Often referred to as “FAMS,” the Film and Media Studies program is open to students at all levels of experience. Our courses analyze how moving-images can teach us about the larger history and theory of media and culture.
By considering its formal structure, its textual definitions, and the means through which we see it, we will look at the ways television teaches us what it is and even trains us in potential critical practices for investigating it.
We will examine how critical, experimental, and therapeutic approaches to media, as well media made in collaboration with disabled makers and protagonists, enable us to fundamentally rethink what media can be and do.
Conversations with Experimental Filmmakers
Through screenings, in-class visits by contemporary filmmakers, and group discussions, we will develop critical and creative vocabularies that help us analyze and respond an array of experimental films and videos.
Political yet Personal: Student Documentaries Explore Torture and Immigration
A former military police officer attempts to reconcile his love for music with the memory of hearing it used as a weapon while stationed at Guantanamo Bay. An immigrant family from Cuba mourns the loss of their wife/mother/grandmother thousands of miles from the place they know as home. These are the real stories behind two documentaries filmed, edited and produced by Ashley Blasczyk '15 and Joyzel Acevedo '15 as part of their Film and Media Studies senior thesis projects.Read more