Now Accepting Applications for Summer 2019

Application Deadline: May 8, 2019

Special Tuition Discount

$250 off*

*when you apply by May 8, 2019

This five-week intensive program offers participants an introduction to the most important topics and methodologies in Critical Theory and Film and Media Studies. Seminars will be led by UC Irvine faculty and include presentations by specialists in the field. Leveraging the academic strength of UC Irvine and its Southern California location, the program will also include custom designed field trips to Film, Television, Social Media, and Gaming Industry locations. Site visits and seminar style classroom activities will give students, scholars and media professionals the Critical Theory oriented practical and conceptual tools to understand the fast-changing landscape of the contemporary culture industries.

This summer program is a unique collaboration between the UC Irvine School of Humanities, UC Irvine Division of Continuing Education, and the Tsinghua University School of Journalism and Communication. Students will receive faculty feedback upon request and a Division of Continuing Education certificate of completion.


  • Week 1: Culture Industry and Critical Theory
  • Week 2: Modernity and Post-Modernity
  • Week 3: Public Spheres: Print, Radio Television and Social Media
  • Week 4: Pleasure and Popular Culture: Gender, Spectatorship and Fan Culture
  • Week 5: New Media, New Economy: Social Media and its Discontents

For more information, contact


Catherine Liu
Allison Perlman
Film and Media Studies
Junchao Wang
Journalism & Media Criticism
Kristen Hatch
Film and Media Studies
Peter Krapp
Film and Media Studies
Tyrus Miller
Dean, School of the Humanities