Film, video, and other related media are ubiquitous in contemporary society. Motion pictures combine image and text, creating a powerful medium that often dominates local cultural discourse, even as it is internationally accessible. Film Studies at DePauw cultivates a range of intersecting skills, teaching students to think, write, create, and speak critically about film, which increasingly reflects us, defines us, persuades us, markets us, and tells our stories. Students spend time closely reading and analyzing film texts for aesthetics, meaning and methodology; become versed in film and media theory and critical-analytical models; investigate the cultural, political and economic contexts in which film production takes place; explore various national cinemas, film genres and/or film auteurs; engage with the historical dimensions of film; and sample the process of making their own work--through courses in screenwriting, television production, digital art, photography, and independent study projects.
DePauw Film Studies students benefit from the expertise of professors across the curriculum--in Art and Art History, Asian Studies, Black Studies, Communication, Creative Writing, Literature, Modern Languages, Religious Studies--to supplement core courses taught by professors who make their homes in Film and Media Studies. This rich liberal arts approach allows students to make connections across disciplines and develop a breadth of knowledge that stimulates critical thinking, problem solving, and intellectual and creative insights, whether they become graduate students, teachers, business or media professionals, entrepreneurs, filmmakers, or scholars.