Cinema and Media Studies

Our students analyze moving images from every angle. 

Reels of film

Lights...Camera...Action!

Explore cinema and media theories and techniques in an interdisciplinary minor in Cinema and Media Studies! Cinema and Media Studies students learn how to read and instrumentalize the building blocks of film form to both analyze film and media texts as well as produce and edit media of their own.   

Ranking in the top 5 U.S. media markets, our Boston location offers countless exciting and rigorous internship and career opportunities. Simmons Cinema and Media Studies students go on to jobs in content creation and media production across web, tv, and film, as well as graduate programs in Film, Cinema/Media Studies, Communications, Cultural Studies, and more!

One elective must be a production class. (Production classes are ART 138, ART 139, ART 232, ART 237, ART 239, ART 256, COMM 120, COMM 121, COMM 163, COMM 220, COMM 222, COMM 246, and COMM 262) In addition, at least one elective must be at the 200- or 300-level. No more than two photography classes will be counted toward the minor.


Required Courses:

ENGL 195 Art of Film 4
ENGL 221 The Critical Lens: Introduction to Film and Media Theory 4

Elective Courses:

ART 138 The Poetry of Photography 4
ART 139 Color Photography CSI 4
ART 232 Advanced Digital Workshop 4
ART 237 Advanced Black and White Photography 4
ART 239 Art of the Real: Documentary Photography 4
ART 249 History of Photography 4
ART 256 Approaches in Contemporary Photography 4
AST 245 Tweeting Into the Future: Race, Technology & Social Media 4
AST 307 Black History at the Movies: Truth Telling or Story Telling 4
CHIN 214 Contemporary Chinese Cinema 4
COMM 120 Communications Media 4
COMM 121 Visual Communication 4
COMM 124 Media, Messages and Society 4
COMM 163 Radio Operations and Performance 4
COMM 220 Video Production 4
COMM 222 Animation 4
COMM 246 Digital Imaging for Design 4
COMM 262 Media Convergence 4
COMM 263 Social Media Journalism 4
COMM 323 Digital Cultures: Communication and Social Media 4
Postcolonial Film
ENGL 327 Psychoanalysis, Race and Sexuality 4
ENGL 354 Studies in Film: Melodrama 4
ENGL 398 Feminist Media Studies 4
FREN 314 Topics in French Cinema 4
HIST 254 History Through Novels & Film 4
HIST 329 Film and History Representation 4
HIST 374 Modern U.S. History: Digital Humanities 4
MUS 165 Music in Film 4
PHIL 152 Philosophy Through Literature and Film 4
PHIL 225 Ethical, Legal, and Social Issues in Information Technology 4
SPAN 314 Hispanic Culture as Seen Through Film 4

Restrictions on Electives

One elective must be a production class Production classes are designated:
ART 138 The Poetry of Photography 4
ART 139 Color Photography CSI 4
ART 232 Advanced Digital Workshop 4
ART 237 Advanced Black and White Photography 4
ART 239 Art of the Real: Documentary Photography 4
ART 256 Approaches in Contemporary Photography 4
COMM 120 Communications Media 4
COMM 121 Visual Communication 4
COMM 220 Video Production 4
COMM 222 Animation 4
COMM 246 Digital Imaging for Design 4
COMM 262 Media Convergence 4

At least one elective must be at the 200 or 300 level. No more than two photography classes will be counted toward the minor.

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