Career Outlook

Our students have graduated and gone on to successful careers as:

  • Narrative Film Production 
  • Documentary Filmmaking
  • College Professors
  • Exhibition Curators 
  • Post-Production and Sound Design 


Our award-winning alumni have gone on to build careers as artists, teachers, and artists-in-residence who create different forms of film and media. Some of our recent alumni include:

  • Elaine McMillion Sheldon, Director, Producer, and Cinematographer, and Jeff Soyk, Art Director and Web Designer, of Hollow, their award-winning, interactive thesis project. Hollow has been awarded a Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship, Peabody Award, the Tribecca New Media Fund, and was nominated for an Academy Award and an Emmy.
  • Keely Kernan, Director of her interactive thesis documentary The Mississippi: The Story of America’s River. Her project was awarded the Princess Grace scholarship.
  • Georden West, Director of their thesis project Patron Saint. Their project was awarded the Student Academy Award in the alternative/experimental category.
  • Shaka Dendy, summer 2019 Artist in Residence for the Boston Center of the Arts.

Student Resources


Emerge is Emerson’s online community connecting current students with alumni from around the world.