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Film, TV and Media Studies

Develop a critical eye in the Film, Television, and Media Studies program. In this course of study, you’ll explore the many ways in which filmmakers have used the media as a means of personal expression as well as a tool for interpreting the world.

What You’ll Learn

A degree in Film, TV, and Media Studies prepares students to become informed citizens and savvy interpreters of the visual information that surrounds us. You accomplish this through:

  • Studying the theoretical, historical, and critical foundations of films, TV, and other visual media
  • Examining power dynamics and representation in visual media, and understanding how they influence perceptions of issues such as race, class, gender, and sexual orientation
  • Learning to write fluently and critically about all forms of visual media

Whether taken as a major or a minor, Film, TV, and Media Studies develops valuable critical-thinking skills in future storytellers and content creators in careers such as archivist, critic, journalist, scholar, and many others.

This program does not involve hands-on filmmaking. Students majoring in Film, TV, and Media Studies who'd like to try filmmaking are welcome to take classes in animation or screenwriting, or to spend a semester abroad in our International Documentary program in Bonn, Germany.