Media Arts Programs

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Programs in Media Arts

Annual Showcase and Dr. Drew Award

  • The Annual Media Arts Department Showcase and Awards Presentation is held each May at the Landmark Loew's Jersey Theater in Journal Square, Jersey City, NJ. The Landmark Loew's Jersey Theater is an historical movie palace that operates as a non-profit arts and entertainment center and offers classic film programming, theatrical and musical performances, local art exhibitions, and other platforms that enrich the culture of Jersey City. We are proud to partner with the Loew's each year for this exceptional screening event. The Dr. Joseph Drew Award for Excellence in Media Production is presented to one or more seniors nominated by a faculty jury in the Media Arts Department. This prestigious award recognizes a strong academic standing; a body of outstanding creative work in a variety of media; and service and citizenship to the Media Arts Department. Selections from the nominees' work are presented at the Annual Media Arts Showcase, and the award winner is announced at the screening.

Visiting Artist Series

  • The Media Arts Department of New Jersey City University organizes an ongoingVisiting Artist Series where renowned artists, working in a variety of media, screen and discuss their work with media arts students and alumni. All Visiting Artist Series presentations are open to the University community and have included Academy Award-winning directors Todd Haynes ( Far From Heaven, Velvet Goldmine) and Leon Gast ( When We Were Kings); filmmakers Kelly Reichardt ( Old Joy, River of Grass) and Wonsuk Chin ( edreams); experimental film and videomakers Su Friedrich, Mary Ellen Strom, Elizabeth Subrin, Jim Fotopoulos, Ruben Guzman, and Edin Velez; documentary filmmakers Charlie Ahearn ( Wild Style) Tami Gold and Angel Velasco Shaw; award-winning editor Sabine Hoffman ( Brother to Brother, Personal Velocity); animator Emily Hubley; curators Joan Byrd and Margarita De la Vega-Hurtado; and film critic and writer Ed Halter.

Cooperative Education Opportunities

  • The Media Arts Department has a long history of involvement with cooperative education. Our students have interned on a regular basis with major companies and organizations.

Black Maria Film and Video Festival

  • The NJCU Media Arts Department is the home and sponsor of the annual Black Maria Film and Video Festival, an international juried competition and traveling exhibition which since 1981 has been recognizing and supporting visually poetic, socially responsive, culturally diverse and provocative independent film, video, and emerging media. Named after the Black Maria, the world's first motion picture studio, designed by Thomas Edison in West Orange, the festival is now tours to over sixty-five venues across the country as far as Anchorage, Alaska. The Black Maria Film and Video Festival also operates the New Jersey Young Film and Videomaker's Festival and the Environmental Insight's Collection. The Festival's roots are in New Jersey where just over 100 years ago, the inventor Thomas Edison developed motion picture technology at his West Orange lab facilities. One of these laboratories was the Black Maria, a structure that had a hinged roof and rotated on circular wooden track allowing the studio to follow the sun and illuminate the stage within. A technological marvel for its day, the Black Maria is an artifact from the dawn of moving pictures, a medium which revolutionized human expression. The Black Maria still sits on the Edison Historical site in West Orange.

Urban Image

  • A collective of media artists based at New Jersey City University's Media Arts Department. The mission of URBAN IMAGE is to provide venues for these emerging artists - all current majors or graduates of the Media Arts program at New Jersey City University - to exhibit their work and to partner with arts organizations in New Jersey. URBAN IMAGE showcases have bi-annual screenings at the Jersey City Museum and the Hoboken Historical Museum.


  • Founded in 2002 by media arts students, Womenswork is a collective dedicated to empowering, promoting, nurturing, and mentoring women in the media arts by facilitating the production, promotion, and exhibition of independent films and video works by women. With the support of the Media Arts Department at New Jersey City University, the collective has programmed and organized showcases that have screened at the Loew's Jersey Theater in Jersey City, NJ; at the Fort Lee (NJ) Museum in conjunction with the Fort Lee Film Commission; at New Jersey City University; at the Purnell School in Pottersville, NJ; and at other arts venues in New Jersey.