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Events You Can Look Forward to with the School of Media Studies

This post is part of the SMS Advising Series for New Students. All posts are designed and curated to make the lives of newly admitted students much easier. From academic resources to having a social life in NYC, we want to make sure that our students get the best of ALL worlds!

Events at the School of Media Studies

Every semester the School of Media Studies puts on a program of events which help students to build their social circle and professional network. Everything from Q & A’s with industry professionals to presentations by award-winning, innovative filmmakers. Our events are designed for students to learn, be inspired, and imagine their place in the world of media. In this article we will take a look at some of the events you can expect to take part in during your time at the School of Media Studies. As of now all of our events are being held virtually through platforms such as Zoom, so the entire student body will be able to participate safely from wherever they may be. 

Student Showcases

We offer students a wide variety of venues in which to screen their projects, whether they be in-the-works or past the final cut. Rough Cuts and Fine Cuts are two such events, with Rough Cuts centring works-in-progress, allowing students to receive feedback from their classmates, Media Studies faculty, and professionals. The annual event Fine Cuts screens works by graduate, undergraduate, and certificate students, selected by an external jury of professionals. The screenings are followed by a Q&A with student filmmakers and an award ceremony, including a prize for Best in Show and Audience Favorite. 

For students in the MS Media Management program there is the biannual showcase of capstone projects. The Media Management Capstone is required for degree completion for all Masters of Science candidates. Students use what they’ve learned in the program to design culminating projects aligned with their professional interests and careers. The showcase allows students to show off the projects they have worked so hard to complete. 


The annual Hirshon Artist-in-Residence series invites an industry professional working at the top of their craft to the New School for a series of masterclasses and screenings. Past artist include Raoul Peck, director of the award-winning documentary I Am Not Your Negro on the life of author James Baldwin; Laurie Anderson, multi-talented visual artist and musician; Sean Baker, the innovative director behind The Florida Project and Tangerine; and the legendary, boundary-pushing John Waters; to name only a few. 

Industry Expert Panels 

Our Industry Expert Panels connect students with practitioners, producers, and makers from every corner of the media landscape. The panels are commonly themed, with past events focusing on the music industry, media careers and international students, and producing and distribution. Designed for students to get tips and hear the stories of professionals from across multiple industries, the events can help students to shape their own career path. 

Doc Talks

For students in the Documentary Studies certificate program we offer Doc Talks, a bi-weekly event series with contemporary film and video makers, festival programmers, new media distributors, editors, composers, sound designers, and others, who engage in an intimate discussion with students about their own work and the issues and challenges faced by documentary makers today. You can find archived recordings of past Doc Talks here.

Written and curated by Daniel Pemberton

Daniel Pemberton is an MA Media Studies student at The New School. He has worked in copywriting, videography, music journalism, and even directed a few short films. His main passion is in research, working at the intersection of digital media, film studies, visual culture, and critical theory. His work has been recognized at numerous conferences across the United States and around the world. He is currently the Graduate Student Advisor with the School of Media Studies. 


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