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 production laboratory with cameras, lighting and audio equipment, studios, editing/post-production suites and radio production rooms.
Towson’s Media Center gives you the opportunity to gain hands-on experience in creating your own productions. Take advantage of our Production 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.
The faculty and staff of the Department of Electronic Media and Film fully support the statement of solidarity and purpose from the College of Fine Arts and Communications. EMF strongly believes that Black Lives Matter.
As a department, we will work towards anti-racism in our academic, professional, and cultural worlds. This change will involve learning, listening, training, reflection, but most importantly, actions. A main goal is to ensure that Black stories and voices be created, heard, seen, and amplified in and from our classrooms. We will engage in learning about anti-racism and race equity and putting this knowledge into practice. This change will extend through the work of our committees, staffing, guest artists, screenings, and into our pedagogy. It is important that the students, faculty, and staff of EMF all help create a more diverse and inclusive media and entertainment industry.
In accordance with COFAC's statement on mask wearing protocol, the EMF department requires that masks be worn at all times in all EMF facilities, including labs and studios, as well as EMF-sponsored events. Masks must cover the nose AND mouth at all times. This includes when recording on-camera talent, or while performing in studios, even if physical distanced. Read TU's full masking protocol.
Electronic Media and Film Virtual Fall Film Series 2020:
The Roaring Twenty-Somethings
Join us for this year's Fall Film Series! Spanning several genres, this year’s film series explores how film helps construct our understanding of youth, aging, sexuality, and productivity.
September 14th - October 19th
Mondays at 7:30pm
FREE for the community.
As a virtual festival, interested attendees should watch the films at the recommended links prior to our virtual discussions on Mondays at 7:30pm. Special guests will be invited to participate in our in-depth and provocative virtual discussions!
RSVP at the Eventbrite Page to receive an e-mail with the Zoom link.
Minding the Gap (2018) Dir. Bing Liu
Three young men bond through skateboarding to escape their volatile family life in their Rust Belt hometown. As they face their adult responsibilities, some unexpected revelations threaten their decade-long friendship.
Special guest: Asst. Professor Jena Burchick
Discussion: What exactly are "adult responsibilities"? How much do our families influence this concept?
How to Watch: Minding the Gap on Hulu
The Fits (2015) Dir. Anna Rose Homer
A psychological portrait of 11-year-old Toni, a tomboy assimilating to a tight-knit dance team in Cincinnati's West End. Enamored by the power and confidence of this strong community of girls, Toni eagerly absorbs routines, masters drills and even pierces her own ears to fit in. When a mysterious outbreak of fainting spells plagues the team, Toni's desire for acceptance is twisted. Special guest: Dr. LaShay Harvey
Discussion: What does it mean to "become a woman" in a world that sees Black girls as always already "grown"?
How to Watch: The Fits on Kanopy
Singles (1992) Dir. Cameron Crowe
In Seattle during the era of grunge music, the lives and relationships of a group of young people, all living in the same apartment building, go through a period of flux. Among them are waitress and aspiring architect Janet, who finds herself obsessed with bad boy musician Cliff; Linda an emotionally fragile environmentalist on the look-out for love; and Steve a quintessential nice guy who studies traffic patterns. Special Guest: Alex Cortwright of WTMD Radio.
Discussion: How does being a member of a subculture impact one's expectations about adulthood?
Black Maria Film Festival & Fall Film Series Collaboration
Film & Guest: TBD
12 O’clock Boys (2013) Dir. Lofty Nathan
A Baltimore boy named Pug idolizes a group of dirt-bike riders who raise havoc on city streets. Lacking any other significant male role models, Pug hopes to join their ranks one day.
Discussion: Does the pressure to join a clique ever go away?
How to Watch: 12 O'clock Boys on Kanopy
Grandma (2015) Dir. Paul Weitz
A misanthropic poet, estranged from her daughter and recovering from a breakup, agrees to take her granddaughter across Los Angeles and help her find the money she needs to terminate her unwanted pregnancy. Special Guest: Ms. Kate Bishop, from Chase Brexton Health Services
Discussion: Is the adage "age is nothing but a number" true?
How to Watch: This film is available via AVON (for those at TU). For non-TU participants, this film can be screened on Amazon Prime.
Recent scholarship achievements by EMF Faculty include: Lynn Tomlinson's "The Elephant's Song" at Annecy Festival, Ryan Murray's virtual reality film "Eyelydian" at the New York Film Festival, Joe Kraemer's (with Marc May and Marco Kathuria) PSA "Just Another Day" nomination for a regional Emmy, Dr. Kalima Young's collaborative Monument Quilt at the National Mall, and Dr. Lorrie Palmer's presentation at the International Conference on Action Cinema.
"Doctor Sleep", sequel to "The Shining" is directed by Towson EMF Alum Mike Flanagan. The final trailer before the film's November 8 release is out now.
EMF Professors Kalima Young and Marc May review the latest films each week in their series Silver Screen Radio on WTMD radio. Recorded by Professor Adam Schwartz.