• Welcome to the School of Media Studies!

    You are among the growing number of individuals who recognize the essential role that media and all communication technology play in our lives. And more important, you want to do something about it.

    In the School of Media Studies, you will find a diverse and comprehensive course of study completed by more than 2,000 students in its 30-plus-year history. Your experience here will be enriched by the resources offered by a unique and distinguished university. Your fellow students are a lively and diverse group, ranging from those who are well established in their careers to recent college graduates, coming from the New York metropolitan area, over 40 states, and more than 30 other countries.

    Instruction is provided by an accomplished and dedicated faculty from different domains of academia, art, and industry. As a part of The New School, the School of Media Studies reflects a commitment to a number of core values:

    • An emphasis on the essential relationship between media theory and practice, and the belief that a conceptual understanding of media is necessary for creating compelling media productions and, in turn, that producing media messages grounds an understanding of theory
    • A respect for both aesthetic and pragmatic dimensions of communication and a recognition of the integrity and potential contribution of all media forms
    • An awareness of the ethical imperatives of media making and exchange
    • An appreciation for the ways in which media theory and practice can contribute to global understanding
    • An acknowledgment of the challenging marketplace conditions that face today's graduates
    • An openness to responsive change and innovation
    • A diverse curriculum reflecting the breadth of the field of media studies and including focus areas such as digital cinema production, media analytics, media archaeology, media criticism, media history and philosophy, participatory media and learning, public interactives, sound studies, and transmedia and digital storytelling

    In sum, our program is based on a solid history and focus. We aim to assist you in developing a critical understanding of the mediated culture in which we live as well as the skills to produce media messages in a variety of forms and genres.

    I am very pleased that you have joined us in our ongoing experiment in learning to make both messages and meaning in the hope that we can all become more active and dynamic world citizens.

    Carol Wilder
    Dean, School of Media Studies