Undergraduate Programs in Film and Media Studies

Film and Media Studies is the area of academic study that investigates the content, effects and history of the various media. Focus tends to rest on the mass media. While undergraduate programs might be offered by other types of educational institutions, programs in film and media studies are most commonly part of a Liberal Arts program, which seeks to place any major area of study within the context of related liberal and fine arts disciplines.

The Liberal Arts and Fine Arts context brings to bear on film and media the analytical methodologies of communication, science, philosophy, anthropology, psychology, political science, economics, sociaolgy, history and artistic theory. The discipline is generally divided into three areas:

  1. Social Scientific study of film and media – this aspect of the field uses the methodologies of the social sciences to analyze the message of film and media and the ways in which it is received and influences the thoughts, actions and beliefs of the audience, both individually and as a group.
  2. Artistic Criticism of film and media – understanding and appreciation of various genres and aesthetic issues, as well as the artistic styles employed in film and media.
  3. Production Processes in Film and Media – study of the processes and technologies employed in the production of film and other media, as well as the audiences and advertising of the productions.

In this program of study the various media are critically examined within the contexts of history, culture, genre, message, artistic expression and meaning. The pervasive influence of the media in modern society and culture and future developments in the delivery of modern media to the society make this a critical area of understanding for all 21st century societies.

The Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Film and Media Studies is dedicated to training students in critical thinking and evaluation, methods of criticism and study of film and other media. It trains students to think critically about and understand the media as expressions of both individual and cultural values and issues, and as forces that influence the culture of the audience(s).

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