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Creative Media Institute

The CMI undergraduate program is on hiatus for summer 2016.  Creative Media Viewfinders, the CMI's pre-college program, can be found here.

Hampshire College's Creative Media Institute is a collection of intensive, week-long screening seminars and creative labs led by practitioners and professionals working in film, video, photography, and new media. Institute participants get direct access to each week's special collection of guest faculty. Guest faculty curate film and video series, present new works, and advise and mentor participants.

Program Overview  /  Faculty and Instructors  /  Application and Fees  /  FAQ

The History

The Creative Media Institute is inspired by a program that existed at Hampshire in the 1970s and 80s. Every summer filmmakers Jerome Libeling, and Ricky Leacock would bring together legendary artists working in film, photography, and video. Artists such as Diane Arbus, Jean Rouch, Jonas Mekas, Helen Levitt, Shirley Clarke, Hollis Frampton, DA Pennebaker, Stan Brakhage, Hampshire faculty member Elaine Mayes, and others came together to screen and debate works, share ideas, and build community.  Among the many students who attended the institute were Hampshire College alum and filmmaker Ken Burns, author Scott MacDonald, and filmmaker Su Friedrich.
In more recent years, filmmakers Meghan O'Hara, Laura Poitras, Penny Lane, Robert Greene, Margaret Brown, Angela Tucker, Ken Burns, Brett Morgen, the Ross Brothers, Matt Wolf, Will Reiser, and programmer Charlotte Cook and writer, curator Eric Hynes have been involved in CMI programs. The CMI has also begun co-producing a monthly screening series at Amherst Cinema

The Program

The Creative Media Institute is a 4-week program that immerses participants in deep study during screening seminars and provides space for reflection, experimentation, and an opportunity to gain new skills and create something new during the Creative Labs. The full four-week CMI program is for students studying nonfiction, fiction, and experimental media production, analog photography, and film and media studies. Each week of the four-week program is made unique by its one-time-only cast of visiting artists. 
Some media production experience is required to attend.
Stay In Touch
With The Creative Media Institute
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Andrew Hart, Program Director
Hampshire College
893 West Street
Amherst, MA 01002
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