The study of film and media is an important part of a contemporary humanities education. At the University of Pittsburgh, the Film and Media Studies Program offers interdisciplinary courses concerning the history, aesthetics, and theory of cinema and time-based media and courses in film and video production.
A major in film and media studies helps students to understand and appreciate the cinematic medium and to be aware of its impact as a cultural and artistic force. It is appropriate for those students who wish to pursue careers in film teaching, film exhibition, film journalism, film museum curatorial work, film library and archive work, and film and television production. As part of the Film and Media Studies Program, internships are available to students in many of these fields at locations including local television stations, Pitt Studios, Pittsburgh-based film festivals, casting agencies, and museums. Critical Studies and Film and Media Production tracks alike provide liberal arts educations with professional outcomes.
The Film and Media Studies major requires the completion of 36 credits distributed as follows. The Media and Production track requires 36 credits for completion distributed as follows.