Cinema is Everywhere. Cinema Studies students engage with the moving image in all of its forms, on all its platforms, across the world. They pay attention to the margins as well as the mainstream. They are constantly experimenting with exciting new forms of research and scholarship. They are critics, curators, and creators.

During their time here, Cinema Studies students will hone their critical voice, develop a trained eye and ear, and practice in-depth, careful analysis of moving images. NYU’s Martin Scorsese Department of Cinema Studies was one of the first university departments in the country devoted to film history, theory, and aesthetics. Over time our focus has expanded to include broadcast television, video art, and digital media. After years of being steeped in an interdisciplinary, international approach, many alumni go on to careers in museum film departments, archives, and programming; journalism; or in the film industry as filmmakers, screenwriters, and editors.

Moving images, and the sounds that frequently accompany them, matter in our lives — politically, culturally, artistically. Cinema Studies at NYU offers historical and theoretical frameworks to understand the resonances of moving image culture, especially in the fraught global context of the 21st century.

Dana Polan, Cinema Studies Professor

Dana Polan

Martin Scorsese Professor of Cinema Studies