Maryland Film Departments and Programs
The emphasis here is on schools offering classes that study films or teach practical filmmaking skills; more general communications studies and media arts programs have been excluded. The descriptions are adapted from each school’s site. Click on the links below to find course listings, syllabi, and instructor information.
Although the Communication & Media Studies Department primarily stresses critical thinking, it does offer elective coursework in some skills-oriented areas such as video production, in addition to more traditional classes in film history and theory.
Johns Hopkins University: Krieger School of Arts & Sciences
The Film and Media Studies Program at Johns Hopkins University is an interdisciplinary program incorporating courses in film and television history and theory, film and digital video production, and screenwriting.
Loyola University Maryland
Loyola's interdisciplinary minor in Film Studies offers courses in film history and theory, national cinema traditions, genre studies, screenwriting, and video and digital production processes.
Maryland Institute College of Art
MICA's Film & Video major allows students to address the particular technical and conceptual concerns of work in video and film with courses that explore the full range of opportunities for creating original artwork featuring the moving image. MICA's Animation major directs students to pursue original research, experimentation, and production using state-of-the-art processes and industry-standard computer hardware and software systems, and to explore multiple distribution opportunities for their work.
Screenwriting and Animation (SWAN) is Morgan’s cinematic arts and
sciences major, and the most technology immersive program in its College
of Liberal Arts (CLA). The degree combines theory and practice, and it integrates production
and hands-on field experience in filmmaking and content creation.
The Electronic Media and Film major focuses upon the study of the aesthetics and production of film, television and radio. The major is divided into four tracks: Television, Film, Radio/Audio, and Theory/Criticism.
University of Maryland Baltimore County
UMBC’s undergraduate program in Visual Arts has concentrations in Cinematic Arts and Animation/Interactive Media that give students a thorough foundation in video and film production technique through the development of personal creative work. Classes are offered in film history as well as hands-on filmmaking.
University of Maryland College Park
The Film Studies major at the University of Maryland is based on a critical, textual approach to film,
emphasizing scholarly viewing, interpreting, and writing about moving
Students majoring in Film and Moving Image learn the keys to creative
storytelling and digital cinema while digging deeper into a
concentrated, specialized track in preparation for a career in the
field. Focused tracks include cinematography, editing, producing, and