Charles Champlin

The Department of

Film and Media Studies mourns the passing of Charles Champlin, the renowned film critic and arts editor for the The Los Angeles Times.

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Recent Documentaries worked on by current UCSB Film & Media Studies Students

Slum Dreams

"Slum Dreams"
Alexandra Muckle

Spencer Byam-Taylor


Tenure-Track Assistant Professor: Media and the Environment

Start date: July 1, 2015.

For more information or to apply by 10/31/14:


Tenure-Track Assistant Professor: Film/Media Practice and Theory

Professor appointment will begin on July 1, 2015. For more information or to apply...

Greg Siegel

The Department of Film and Media Studies announces the publication of his book “Forensic Media: Reconstructing Accidents in Accelerated Modernity” (Duke University Press, 2014. Congratulations Professor Siegel!

Ross Melnick

Warmest congratulations to Professor Ross Melnick who has just been awarded a highly prestigious and competitive National Endowment for the Humanities fellowship for 2015-2016! The fellowship is in support of his book project, Screening the World: Hollywood's Global Exhibition Empires, a study of the enormous industrial and cultural changes that took place in global movie theaters between 19w25 and 2013 as vertically integrated American film companies began buying, building, and/or leasing cinemas in Africa, South America, Asia, Europe, and Australia/New Zealand and exporting their U.S. exhibition personnel, architects, and cultural and industrial practices to these markets. As new Paramount, MGM, Warner, and Fox theaters opened around the world, Hollywood not only dominated the content on the screen but increasingly owned the screens themselves. read more....

Film and Media Studies focuses on film, television, and new media around the world. With 400 undergraduate majors and more than two dozen graduate students, FMS cultivates critical and analytical skills through the study of media objects and practices. Majors have the opportunity to interact closely with our distinguished faculty through collaborative research projects and to engage with a vibrant mix of activities and student organizations, such as the Screenwriters' Co-op, Reel Loud Film Festival, and Media Fields Journal. The department furthermore encourages students to explore future career paths and to build relationships with our network of committed alumni, many of whom return to campus regularly to share their experiences and insights. Our rigorous curriculum of study is fostering a new generation of visionaries with a stake in producing and understanding the future of screen media.