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Film & Media Studies

Film and Media Studies (FMS) is an interdisciplinary program in the College of Arts and Sciences designed to give students a broad understanding of film and media history, theory, and criticism. The FMS curriculum is built around a core of Film and Media Studies courses and a rich variety of electives, including offerings in the Departments of Anthropology, African and African American Studies, English, Communication, History, and Modern Languages, as well as in the College of Journalism and Mass Communication and the College of Fine Arts. This comprehensive undergraduate degree provides students with the knowledge and skills required for careers in media-related fields, film production, academics, and other jobs in the liberal arts and humanities.


Career Opportunities

  • Actor
  • Animator
  • Archivist
  • Assistant Producer
  • Audiovisual Production Specialist
  • Booking Agent
  • Broadcast Engineer
  • Camera Operator, TV
  • Casting Director
  • Cinematographer
  • Costume Designer
  • Critic
  • Director
  • Entertainment/Recreation Manager
  • Film Editor
  • Film Festival Director
  • Film Preservationist
  • Grip
  • Lighting Technician
  • Location Scout
  • Location Sound Mixer
  • Motion Picture Photographer
  • Newspaper Columnist
  • On-Air Reporter
  • Performer/Entertainer
  • Producer (Radio, TV, Film, Theater)
  • Production Assistant
  • Production Designer
  • Public Relations Specialist
  • Script Writer
  • Set Designer
  • Small Business Owner
  • Social Media Communications Specialist
  • Sound Editor
  • Special Effects Specialist
  • Storyboard Artist
  • Teacher
  • Web Video Producer

Related Skills

  • Present specific viewpoints
  • Influential and persuasion skills
  • Synthesizing information
  • Interpretation skills
  • Reporting and editing skills
  • Evaluate ideas and presentations
  • Gather information and data
  • Compare and contrast evidence
  • Evaluate information and sources
  • Rewriting and editing with others
  • Understand institutional and cultural values
  • Create entertaining and persuasive messages
  • Clear and forceful writing
  • Visual literacy: an understanding of the language of images
  • Understanding of aesthetics and moving image art
  • Storytelling and narrative analysis skills
  • Understanding and awareness of other cultures and cross-cultural communication through media
  • Mastery of specific film production skills, such as script writing, videography, and editing
  • Understanding of the cultural impact of modern media
  • Measure media effects
  • Planning and managing skills
  • Work with deadlines
  • Work independently
  • Attention to details
  • Work in teams/small groups
  • Critical thinking skills
  • Develop market research
  • Indentify and manage different needs of individuals/groups
  • Explaining processes, plans, and concepts

Hiring Institutions

  • Advertising Agencies
  • Animation Studios
  • Archives
  • Communication Departments of Large Corporations
  • Film Distributors
  • Film Festivals
  • Film Production Companies
  • Free Lance
  • Government Agencies
  • Motion Picture Companies
  • Non-Profit Organizations
  • Post-Production Houses
  • Public Libraries
  • Special Effects Companies
  • Sports Media Organizations
  • Talent Agencies
  • Television Stations
  • Theatrical Production Companies
  • Universities
  • Web Production Companies

Career Paths of Recent Graduates

Related Websites

The University of Oklahoma, Department of Film & Media Studies