The application cycle is open for the Fall 2018 cohort.  Applications are due DECEMBER 15, 2017.


The Film & Digital Media Department of the University of California Santa Cruz welcomes applications to its Ph.D. program. We seek applicants who challenge the boundaries of critical studies and media production.

Using critical practice as a fundamental approach, projects can employ a diverse set of methods including those of cultural dissent, cultural studies, documentary, ethnography, feminist studies, historiography, media cultures, narrative, platform studies, psychoanalysis, queer epistemology, the reinvention of the archive, reverse anthropology, science studies, software studies, transnational and postcolonial studies.

Research within the program spans a large number of topics including avant-garde and experimental film and video; silent and classical cinema; digital, electronic, and new media; documentary; gender and sexuality; international cinema; participatory culture; public media art; race, ethnicity, nationality, colonialism and their intersections.

The flexibility of the program allows students to work closely with their advisers and the director of graduate studies to craft a personalized course of study that advances their intellectual and professional goals.

For additional questions, please contact Graduate Program Coordinator,