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Film and Television

The film and television major takes a critical and practical approach to the study of media in their shared and distinctive artistic and industrial elements. It draws from a broad tradition of historical, theoretical, and creative practices to best prepare students with the skills they need in the rapidly evolving media landscape.

Fordham’s location in New York City and Jesuit mission makes the University uniquely positioned to offer students cultural and career opportunities in film and television as well as a curriculum that trains them in ethical approaches to media studies and practice.

The major offers a concentration in either film or television, with courses designed uniquely for each concentration and with courses that bridge both tracks. It also offers flexibility for those students wishing to focus on film and/or television writing and production, and those wishing to concentrate on critical, historical, and theoretical concerns.

Learning Outcomes

  • To understand the historical, economic, and creative interrelationship between film and television, and their distinctive practices
  • To understand the formal elements of film and television language
  • To expose students to ethical issues in film and television practices, as well as their absence
  • To understand the cultural politics of film and television, their ideological messages, and the ways in which they reinforce and/ or challenge prevailing social norms
  • To gain practical experience in film and television creative production
  • To foster multiple modes of theoretical and critical analysis

Ethics, Law and Policy Courses

  • COMC 3340/ COMM 3103: Freedom of Expression
  • COMC 3370/ COMM 3476: Ethical Issues and the Media
  • COMC 3330/ COMM 3110: Peace, Justice and the Media
  • COMC 3350/ COMM 3112: Media Law
  • COMC 3380/ COMM 3106: International Communication
  • DTEM 4440: Privacy and Surveillance
  • DTEM 4480/ COMM 4005: Digital Media and Public Responsibility
  • FITV 4570/ COMM 4001: Films of Moral Struggle