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B.A. in Film and Media Studies

Media greatly influence our sense of who we are and how we live. Those sights and sounds are so pervasive that we rarely pause to consider how we engage and interact with them.

UC Irvine’s location in the heart of Southern California, close to studios and some of the most important film and television archives in the United States, makes outstanding internship opportunities and serious research possible for our majors. Our location makes it convenient for our students to do internships for credit at some of the leading companies in the entertainment industry.

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Full-time Duration: 4 years
Starting in: Fall quarter admission
Tuition Fee: $ 45,540 
Location: IrvineCAUnited States

The Film and Media Studies curriculum trains students to read and understand the audio-visual expressions and forms of media, and to analyze them from historical, theoretical, political, and aesthetic perspectives. The skills learned are relevant not only in the influential U.S. film and broadcast industries or in the fast-growing Internet and game sectors, but also increasingly as the professional language of the future in legal, medical, and business careers.

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Students also have the opportunity to collaborate on filmmaking through our student-run club, the Film-Arts-Drama Alliance (FADA). FADA members write, direct, produce, and craft short films through the Zotfilm program in fall and winter quarters. In the spring quarter, FADA screens these and other student-created films at Zotfest, one of the longest-running student-organized film festivals in the United States.

Courses include

  • Introduction to Film and Visual Analysis
  • Broadcast Media History and Analysis
  • New Media and Digital Technologies
  • History of Film I: The Silent Era
  • History of Film II: The Studio Era
  • History of Film III: The Contemporary Era
  • Film and Media Theory
  • Film and Media Theory and Practice

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