Department of Electronic Media & Film

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

Your Vision, Your Voice

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.


EMF Major For A Day

Join us on Friday, October 20th to find out what it means to be a student in the Electronic Media and Film Department at Towson University! High school students, community college transfer students and undecided majors are welcome to join us, as well as parents and guardians. The event will run from 9:30AM until 2:30PM, with registration starting at 9:00AM. RSVP is required.

Topics will include:

  • Lighting the Set - A Crash Course in Lighting a Dramatic Scene
  • Grab Them and Don’t Let Them Go! - Story Development for Screenwriters
  • The Art of Framing the Shot - Aesthetics in Film and Media Arts
  • HD, 4K and Beyond… Camera Demos
  • Capturing the Beat - Music Recording Studio Sessions
  • Sound Design - Building a Scene's Sound From Scratch
  • Green Screens and Virtual Sets - HDTV Station Operations
  • Blood and Screams - An Introduction to Horror Cinema
  • Hands On! - A Stop Motion Animation Workshop
  • And many more!

RSVP Today!

Fall Film Series: What's Your Story

Monday evenings, 7:30pm, Van Bokkelen auditorium, for six weeks.  FREE and open to the public!  

American novelist Ursula LeGuin has observed: “There have been great societies that did not use the wheel, but there have been no societies that did not tell stories.”

In words, music, art, dance and film, the College of Fine Arts and Communication at Towson University will spend the 2017-2018 academic year celebrating stories that are deeply true, biographical and autobiographical.  Stories that are funny, sad, adventurous, tragic.  Stories of change and struggle, rise andfall, failure and success.  Stories of guilt and fear and hope and love and laughter and tears and deceit and virtue and passion.

The 2017 EMF Fall Film Series will invite special guests from Towson University and the Maryland area to introduce and discuss some of their most personally inspiring films.  Screenings will be followed by a Q&A with the guest.  

Sept. 18th
Malcolm X (Spike Lee, 1992) 
Presenter: Shodekeh – Beat Box Musician, Towson University Department of Dance, Board member of the Asian Arts and Culture Center at TU

Sept. 25th
Lucia (Humberto Solas, 1968) 
Presenter: Professor Ricardo Hernandez Otero (Visiting Scholar) -- University of Havana, Cuba

Oct 2nd
Moonlight (Barry Jenkins, 2016)
Presenter: Donald Owens – Artistic Director, Arena Players, Baltimore (the longest continually operating African-American community theatre in the United States) 

Oct. 9th 
High Fidelity (Stephen Frears, 2000)
Presenter: Alex Cortright – Morning Show Host, WTMD 89.7FM 

Oct. 16th
Night On Earth (Jim Jarmusch, 1991)
Presenter: Mary E. (Mendy) Nitsch -- Director of International Affairs at Maryland Office of the Secretary of State

Oct. 23rd

The Seventh Seal (Ingmar Bergman, 1957)
Presenter: Gary Vikan – Author and former director of the Walters Art Museum

EMF Department Tours

EMF will host department visits with tours of the facilities at 9:30am on the following dates.

August 18, 2017
September 22, 2017
October 20, 2017 (EMF Major for a Day Event)
November 17, 2017
December 8, 2017

On these dates prospective students, admitted students, and potential transfer students can meet with a department representative to have their questions answered and tour the facilities available to students in our major.  Visit the Department Tours page for maps, times, and information.

News & Events

Profs. Michael Duffy and Marc May Review Films on WTMD

EMF Professors Michael Duffy and Marc May review the latest films each week in their series Silver Screen Radio on WTMD radio.  Recorded by Professor Adam Schwartz.


Alums Mike Flanagan and Jeff Howard premiere "Gerald's Game" on Netflix

Towson Alumni Mike Flanagan (writer/director) and Jeff Howard (writer) premiered their adaptation of Stephen King's novel on Netflix.

Alums Danielle Gibson and Titus Burrel at Creative Alliance

Films by recent EMF alumni Danielle Gibson and Titus Burrell were screened at the Made In Baltimore Short Film Fest at Baltimore's Creative Alliance