Why We're Different
Initiative: Students build their own majors working closely with a faculty advisor
Creative Engagement: Students apply what they learn in the classroom to hands-on media projects, then bring that experience back to the classroom
Community: Students and faculty from all kinds of disciplines, as well as alumni, work together formally and informally to foster a dynamic environment of learning and enterprise
Our Film and Media Studies students explore the significance of film and media in representing and shaping cultures, societies, histories, and collective and personal identities. Our core courses will challenge you to think critically, creatively, and globally about how media works as an aesthetic and cultural practice, while our production classes get you "inside" video production.
Course topics include horror films, 1950s mass culture, screenwriting, and science fiction. The program is interdisciplinary; courses suitable for the major or minor can come from many other departments and programs. See the Undergraduate Catalog to explore the complete list of FMST courses.
Students can earn credits with internships in media production, including with the annual W&M Global Film Festival, as well with places like NPR, NFL films, and the museums of the Smithsonian Institution. We also partner with the Reeder Media Center and AMP: Alma Mater Productions, and host the 24 Speed Film Competition, all of which give students opportunity to explore their own interests in film and media.
Many of our alumni pursue careers in media production from Hollywood to New York to Washington, D.C., and all over the mid-Atlantic region. They return regularly to offer seminars and workshops, mentor students, and even hire new graduates. Alumni also work in areas like journalism, marketing, communications, and teaching.
Talk to Us
Want to know more? Our current students and faculty want to connect with you.
- Get an inside look: contact a current FMST major
- Ask a professor: contact [[rslowr, Professor Richard Lowry, Program Director]]