University of California - Santa Cruz

Division of Graduate Studies

Ph.D. in Film & Digital Media


Music Center

University of California, Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz, CA 95064

United States



Program Information

Degrees Offered:

Ph.D. in Film & Digital Media

Format: Campus

Program Description:

The Ph.D. program in Film and Digital Media challenges the traditionally conceived borders between creative and critical practice. The program enables potential dialogue between creative practice and theoretical knowledge as related forms of intellectual work and provides the conditions for students to realize a wide range of possible projects, including those that exist across the traditional divides of critical studies and production. Focusing on a diverse range of cultural production that includes cinema, television, video art, and Internet-based media, the Ph.D. program participants interrogate the historical, aesthetic, political, ideological, and technological aspects of these media forms across a range of international contexts, investigating their points of connection and convergence as well as their relationship to broader cultural and historical change. The program thus prepares students for intellectually informed creative practice as well as theoretical and critical production in a range of environments, not limited to traditional academic contexts.


UC Santa Cruz is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.

International Student Requirements:

Applicants from countries where English is not the primary language must take either the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) test.

Facts & Figures

# of Credits Required: 108

In State Tuition (per year): 16174 USD

Out State Tuition (per year): 31276 USD

Classification: Doctoral/Research University—Extensive

Locale: Small City

Size & Settings: 10,000-19,999

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