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Performing & Media Arts

As a performing and media arts major, you’ll benefit from the synergies between the study and practice of theatre and live performance, cinema/media and/or dance. Whether you’re an actor/director, a filmmaker, a scholar-critic, a choreographer or a designer, you’ll be able to take many possible combinations of courses depending on your interest in history/theory/criticism, creative authorship, design or embodied performance and more.

Students are also welcome to explore our four minors: Performing and Media Arts, Dance, Film and Theatre.

Sample Courses

  • Dance Improvisation or Technology and the Moving Body
  • Screening Cosa Nostra: The Mafia and the Movies from Scarface to The Sopranos
  • Staging Dissent: Theater and Social Change
  • Introduction to African-American Cinema

Post-Graduate Outcomes

All information below is based on the 2014-2018 First-Destination Post-Graduate Survey. Lists are not exhaustive, rather they are a sampling of the data. "Other" includes time off, travel, volunteer experiences, and/or preparing for graduate school. If you would like more information, please email as_careers@cornell.edu

Approximately 3/4 of 2014-2018 PMA graduates reported being Employed or Attending Graduate School, with the majority being Employed.

70% of the Class of 2014-2018 PMA graduates completed the survey. n = 47

Below, you will find:

  • Top Employment Sectors
  • Where Graduates Work
  • Top Graduate Fields
  • Where Graduates Study

Top Employment Sectors

  • Communications/Media
  • Business - Other
  • Other Nonprofit Organization
  • Hospitality
  • Education
  • Law
  • Retail

Where 2014-2018 Performing & Media Arts Graduates Work

Employer Job Titles
Black Rain Films Assistant Director
Cheddar Production Assistant
Chimichanga Productions Inc Assistant to Jim & Jeannie Gaffigan
Comcast/NBCUniversal Administrative Assistant
Cornell University Data Operations Manager
Evolution Media Logger
French Ministry of Education Language and Cultural Teaching Assistant
Griff TV Entertainment Creative Executive Assistant
Intuitive Production Management Assistant Production Manager
Manhattan Theatre Club Literary Intern
Martha's Vineyard Film Festival Box Office/Production Manager
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center Research Study Assistant
Model Club Inc Actor
Nelson Davis Clerk
NOT REPORTED Actor
Paradigm Talent Agency Assistant to CEO
Public Broadcasting Service Senior Associate, Social Media
Risk Gallery and Boutique Director of Marketing
Ro*co Films Director of Educational Sales
Rosen Hotels & Resorts Sales Coordinator
Self-employed Stand Up Comedian
Shakespeare Theatre Company Artistic Fellowship
Sony Pictures Entertainment Assistant to TV Producer
Stick Figure Production Assistant/Designer
Walnut Street Theatre Carpentry Apprentice
Walt Disney Parks & Resorts College Program Intern
Will Packer Productions Development Intern

Top Graduate Fields Pursued

  • Film & Video Studies
  • Acting
  • Educ Administration
  • Law
  • Public Policy
  • Russian & Soviet Studies
  • Theatre Arts

Graduate Degrees Pursued

  • MA
  • JD
  • MPA

Where 2014-2018 Performing and Media Arts Graduates Study

  • California State University-Los Angeles
  • Cornell Institute of Public Affairs
  • East 15 Acting School
  • King's College London
  • New York University
  • Teachers College at Columbia University
  • University of London
  • University of Pennsylvania