Media is a crucial and pervasive dimension of contemporary culture. The development of formal understanding, historical knowledge, and critical literacy in media technologies and practices is central to a liberal arts education in the twenty-first century. Swarthmore’s Department of Film and Media Studies explores the history, theory, language, and social and cultural aspects of media forms including cinema, television, online video, digital games, and media art. Our classes introduce research and analytical methods; teach digital production skills and approaches; and encourage cross-cultural comparison of media aesthetics, audiences, and institutions. The hybrid curriculum blends critical studies with production, often within the same course. Students learn in a technology-rich environment, with access to excellent production equipment and technical and research support.