Film and Media Studies

Students in the Film and Media Studies major examine print and visual media to understand the value of media in our society.
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Through critical analysis of print and visual media, students who major in Film and Media Studies learn the cultural implications of living in a "mediated society." As they produce their own works in journalistic and creative non-fiction writing, or in film, advertising, and public relations, students reflect their relationship with the culture of the media. Students who complete the major may adopt careers in advertising, public relations, journalism, freelance writing, film criticism, film production, screen or playwriting, or may choose to enter graduate programs in any of these areas.

Available as a major. Students are strongly urged to choose a minor in a complementary field.

Internship Opportunities

A variety of internships are available to all Wells students. These can give a student practical experience and insider knowledge of future careers well before graduation and help you discover your own passion, guiding your personalized educational experience. The following are a few internships in film and media studies held by Wells students in recent years:

  • Cornell Cinema, Ithaca, N.Y.
  • Castle Records, Nashville, Tenn.
  • Brainchild Productions, Chicago, Ill.
  • Finger Lakes Radio Group, Geneva, N.Y.
  • Script Pipeline into Pictures, Los Angeles, Calif.
  • Rogue River Press, Rogue River, Oreg.
  • LiquidFIRE Productions, San Francisco, Calif.
  • Writers and Books, Rochester, N.Y.

Wells also has an affiliated program with the Salt Institute for Documentary Field Studies in Maine, where participants learn to research, edit, and create nonfiction documentary journalism. Additionally, cross-registration agreements with nearby Cornell University and Ithaca College offer the opportunity to take advantage of facilities, equipment, and hands-on filmmaking courses at those institutions for Wells credit.

Co-Curricular Activities

Explore your interests and make projects with your classmates through Wells' vibrant campus activities. Below are just a few clubs that might match your interests:

  • Film Production Club
  • Community Service and Activism Board
  • Chronicle (literary publication)
  • Sycamore (magazine)
  • Filmmentary
  • Political Activism at Wells

"I love that the Wells education gives me the opportunity to branch out and explore all my interests, not just those immediately connected to my major. The small community makes it easy to foster relationships with the professors that will last for years to come."

Tegan Watson '16
Film and Media Studies Major, Co-Editor-in-Chief of the Chronicle
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Learn Film Firsthand

Film and Media Studies majors learn their discipline on both sides of the lens. They analyze film techniques and modes of visual storytelling with their classmates or in Wells' active Film Production Club. Close relationships with Wells' theatre department offers opportunities to get involved with directing, acting, and all aspects of stage productions—or put your pen to work in our popular screenwriting classes. Make short films with your friends, or learn the business side of filmmaking with help from Wells' Sullivan Center for Business and Entrepreneurship.


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