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Film studies is among the liberal arts and focuses on the history, theory and production techniques of film. Explore a wide range of courses in all dimensions of filmmaking including documentary, narrative and animation forms as well as screenwriting, film scoring, post-production and film genres.

Department of Film Studies provides undergraduate students with expertise in all dimensions of film as both art and business. To be as comprehensive and professional as possible, this curriculum includes: film history and theory, documentary, narrative and animation filmmaking, production studio, production location, digital recording, post-production, film scoring, great directors, screenwriting, film genres, entertainment law, adaptation, lighting design, acting, finance, marketing and internship. Minors, which augment the major in film studies, are available in film scoring or screenwriting.

Program Objectives

Students who complete the undergraduate program will:

  1. Acquire the analytical skills to understand the historical, theoretical, and production elements of film, including screenwriting, filmmaking, theory/criticism, and film scoring.
  2. Develop a thorough understanding of the collaborative nature of film production from script to final edit, and the evolving technological tools used in creating cinematic projects, through direct acquisition and practical application of skills.
  3. Understand the professional requirements of the film industry and related fields, and how to implement this knowledge in pursuing a professional career.
Degree Options

Film Studies, B.A.

Provides liberal arts students with the history, theory, and production techniques of film; including screenwriting, animation, documentary, narrative filmmaking, and film scoring.

Film Studies Minor

Non-majors interested in learning more about film are encouraged to add it to their degree program as a minor.

Film Scoring Minor

Offered by the School of Music. For Music and Film Studies majors only. Introduction to the art and technology of scoring music for film.

Creative Writing Minor

Non-majors interested in learning more about communication, english, film and theatre are encouraged to add it to their degree program as a minor.

Typical Four Year Schedule

FRESHMAN – FALL SEMESTERFRESHMAN – SPRING SEMESTER
Exposition and ArgumentationFirst Seminar
Beginning Language IBeginning Language II
Block I - Aesthetic Inquiry and Creative ExperienceBlock II - Historical and Social Interpretation
Film History*Introduction to Filmmaking
Freshman ExperienceFilm Theory and Criticism*
SOPHOMORE – FALL SEMESTERSOPHOMORE – SPRING SEMESTER
Intermediate Language IIntermediate Language II
Block II - Historical and Social InterpretationBlock III - Scientific Investigation
Block II - Historical and Social InterpretationBlock II - Historical and Social Interpretation
Contemporary MathematicsBlock I - Aesthetic and Creative Experience
Film Studies ElectiveFilm Production: Location*
JUNIOR – FALL SEMESTERJUNIOR – SPRING SEMESTER
Block II - Historical and Social InterpretationMinor
Intro to Film Scoring**Minor
Techniques in Film ProductionFilm Genres**
Screenwriting**Digital Motion/Animation**
Video Production Studio**Narrative Film Production I**
SENIOR – FALL SEMESTERSENIOR – SPRING SEMESTER
Advanced Film Seminar*Film Studio Elective*
The Business of Film and TelevisionMusic and Film**
Minor (Upper Division)Minor (Upper Division)
Narrative Film Production II**General Elective
General ElectiveGeneral Elective

*Required course for the Film Studies major
**Examples of Film Studies elective courses (a minimum of nine courses must be included for the major)
Note: The sequence of courses may be rearranged to accommodate a semester of study abroad and/or an internship: