A professor speaks to a group of students sitting in the film viewing room with black and white film on the screen over his shoulder.

Film and Media Arts

Cultures are built around the stories we tell.

Film and Media Arts majors learn how to communicate stories effectively, whether they’re interested in filmmaking, video marketing, scriptwriting, or any other aspect of media production. York College offers a unique program, combining the scholarly study of film with the hands-on training in the practical skills you’ll need to land a job in the field of your choice. 

You won’t just learn what makes a good film. You’ll learn how to create one of your own. 

Film and Media Arts students have access to world-class facilities and industry tools, including advanced production studios, a state-of-the-art film theater, 4K video cameras, professional screenwriting software, and a library with thousands of films and books on film — so you’ll hone your skills on the kinds of equipment being used by professionals around the globe.

A professor speaks to a group of students sitting in the film viewing room with black and white film on the screen over his shoulder.

Majoring in Film and Media Arts

  • Key Courses

    Key Courses

    The Film and Media Arts major offers a wide variety of required classes, electives, and real-world learning opportunities. These include:

    • CM 242: Video Production I
    • CRW 277: Screenwriting I
    • FLM 220: Film History
    • CM 330: Nonlinear Editing
    • FLM 380: Film Theory and Criticism
    • CM 431: Advanced Production
  • Career Opportunities

    Career Opportunities

    No matter your interests, York College’s experienced faculty will guide you toward real-world opportunities that allow you to build a strong professional network in your preferred subject area.

    These are just a few of the many career opportunities available to graduates of the Film and Media Arts program:

    • Director
    • Video Editor
    • Cinematographer
    • Sound Designer
    • Screenwriter
    • Producer
    • Film Composer
    • Film Archivist/Programmer
    • Film Critic
    • Digital Media Strategist
    • Media Research Analyst
  • Internships & Work Experience

    Internships & Work Experience

    Film and Media Arts majors have the opportunity to participate in a variety of internships and/or independent studies, providing real-world experience in video, editing, production, and more. 

    In close proximity to major Mid-Atlantic film and media hubs like New York, Philadelphia, Baltimore, and Pittsburgh, Central Pennsylvania is home to a wide range of individuals, businesses, and organizations that can help students kickstart their careers, including:

    • Professional Filmmakers
    • Film Studios
    • Media Companies
    • Movie and TV Productions Filming in the Region
    • State and Local Film Offices
    • Film Theaters
    • Performing Arts Centers
  • Mentorship & Community

    Mentorship & Community

    The arts are about community. At York College, we know how important it is for future filmmakers and media professionals to build a network — and the Film and Media Arts program helps students to do just that.

    In addition to working with the program’s expert faculty, students are able to connect with peers in the Film and Media Society, a student-run organization on campus. They also meet and learn from a number of visiting professionals and scholars in the field of film and media arts. Recent guests include:

    • Tayarisha Poe (director, Selah and the Spades)
    • Ramin Bahrani (director, The White Tiger)
    • Craig Zobel (director, The Hunt)
    • Neal Dodson (producer, Triple Frontier)
    • Ashley Williams (actress, How I Met Your Mother)
    • David Bianculli (TV critic, NPR's Fresh Air)
Contact Us
Ian Olney, Ph.D.
Professor of English
Coordinator of Film Studies
Humanities Center, Room 231
Phone: 717.815.6446
iolney@ycp.edu

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