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Film & Media Studies

Department Overview

Film and media are crucial and pervasive dimensions of contemporary culture. The development of formal understanding, historical knowledge, and critical literacy about media texts, technologies, and practices is central to a liberal arts education in the twenty-first century. The Department of Film and Media Studies offers classes that explore the history, theory, aesthetics, and social and cultural aspects of media forms including cinema, television, online video, digital games, and media art. The program teaches research and analytical methods as well as digital production skills and approaches and encourages cross-cultural comparisons as well as attention to audiences and institutions. Our hybrid curriculum blends critical studies with critical making, often within the same course.

Swarthmore Student Film Highlights

John Cameron Mitchell answers student questions after film screening.

Director, actor, screenwriter, and playwright, John Cameron Mitchell, answers student questions after a screening of his cult classic creation, Hedwig and the Angry Inch.

Alumni Teddy Pozo '09 and Claudia Lo '16 present to students during FMST's Queer Game Day event.

Alumni Teddy Pozo '09 and Claudia Lo '16 present to students during FMST's Queer Game Day event.

FMST department decorated for the Halloween season.

We love to celebrate the spooky season in scary style.

Photo by FMST department decorated for the Halloween season.
A poster from our 2nd annual screening of a selection of films from Philly's own BlackStar Film Festival.

A poster from our 2nd annual screening of a selection of films from Philly's own BlackStar Film Festival.

Tayarisha Poe and Lauren McBride answer questions over Zoom.

Director and writer, Tayarisha Poe '12, and producer, Lauren McBride '10, joined FMST students and faculty for a Q&A Zoom session after the Amazon Prime premier of their film Selah and the Spades.

Students and Faculty Zoom together to celebrate graduation.

FMST Seniors join the FMST Faculty for a socially distanced graduation celebration!

Director, actor, screenwriter, and playwright, John Cameron Mitchell, answers student questions after a screening of his cult classic creation, Hedwig and the Angry Inch.

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