of Chassidy David

Students self-fund films in response to limited college support

By Dana Gerber, News Editor
October 6, 2019

Senior Chassidy David began producing her Bachelor of Fine Arts film as a junior in February 2019, but she quickly learned that the funds provided by the college would not be sufficient to cover the expenses...

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College focuses on faculty hires over department budget increases

By Hanna Marchesseault
April 18, 2019

The college’s departmental operating budget has not increased in the last seven years, President M. Lee Pelton said in an interview after the Student Forum on Finance on April 10. The money in the...

Journalism faculty released a statement in support of the Black Lives Matter movement and in solidarity with Black students, faculty, staff, and alumni Wednesday.

Journalism students leave major at higher rate than other departments

By Belen Dumont, News Editor
February 21, 2019

Approximately five percent of journalism students switched out of the department during the 2018-19 academic year—a rate around four times higher than other major programs, according to data the Journalism...

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Warehouse in Somerville now available to VMA majors

By Hanna Marchesseault
January 5, 2019

At the Emerson Prop Warehouse in Somerville, items ranging from old televisions to gladiator shields pile from the floor to the ceiling. The warehouse, which has been in Somerville for the past three...

Joseph D. Ketner II passed away after a year-long battle with bile duct cancer. Courtesy of President M. Lee Peltons office.

College grieves loss of world renowned artistic director and professor

By Parker Purifoy, Emerson '21
September 20, 2018

Sydney Manning ‘13 remembers sitting in the first day of “Europe After the Rain”—a class about European art post World War ll—with late professor Joseph D. Ketner ll standing in front of her...

VMA department downsizes due to scarce resources

By Gabriella Mrozowski
September 14, 2017

The college accepted fewer visual and media arts students this year due to limited faculty and campus resources. Chair of the VMA Department Brooke Knight said the number of VMA students in the class of...

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