Ph.D. in Film and Digital Media
University of California Santa Cruz Division of the Arts
Santa Cruz, USA
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The Ph.D. program in Film and Digital Media challenges the traditionally conceived borders between creative and critical practice. The program enables potential dialogue between creative practice and theoretical knowledge as related forms of intellectual work. It provides the conditions for students to realize a wide range of possible projects, including those across the traditional divides of critical studies and production. Focusing on a diverse range of cultural production that includes a cinema, television, video art, and Internet-based media, the Ph.D. program participants interrogate the historical, aesthetic, political, ideological, and technological aspects of these media forms across a range of international contexts, investigating their points of connection and convergence as well as their relationship to broader cultural and historical change. The program thus prepares students for intellectually informed creative practice and theoretical and critical production in a range of environments, not limited to traditional academic contexts.