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Cinema, Media and Society: A Global Survey

Program(s): Immersion

This course is nearly at capacity. We strongly recommend you consider at least one alternative course option for your application.

This course will introduce you to what academic film and media studies looks like at the undergraduate level. It will expose you to a wide range of industries, cinemas, and formats (including independent documentaries, Hollywood and Bollywood features, and East Asian animation), and how to discuss these forms in relation to one another. It encourages the close analysis of camera techniques, materials, compositing, and formal attributes, and explores a range of questions pertaining to the production, distribution, and consumption of these audiovisual forms. Students will take advantage of multiple UChicago resources, such as screening rooms, editing labs, video installations, and VR platforms, as they construct both written and video essays in response to our course materials.

See sample syllabus here.

Remote or Residential

✓ Residential Course


Course Considerations

Discussion Intensive

Course Overview

Current Grade / Education Level

9th Grade
10th Grade
11th Grade



Start Date

July 05

End Date

July 21

Class Details

Primary Instructor

Tien-Tien Zhang

Academic Interest

Humanities (e.g., arts, philosophy)
Examining Culture and Society

Class Specifics

Course Code

CMST 17200 94

Class Day(s)

Mon Tues Wed Thurs Fri

Class Duration (CST)


3:00 P.M.


Session II

Course Length

3 weeks

HS Orientation Date

July 03
July 04