Film, Television & Media Arts

The  Film, Television and Media Arts major and minor provides students with a detailed understanding of the visual, creative, and communicative power of various media through courses in theory, history, genres, styles, and structures in a collaborative, hands-on environment.

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FAQs

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Media Center Facilities

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Student Films

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Student Resources

The program's curriculum focuses on merging traditional media with new media, opening a world of exploration and creative possibilities. Students learn and apply the theories and practices of visual and audio storytelling including writing, design, production, cinematography, sound design, digital imaging and editing.

In addition, other student production resources are available.  These are STAGSTV, a student run television station; Cinefest, a competition for student films; and Filmmaking Camp, a summer film production camp for ages 14 - 17.

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STAGSTV

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Cinefest

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Alumni

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Filmmaking Camp

Benefiting from the personal attention offered by our faculty, you are mentored and led to understand the expressive power media holds while experimenting in order to find your creative voice, imagination and vision. As a discipline that requires constant practice and application, you are required to create an annual extracurricular production project. This helps develop collaborative partnerships and apply the knowledge you've acquired throughout the school year.

Program at a Glance

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Number of Majors

  • We have 100 majors, approximately 25 a year

 No Prior Experience Required

  • but passion and dedication is expected

 A Flexible Curriculum

  • majors take 12 courses, including screenwriting, history of American and World Cinema, producing, directing, camera, audio, lighting, editing, and post production

 Students Pursue Interests in Production, Screenwriting, and Cinema Studies

  • after taking the first six introductory courses of the program

 We Provide Close Mentoring

  • of each student, with cura personalis (care of the whole person, in Jesuit terms)

 Our Students Join a Close, Creative Community

  • of peer, faculty and staff film and media makers

 Our Full Time Faculty

  • are film practitioners and theorists

 Media Professionals in the Media Center

  • also teach in our program and are available to students for support, advice, and instruction

 Extraordinary Sophisticated Equipment, Software and Other Resources

  • are plentiful and available to all majors in the award-winning Media Center, home of the program

 First Year Students

  • begin the program immediately in the Fall with an introductory course,  attend the weekly Freshman Seminar (for socialization with the program and bonding with one another), and work on Fall projects with upperclassmen

 All Students Work on Projects

  • and receive credit by enrolling in the required FTM Production Practicum course (1 credit at least once a year), gaining experience and credit while working on independent projects for fellow students, projects for the Media Center, Fairfield's student television channel, or capstone seniors

 Independent Projects are Encouraged

  • outside of class, with faculty supervision, including freshman year

 Senior Capstone Projects, Screenplays, or Cinema Studies Papers

  • are developed and produced in a two-semester capstone course

 Internships are Readily Available

  • nearby in New York and Connecticut - in film, television and media production

 Many Graduates are Working in the Industry