About Film and Media Studies

John Belanger, Class of 2014

Frequently Asked Questions for
Prosepective Students
Current Undergraduate Students

Information for New Students

FMS Majors & Minors Handbook Statement

Film and Media Studies is an undergraduate program incorporating courses in film history, aesthetics, and theory; theory and practice in television, popular culture, and new media; and all aspects of 16mm film and digital video production, including narrative, documentary, animated, and experimental film. 

Our curriculum is designed to foster critical understanding and historical knowledge of media forms, as well as their relationship to modern cultures, literatures, art, history, and philosophy. We strongly believe that an understanding of film and media is best achieved when students are afforded the opportunity to apply their analytical and theoretical knowledge to the production and creation of visual texts, a process we believe is crucial to enhancing their understanding of film, television, and other media. 

Our small size allows us to focus on offering undergraduates an unusual amount of hands-on experience, intensive mentoring, and significant individual attention. Students work in a highly collaborative environment in small classes, and are taught by instructors known for their teaching excellence.  The majority of our students have gone on to attend the top graduate film schools and to work in the film and media industries. Among our alumni are directors, screenwriters, producers, editors, actors, cinematographers, financial and marketing executives, scholars, entertainment lawyers, agents, digital technicians, and web designers.

Majors often participate in the projects of the Hopkins Film Society, including the planning and organization of various film series and events, and the award-winning Johns Hopkins Film Festival. Through the film society, students learn to curate and to operate 35 and 16mm projectors.

Majors also have the opportunity to work on collaborative projects and to take courses with students from the Film and Video Arts department at the Maryland Institute, College of Art. They are encouraged to take an active part in Baltimore’s thriving film and filmmaking community through, for example, internships at the annual Maryland Film Festival and the multimedia Transmodern Arts Festival.

Many majors pursue summer internships in New York, Los Angeles, and Washington, DC at companies such as Fox Searchlight, Miramax, Sony Pictures, Columbia TriStar, the Weinstein Company, MTV, IFP, the Discovery Channel, PBS, and BBC Television.

For more information about the Film & Media Studies Program, please contact:

Melissa Capello
Administrative Coordinator