Purchase College will introduce a School of Film and Media Studies this fall that integrates the production and critique of the media that shape contemporary life.
With the creation of the new School of Film and Media Studies, Purchase College is poised at the forefront of colleges that underscore the growing convergence of the broadcast and entertainment industries via new technologies.
"We are proud to introduce this new School at Purchase College. The program provides our students with multi-dimensional training that equips them for the critical thinking and creativity which is in demand in today's world. The arts and the liberal arts are fully integrated in ways that make our students highly sought after," said Damian Fernandez, Provost of Purchase College.
Chaired by Michelle Stewart, Associate Professor of Cinema Studies and Doris and Karl Kempner Distinguished Professor (2009-11), the four programs--Film Production, Cinema Studies, New Media, and Media, Society, and the Arts--that comprise the School of Film and Media Studies will offer new media, video art, popular music, and production training in filmmaking in a shared core curriculum.
The mission of the School of Film and Media Studies is to teach students critical media analysis and creative "critical media production." The School of Film and Media Studies offers training that gives insight into the history of each field, aesthetic tools of analysis, research skills for understanding media use, as well as intensive, creative training in film, video, and new media production.
These four majors will offer forward looking academic and creative programs to provide students with the professional and critical tools to engage in their desired fields of work or study.
The Bachelor of Fine Arts in Film teaches students to become multi-skilled filmmakers in fiction, documentary, or experimental film. The program also offers training in film history, cinematography, editing, production, scriptwriting, and film analysis with a primary emphasis on directing.
Most students in the School of Film and Media Studies are enrolled in one of three Bachelors of Arts programs: Cinema Studies, Media Society and the Arts, and New Media. These programs will teach students to engage media critically and creatively in order to address media as cultural, political, and aesthetic forces.
"The jobs opening up today are in web content, and new forms of online entertainment and business. These are transnational enterprises---all of these will make students, with the kind of integrated media training/study our program offers, highly desirable,"said Michelle Stewart.
Because the School of Film and Media Studies is fundamentally multidisciplinary, we hope to make it a focal point of creative and critical work with social media. By social media we emphasize that in the contemporary world "the media" are more than mere technologies and industries, but suffuse the whole social field in which people and communities participate.