Film and Digital Media Designated Emphasis


UC Santa Cruz graduate students enrolled in doctoral programs may obtain a designated emphasis in film and digital media as part of their Ph.D. degree.


Students must meet the following requirements in order to obtain the designated emphasis:

Committee Composition and Departmental Approvals

Secure approval from a member of the film and digital media core faculty to serve as the advisor for the designated emphasis.

Course Requirements

Successfully complete four graduate courses (not independent studies) taught by either core or affiliated faculty of the film and digital media Ph.D. program. The courses must be pre-approved by the student's designated emphasis advisor.

Writing, Research and/or Teaching Requirements

Submit a significant piece of writing, or a project that includes both writing and creative practice, that demonstrates competence in the field of film and digital media. A writing submission could take the form of a seminar paper or dissertation chapter. A writing/creative project may be constituted from a range of possible media such as film, video, web-based or other digital media. The submitted project must meet the approval of the student's film and digital media advisor.