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"Major" Development
Beginning in the 2018-19 academic year, we are offering a film and media studies major for all class years. Details will be released this summer in the new university catalogue.
Professor Lane Joins Academy
Professor Lane Joins Academy
Along with others such as Gal Gadot, Dwayne “the Rock” Johnson, and Betty White, Professor Penny Lane was invited into The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Read more about Lane's invitation.
Film Seminar
Film Seminar
The Robert Flaherty Film Seminar is held on the Colgate campus every summer.
We will challenge our students to engage in the critical study of film and visual mass media. We will examine how these media serve as powerful determinants of ideology, identity, and historical consciousness.

About Film and Media Studies

It has been said that, collectively, the visual mass media represent the most important and widely shared context for the receipt of information and ideas in contemporary experience. We recognize the centrality of visual experience to everyday life and question the consequences of our passive consumption of visual media as both entertainment and information.

We invite you to do the same.

The goal of a major or minor in film and media studies is for you to develop the critical skills necessary to analyze representation and experience as they are constructed by new and emerging visual technologies. The program seeks a balance between history, theory, and practice.

Department Contacts

Chair: Mary Simonson
Administrative assistant: Angela Kowalski (
Office: Little Hall
Phone: 315-228-7891
Dept. Fax: 315-228-7787

Studying in the FMST Program

We offer both a major and a minor in film and media studies. Courses in the major or minor are from a wide range of departments and programs. This is in recognition that image-based research is fully interdisciplinary and that images are called upon to function increasingly as icons and arguments, as well as data and documents.

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