BFA Honors in Media Arts


Program Description

Cinema & Media Arts

Learn to understand, think, and create in the language of the moving image across all media. From idea to screenplay, camera to screen, screen to critical inquiry, AMPD’s Department of Cinema and Media Arts offers exceptional theoretical and hands-on training across the evolving spectrums of cinema and media.


Top 6 reasons to apply

  • Fifty years of renowned leadership in filmmaking and cinema scholarship;
  • Four acclaimed degrees, giving you the opportunity to find the right program to fit your interests and goals;
  • World-class facilities, including AMPD’s professional sound stage at Cinespace Film Studios;
  • Small class sizes and hands-on experience;
  • Professional placement and internship opportunities in the film, television, and media industries;
  • Guest lectures & workshops by industry insiders and leading film scholars.



We experience stories through a diversity of media platforms that are constantly evolving. In this ecology of media, we simultaneously become viewers, users, players, and participants. This innovative program combines current and future forms of digital experience and content creation with critical, curatorial, and applied studies in media culture. Your BFA in Media Arts will offer you a broad, expansive view of media practices including interactive, immersive, and mobile media, gaming, augmented and virtual reality, interactive cinema, social media, sound arts, and artificial intelligence storytelling. As a creator in the BFA in Media Arts, you will use new camera systems, game engines, interactive environments, and social platforms to build a narrative and experimental content and experiences.

In this program, you could create a virtual reality murder mystery, produce a community-based interactive documentary, design a transmedia project spanning film and gaming platforms, or combine live animation with high-end special effects and 3D environments, or anything else that challenges genres and conventional ways of telling stories. Drawing on the powerful legacy of cinema history, criticism, and theory, you will actively create in the expanded field of the media cultures and creative industries, in which cinema is an integrated element.

This program is framed around a series of flexible Media Practice courses taken concurrently with media history, theory, and criticism, culminating in a capstone project and a field placement in the media industries that will include content creation on-site at Cinespace Film Studios. You will graduate with the ability to blend hands-on media-making with the critical analysis of contemporary and emerging media, developing your creative practice using a wide range of digital tools and software. You will expand your knowledge of how media can shape social issues, produce new insights, and advance political agendas. You will graduate with the creative, technical, and critical skills necessary to prepare you for careers in a fast-changing media landscape.


Program highlights

  • Immerse yourself in Cinema & Media Arts at AMPD;
  • Masterclasses with renowned visiting artists and theorists;
  • Access to state-of-the-art technologies that are defining new directions in screen art;
  • Make work in virtual and augmented reality using game engines;
  • Outstanding access to Media Professionals and creative industries;
  • Field placement opportunities;
  • An opportunity to develop your creative vision through diverse media.
Last updated Dec 2020

About the School

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