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  • Locations: Austin, United States
  • Program Terms: Spring Break
  • Budget Sheets: Spring Break
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring Break 2022 10/15/2021 10/18/2021 TBA TBA
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Program Type: SU Travel Course Field of Study: Art, Communications, Digital Marketing, Film, Graphic Design, Photography, Theatre, Visual Communication Design
Language of Instruction: English Class Standing: Junior, Senior, Sophomore
Minimum GPA: 2.50 Housing Option(s): Hotel
Institutional Aid Category: N/A
Program Description:
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SU SXSW: Film Festivals and Media Marketing

Spring Semester (on-campus class)
March 13-21, 2020 (travel)

Students will take the following course:

  • FMI 331: Special Topics in Moving-Image Media (3 credits)
    • Chris Reed, Chair and Professor, Film and Moving Image




Participants will take the following course: 

FMI 331 Special Topics in Moving-Image Media (3 credits)

Do film festivals still matter today, in a world where media is more available than ever on your laptop or smartphone? How did film festivals begin? How have they helped filmmakers launch their careers over the years? In this course, we will study the evolution of festivals, from Cannes to Sundance to South by Southwest (SXSW) to the Maryland Film Festival (MDFF), and beyond. This course will immerse students in the world of film festivals, with SXSW as the primary focus, as well as in emerging media and marketing trends. As part of this course, students will travel to SXSW (one of America's premier annual media showcases, which includes Film, Interactive Media and Music) in Austin, Texas, during our Spring Break, to get a first-hand look at a major film festival in action.

Course Prerequisites: FMI 231: Film and Moving Image History

Other Eligibility Requirements: Students must be in good academic, disciplinary, and financial standing with the University.




A tentative itinerary of this travel course's activities and excursions is listed in the syllabus.

Participants will be staying in a hotel (details TBA) within proximity to the Festival.




FMI 331: Special Topics in Moving-Image Media
Cost: $2,000 + $550 estimated flight (flight cost subject to change, SU will book on your behalf)
Includes academic credit (part of Spring Semester 2020 course load), roundtrip airfare (BWI), lodging in hotel, festival attendance badge (includes activities/events), ground transport to/from OM Campus-BWI and to/from Austin airport-hotel, and the International & Off-Campus Study administrative fee.

Additional costs include any meals and personal expenses.


Application requires $400 non-refundable deposit by deadline. Remainder of cost is due by Spring 2020 payment deadlines in mid-December 2019.

Stevenson University reserves the right to make any necessary changes, including cost adjustments, in the event that unforeseen circumstances arise.

Upon submitting application and deposit, participants are considered committed and responsible for the full cost of the travel course should they be accepted. Should a participant wish to withdraw their application for any reason after acceptance, only recoverable expenses may be refunded (which vary according to date of withdrawal). Stevenson University withdrawal and drop/add deadlines do not apply.