The Media Arts Department offers majors in photography, film/digital video, and animation, while providing elective classes to the University at large. The three-year curriculum of each major is built around a sequence of courses designed to move the student to a position of independence within the discipline. Many of our studio courses feature a written component to provide a balance between technical skills and the critical thinking and historical context necessary for a complete exploration of one’s medium. An introduction to the fundamental ideas and techniques of the medium fills much of the sophomore year. During the two remaining years, the student is expected to refine techniques, develop a sense of personal vision, identify goals, and pursue activities directly related to professional practice.
The Media Arts Department provides extensive studio facilities and equipment for students enrolled in its courses. A nominal fee is required for access.
Philadelphia’s professional resources have allowed the department to develop an extensive internship program for advanced Media Arts majors. This program allows students to gain professional experience while earning academic credit. Internship sponsors have included commercial photography studios; galleries; independent artists; animation, film, video, and multimedia production houses; television stations; medical facilities; magazine and book publishers; and digital imaging studios.
The Media Arts Department also offers minor concentrations in all three of its programs–film/digital video, animation, and photography–which are available to students outside of their major studio program. Those interested in this option should consult with both their major advisor and the Media Arts Department.