Carnegie Mellon University

CMU Launches Undergraduate Program in Film and Visual Media

May 06, 2019

CMU Launches Undergraduate Program in Film and Visual Media

Carnegie Mellon University will offer a bachelor's degree of arts in film and visual media beginning in fall 2019. The program, based in the Department of English, will focus on the critical study of screenwriting and on films as cultural and political texts.

"Over the past decades, in the field of English Studies and in the humanities at large, there has been increasingly more interest in the importance of media and text beyond print — with the moving picture occupying a central place," said Andreea Ritivoi, head of the Department of English.

With courses taught by CMU faculty across several disciplines, including the the History and Modern Languages

 departments, the program offers a comprehensive education in film and visual media in addition to developing creative, professional and technical competencies.

"We are hoping to build the film program using all the resources we have, both at CMU, and in the Pittsburgh community at large," said David Shumway, faculty adviser to the program and professor of literary and cultural studies.

Sharon Dilworth, also faculty adviser to the program and associate professor of English and creative writing, highlighted the interdisciplinary breadth of the major.

"Students will have a chance to produce work in a variety of ways within the major — whether they are interested in writing, producing, or history and criticism. We aim to include all these interests," Dilworth said.

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