Minnesota Media Arts School

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The Minnesota Discovery Center's Minnesota Media Arts School, in partnership with UMD Duluth and Zeitgeist Film, is an affordable option for the Northland’s diverse creative community ranging from filmmakers, graphic designers, multimedia artists, and theatrical artists to learn, work, create, and connect. With teaching hubs in Chisholm and Duluth, we will add important contributions to the regional film ecosystem. 

Our goal is to empower, support, and educate Northland community members ages 16+ as active participants in shaping our culture, and engage diverse communities to rethink the way we view film, art, and local storytelling. We provide access and a platform to work, learn, create, and experience filmmaking and media production in our community. 

Benefits include access to iMac computers loaded with creative design and editing software, meeting rooms, multi-media studios, film/video equipment for on-site photo/video shoots & projects, digital tools, and more.



Introduction to Documentary Filmmaking – Chisholm, MN 

Wednesdays (8 weeks) – 4/12, 4/19, 4/26, 5/3, 5/10, 5/17, 5/24, 5/31

Times: 6:30pm-9:00pm

Capacity: 10 Students 


Documentary film is a process of curiosity, discovery, and storytelling. In this workshop, we will explore the many different types of documentaries and build the basic technical skills to create successful nonfiction films, including selecting compelling topics based on available resources, pre-production, lighting, sound recording, cinematography, interviewing, finding the story, and editing. Over the course of the workshop, participants will each create their own short documentaries (max 10 min) and will leave the course with the skills and experience to make many more.

Equipment for this class will be provided!


Editing Workshop – Chisholm, MN 

Thursdays (8 weeks) 4/13, 4/20, 4/27, 5/4, 5/11, 5/18, 5/25, 6/1

Times: 6:30pm-9:00pm

Capacity: 8 Students


Our editing workshop is designed for students who are interested in motion picture, television, and new media post-production. Students learn theory in motion picture, television and media production and editing. They apply that knowledge by producing a variety of projects using Adobe Premiere.



Screenwriting Virtual Workshop (Iron Range Workshop Begins April 20th)

Thursdays (8 weeks) – 4/20, 4/27, 5/4, 5/11, 5/18, 5/25, 6/1, 6/8

Times: 6:30pm-9:00pm

Capacity: no capacity limit


Do you have a great idea for a feature film? Many have great ideas; only few craft them into screenplays. In this workshop, learn screenwriting fundamentals as you develop your idea from pitch to outline to screenplay. While no previous screenwriting experience is required, you should come to the workshop with ideas for short films.



Matthew Koshmrl is a fiscal year 2021 recipient of a Creative Support for Individuals grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board. This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legisilative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.