Bachelor in Media Studies - Film and Culture


Program Description

Imagine turning your passion for movies into an academic career. The Media Studies program at Mercy College offers a concentration in Film/Culture that interprets various societies through the movies they produce.

The Film/Culture concentration presents you with the opportunity to study films and how they reflect the broader culture. Additionally, students also explore how films have influenced society throughout history in various world cultures from Hollywood and beyond. This concentration engages students to think, speak, and write about film/culture and film history while considering theoretical approaches to film making.

The Media Studies program is designed for the student who works well in a communal environment and is interested in sharing ideas to facilitate a creative experience.

Meet Louis Grasso, Assistant Professor, Media Studies

Media Studies: Film/Culture Fast Facts

  • A room for screening films on a large formatted screen with sound reinforcement
  • Academically qualified faculty with private sector experience

Media Studies: Film/Culture B.S. Curriculum

Students who choose the major concentration in Media Studies with a concentration in Film/Culture must complete:

  • MEDA 209 Film & Culture
  • MEDA 211 The Language of Film
  • MEDA 214 The Dark Genres
  • MEDA 221 Masters Film: Griff/Wells/Hitch
  • MEDA 399 Internship in Media Studies
  • MEDA 400 Senior Seminar

and four courses (12 credits) from the following

  • SPCM/ ARTT 144 Understanding Movies
  • MEDA 145 Media in America
  • MEDA 212 The Hollywood Western
  • MEDA 213 Studios and Stars in Hollywood's Golden Age, 1930 - 1950
  • MEDA 233 Film & Gender
  • MEDA 235 Screen Comedy & Clowns
  • MEDA 251 European Trends in Film
  • MEDA 295 Topics in Film
  • MEDA 397 Independent Study

In addition, students are required to take three courses (nine credits) from the following courses:

  • MEDA 258 Fundamentals Writing Film/TV
  • MEDA 359 Advanced Writing for Film/TV
  • MEDA/ SPCM 246 Elements of Theater
  • MEDA/ SPCM 262 Introduction to Acting
  • MEDA/ SPCM 263 Scene Study
  • MEDA/ SPCM 282 Play Directing

and three courses (nine credits) from English Literature 200 and above.

Students are allowed to take 12 credits of open electives.

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Program Outcomes

By the end of this program, students should be able to:

  • Develop appropriate creative, technical, and communication skills necessary for work in media-related fields.
  • Acquire the knowledge and skills that will prepare them for careers in their chosen fields.
  • Use media technology to communicate and present material as per their major.
  • Create personal and social presentations in their chosen media.
  • Find ready employment in their chosen fields or continue onto an advanced study.

Career Opportunities

Representative career opportunities include Reviewer, Critic, Film Historian, Merchandising, Advertising Sales and Design, Market Research, Talent Management and Representation, Copy Writing, Museum, and Library Curation, Arts Programming, Public Relations, Media Sales, Arts Education, Film Distribution and Publicity, Grants Management, Human Resources, Interactive Media Development, and Politics.

Last updated Dec 2019

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