Film & Digital Media


The Film and Digital Media major at UC Santa Cruz offers an integrated curriculum where students study the cultural impact of movies, television, video, and the Internet and also have the opportunity to pursue creating work in video and interactive digital media, if so desired. Graduates of the UC Santa Cruz Film and Digital Media program have enjoyed considerable success in the professional world and have gained admission to top graduate schools in the field.

Degrees Offered

  • B.A.
  • M.F.A.
  • Minor
  • Ph.D.

Study and Research Opportunities

Department-sponsored independent field study opportunities (with faculty and department approval)

Information for First-Year Students (Freshmen)

High school students who plan to major in Film and Digital Media need no special preparation other than the courses required for UC admission.

Freshmen interested in pursuing the major will find pertinent information on the advising website, which includes a first-year academic plan.

Information for Transfers

Transfer students should speak with an academic adviser at the department office prior to enrolling in classes to determine their status and to begin the declaration of major process as soon as possible. 

Additional time (beyond six quarters) may be needed to complete the Film and Digital Media major if: general education requirements need to be completed; a double major is being pursued; a lower-division Film and Digital Media major requirement has not been completed prior to transfer; and/or a Film and Digital Media concentration is being pursued. Further information can be found at


Graduates of the program have established careers as professionals in the fields of film, video, television, and digital media, working as filmmakers, editors, digital media artists, film archivists, media educators, script analysts, cinematographers, television producers, computer programmers, and studio executives. Recent graduates have screened work at the Sundance Film Festival, Cinequest, the Milan Film Festival, and on HBO. Graduates have a strong track record of gaining admission to top graduate programs for M.A., M.F.A., and Ph.D. degrees, including USC, UCLA, NYU, Columbia, Chapman, the American Film Institute, Cal Arts, the University of Iowa, and the University of Wisconsin-Madison.


Many Film and Digital Media students study abroad through the UC Education Abroad Program. Students are encouraged to explore and apply for these opportunities early on since most programs require an application almost a year in advance. Students are advised to meet with the department's undergraduate adviser to discuss the best options for film and digital media majors. For more information see


More information can be found at

Awards, Honors, and Recognitions

Dominic Romano received the annual Steck Award which recognizes the most outstanding senior research project completed at UCSC. Dominic's integrated project combined research and a creative video that critically examine the post-1990 Lebanese film and video scene. The video emerged from interviews with people who’d suffered from physical scarring.

Jeny Amaya received the Cary Grant Film Award from the Princess Grace Foundation for her senior project, Mama Virtual, which examined the Salvadoran diaspora experience in California.

Alumni Focus

Alumni include Academy Award-winning editor Stephen Mirrione (Traffic, Hunger Games, The Revenant), cinematographer Amy Vincent (Hustle and Flow), television writer/producer Marti Noxon (Mad Men, Buffy the Vampire Slayer)television writer/producer Brannon Braga, (Star Trek: Next Generation, Terra Nova, 24Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey), producer/writer Akiva Shaffer (SNL Digital Shorts, The Watch), Sarah Schechter, President of Berlanti Productions producing content for Warner Bros. and NBCUniversal; Dylan Wilcox, Senior Vice President Worldwide Acquisitions for Entertainment One; and James Mockoski, Film Archivist for Francis Ford Coppola’s American Zoetrope. 

Department Website

General Catalog Information

For a detailed description of the Film and Digital Media major that includes the declaration requirements, the variety of concentrations we offer in production, critical studies, and integrated critical practice, and how the comprehensive requirement may be fulfilled, as well as a link to descriptions of our course offerings, please visit

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