Cinema and Media Studies

Welcome to Wellesley College's Cinema and Media Studies Program


Wellesley College's Cinema and Media Studies Program (CAMS) offers an innovative, interdisciplinary major and minor focused on the history, theory, and practice of the media that characterize modernity and those new media that are currently emerging.  CAMS engages with all forms of still, moving-image and screen-based audio-visual media, from the dominant forms of the last century (film, television, and still photography) through today's emergent forms (digital, web, gallery-based, and more).

While the major requires students to select one of two distinct tracks—in Cinema/Media Studies or Video/Media Production—an innovative feature of the major is that we expect students in all tracks to be conversant in both theory and production. Students in the program come to understand theory through practice, and practice through theory.

Students who major in CAMS emerge with strong writing, analytic, and technological skills, as well as a broad-based knowledge of screen-based media in a global and cultural context.  Past CAMS majors are working as independent filmmakers, as producers, as archivists, in television and broadcast journalism, and in the education film divisions of organizations (both non-profit and for-profit).