The MIT CMS: the art of thinking across media forms

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<p>The MIT Comparative Media Studies (CMS) program is committed to the art of thinking across media forms, theoretical domains, cultural contexts, and historical periods. The goal of this program is not to replicate existing paradigms, but as an early CMS backer said, to prepare students for jobs that don't yet exist.<br /> <strong><br /> </strong></p>

The program encourages the bridging of theory and practice, as much through coursework as through participation in faculty and independent research projects. They consult regularly with leaders in industry, the arts, public policy, journalism, education, and the nonprofit sector, trying to understand contemporary developments, identify job and internship opportunities, and pinpoint skills and knowledge which will help prepare our students for new opportunities.

The courses are designed to teach students to both make and reflect upon media and in the process, to acquire important skills in team work, leadership, problem solving, collaboration, brainstorming, communications, and project completion, which will prepare them for a broad range of academic and professional careers.

The academic study of media
at MIT has a long, distinguished and eclectic history populated by the likes of Vannevar Bush (engineering), Ithiel de Sola Pool(social sciences), Norbert Wiener (mathematics),Harold “Doc” Edgerton (physics), Ricky Leacock(filmmaking), Noam Chomsky (Linguistics), andNicholas Negroponte (media arts and sciences). 

In 1982, the Faculty of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences formed an interdisciplinary undergraduate program in Film and Media Studies, a move that would culminate in the formation of the two-year MS program in Comparative Media Studies (2000) and the BS program in Comparative Media Studies (2003).

Comparative Media Studies
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
77 Massachusetts Ave., Building E15-331 

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