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PhD in Screen Cultures

The Screen Cultures Ph.D. program at Northwestern University is a leading doctoral program that conducts and mentors innovative research in the history, theory, and criticism of film, television, and digital media. Integrating interdisciplinary opportunities both within the Department of Radio/Television/Film and Northwestern University, the Screen Cultures program provides an exceptional humanities-based course of study.

Students work with interdisciplinary faculty across Northwestern and Chicago, including internationally known scholars in film, television, and digital media studies. Throughout their studies, students may opt to take courses from a variety of disciplines within the School of Communication and Weinberg College of Arts & Sciences, including: Sociology, English, German, French and Italian, Art History, Comparative Literature, Music Studies, African American Studies, Gender Studies, Performance Studies, Theatre, and Communication Studies.

In addition to core subjects in the history and theory of film, television, and digital media, students can also enroll in media production courses and specialty seminars with topics such as: media and architecture, gender and media, African American cinema, cult cinema, television, video, and media arts, transnational cinema, Middle Eastern cinema, and numerous author and genre courses.

The program attracts numerous speakers and visiting artists through its speaker series and colloquia, exposing students to celebrated researchers and media makers. State-of-the-art production and viewing facilities allow for screenings of the latest media and also lively discussions and lectures with preeminent scholars.

The rich and rigorous experiences found within the Screen Cultures program will prepare you for the academic job market and mentor you in the art of writing for scholarly publications, while creating exciting intellectual exchange.