Media Arts, Design, and Technology Department

Student Profile

Leah Mckechnie


female-headshotLeah McKechnie comes to Chico State from Sacramento, California. She is majoring in  Media Arts Production and minoring in Social Media Production and Analysis.

Leah's Story

Leah's journey in the Media Arts, Design, and Technology (MADT) program at Chico State was driven by her unique blend of political and creative passions, recognizing MADT as a place where her interests converged. Drawn to the MADT program's hands-on, applicable training, Leah recognized its potential to empower her with skills that would significantly contribute to her professional career. Leah plays an important role on campus as she is currently employed as the department's equipment checkout room assistant. Additionally, she has effectively applied her skills from obtaining a Social Media minor by managing all public relations work for Chico Hillel, a Jewish Student Union. With her unwavering commitment to her academic pursuits, Leah anticipates graduating in May 2024.

female-workingfemale-filmingDepartment Chair, Dr. Joshua Moss describes her impression to the faculty as a positive one from the moment she arrived in Media Arts. Additionally, Dr. Moss states, "Her passion for media production and her efforts at pitching, writing, and film studies research papers have all been exemplary. She stands out in class as an example of just how talented and creative our students can be. I have no doubt she's going to have an impressive professional career in the media industries."

Leah’s Plans

Leah is hoping to move to either New York or Los Angeles after graduation to pursue a career in the media industry.

Words of advice

"Fully engage in your classes and with the professors in our department. I have made countless meaningful connections by attending office hours, not being afraid to speak up and ask questions, and putting full effort into my assigned work. It's also really important to bond with your peers. Some of my best friends are my fellow MADT students."