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B.A. in Film and Digital Media Studies

Film has become a dynamic global system for production, distribution, and consumption. With the help of new, digital, networked technologies, film and other new media are shaping the way we communicate and profoundly changing our culture and society. These sweeping changes call for a new approach to the study, creation, and discussion of film and digital media arts. Such an approach emphasizes interdisciplinary skills, cultural diversity, technological literacy, storytelling, and sensitivity to the promotion of social justice.

Located in one of the largest media markets in the world, students are exposed to opportunities working with filmmakers and digital media producers.  Screenwriters, new media producers and others serve as part-time faculty and help students learn the very latest in theory and techniques.  Students are also within easy reach of media companies for internships and hands-on experience.

Loyola's interdisciplinary, 43-credit Film and Digital Media (FDM) program focuses on the critical analysis, production and use of film and digital media in all of its varieties, and explores the migration of communication and entertainment media across platforms, from film screens, to mobile devices, to video games. Students in FDM choose from one of three major concentrations:

  • International Film Studies, which prepares students for further work or study in media criticism, history and theory, curation, and related media professions;
  • Film and Media Production, which provides students with the theoretical and practical skills for working in film, digital video and new media production;
  • Digital Media, which gives students experience in both critical study of new media and production skills in multiple new media modes, including web design, social media, information management, game design, or technology development.

In keeping with Loyola's Jesuit, Catholic values of social justice and ethical practices, the Film and Digital Media program offers opportunities for community outreach and service-learning, and emphasizes both the theory and practice of film and digital media, striving to create thoughtful practitioners and media critics. Located at the School of Communication on Loyola’s Water Tower Campus, the program is ideally situated in downtown Chicago and in close proximity to the city’s many media production centers.

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