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Visual & Media Arts

At Emerson’s Department of Visual and Media Arts, the process of transforming your vision into reality is fast-paced, exciting, and rewarding. You’ll dive right in and start working with talented mentors, collaborators, and crew members from day one.

Emerson’s Department of Visual and Media Arts is all about learning by doing. Is your medium film or video? The Internet or animation? Studio television or audio? Are you drawn to fictional narratives or documentaries? Commercial or experimental projects? Writing, directing, or post-production? Whatever your passion, our department offers unlimited opportunities to grow, collaborate, and thrive—plus access to sophisticated, state-of-the-art equipment and facilities that help your creativity take flight.

You’ll learn from experienced faculty members who are teachers, doers, and industry players, collaborate with talented classmates, and benefit from studying in a city that ranks among the top five U.S. media markets. Boston’s prominence as an increasingly popular location for major feature film shoots provides limitless opportunities for internships, jobs, and freelance assignments. The area also boasts dozens of theaters, television and radio stations, film festivals, and art museums and galleries that offer outlets for your work. Once you graduate, you’ll benefit from Emerson’s extensive alumni network, which spans every medium—and every market—in the entertainment industry.


Students film the news show for The Emerson Channel, the Common Agenda.


Emerson College students at Cannes Film Festival

Emerson Students Cannes Blog

Emerson students will be chronicling their experiences at the 65th Annual Cannes Film Festival. Read about their trip to the most prestigious film festival in the world.

Read the Lions in Cannes Blog »

Visual & Media Arts Associate Professor Diane Lake has written screenplays for Columbia, Disney, Miramax, Paramount, and many independent producers.