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Film & Media


Read below to learn how the Muse Scholars have engaged with film & media both inside and outside the classroom through attendance at special events, personal film projects and more.



Muse Scholars have had the opportunity to attend screenings by renowned filmmakers as well as participate in discussions about their craft. During the Spring 2012 semester, Chantal Akerman (photo, left), the Michael & Irene Ross Distinguished Visiting Professor of Film and Video and Jewish Studies at the City College of New York, talked with Muse Scholars and other students about her creative process and showed excerpts of her films. The event was organized by Film & Media Prof. Ivone Margulies, an Akerman scholar and author of Nothing Happens: Chantal Akerman's Hyperrealist Everyday, who led the discussion with Film & Media Prof. Joe McElhaney.

Also during the Spring 2012 semester, Muse Scholars heard from filmmaker Stephen Maing who screened and discussed High Tech, Low Life (photo, right), his documentary about the rise and struggles of two Chinese "citizen journalists." Based in New York, Maing is a Fellow of the Sundance Documentary Institute and Independent Feature Project Labs programs and a grant recipient of the MacArthur Foundation, New York State Council on the Arts, and the Independent Television Service.


Muse in the News - Film & Media

Rachel Tiedemann (Class of '16) spent a summer working on the independent film Very Good Girls starring Dakota Fanning, Elizabeth Olsen, Boyd Holbrook, Clark Gregg and Demi Moore.

A Film Production major and an aspiring writer and director, Tiedemann has also written and directed several of her own short films, which can be found on her  Youtube channel.


Co-Curricular Activities

Join WHCS College Radio, the Japanese Media Club, Cult Magazine, or another organization that caters to those interested in making or commenting on film & media. Use Hunter's Student Group Management System to find the club that best meets your interests.


Academic Study

With a world class faculty and up-to-date production facilities, Hunter College's Department of Film & Media Studies offers two undergraduate programs of study. One program leads toward a major in Film, combining film history and theory with film production. The other leads toward a major in Media Studies, combining critical media analysis with creative practice using a mix of contemporary media forms (video, print, digital graphics and the internet). Students may also minor in film or media studies.

The Muse Scholar Program curriculum requires Film 101. This lecture-based course introduces the fundamental concepts of film through discussion of major critical systems and the screening of relevant films. Special recitation sections are reserved for Muse Scholars.