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.
Students produce senior comprehensives capstone work in one of two tracks: Critical Media or Media Production. All students, regardless of their project choice, are expected to push the boundaries of media scholarship, project form, and modes of audiovisual communication.
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.
The Media Arts & Culture Department's Oxy Cinematheque: Screening Los Angeles series presents an evening with LA City Archivist Michael Holland. Since the 1920s various Los Angeles city departments such as the LAPD and Public Works have created films and videos for their own internal use. Holland will provide a visual tour of lesser-known Los Angeles via a selection of recently digitized works rarely intended for public consumption. Join us for this chance to see the city from the inside out!
Los Angeles Plays Itself is a hard-boiled investigation of how the City of Angels is depicted in film and television, whether as backdrop or subject. Considered the “mother of all video essays,” Los Angeles Plays Itself circulated for years on bootleg DVDs among cinephiles and architecture buffs until being remastered for its tenth anniversary. Filmmaker and Cal Arts Professor Thom Andersen will be in attendance for a post-screening Q&A.
Now in its third year, the 2016 Highland Park Independent Film Festival is a 3-day fall festival showcasing films by and about the communities of Highland Park and Northeast Los Angeles. This encore presentation will showcase award-winning works from the 2016 festival along with conversation with festival programmers.
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