Online Bachelor of Arts in Film and Media Studies

Film and media studies centers on advanced analysis of many forms of media beyond the film and television industry, including video games, social media and streaming services. This discipline focuses on building a comprehensive understanding of media and entertainment technologies through a historical, theoretical and analytical lens. Perhaps most importantly, it also explores the many ways in which film and media shape our understanding of social and cultural life.

What is an online film degree?


An online film degree teaches you how media functions as an industry and how to approach its development, production and distribution processes. This prepares you to become a critical consumer and rigorous scholar of media, both past and present.

From lectures and screenings to critical readings and online discussions, you’ll delve into the world of film, digital media, television studies, computer games and screenwriting. You’ll learn from experienced and dedicated ASU film and media studies faculty members with strong records of scholarly publication and experience in the professional entertainment industry.

What can you do with a degree in film and media studies?


This online film and media studies bachelor’s degree is ideal for students looking to build media literacy skills that can be applied to multiple industries. Graduates of the ASU film and media studies program can apply their skills in film, television, media analysis, history and writing. They can also become specialists in media policy, strategy, research, marketing, social media and branding. 

What internships and resources are available through the ASU film and media studies program?


During the course of your studies, you’ll have the opportunity to complete a variety of hands-on internships and activities, including an annual trip to the Sundance Film Festival. Additionally, you can benefit from a variety of on-campus resources that are available to online learners, including:

  • ASU Film Spark.
  • ASU Student Film Festival.
  • Entertainment Business Association.
  • Film Association at ASU.
  • Hollywood Invades Tempe.
  • Lux (the Undergraduate Creative Review).
  • Sun Devil Empire.
  • Sun Devil Late Night.
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Arizona State University’s Bachelor of Arts in film and media studies focuses on the critical analysis of film, television, gaming and new media. In this online film degree, you’ll explore the cultural, social and economic factors influencing the complex film and media landscape. You can expect to build talents related to criticism, advanced discussion and thoughtful consumption of media.

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The ASU film and media studies curriculum includes a core set of courses that establish foundational knowledge and hone the analytic and interpretive skills needed in this field. You can customize your educational path through a wide range of electives as you progress through the program. Featured courses include:

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From Royal Society and American Academy fellows to Marshall and Barry Goldwater Scholarship recipients, The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences is home to prestigious students and faculty members.

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Does my film and media studies degree say 'online'?
No, Arizona State University’s diplomas don’t specify whether you earn your degree online or in person. All diplomas and transcripts simply say “Arizona State University.” That’s because ASU Online students learn from the same faculty and receive the same course content as in-person students receive.
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