With a curriculum that combines media production and creativity with media history and theory, the Division of Film and Media Arts prepares students for careers in film, television and other media-related fields. Students learn and work in small classes that develop their creative and collaborative skills and enhance their understanding of the art and business of media.
Film & Media Arts
What's it like to study Film at SMU
Join #smumeadows film students and faculty discuss what makes the Division of Film & Media Studies at SMU and unique. (🎥 by Ryan Reed, Film & Media Arts '15)
Meet Our Faculty
Associate Professor of Film and Media Arts
Associate Dean for Finance and Operations, Meadows School of the Arts
Lauren Hadaway (B.F.A. ’11), freelance filmmaker
Meadows Student Film Picked Up by Major Distributor
Creativity and Ideation
|Introduces the language of screenwriting. Topics include the creative process of idea generation and ways to make a story filmable; the creation of memorable and redeemable characters; the arc and transformation of story, including the setup, the question or conflict, the turning point, and the climax or ending; and the details of proper format and presentation. Required of all majors.|
|Comprehensive audio course with instruction and work in recording, editing, mixing and design. Topics include microphone selection and placement, Pro Tools, advanced recording techniques, routing in a studio and within software, Foley sound effects, automated dialog replacement, and introduction to audio processors. Also, individual and group sound-design projects.|
Philosophy of Film and Media
|Provides an overview of major philosophical and theoretical writings on cinema, television and new media (including the work of theorists such as André Bazin, Sergei Eisenstein, Laura Mulvey and Christian Metz) and demonstrates the application of various analytical perspectives to specific texts.
Spec commercial group project produced in TV Ad Concepting & Production class, January 2017.
Director: David Fice (B.F.A. Film & Media Arts, 2019)
Producer: Schuyler Morris (B.F.A. Film & Media Arts, 2017)
DP: Kendall Kramer
Design: Tanner Thompson
Client rep: Madeline Khare
AD: Presley Impson (B.F.A. Film & Media Arts, 2017)
Other crew: Al Bouchillon (B.F.A. Film & Media Arts, 2019), Conrad Li, Eric Sedeno
"Grandma knows best"
Southern Comfort Egg Nog spec commercial;
group project made for TV Ad Concepting & Production class, 2017.
Director: Tanner Thompson
Producer/editor/colorist: Presley Impson (B.F.A. Film & Media Arts, 2017)
DP: David Fice (B.F.A. Film & Media Arts, 2019)
Design: Eric Sedeno / Conrad Li
Client rep: Schuyler Morris (B.F.A. Film & Media Arts, 2017)
Other crew: Al Bouchillon (B.F.A. Film & Media Arts, 2019), Madeline Khare, Kendall Kramer (B.F.A. Film & Media Arts, 2018)
Film & Media News
September 13, 2022
After its premiere last April, SMU student film #BlackatSMU has been screened at national film festivals and snapped up multiple accolades.
August 03, 2021
Film debuts August 10, streaming for free on DallasTheaterCenter.org
March 26, 2021
Award-winning Summer Film comedy, The Book of Job, now streaming
April 06, 2020
Amber Bemak’s film receives Ken Burns Award for Best of the Festival