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Designated Emphasis

UC Santa Cruz graduate students enrolled in doctoral programs may obtain a Designated Emphasis in Film and Digital Media as part of their Ph.D. degree. Students must meet the following requirements in order to obtain the Designated Emphasis:

•       Secure approval from a member of the Film and Digital Media core faculty to serve as the advisor for the Designated Emphasis.

•       Have at least one core faculty member from Film and Digital Media serve on the student’s qualifying examination committee or dissertation committee.

•       Submit a significant piece of writing, or a project that includes both writing and creative practice, that  demonstrates competence in the field of Film and Digital Media. A writing submission could take the form of a seminar paper or dissertation chapter. A writing/creative project may be constituted from a range of possible media such as film, video, web-based or other digital media. The submitted project must meet the approval of the student's Film and Digital Media advisor.

•       Successfully complete four graduate courses (not independent studies) taught by either core or affiliated faculty of the Film and Digital Media PhD Program. The courses must be pre-approved by the student's Designated Emphasis advisor.


Please email our graduate programs coordinator at if you are interested in pursuing a designated emphasis in Film and Digital Media.