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KU Film & Media Studies

The world has stories to tell, and through analysis and production, we work toward a greater awareness of who we are, where we've been, and where we are going.

Film & Media Studies

350+
students
14,148
sq. ft. of Soundstage, Studio, and lab space
$1.8M
of production equipment

Our People

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Our Faculty

Our world-class faculty inform the community with their research as well as lending their talents through production work. Many have been recognized in the industry through publications in prominent journals and through recognition and awards in the film community.
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Our Students

Lourdes Kalusha-Aguirre has a passion to inspire political engagement through film. Several of the films she’s created have won awards, including a 2019 Brosseau Creativity Award from the Spencer Museum of Art, and been screened as part of major events like the New York Latino Film Festival.
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Our Alumni

Barry St. John, works as a Visual Effects Producer in Hollywood. He was a member of the ground-breaking visual effects team for Oscar winner “The Jungle Book”. Barry has worked at the cutting edge of film technology, contributing his many talents to some of Hollywood’s biggest blockbusters, including “Men in Black 3,” “Fast and Furious 7,” “The Jungle Book,” and “The Great Gatsby.”



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Upcoming Events

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Career Week in LA

In this highly competitive event, qualified FMS students apply for the opportunity to go to Los Angeles to explore career opportunities in the film and media industry. Selected students gain exclusive access to studios and companies led by KU alumni. Students can pursue potential internships and expand their professional network.

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Celia Tise talks about her experience during Career Week in LA and gives some advice to incoming freshman.

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Opportunities in FMS

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Internships

FMS students are encouraged to get professional experience through internships. Besides improving your skills, the connections you make have the potential to lead to paid employment.
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Student Clubs

Collaborate and expand your skillset by producing films with other students.
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Study Abroad

Expand your community and learn about other cultures while getting college credit.