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Division of Theater, Film & Media Arts

Dr. Robert T. Stroker, Dean and Vice Provost for the Arts at Temple University




The Division of Theater, Film and Media Arts is part of the Center for the Arts at Temple University.

The Department of Film and Media Arts is located in Annenberg Hall, which includes television and film production areas (studios and editing, graphics, and film labs) as well as extensive video and film editing areas, a 75-seat multimedia screening room, photographic labs, two news writing labs and smart classrooms.

The Department of Theater is located in Tomlinson Hall, which features two theaters, as well as rehearsal rooms, costume, and scene shops.



The study of communication began formally at Temple University with the founding of the Department of Journalism in 1927. It was the first such department in the Commonwealth.

Theater was an extracurricular activity at Temple until 1931, when formal courses were developed.

Radio-Television became an instructional division in 1947, and extensive film offerings were added in 1967. That year, Journalism and Radio-Television-Film joined Theater to form the School of Communications and Theater. In 1987 the highly-respected Department of Speech moved to the school from the College of Arts and Sciences. A year later, Speech became two departments: Rhetoric and Communication, and Speech-Language-Hearing.

The school was restructured in 1995. Radio-Television-Film became the Department of Film and Media Arts and the Department of Broadcasting, Telecommunications, and Mass Media; Journalism became Journalism, Public Relations, and Advertising; Rhetoric and Communication became Speech Communication. In 1998, the Department of Communication Sciences (Speech-Language-Hearing) moved to the College of Health Professions.

Effective Fall 2004, a change occurred with the Departments of Journalism, Public Relations and Advertising, and Speech Communication.  Advertising became a separate department. The Department of Speech Communication changed its name to Strategic and Organizational Communication and includes Public Relations as one of three concentrations:  Public Communication (formerly Speech Communication), Public Relations, and Organizational Leadership. In 2010, the Department of Strategic and Organizational Communication changed its name to the Department of Strategic Communication.

On July 1, 2012, the School of Communications and Theater was renamed the School of Media and Communication. It houses the departments of Advertising; Journalism; Media Studies and Production (formerly Broadcasting, Telecommunications, and Mass Media); and Strategic Communication. The Communication Studies program remains a part of the School of Media and Communication. The Departments of Theater and Film and Media Arts form the Division of Theater, Film & Media Arts and join the Boyer School of Music and Dance and the Tyler School of Art to form the Center for the Arts. For more information, students and parents may visit: http://sct.temple.edu/web/realignment/.


Special Programs


Internship Program

Although the requirements may vary, internships are available to junior and senior students.  Internships are for academic credit and must involve professional activity related to the student's course of study.  The internships must be approved by the administrator or faculty member charged with supervising internships.

Los Angeles Internship & Study Program

Offered by the Film and Media Arts Department, the Los Angeles Internship & Study Program is open to students from any major on both the upper-level undergraduate (63 credit hours completed) and graduate levels who have an interest in working within the Hollywood entertainment industry. This program is offered as an 8-credit summer program that runs from May through the end of July. It includes an on-site internship and ten weeks of concurrent coursework. Additionally, the program is offered in the fall and spring semesters as a full-time program of study combined with an internship component. For more information, please contact Alison Crouse at 215-204-5910.


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