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SoMAD hosts multi-city Alumni Summit

Posted on August 18, 2017

The School of Media Arts & Design hosted a multi-city Alumni Summit last spring (April 1) involving 15 MSUM alumni representing Film, Graphic Communications and Graphic Design and 90 current SoMAD students and faculty. The three-hour event (our third such summit since 2013) included an in-person panel of Fargo-Moorhead alumni and three video panels of alumni living and working in New York, Minneapolis, and Los Angeles, who addressed questions concerning the transition from undergraduate to post-graduate life. Read the rest of this entry →

Summer Cinema Series closes with nautical-themed comedy shorts

Posted on July 31, 2017

Four summer Mondays feature silent films and music

Minnesota State University Moorhead’s Summer Cinema Series enters its 41st season with four evenings of silent films preceded by live organ music. The Summer Cinema Series is a collaborative project of MSUM’s School of Media Arts & Design and the Red River Chapter of the American Theatre Organ Society.

Closing the series on Monday, July 31, is a selection of silent comedy short films with a nautical theme —  Keaton’s The Boat, Harry Langdon’s Shanghaied Lovers, and Lloyd’s Captain Kidd’s Kids. After this showing, treats will be served in the hallway.

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Open casting call

Posted on July 28, 2017

Tuesday, Aug. 8 | 5:30-8:30 p.m. | CA 33

MSUM’s School of Media Arts & Design will hold an open casting call on Tuesday, August 8 from 5:30-8:30 p.m. in room CA 33 (MSUM campus – Roland Dille Center for the Arts). This call is for actors of all ages/all talent levels (men, women, children). All who show up will be added to our Talent Database, which includes a video headshot reel, made available to over 200 School of Media Arts & Design Production students. No preparation needed. Headshots are welcome, but not required.

For more information contact Tom Brandau at 701-446-7818 or

Senior Seminar film presentations today

Posted on April 28, 2017

Friday, April 28 | 7 p.m. | Glasrud Auditorum

The School of Media Arts & Design’s Senior Seminar presentations for: B.A. in Animation, B.A. in Film Production & B.A. in Film Studies will take place today, Friday, April 28 at 7 p.m. in Weld Hall, Glasrud Auditorium. The evening will feature 8 films representing the work of 35 graduating seniors. Dramas, comedies, animation… something for everyone! And, there will be refreshments. Come out and support SoMAD filmmakers! See what our senior class has been up to for the past two semesters! This event is FREE and OPEN to the public. Hope to see you there!  Read the rest of this entry →

Spring BFA Exhibition No. 2 reception today

Posted on April 06, 2017

Thursday, April 6 | 4-6 p.m. | CA 155

The School of Art at Minnesota State University Moorhead invites the public to the reception for the Spring Bachelor of Fine Arts Student Exhibition No. 2 on Thursday, April 6 from 4 to 6 p.m. in the Roland Dille Center for the Arts Gallery (CA 155).  Read the rest of this entry →

Film Studies professor, student present at SWPACA

Posted on February 27, 2017

Professor Anthony Adah and senior Derek Bauer presented at the recent Southwest/American Popular Culture Association Conference in Albuquerque, NM (Feb 15-18). Professor Adah gave a paper, “The Art Repatriation Film as an Indigenous Film Genre,” and Derek Bauer presented a practice-led project, “Scary as Hell.”

SoMAD hosts valentine screening

Posted on February 08, 2017

Sunday, Feb. 12 | 2 p.m. | Glasrud Auditorium

The Red River Chapter of the American Theatre Organ Society (RRATOS) is partnering with the Minnesota State University Moorhead School of Media Arts and Design to produce “My Funny Valentine”a free, family-friendly screening of three “two-reeler” romantic-comedy short silent films starring the famed comedians Charlie Chaplin, Harold Lloyd, and Buster Keaton.  Read the rest of this entry →

Screening of ‘Wicker Kittens’ by Alumni Mike Scholtz, Valerie Coit

Posted on December 03, 2016

Tuesday, Dec. 6 | 7 p.m. | Glasrud Auditorum 

The School of Media Arts & Design presents visiting filmmakers and fellow dragons, Mike Scholtz & Valerie Coit!

Join us at 7 p.m. Tuesday, December 6, in Weld Hall’s Glasrud Auditorium, where Mike & Val will present one of their award-winning feature documentary films, Wicker Kittens, which premiered at SXSW. The film will be followed by a discussion and Q/A with the artists. The screening is free and open to all!  Read the rest of this entry →

Community Video Project Screening

Posted on December 02, 2016

Film students collaborate with community members

On Friday, Dec.2, MSUM Film Studies students will showcase films made for community organizations. The screening begins at 7:30 p.m. in the MSUM Library, Room 103. The films are the result of a class taught by Ray Rea.

Students work with organizations to create short films that promote and explain the work of the organizations. The class helps prepare students for work in the film industry.

The event is free and open to the public, and will include representatives from the organizations that worked with students to develop the films.

Kyja K-Nelson Named Television Academy Foundation Faculty Fellow

Posted on November 07, 2016

The Television Academy Foundation named Kyja K-Nelson, School of Media Arts & Design, one of the 2016 Faculty Fellows. Twenty-five professors from colleges and universities nationwide were selected by Television Academy members to participate in a week-long seminar to learn from the industry’s top professionals.  Read the rest of this entry →

Film Studies Curated Exhibition at the Rourke Art Museum

Posted on November 04, 2016

Saturday, Nov. 5 | 5:30-7:30 p.m. | Rourke Art Museum (521 Main Avenue, Moorhead)

This Saturday evening there will be an Opening Reception for the MSUM Film Studies Curated Exhibition at The Rourke Art Museum (521 Main Avenue, Moorhead) from 5:30-7:30 p.m. The museum is within walking distance from campus.  Read the rest of this entry →

Community Outreach Looking for Faculty, Student Volunteers

Posted on October 25, 2016

On Friday, Nov. 4 there will be 120 8th graders on campus from Detroit Lakes, Minn. These students will be on campus all day taking part in a range of activities (Planetarium Show, Lunch in Kise and engaging in Faculty/College Student panels).

Volunteers are needed for Major Specific Faculty and College Student panels/activities. Panels are at 11 a.m., 11:40 a.m., and 12:20 p.m. This group has students with specific majors of interest, so please review the need below. If you are willing and able to help out at the panel that corresponds with your major please email Shireen Alemadi ( no later than Friday, Oct. 28.  Read the rest of this entry →

Save the Date: GIS Day is Wednesday, Nov. 16

Posted on October 25, 2016

GIS Day is an international celebration showcasing real-world applications of geographic information systems (GIS), providing a forum to explore the benefits of GIS and build local GIS communities. Please consider attending MSUM’s GIS Day celebration on Wednesday, Nov. 16.

The celebration will include a variety of talks, displays and informational tables about how this cross-disciplinary technology is being used to visualize and analyze diverse types of spatial data. There will be something for everyone, whether you’re new to GIS of already using geospatial technology. More information will be provided in coming weeks.

All events will be held in the CMU Ballroom. Exhibits will be open from 12:30-3:30 p.m. and 15-minute Lightning Talks by GIS professionals will run from 1:30-3:15 p.m. Great speakers will be talking about everything from weather to crime and natural resource mapping. The keynote lecture, by Al Derosier (MSUM alumnus and deputy director of operations at Esri) will be at 3:30 p.m.

This is the third annual GIS Day Celebration at MSUM. It is hosted by the Center for Geospatial Studies. The event is free and open to the public.

South Dakota Film Festival Honors MSUM Film and Animation

Posted on September 30, 2016

The School of Media Arts & Design was well represented at the 10th annual South Dakota Film Festival. Dr. Tony Adah, Kyja K-Nelson and 18 film and animation students traveled to Aberdeen, S.D., Sept. 23-25 to exhibit their film, animation and video installation. Additionally, SoMAD was honored at the festival.  Read the rest of this entry →

School of Media Arts & Design Mixer a Success

Posted on September 19, 2016

On Sept.15 the School of Media Arts & Design hosted a student mixer in the Center for the Arts Great Hall. The annual event (now in its sixth year) was organized to increase collaboration and foster an atmosphere of continuing cooperation between students of SoMAD (Film, Animation, Graphic Communications, Graphic Design and Photography) and students of the School of Performing Arts.

The event included pizza, pop, music and an opportunity for students to be added to the SoMAD actor/talent database. Over 125 students and faculty were in attendance.  Read the rest of this entry →

‘Clever Subterfuge’ Reception Thursday

Posted on September 01, 2016

Thursday, Sept. 1 | 4-6 p.m. | Great White Hall, Roland Dille Center for the Arts Gallery  Read the rest of this entry →

‘Look Out Point’ Screening in Internationally Curated Show in Venice

Posted on August 17, 2016

Look Out Point, an experimental film by Kyja K-Nelson (School of Media Arts & Design), is currently screening as part of an internationally curated show, Fragmented Identities, held in Venice at the Palazzo Ca’ Zanardi and the Venice Art House from Aug. 4 through Sept. 29.  Read the rest of this entry →

MSUM Faculty Members, Alumni Attend Geospatial Analysis Conference

Posted on August 15, 2016

A Faculty Development Associates team comprised of Andrew Chen, Computer Science and Information Systems; Rinita Dalan, Anthropology and Earth Sciences; Alexandria Fogarty, School of Media Arts and Design; and T. J. Hansen, Economics, Law & Politics; attended the Esri Education and User Conferences in San Diego, California June 25-29, 2016. The MSUM team members joined over 15,000 participants from academia, industry and government that participated in technical workshops, moderated paper discussions, industry-specific sessions and forums related to geospatial analysis.  Read the rest of this entry →

High School Students Learn Coding at MSUM Camp

Posted on July 29, 2016

We’re living in a digital world, where everything is becoming high tech. A group of high school students is embracing it, by learning how to make websites and applications at Coding Camp, through MSUM’s Graphic Communication department.  Read the rest of this entry →

Look Out Point Screened in Rome

Posted on July 21, 2016

Look Out Point, an experimental film by Kyja K-Nelson (School of Media Arts & Design), recently screened as part of two curated programs in Rome, Italy. K-Nelson’s film is currently screening at the Experimental Art, Architecture and Design Festival at the BAU International Academy of Rome. In addition, K-Nelson’s film was part of an exhibition at the Worldhotel Ripa Roma called Oxygen, a contemporary video art and performing art festival, curated to explore the re-appropriation of the natural world to give new interpretations to psychical and physical places that transform our lives.  Read the rest of this entry →

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