About the School of Media Studies | The New School


  • The social impact of mass communication has been studied at The New School since its founding in 1919. The first college course to investigate the motion picture was offered here in 1926. Marshall McLuhan's colleague, John Culkin, brought his Center for Understanding Media to The New School in 1975 and The New School began offering the Master of Arts degree in media studies, one of the first graduate programs of its kind.

    Today, the graduate, undergraduate, and continuing education curricula of the School of Media Studies carefully balance theory and practice, so that our students are fully engaged with current media scholarship as well as the latest tools of media production and management. They study media theory, media business, and media technology, and create their own media projects, ranging from documentary and dramatic films to websites and other online media, installations, and multimedia projects. Our programs prepare students to advance in almost any career direction in the rapidly evolving global media industries.

    The School of Media Studies offers the following programs:

    Anne Balsamo, Dean, School of Media Studies
    Christiane Paul, Associate Dean, School of Media Studies
    Dawnja Burris, Director of MA Graduate Program
    Melissa Friedling, Director of Undergraduate Programs
    Paul Hardart, Director of Graduate Certificate in Media Management/MS
    Deanna Kamiel, Director of Graduate Certificate in Documentary Media Studies