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Entertainment and Media

An experiential minor including experience with Fresh Films, a working studio on campus.

The entertainment and media (ENTN) experiential minor is open to students in any major, from accounting to creative writing, from multimedia journalism to pre-law.

Augustana will prepare you for the creative, technical and business proficiency needed for leadership roles within the media and entertainment industry, while introducing you to the ethical obligations those roles carry. 

As part of your studies, you might work at a Hollywood studio such as Disney or Dreamworks, at smaller companies that work within the industry, or within advertising agencies or corporate communications departments.

By offering the ENTN experiential minor, Augustana is responding to the needs of one of the largest and fastest-growing sectors of the U.S. economy.

The rapidly evolving entertainment landscape of new technologies requires thoughtful problem-solvers, creative thinkers and strong leaders — a combination found in Augustana’s liberal arts graduates.

What you'll learn

Disciplinary knowledge

Disciplinary knowledge

Gain a deep understanding of your subject and how it connects to other subjects.

Creative thinking

Creative thinking

Combine ideas to create something new. Use imaginative ways of solving problems.

Communication competence

Communication competence

Read and listen carefully. Express ideas (writing or speaking) suited to the audience.

Intercultural competence

Intercultural competence

Understand real and imaginary similarities and differences. Use more than one perspective to view issues.

Intellectual curiosity

Intellectual curiosity

Set yourself up for lifelong intellectual growth. Take responsibility for your own learning.

Distinctions

• Students gain experience and build their résumés by working with Fresh Films, a film studio on campus that produces Emmy-nominated TV shows, theatrical films and documentaries, often featuring well-known actors. Fresh Films was founded by director Estlin Feigley ’93 and producer Kelli Feigley, who also act as advisors for the ENTM minor.

• Since moving onto Augustana’s campus in 2016, Fresh Films has offered Augustana student year-round internships opportunities working on productions, from screenwriting to marketing. Combined with coursework, the Fresh Films experience also allows students to stand out during internship and job interviews.

• The Quad Cities (population 450,000) offers other internship opportunities, including television, radio, advertising agencies and more.

• Augustana’s newly remodeled Brunner Theatre Center is another excellent resource for students interested in the stage-to-screen aspects of acting, directing or theatre production.

Recent graduates

Patricia Grod '20 is a staff associate at MP&F Strategic Communications in Nashville, Tenn.

Kaitlyn O’Brien ’19 is an association manager at CM Services, Inc.'s The Association Partnership Company in Glen Ellyn, Ill.

Joe Flynn ’19 is a production assistant for NBC’s “Chicago Fire.”

Tori Charnetzki ’18 is a producer at Discover Mediaworks in Madison, Wis.

Sarah Fischer ’18 is a customer collaboration supply chain analyst at USG in Bettendorf, Iowa.

Sam Dunklau ’17 is the capitol bureau chief at WITF, Inc., in Harrisburg, Pa.

Tawanda Mberikwazvo ’17 works in DIS – Visual Services at John Deere Moline, Ill.

Montserrat Ricossa
More Than I Imagined Montserrat Ricossa
“I’m a full-time reporter at KWQC, one of my dream jobs — and before I even graduated! ”
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Tawanda Mberikwazvo
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“My peak experience was my summer internship with Augustana’s Fresh Films, when I traveled to different cities throughout the U.S.”
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Ryan Jenkins
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“I lived in New York City and interned with a national news program at CBS News.”
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Ashley Mancera at the Center for Speech, Language, and Hearing

Vikinternships: Summer internships at Augustana

Students studying CSD, entertainment and media, and environmental studies shared their talents to the work of three amazing resources based on campus.

Sam Dunklau in WVIK

Beating the pros as an undergrad

Sam Dunklau ’17 earned the award for overall excellence in professional radio from the Iowa Broadcast News Association. Dunklau interned as a news reporter at WVIK 90.3 FM, Quad Cities NPR, based on Augustana’s campus.

Tawanda Mberikwazvo

Students find variety, purpose with Fresh Films

Fresh Films, a working film studio relocated from Chicago to Augustana, employed 13 Augustana interns last summer on campus, on location and on the road.