The Film, Television and Media Arts major and minor provides students with a detailed understanding of the visual, creative, and communicative power of various media through courses in theory, history, genres, styles, and structures in a collaborative, hands-on environment. Media Center Facilities
The program's curriculum focuses on merging traditional media with new media, opening a world of exploration and creative possibilities. Students learn and apply the theories and practices of visual and audio storytelling including writing, design, production, cinematography, sound design, digital imaging and editing.
Benefiting from the personal attention offered by our faculty, you are mentored and led to understand the expressive power media holds while experimenting in order to find your creative voice, imagination and vision. As a discipline that requires constant practice and application, you are required to create an annual extracurricular production project. This helps develop collaborative partnerships and apply the knowledge you've acquired throughout the school year.
Program at a Glance
Number of Majors
No Prior Experience Required
A Flexible Curriculum
Students Pursue Interests in Production, Screenwriting, and Cinema Studies
We Provide Close Mentoring
Our Students Join a Close, Creative Community
Our Full Time Faculty
Media Professionals in the Media Center
Extraordinary Sophisticated Equipment, Software and Other Resources
First Year Students
All Students Work on Projects
Independent Projects are Encouraged
Senior Capstone Projects, Screenplays, or Cinema Studies Papers
Internships are Readily Available
Many Graduates are Working in the Industry
See Film, Televsion and Media Arts course descriptions from our catalog for more information
Film, Television & Media Arts Major
For a 39 credit major students must complete the following:
Foundation Sequence (18 Credits):
Plus one of these survey history/analysis courses (3 credits):
Advanced Sequence (18 Credits):
Complete one of these survey history/analysis courses (3 credits):
Complete one history/analysis course at 200- or 300-level (3 credits):
*additional 200- or 300-level courses in other departments may satisfy this requirement (see below)
Complete two electives in applied production, writing, or history/analysis: (6 Credits)
Complete two capstone courses: (6 Credits)
Complete either fall or spring semester during freshman, sophomore, and junior years: (3 credits)
* courses in other departments that satisfy third history/analysis requirement:
Film, Television & Media Arts Minors
There are two FTM minor tracks, one in Studies and one in Production.
FTM Minor in Film, Television, and Media Studies – (18 credits)
FTM Minor in Film, Television, and Media Production – (19 credits)
See Film, Television and Media Arts course descriptions from our catalog for more information
Visiting Assistant Professors
The Film, Television and Media Arts program is served and supported in its home at Fairfield's innovative Media Center, a 15,000 square foot facility on the ground floor of Xavier Hall, consisting of:
Students in the major or minor program are encouraged to seek out internship opportunities in the area of their concentration of film, television or media arts. Internships are available from many production companies, as well as television stations. Our faculty have many contacts with practitioners in these media and often help qualified students arrange internships for credit. Fairfield's proximity to New York City (just an hour away) makes dynamic options a real possibility. In recent years, for example, our students have held internships at NBC, ABC, ESPN, The Daily Show, MSG, Speedvision Network, Outdoor Life, CNN, Comedy Central, The Conan O'Brien Show, WFAN, ESPN, WEBE 108, National Geographic Film and Television, and numerous independent film production companies.
What are the Qualifications?
Credit-bearing internships in film, television and media arts are only available to declared junior and senior major and minor students in the New Media Film, Television and Radio program, who have taken FTM10 & FTM11 and at least one history/theory course and two applied production courses in your respective media track. Exceptions to these requirements can be appealed to the director of the Film, Television and Media Arts program. The internship counts as an elective course within the major and minor program.
Internships are meant for students who have some basic understanding of the media, enabling them to both better appreciate the work in which they intern as well as to make them more useful to the company in which they intern. Because of the demands that an internship places upon a professor in the Film, Television and Media Arts program, we cannot accommodate students who are not in the major or minor program.
What should I expect (and not to expect) from an internship?
Internships are designed to give you a real-world experience of a particular field of work. At the least (or the most!), you should have an experience of "trying on the clothes" of the field, to see if they "fit" your talents, interests, and your sense of who you might be in the future.
Most internships at larger companies do not allow you the chance to do much else, and often give you pretty basic work to do - sometimes not even related to the field. If you work for MTV, for example, don't expect to be learning about how to shoot or edit a segment: your main job may be to control the crowds outside the studio windows in Times Square. It's not because they don't like you, it's just that they do not have the time to teach you any particular skills (and the union contracts do not allow you to even touch the equipment). If you intern in a smaller, less sexy place, you may indeed be taught some real skills that will advance you in some area of the media. Smaller companies usually have greater needs than large ones, and often rely on interns to an amazing degree.
You should also not expect to be offered a job sometime in the future at your internship company, especially at the larger companies. They simply don't have that many jobs available, and often have many interns, whom they mainly use for drudge work. Again, there is a better chance at a smaller place that they may like you so much - and appreciate your skills - that they will offer you a job upon graduation. It happens, but don't walk into the internship with that expectation. Your internship will be successful if you get a good look at how the professionals practice their crafts and how good a fit working with them feels to you. The requirements for the internship are designed to help achieve that end.
Film, Television and Media Arts Program alumni carry their skills and awareness of the aesthetic, artistic, and communicative powers of media delivery into the professional world. In recent interviews they offer insight into what they learned in the program that enabled their success and also offer advice to make the most of your learning experience in the Film, Television and Media Arts Program.
Many graduates continue to develop their interests and perfect their skill through graduate studies, and have gone on to film school programs at:
The major in Film, Television and Media Arts provides a great introduction to the professional world of these media. Our graduates are working in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, and other media centers around the nation:
Learn more about how the University's Career Planning Center can support your post-graduate goals, and how Fairfield's tight-knit alumni network can build career and mentoring opportunities that last a lifetime.
School of Communication, Arts, and Media Alumni Panel
Once a year, the College of Arts and Sciences’ invites alumni from each of the School of Communication, Arts, and Media’s four departments (Communication, Visual and Performing Arts, English, and Modern Languages and Literatures) to participate in an interactive panel discussion. From public relations professionals to digital managing editors, the panelists represent a wide breadth of careers and share their professional advice and personal journeys with current students.