Student Opportunities

The Film and New Media Studies program provides a number of opportunities for students that sets our program apart from other institutions.

Filmmaker in Residence Fellowship

The Filmmaker in Residence Fellowship embeds a student filmmaker on select international faculty-led trips to produce a short film. The fellowship provides all necessary equipment and pays all expenses of the trip. Fellowship recipients have produced films in Ecuador, Ghana, South Africa, Tanzania, Trinidad, Ireland, Iceland, Madagascar, and Rwanda.

For more information, contact Patrick Johnson.

Film Festival Submission Fund

Once students make a great film, Wheaton helps them distribute it by funding submission costs to film festivals of their choice. Recipients of the fund have screened their work at film festivals around the country.

Here are some examples:

  • Dance of the Outsider Directed by Ellie Levine ‘16
  • A.L.I.C.E. Directed by Allison Chaves ‘21
  • A Lost Sense.  Directed by Cole Paul ‘23
  • Caucophy. Directed by Elias Stevens ‘25

For more information, please contact Patrick Johnson.

Low-Cost Production Courses

Film and video production can be expensive and Wheaton aims to subsidize as much as possible. Through the generous support of the Caroline Edward’s Fund for Film and Visual Studies, there are no lab or course fees for any production course. Furthermore, incidental supplies like SD cards, Hard Drives, gaffers tape, compressed air, and more are loaned at no cost.

Study Abroad

We encourage FNMS majors to consider studying abroad. Here are a number of institutions and programs that offer courses and experiences that compliment your studies at Wheaton.