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Film & Media Studies

Department Overview

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.

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FMST student receives ice cream cone from Little Baby's Ice Cream Cart.

FMST kicked off the school year with an Ice Cream Social, featuring local scoops from Little Baby's Ice Cream!

Two smiling students with an ice cream cone.

We don't think there's any better way to celebrate!

Students talking while enjoying ice cream.

Students gathered together outside of Kohlberg (despite the rain!) for this sweet social...

Student and professor conversing and eating ice cream.

...and they had the chance to catch up with professors outside of the classroom, too.

FMST student enjoys ice cream.

We can safely say that the social was a welcome treat for students and faculty alike.

Three FMST students pose with ice cream.

Thank you to everyone who made the evening a special one!

FMST kicked off the school year with an Ice Cream Social, featuring local scoops from Little Baby's Ice Cream!

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