Department of Electronic Media & Film

Find your voice, develop your storytelling talents and pursue your vision through the department’s undergraduate programs.

The Electronic Media and Film Department engages a new generation of enthusiastic artists, entertainers and communicators to share media in bold and unconventional new ways. We will inspire you, foster your talents and skills in a nurturing environment and empower you to succeed in an evolving digital world. Expand your knowledge and experiences, shape how you express your ideas and heighten your understanding and awareness of the media and its powerful traditions and exciting future.

Explore the potential of film, video, audio and new media and discover the link between liberal arts and professional training – between theory and practice. Build communities and create partnerships that encourage artistic, social and cultural diversity.

You will become fully aware of the transformative power of the media and your role in responsible civic engagement. You will get first-hand experience through the department-operated HD television studio, an HD cinema and a media laboratory with cameras, lighting and audio equipment, studios, editing/post-production suites and radio production rooms.

Get Hands-on Experience

Towson’s Media Center gives you the opportunity to gain hands-on experience in creating your own productions. Take advantage of our Media Labs which provide equipment and space for video, audio, and multimedia production.  Pursue an Internship to build vital career experience.  Explore the opportunity for Scholarships, the potential to Study Abroad, and the chance to join vibrant Student Organizations.

Your Vision, Your Voice

Learn more about the program from our faculty and students in this video.

Dark Humor: The Film Series

The Departments of Art + Design, Art History, Art Education and Electronic Media and Film Present:

Dark Humor: The Film Series

A film series and lecture connected to the exhibition on view in the Center for the Arts Gallery, Dark Humor: Joyce J. Scott and Peter Williams, February 10 –April 1, 2017 (Closed for Spring Break, March 19-26).

Ethnic Notions
Art Lecture Hall, CA 2032
Saturday, February 11, 2017, 3 p.m.
Ethnic Notions is an Emmy-winning documentary that traces the deep-rooted stereotypes that have led to anti-black prejudice. Producer/Director: Marlon Riggs, Narrator: Esther Rolle. Discussion following the film led by Debra J. Ambush, Lecturer, Department of Art + Design, Towson University.

Foxy Brown
Art Lecture Hall, CA 2032
Saturday, February 25, 2017, 3 p.m.
A classic 1974 film starring Pam Grier. A voluptuous black woman takes a job as a high-class prostitute in order to get revenge on the mobsters who murdered her boyfriend. Written and directed by Jack Hill. D Discussion following the film led by Dankwa Brooks, TU alumnus and President of 'Nother Brother Entertainment, LLC.

I’m Gonna Git You Sucka
Art Lecture Hall, CA 2032
Saturday, March 4, 2017, 3 p.m.
In this parody of blaxploitation movies, a black hero wannabe reunites former black heroes from the 70s to help him get revenge on Mr. Big. Written and directed by Keenen Ivory Wayans. Discussion following the film led by Kalima Young, Lecturer, Department of Electronic Media and Film, Towson University.

Bamboozled
Art Lecture Hall, CA 2032
Saturday, March 11, 2017, 3 p.m.

A frustrated African-American TV writer proposes a blackface minstrel show in protest, but to his chagrin it becomes a hit. Written and directed by Spike Lee. Discussion following the film led by Kalima Young, Lecturer, Department of Electronic Media and Film, Towson University.

Lecture by Mia Mask
Center for the Arts, Art Lecture Hall, 2032
Thursday, March 30, 2017, 6:30 p.m.
Mask is the author of Divas on Screen: Black Women in American Film, published by University of Illinois Press, Contemporary Black American Cinema: Race, Gender and Sexuality at the Movies
published by Routledge and co-editor of Poitier Revisited: Reconsidering a Black Icon in the Obama Age. Her cultural commentary can be heard on National Public Radio. She holds a PhD from New York University and is Professor of Film on the Mary Riepma Ross '32 Chair at Vassar College where she teaches African American cinema, documentary film history, seminars on special topics such as the horror film, and auteurs like Spike Lee.

All events are free and open to the public. For more information contact
Dr. Erin Lehman, ; 410-704-2333.

News & Events

Prof. Ryan Murray at the Festival of (In)appropriation

Prof. Ryan Murray's experimental video Every Feature Film On My Hard Drive, 3 Pixels Tall and Sped Up 7000% is included at the 9th Festival of (In)appropriation, held at the Egyptian Theater in Hollywood.

Animation by Profs. Elyse Kelly and Lynn Tomlinson on The Atlantic 

Fired Up, the animated story of an iconic Obama campaign chant is featured on The Atlantic. The film was co-directed by EMF Professor Elyse Kelly, with animation contributed by Lynn Tomlinson.

Artist in Residence Ramona Diaz wins Guggenheim Fellowship

Documentary filmmaker Ramona Diaz, who is an Artist in Residence with the EMF Department was awarded a prestigious Guggenheim Fellowship.