Film and Media Arts


Regardless of area of specialty, ambitious and motivated students can pursue internships in Dallas, Los Angeles, New York and other major cities.


Students have the opportunity to participate in the Division’s biennial full-length feature film project, produced by students with the mentorship of industry-respected faculty.


Students can gain hands-on access to equipment the very first year and can hone their craft in scriptwriting, directing, producing, lighting, audio recording and more.


Alumni projects have included work on Lincoln, August Rush, Jurassic Park, Supernatural, King of the Hill, Wishbone, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone and other well-known productions.

Graduate Studies

Fantasy. Horror. Exploitation. Sci-Fi. Reality TV. Digital. Social.

MA in Film

The Master of Arts in Popular Film and Media Studies degree at SMU Meadows School of the Arts prepares students for professional careers in the critical study of the motion picture, television and related media industries.

You’ll learn the theories and philosophies of film and media through intensive examination of Hollywood film studio genres, the impact of organized fandom on the development of science-fiction and fantasy television series, the ways popular media have been vilified for political gain and more. A distinct alternative to the usual collegiate M.A. film studies fare, the SMU M.A. in Popular Film and Media Studies program better prepares you for more advanced, self-directed work in Ph.D. programs, a career in teaching film/media in secondary education, or work as a media industry analyst.

Learn from Meadows’ widely published critical studies faculty and take advantage of generous SMU library resources, including a 35mm and 16mm archive of classic Hollywood shorts and features, vintage TV news footage, the Texas Black Film Collection, over 500 interviews with industry professionals and more.

No other M.A. film program in the United States focuses so intently on the relationship of popular media to cultural concerns.

Want to learn more? Contact the Division of Film & Media Arts at 214.768.2129 or

Areas of Study



Art History

Arts Management and Arts Entrepreneurship

Communication Studies

Creative Computation


Film and Media Arts

Undergraduate Studies

Graduate Studies




4 + 1 M.A.



Faculty and Staff

Summer Film Production

Student Opportunities



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