Bachelor's in Film and Digital Media
Film and digital media have become the most dynamic and ubiquitous form of communication globally. Traditional film and television have been joined by “new” media and digital technologies, such as video games, social media and the web, in shaping the way we communicate, profoundly changing our culture and society. These sweeping changes call for a new approach to the study, creation, and discussion of film and digital media. Such an approach emphasizes interdisciplinary skills, cultural diversity, technological literacy, storytelling, and sensitivity to the promotion of social justice.
Located in one of the largest media markets in the world, students in the Film and Digital Media program work with a variety of filmmakers, digital media producers and scholars. Screenwriters, new-media artists, and other professionals in the industry, join with the full-time faculty to help students learn the latest techniques and theory. Students are also within easy reach of media companies for internships and hands-on experience and ultimately job opportunities.
Loyola's interdisciplinary, 43-credit film and digital media (FDM) program focuses on the critical analysis, production, and use of film and digital media in all of its varieties, and explores the migration of communication and entertainment media across platforms, from film screens, to mobile devices, to video games. Students in FDM choose from one of three major concentrations:
- International film studies, which prepares students for further work or study in media criticism, history, and theory, curation, and related media professions;
- Film and media production, which provides students with the conceptual and practical skills for working in film, digital video, and new-media production;
- Digital Media, which gives students experience in the production and critical study of multiple new media modes, including web design, social media, information management, game design, or technology development.
In keeping with Loyola's Jesuit, Catholic values of social justice and ethical practices, the film and digital media program offers opportunities for community outreach and service-learning, and emphasizes both the practice and theory of film and digital media, striving to create thoughtful practitioners and media critics. Located at the School of Communication on Loyola’s Water Tower Campus, the program is ideally situated in downtown Chicago and in close proximity to the city’s many media production centers.
*Students majoring in Advertising & Public Relations, Communication Studies (including Advocacy and Social Change), International Film and Media Studies (Production), Film and Digital Media or Journalism cannot major (or minor) in another program within the School of Communication.