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The School of Film and Media Studies

The School of Film and Media Studies integrates production and critique of the media that shape contemporary life. The five programs that comprise the School of Film and Media Studies offer studies in new media, video art, playwriting and screenwriting, and production training in filmmaking. Highlighting the growing convergence of media, these five majors offer rigorous and forward-looking programs that provide students with the professional and critical tools to engage their desired fields of work or study.

Overview of Programs
The School of Film and Media Studies includes five film and media-focused majors: cinema studies; film; media, society, and the arts; new media; and playwriting and screenwriting. More than 500 students are majoring in these five fields of study, which emphasize filmmaking, playwriting, screenwriting, new media production, and the aesthetic and sociological study of the film and media industries. The curriculum fuses intellectual and practical training in film and media studies, educating students to be critical producers and consumers of film and media.

BFA Program
The BFA program in film teaches students to become multiskilled filmmakers in fiction, documentary, or experimental film. This major offers training in film history, cinematography, editing, production, scriptwriting, and film analysis, with a primary emphasis on directing.

BA Programs
Most students in the School of Film and Media Studies are enrolled in one of the multidisciplinary BA-granting programs. The programs in cinema studies, media, society, and the arts, and new media teach students to engage media critically and creatively in order to address media as cultural, political, and aesthetic forces. Students learn to analyze media as forms of art and industry and to use media technologies as research tools to intervene in an increasingly mediated world. In playwriting and screenwriting, students learn to write for both the stage and the screen. The curriculum also helps students to develop a sophisticated eye and gain a deeper understanding of the art and craft involved in making theatre and film.

All students majoring in a discipline in the School of Film and Media Studies share core coursework and integrate their own interest in a particular form of art or media with studies in the social sciences or humanities.

The School of Film and Media Studies also offers three minors, which are open to students in all disciplines: media, society, and the arts; playwriting; and screenwriting.

Members of the School of Film and Media Studies faculty are dynamic, interdisciplinary scholars, successful artists, and innovative teachers. As working artists and scholars, they exhibit regularly at museums and art galleries; produce film, video, and new media; serve on the editorial boards of professional journals and the juries of major arts festivals; publish books and articles in scholarly journals across numerous disciplines; and are active members in national professional associations.

Among the many honors accorded to the faculty are the following fellowships and grants: National Endowment for the Humanities, Fulbright, Guggenheim, Ford Foundation, Open Society Foundations, National Science Foundation, Wenner-Gren, New York Foundation for the Arts, Commission, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Grant, and the New York State Department of Energy’s Next Generation Emerging Technologies Award.

Faculty members have exhibited at many prestigious museums, galleries, and festivals, including the Whitney Museum of American Art, Arte.Mov, Warhol Museum of Art, MoMA PS1, New Media When, Neuberger Museum of Art, Sonar Music and Multimedia Festival, Exit Art, Database Imaginary, Venice Biennale, Centre Pompidou, Berkeley Art Museum, San Diego Museum of Art, Santa Fe Art Institute, New Museum 
Postmasters Gallery, 
and La Casa Encendida in Madrid. They have edited Emmy Award–winning television, independent films, and feature documentaries, and their work has appeared at the Cannes Festival, Berlin Film Festival, Sundance Film Festival, Anthology Film Archives, New York Lincoln Center, Robert Flaherty Film Festival, British Film Institute, Ann Arbor Film Festival, Pacific Film Archive, New York Underground Film Festival, and Mix Fest.

The School of Film and Media Studies is located on the ground floor of the Music Building, with additional office and classroom space in the Humanities Building, the Social Sciences Building, and Natural Sciences Building. Facilities include digital editing studios, a physical computing lab, a printing lab, gallery spaces, screening rooms, a sound stage, a mix studio, and a film equipment store.

Agustin Zarzosa, PhD, Chair, School of Film and Media Studies

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Undergraduate Majors:
Cinema Studies, BA
Film, BFA
Media, Society & the Arts, BA
New Media, BA
Playwriting & Screenwriting, BA

Undergraduate Minors:
Media, Society & the Arts