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.
Film & Media Studies
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New Swatties Talk MediaInterviews with Incoming Swarthmore Students
The Swarthmore College FMST Department asked incoming students several questions about film and media. Featuring interviewees Sakura Barthelemy '27, Logan Aboudara '27, Jenna Martinez '27, Ara-Oluwa Jacob '27, and Vanessa Amsinger '25. Videography by Gaven Green '24.