Film and Digital Media

Area of Focus
  • Arts & Media
Degrees Offered
  • B.A.
  • M.F.A.
  • Ph.D.
  • Undergraduate Minor
Academic Division
  • Arts
  • Film and Digital Media

Program overview

The Film and Digital Media major at UC Santa Cruz offers an integrated curriculum where students study the cultural impact of movies, television, video, and the internet and also have the opportunity to pursue creating work in video and interactive digital media, if so desired. Graduates of the UC Santa Cruz Film and Digital Media program have enjoyed considerable success in the professional world and have gained admission to top graduate schools in the field.


Learning Experience

For a detailed description of the Film and Digital Media major that includes the declaration requirements, the additional Integrated Critical Practice concentration offered within the major, and how the comprehensive requirement may be fulfilled, as well as a link to descriptions of our course offerings, please visit the General Catalog.

Study and Research Opportunities

Department-sponsored independent field study opportunities (with faculty and department approval)

First-Year (Freshman) Requirements

High school students who plan to major in Film and Digital Media need no special preparation other than the courses required for UC admission.


Transfer Requirements

This is a non-screening major. Transfer students should speak with an academic adviser at the department office prior to enrolling in classes to determine their status and to begin the declaration of major process as soon as possible.

Additional time (beyond six quarters) may be needed to complete the Film and Digital Media major if: general education requirements need to be completed; a double major is being pursued; a lower-division Film and Digital Media major requirement has not been completed prior to transfer; and/or a Film and Digital Media concentration is being pursued.

Communities of Color Conference

Internships and Career Opportunities

  • Graduates of the program have established careers as professionals in the fields of film, video, television, and digital media, working as filmmakers, editors, digital media artists, film archivists, media educators, script analysts, cinematographers, television producers, computer programmers, and studio executives. Recent graduates have screened work at the Sundance Film Festival, Cinequest, the Milan Film Festival, and on HBO. Graduates have a strong track record of gaining admission to top graduate programs for M.A., M.F.A., and Ph.D. degrees, including USC, UCLA, NYU, Columbia, Chapman, the American Film Institute, Cal Arts, the University of Iowa, and the University of Wisconsin-Madison.



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