The Department of Film and Media Studies at UC Santa Barbara offers M.A./Ph.D and Ph.D.-only degree programs.
Building on the strengths of the department and the campus, the graduate program emphasizes the study of film from a humanistic perspective, within the broader context of global media culture. The program is designed to be:
- Deeply rooted in the discipline of Film and Media Studies and critical thinking
- Strongly interdisciplinary, drawing on the talents and training of faculty in those companion departments where interest in the study of the modern media arts and industry is emerging and flourishing
- International in its range of focus, allowing for the comparative study of diverse national cinemas and media institutions and practices within a global framework
- Innovative in its research methods and its teaching
- Innovative in its Ph.D. design
As film and media scholars, we investigate these phenomena from historical, theoretical, and critical perspectives and seek to prepare students for intelligent, informed, and imaginative engagement with a wide range of filmic, photographic, televisual, and digital forms.
Work by students and graduates of this program will shape our future understanding of modern media culture and the production and circulation of moving images and sounds as aesthetic, technological, economic, and social forces.