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Cinema and Media Studies

Your interdisciplinary course of study will blend film history and theory and give you opportunities to pursue your artistic vision through the use of new technologies. You will learn through hands-on work in a new, cutting-edge studio arts and theatre center that will be completed in July 2014.

Hannah Fine '15
Hannah Fine '15

A student’s strategy: liberal arts with a media focus

Hannah Fine ’15 has interned at NBC News, landed a job at the College Career Center producing videos and doing other media work and took courses that combined theory and practical knowledge. Fine, who minors in cinema and media studies, says she went with Hamilton – rather than an institution with a specialized new media program – to get both the liberal arts experience and media skills.

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She’s a creative writing major with a second minor - math. During the semester she spent in Hamilton’s New York City program, Fine says she was the only non-economics major who took part in a labor economics project. That’s the same semester she interned at NBC News.  At the moment, she’s studying literature in London.

“That’s an education that can take you really far, as opposed to getting a degree in just one thing, where you are only studying one very narrow field,” says Fine, who is leaning toward a career in news production.

Sarah Perdomo ’12

A graduate’s progess:
literature, film and kids

Sarah Perdomo ’12 is working on a graduate degree in early childhood education at Boston University. At Hamilton College, she wove her passions – cinema/new media, comparative literature, religious studies and art – into an interdisciplinary major that helped her get there.

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“My career hope at the moment is to combine all of my academic and life experiences into my dream job of writing children’s literature and possibly working to produce children’s television or movies,” Perdomo says. “I want to take all of this knowledge about literature and film and how children think and grow and put it all together to give children rich and fun materials to help them throughout development.”

When she first graduated, Perdomo worked for a production company but missed being around academics. She realized she wanted to teach or work around children and applied to graduate school.

“My course of study (at Hamilton) really prepared me for anything and everything. I learned how to think, how to problem solve, and with that knowledge I was able to help produce music videos and commercials and also learn about child development and work with toddlers,” she says.