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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.

From left, Vishnu Gupta '18, Visiting Assistant Professor Rodney Evans, Eugene Lang Research Professor and Department Chair of Film & Media Studies Patricia White, and David Molina Cavazos '20 at the 2019 BlackStar Film Festival.

Current Visiting Assistant Professor Rodney Evans discussing his award winning documentary Vision Portraits after its screening at the 2019 BlackStar Film Festival in Philadelphia. 

Swarthmore alum, Tayarisha Poe '12 discusses her feature film Selah and the Spades (produced by Swarthmore alum Lauren McBride '10) at the 2019 BlackStar Film Festival, where the film won Best Narrative Feature.

From left, Vishnu Gupta '18, Visiting Assistant Professor Rodney Evans, Eugene Lang Research Professor and Department Chair of Film & Media Studies Patricia White, and David Molina Cavazos '20 at the 2019 BlackStar Film Festival.

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