School of Communication

Doctor of Philosophy in Screen Cultures

The Screen Cultures PhD program at Northwestern is a leading doctoral program that conducts and mentors innovative research in the history, theory, and critical analysis of film and media. Integrating interdisciplinary opportunities both within Radio, Television and Film and University-wide, Screen Cultures provides you with an exceptional humanities-based course of study in film, television, and digital media.

You'll work with interdisciplinary faculty across the university, including internationally known scholars in film and media studies. Throughout your studies, you may opt to take classes from the departments of sociology, English, German, French and Italian, art history, comparative literature, music studies, African American studies, gender studies, theatre, performance studies, and communication studies.

In addition to core subjects in film and media history and theory, you can enroll in media production courses and specialty seminars, such as media and architecture, gender and media, African American cinema, cult cinema, television and media arts, transnational cinema, Middle Eastern cinemas, and numerous author and genre courses. The program offers small classes with one-on-one mentorship, writing workshops, and colloquia and screening events.

An important hub for the PhD program, the Center for Screen Cultures attracts numerous speakers and visiting artists, exposing students to celebrated researchers and media makers. State-of-the-art production and viewing facilities allow for screenings of the latest media and also lively discussions and lectures with preeminent scholars. In Chicago , you can meet monthly at the Chicago Film Seminar, which brings together students and faculty from numerous universities and art institutes in the area.

The rich and rigorous experiences found within Screen Cultures will prepare you for the academic job market and mentor you in the art of writing for scholarly publication, while creating exciting intellectual exchange.