Core Curriculum

// Intro to Media Arts // Media Arts I, II, III, IV // Video and Audio Technical Production // Advanced Film and Television Production // Senior Focus

The Audition Includes:

To be submitted after online application:

  • One (1) 60 second film depicting a scene or story in a non-documentary style. Subject matter is the student’s choice. Students must submit their film in advance, and can submit the film either saved to a DVD or uploaded to any video service as long as it is the student’s account. Films uploaded to a video service account must be unlisted, with a direct link provided to MSA (the preferred method).
  • All films must be accompanied by a one-page typed essay (12 point font, Times New Roman) describing 1.) the process of making the film 2.) Why the topic was chosen and 3.) A description of what will be seen in the film. All films must be made by the student applying.
  • View Quick Guide: “How to Make a Short Film/Scene

To be completed on-site:

News & Events

Media 2020 Virtual Showcase
May 11, 2020 – Jul 31, 2020 ,


Lancaster Places Second in High School Film Competition

In April 2019, the Media Arts junior and senior classes participated in the Tupelo Film Festival’s High School Film Competition, held at the Bolton Campus of Itawamba Community College. Students were ableRead More…
By : Newsroom | Aug 3, 2019

MSA Film Students Capture Top Awards at Tupelo Film Festival

Media Arts film students at Mississippi School of the Arts have accomplished a lot within the short time of the program’s opening. This year, the program will graduate its first class ofRead More…
By : Newsroom | Apr 30, 2018


John Kelly Shelburne, a native Mississippian, holds a BA in film and minor in History from University of Southern Mississippi, as well as an MA in Cinema Studies and a MFA in Film and Television from the Savannah College of Art and Design. Shelburne has given presentations in basic cinematography, transitions of editing, and Walter Murch’s “Rule of Six.” He has served as script supervisor, unit production manager, editor, writer and producer of short films. Shelburne was a host of the SCAD Cinema Circle, a moderator for the Savannah Film Festival and moderator at Film Haven Film Festival in Brookhaven, Mississippi.


Virtual Showcase

Due to COVID-19, students transitioned to at-home learning. See the Spring 2020 showcase online. Click Here.