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Indiana University Bloomington

Film & Media Studies

Indiana University has a long and distinguished history in film studies, pioneering the development of film courses for the humanities in the 1960s and creating one of the first film studies programs.  Today, the program is fully integrated into the Department of Communication and Culture under the rubric of Film and Media Studies.

Film and Media Studies is a humanities-style program focused primarily on the study of cinema, television, and new media. With eleven faculty teaching in film media studies and some faculty in other areas of the department (Rhetoric and Public Culture; and Performance and Ethnography) similarly interested in visual or aural culture, we offer a broad-based curriculum that balances introductory courses in film, television, and/or new media theory, criticism, and history with advanced courses devoted to the latest developments in the field. To provide valuable hands-on experience, we also offer a number of film and video production courses. Our curriculum and requirements are flexible, so that students may craft individualized programs of study that concentrate on a specific medium; that investigate the relationships among media; or that explore the relationship of media studies to rhetoric or ethnographic and performance studies.

Looking at faculty profiles will provide a more detailed view of areas of strength in media studies, as well as a sense of the larger faculty involved. With this in mind, research and teaching interests in film and media studies include: Advertising and Consumer Culture; African-American Media; Authorship and Genre; Audience and Fan Studies; Avant-Garde and Experimental Media; Book Culture in the Digital Age; Colonial and Postcolonial Studies; Copyright and Intellectual Property; Cultural Studies; Documentary and Propaganda Film; Early Cinema; Film Exhibition; Gender and Queer Studies; Globalization Theory/Transnational Media; Internet Communities; Latino/a Media and Culture; Media Institutions and Industries; National Cinemas; Race Studies; Reception Studies; Television, Film, and New Media Theory, History, and Criticism; and U.S. Cinema, Television, and New Media.

In choosing an emphasis in Film and Media Studies in the department, graduate students may decide to focus on one of the media involved in our curriculum. Or they may decide to explore the interrelationships between media—an important consideration in this age of media convergence and disciplinary shifts toward media studies as an umbrella term that encompasses mediums once studied in isolation from one another. In light of the interdisciplinary nature of our department, students may also wish to study media in relation to one of the other areas of the department. The curriculum and requirements are flexible, so that students can craft a course of study that suits their individual interests

Please refer to the graduate section on Communication and Culture’s home page to see information related to course credit hours, pre-requisites, Ph.D. minors, degree requirements, exams, teaching assistantships, and other similar issues.