The Department of Transmedia is a major academic center for the education of contemporary artists and media arts professionals.

The centerpiece of the department’s undergraduate curriculum is a four-year core program that emphasizes collaborative and interdisciplinary practice, innovative thinking, and a critical understanding of new technologies. Students emerge from the Department of Transmedia highly skilled in their individual disciplines, ready to tackle the demands of contemporary art and commerce.


Best Photography Degrees

– College Choice Rankings

Top 25

Film programs named as top film school for seventh consecutive year.

–The Hollywood Reporter


Best M.F.A. Programs

– U.S. News & World Report

Hands-On Learning Experiences

In addition to work in the classroom and studio, transmedia students can benefit from arts organizations on campus and in the Syracuse community. The department is a sponsor of the annual Syracuse International Film Festival and closely collaborates with Light Work, an internationally recognized artist-in-residence program housed on campus, and the Urban Video Project, which commissions artists to create artworks for outdoor projection on the Everson Museum of Art in downtown Syracuse. Housed within the department is also The Canary Lab, which develops research-based art and media focused on ecology.

Study Abroad Programs Tailored To Your Degree

Programs abroad especially designed for students in transmedia include semester-long programs in London, England; Prague, Czech Republic; and Florence, Italy. Summer programs offer additional opportunities to study in Bologna, Italy; Venice, Italy; Santiago, Chile; and Moscow, Russia. Students may also apply to participate in the six-week summer LA Semester, which offers internship-based learning in Los Angeles. See all VPA study abroad options.

Learn from Professionals

The faculty members in transmedia are working artists with active careers. World-wide exhibitions, from LA to South Africa, and screenings among the faculty include the J. Paul Getty Museum, Clermont-Ferrand International Film Festival (France), Shanghai International Film Festival (China), Viña del Mar International Film Festival (Chile), the Museum of Modern Art, Ars Electronica, the Brooklyn Museum, Pacific Film Archive and Harvard to name a few. Grants and awards include the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the MacDowell Colony, and the New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA).

Where Our Graduates Work

An ever-growing network of alumni can help students succeed with careers in the film industry as producers, directors, screenwriters, cinematographers, animators, and special effects design; in photography with magazine, editorial, fashion, and book publication; as curators in fine art galleries and contemporary art museums; and, of course, as practicing artists.

Transmedia alumni have leadership positions in the creative industry, including:

  • DreamWorks, Pixar, Sony Pictures
  • Yahoo and Apple
  • Cosmopolitan, Photo District News
  • Showtime and HBO
  • The Museum of Modern Art
  • and
  • Spelman College, University of Houston, Pratt Institute

Graduates of our program have exhibited at the Whitney Museum of American Art, MIT List Center, the New Museum, and the Houston Center for Photography and have held screenings at Sundance, MOMA, and such international venues as Oberhausen Short Film Festival, Berlin’s Transmediale Festival, Slamdance International Film Festival, and the International Documentary Film Festival in Amsterdam.

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Recent Department of Transmedia News

  • Faculty News

    Twelve VPA Faculty Receive 2021 CUSE Grants for Research and Scholarly Projects

    Syracuse University’s Office of Research has awarded funds to 12 faculty members in the College of Visual and Performing Arts for the fourth round of the annual internal grant program to provide intramural funding for faculty research and scholarly projects. Read More...

  • Leo Crandall

    Faculty News

    VPA’s Department of Transmedia Remembers Faculty Member Leo Crandall

    Leo Crandall, a filmmaker, musician and instructor of film in the College of Visual and Performing Arts’ (VPA) Department of Transmedia, died unexpectedly on Saturday, May 29, in Syracuse. He was 67. Read More...

  • A row of women holding a guitar

    Faculty News

    Kelly Gallagher, assistant professor of film in the Department of Transmedia, created animations for “Chance,” an episode of “Worn Stories,” a docuseries on Netflix in which real people unpack the fascinating and quirky stories around their most meaningful pieces of clothing. “Chance” features the actress Charo.

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