Occidental’s Media Arts & Culture (MAC) department integrates the study of film, media, and cultural theory with digital production, helping students develop critical and creative skills for engaging in an increasingly participatory media culture.
Founded by renowned avant-garde filmmaker Chick Strand and digital scholar/producer Marsha Kinder, our department has a rich history of creative experimentation, community-based and social engagement, and interdisciplinary study from a local and global perspective. We continue to foster such legacies by encouraging students to think outside the box, while working in relation to real-world issues, cultures, and histories.
Our close proximity to the Los Angeles media industry means that MAC students are able to take advantage of invaluable internships and networking opportunities, while cultivating their own work within a close-knit and well-rounded liberal arts environment. Our students study and create a wide range of visual and aural media, including fiction, documentary, and experimental work; they push media making beyond the screen into installation, public, and mobile spaces; and they learn new tools for digital scholarship, from podcasts and video blogs to GIS applications. Students also receive support and guidance in traveling, studying, and filming abroad, as well as in accessing Los Angeles as a shooting location, historical archive of film history, and invaluable repository of compelling stories and subjects.
MAC offers two major tracks: Media Production and Critical Media. As one of three programs in the Art History and Visual Arts Department, it also offers curricular tie-ins with the Art History and Studio Arts programs, linking the still comparatively young histories of film, electronic, and digital media to the aesthetic, historical, and cultural traditions of other visual practices, including painting, sculpture, and photography.
The MAC department at Occidental is distinctive for its integration of media theory and practice as part of an interdisciplinary liberal arts education, fostering graduates who are technically savvy, critically engaged, and culturally informed. Our alumni continue to pursue interests cultivated in our department within the film and media industries, as well as a variety of other fields. Explore our site and discover why we were named one of the select “2011 Small Colleges and Universities Strong in Film/Television” by Fiske Guide to Colleges 2011.
*With the introduction of the Interdisciplinary Writing Minor the Narrative Practices comprehensives option will be discontinued with the class of 2016. Seniors in the classes of 2015 and 2016 pursuing the former Narrative Practices comps option are required to complete MAC 220 and MAC 320 by the end of their Junior Year.
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