Moving Image Studies is an outgrowth of cinema studies, television studies, new media studies, cultural studies, and critical theory. The doctoral program in Moving Image Studies is designed to provide students with the conceptual and methodological tools to study the complex and vastly expanded moving image environment of the 21st century, where the boundaries separating cinema, television, and new media are breaking down. The core seminars are designed to cut across media boundaries (by examining how models, paradigms, and methods are problematized and enriched as we move across specific media), and other seminars are devoted to intensive examination of problems within a specific media formation.
The doctorate in Moving Image Studies is thus designed to give students a solid foundation in a specific moving image medium (whether cinema, television, or new media), while at the same time giving them the preparation and the confidence to research and write about moving images wherever they circulate. Our program encourages innovative new work that challenges existing paradigms of media study, that is theoretically rigorous, and aware of historical and cultural specificities.
Our doctoral students are highly active in the professional organizations in our field, including the Society for Cinema and Media Studies, the National Communication Association, Flow and the World Picture Conference.
The Moving Image Studies program presents a range of research initiatives, including In Media Res, the Atlanta Media Project, Liquid Blackness, the Peripheral Visions documentary symposia, and the Rendering (the) Visible conference.
The city of Atlanta, a major world media center, offers students in the Moving Image Studies program a wealth of opportunities. The High Museum of Art regularly programs cutting-edge series in world cinemas. The Moving Image Studies program maintains close ties with both CNN and Turner, both invaluable resources for students doing research in television industries, history, or global media flows.