While media industry inequities are well established in popular media and scholarly research, there is a dearth of studies on how media production educational programs, also known as film schools, engage with these inequities, or with critical education and social justice movements. This gap in scholarship raises important questions about the role film schools play in confronting and/or transforming media industries work cultures that are documented as abusive, and that are well-known for producing representational harms in mass media. This dissertation aims to contribute to this gap by reporting research from a critical discourse analysis of post-secondary film production program websites in the context of industry inequities and scholarly and industry calls for more socially just curricula.
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Thesis advisor: Sensoy, Özlem
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