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The critical study of film and how it shapes and is shaped by culture and tells its stories.

Film in today’s world increasingly defines us, persuades us, represents us and tells our stories. You can play a part in this global conversation. Engage with the theory, contexts, and dimensions of thought-provoking, critically acclaimed films, and take advanced courses in screenwriting, production, digital art and photography to create your own work. 

As a film studies student, you will spend time reading and analyzing film texts, becoming versed in theory and critical-analytical models; investigating the cultural, political and economic contexts of film production; and engaging with the historical dimensions of films. In addition to a core curriculum in Film and Media studies, you will select courses in Art and Art History; Asian Studies; Africana Studies; Communication and Theatre; Creative Writing; Literature; Modern Languages; Religious Studies; and Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies. Additional hands-on opportunities include engagement with notable filmmakers, Winter Term courses at the Sundance Film Festival, faculty-directed film projects, and the showing of your films at national festivals.

Sample Courses

  • Introduction to Film
  • Film and Culture
  • Documentary Film
  • Digital Film Production
  • Global Cinema
  • African American Cinema
  • Gender, Sexuality and Cinema
  • Writing for Stage, Screen and TV
  • Media Criticism 

Career Options

  • Graduate Programs
  • Teaching
  • Business
  • Media
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Filmmaking
  • Scholarship

Discover, influence and inspire through film.

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