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Film and Media Arts

The Film and Media Arts Program at DePauw is a community of student storytellers, practitioners, and scholars who learn, collaborate, and succeed together.

The Film and Media Arts major empowers students to work with storytelling technologies in an increasingly multidisciplinary arts industry, immersing them in film, television, and new media writing and production, supported by courses in film and media theory, history, representation, and interpretation, in an interdisciplinary, collaborative, and inclusive learning environment. Film and Media Arts students also have the opportunity to collaborate with student musicians, actors, writers, studio artists, and design artists, as they learn to create their own unique stories for a world that needs their voices. The flexibility in course requirements allows students to create an individualized path through the major – emphasizing production, scriptwriting, or critical studies, or creating their own perfect balance.

Students study abroad or take part in exciting internships, where they work on film and video sets, tv shows or networks, evaluate scripts for production companies, and apprentice with film and media artists who are at the top of their fields.

DePauw's extraordinary alumni network becomes a resource for students from nearly day one. They visit campus to screen their award-winning films and video work, lead classes and hold workshops, share professional production opportunities, and offer post-grad connections, intent on paying it forward. 

DePauw alums are winning some of the most coveted awards in the business, including Grand Jury Prizes at Sundance, at Slamdance, at SXSW; a Pulitzer Prize in video reporting; an Emmy; and a Student Academy Award. They’re earning MFAs and PhDs, securing Fulbright fellowships and other major grants, teaching at the college or secondary school level, writing web series, feature films, scholarly articles, and film reviews, producing film trailers and aerial cinematography for major motion pictures, succeeding in marketing, branding, or social media content creation, working for nonprofits and organizations for social change, and generally thriving in media organizations, large and small.

Through their creative vision, cultural awareness, and work ethic, our graduates help change the world.