Film and Media Studies

Examine print and visual media to understand the value of media in our society in the Film and Media Studies program at Wells.

Explore film studies and media studies through a broad liberal arts curriculum that gives you experience working on both sides of the lens. In the Film and Media Studies bachelor's degree program, you'll have unique opportunities to produce your own works in film as well as journalistic and creative non-fiction writing, advertising, and public relations. At Wells, you'll also find small classes with one-on-one mentorship and a close sense of community that will enrich your undergraduate experience. The Film and Media Studies program leads to a Bachelor of Arts degree and can be complemented with a variety of minor program options.

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A Look Inside the Film and Media Studies Bachelor’s Degree Program at Wells

The Film and Media Studies major provides a mix of discussion-based and writing-intensive classes, reinforced by hands-on experiences in the field. You’ll get to analyze films with your classmates and pursue projects through our Film Production Club. You can learn how to write a screenplay, make short films with your friends, or immerse yourself in creating productions for the stage. To further prepare you for careers in film and media, we will also teach you the business side of film studies and media studies, with courses offered through our Sullivan Center for Business and Entrepreneurship.

In addition to a wide variety of internships and other real-world learning opportunities available as part of the Film and Media Studies program, Wells offers cross-registration agreements with nearby Cornell University and Ithaca College. Each provides opportunities to take advantage of facilities, equipment, and hands-on filmmaking courses at those institutions for Wells credit.

What You’ll Learn as a Film and Media Studies Major

  • The cultural implications of living in a "mediated society" through critical analysis of print and visual media
  • Technical and business aspects of film and media production
  • Research, critical thinking, and communication skills you can apply to diverse careers

Beyond the Classroom: Experiential Learning in the Film and Media Studies Bachelor’s Degree Program

At Wells, hands-on learning provides practical experience and insider knowledge of future careers well before graduation. Internships, study abroad programs, and co-curricular activities also help you discover your own passion, guiding your personalized educational experience while pursuing your bachelor’s degree in a comprehensive, highly interdisciplinary liberal arts program.

Internship and Study Abroad Opportunities

Take part in valuable internship experiences in New York and across the country. The following are a few internships in film and media studies held by Wells undergraduate students in recent years:

  • Cornell Cinema, Ithaca, New York
  • Castle Records, Nashville, Tennessee
  • Brainchild Productions, Chicago, Illinois
  • Finger Lakes Radio Group, Geneva, New York
  • Script Pipeline into Pictures, Los Angeles, California
  • Rogue River Press, Rogue River, Oregon
  • LiquidFIRE Productions, San Francisco, California
  • Writers and Books, Rochester, New York

You can also make new friends overseas while exploring film and media studies around the world. Learn more about study abroad programs at Wells.

Film and Media Studies Clubs and Other Aurora Campus Programs

Explore your interests in film studies and media studies 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)
  • Political Activism at Wells

Related Minor Degree Programs

If you’re interested in the Film and Media Studies bachelor’s degree program, you might also want to explore our minors in:

Career Options for Film and Media Studies Majors

When you complete your bachelor’s degree in film and media studies at Wells College, you’ll be ready to pursue careers in a variety of fields including advertising, public relations, journalism, freelance writing, film criticism, film production, screen or playwriting, or enter graduate programs in any of these areas.

Apply Now to Pursue Your Bachelor’s Degree in Film and Media Studies

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"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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