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Film and Television

Degree Options: Major, Minor
Locations: Lincoln Center, Rose Hill
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There’s more to film and television than lights and cameras. What responsibilities do we take on when we call “action”?

Student with Stephen Colbert

The film and television industries are changing right before our eyes, with new forms of storytelling, new means of delivery, and new practices for consuming media.

Fordham’s Film and Television program takes a dynamic critical and practical approach to the study of both media in their shared and distinctive artistic and industrial elements. You’ll draw from a broad tradition of historical, theoretical, and creative practices that will prepare you with the skills you need in the rapidly evolving media landscape.

The major offers a concentration in either film or television, with courses designed uniquely for each concentration and with courses that bridge them.

The unique combination of Fordham’s location in New York City and our Jesuit mission offers you cultural and career opportunities in film and television as well as a curriculum that trains you in ethical approaches to media studies and practice.

But you’ll learn more than film and television here. You’ll also study philosophy, theology, history, mathematics, languages, and the performing arts through Fordham’s common core curriculum, the centerpiece of our liberal arts education.

Program Highlights


Our students take advantage of New York City’s thriving media industry through experiential learning, internships, and service learning. Some recent internship locations include:

  • The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
  • The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon
  • Sesame Street
  • Nickelodeon
  • CBS Casting Department
  • New York 1 Latino

Fordham’s Career Services office gives students access to CareerLink, a database of thousands of job and internship opportunities.


The Edward A. Walsh Digital Media Laboratory at our Rose Hill Campus and our Collaborative Learning Space at Lincoln Center supports teaching, research, and production in new media, networking, and media convergence.

  • Designed for faculty, graduate, and undergraduate students
  • Mac-based computers lab
  • HD digital cameras
  • Classroom for group instruction
  • Workroom for individualized projects and research
  • Production area room for video, audio, and multimedia


At the Donald McGannon Communication Research Center, media scholars cast a critical eye on media performance, policy, management, and ethics to understand how to sustain a media system that functions with commercial interests while serving the public interest.

On-Campus Media

Gain practical video experience on campus at:

Study Abroad

Study abroad enriches you academically, culturally, and personally. There is a globe of possibilities available through Fordham’s International and Study Abroad Program.

Sample Courses

  • Fashion, Costume Design, and Film
  • Italian Americans on Screen
  • Writing TV Dramas
  • Writing and Producing the Web Series
  • The Documentary Idea

Life After Fordham

No matter your industry, it is important to express yourself clearly, be technologically savvy, and listen to what others have to say. The skills you learn in the Communication and Media Studies department are useful professionally and personally.

Some of the companies and organizations our graduates have worked for include:

  • 21st Century Fox (Global Sourcing Analyst)
  • A&E Networks (Promo Coordinator)
  • NBC Universal (Saturday Night Live Production Assistant)
  • Nielsen (SVP, Global Watch Marketing and Communications)
  • Viacom (Talent and Casting Assistant)

You don’t want just a job—you want a career. Career Services taps into Fordham’s ties with more than 2,600 companies. We offer:

  • Pre- and post-graduation career search assistance
  • Resume development
  • Interview practice
  • Networking skill development
  • Hands-on case-study sessions with industry executives
  • Field-specific advising/coaching

You also get access to our powerful (and Fordham-loyal) alumni network of talented professionals who want to see you succeed as they have.

Learn More About the Film and Television Degree