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KU Film & Media Studies

The world has stories to tell. Through analysis and production, we explore who we are, where we've been, and where we're going.

Film & Media Studies

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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.
Jordan Nevels

Our Students

Jordan Nevels has been a Jayhawk for life, growing up in Overland Park, KS, less than an hour from campus. Choosing Theatre Performance and Film/Media studies at KU, she has been exposed to a vast array of experiences that have opened her eyes to what could be to come.
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Our Alumni

After graduating with a Film & Media Studies degree in 2018, Chloe Burns lived the film student dream of moving to Los Angeles and working in the industry. That is, until the pandemic brought the world to a halt. No industry was hit harder than film, leaving less-established workers in the dust.

Latest News

LAWRENCE – For Academy Award-winning screenwriter Kevin Willmott, the Hollywood jobs are great and all. But the material closest to his heart inspires the stories he tells of overlooked historical events, and particularly local ones, that cast a revealing light on the problems of today.
Equipped with imagination and a desire to create, a supportive group of fellow film students alongside director Olivia Herman and actor Maya Perez have worked together to produce various films during their time as University of Kansas students.

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Student Projects

Students work together to create a new musical arrangement of "Ain't No Sunshine" by Bill Withers.

John Dawkins – Vocals

Klaudia Manis – Drums

Prof. Brandon Draper – Drums, Bass, Guitar, Keys, Producer, Lead Engineer

Assistant Engineers – Jackson Goodrich, Bennett Doyle, Bryn Montierth, Carter Dalton, Erica Torres, Elian Figueroa, Denzel Garrett, Charles Kinzel, Matej Babic, Fayth Reeves

John McCluskey – Video Producer, Editor, Captions

Bennett Doyle – Director of Photography

Opportunities in FMS

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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.