Graduate Overview

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The Department of Media Study at the University at Buffalo is a leading program in innovative media production, theory and practice-led research. The department’s focus areas are experimental and radical uses of media in the arts and in society at large. The faculty’s methods are diverse: historical, theoretical, practice-led and practice-based. DMS is renowned for its pioneering contributions to experimental film and video, and today the department adds digital, computational, and interactive media to these existing strengths. DMS provides a community where graduate students can develop their own voices as media makers and researchers. DMS’s objective is to prepare students not just to thrive in a media-saturated world, but to shape it. The department offers courses in film and video production, interactive media, digital media, physical computing, media networks and web-based media.

Degree Options

11/2/18
This program is particularly suitable for those wishing to combine their interest in film and media study with the pursuit of a secondary area in the humanities, as well as for students from other fields who want to prepare for a PhD in media.
10/9/18
Appropriate for students whose primary focus is media art making with a secondary focus on media history and theory or a critical examination of how their own work is situated within the field.
10/8/18
This is a joint master’s degree offered by the Department of Media Study and the UB School of Architecture and Planning. This unique interdisciplinary combination allows students to study emerging practices in media arts and architecture that require expertise in 1) architecture and 2) computational and digital media.
10/9/18
The Department of Media Study’s PhD is one of a small set of doctoral programs in experimental media theory and practice-led research in the United States. This program responds to the rapid development and transformation of media due to advances in digital technologies and to the growing number of artist-scholar-researchers working in technology-based art forms. This program caters to artists and thinkers who want to engage in research both in and through the arts.
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Contact

Sara Elder

247A Center for the Arts

Phone: (716) 645-0935

selder@buffalo.edu

Director of Graduate Studies
Professor
Department of Media Study
College of Arts and Sciences

Research Areas: Documentary film production and studies; ethnographic media; ethnography; visual anthropology; emerging interactive documentary; nonfiction ethics; collaborative and participatory media practices; Alaska Native communities; Indigenous heritage and sovereignty with a focus on the practices and ethics of filming across cultural and social boundaries

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247A Center for the Arts

Phone: (716) 645-0935

selder@buffalo.edu

Brad Hendricks
Bradley Hendricks

231 Center for the Arts

Phone: (716) 645-0316

bhendric@buffalo.edu

Assistant to the Chair for Student Programs
Department of Media Study
College of Arts and Sciences

231 Center for the Arts

Phone: (716) 645-0316

bhendric@buffalo.edu