You can't make films about things; you can only make films with things—
with people, with light, with flowers, with mirrors, with blood... — Douglas Sirk
WELCOME TO FILM STUDIES
Do you love the movies? Are you considering a career in which you’ll work with moving images or digital media?
Would you benefit from a deeper understanding of visual language and visual narratives in your chosen field?
Do you want to write about moving images, make them, market them, or teach them?
Dozens of career fields rely on knowledge of digital media and visual narratives—including fields in the Arts, Business, Journalism, Writing, Education, and many more. Whatever your major, you may find that a Film Studies minor is the right fit for you and your goals. Of course, you may want to take a Film Studies minor out of pure love for the movies, which is just fine by us.
WHAT IS FILM STUDIES?
In Film Studies courses, we view films (and sometimes other kinds of visual and auditory narratives) with critical eyes and ears, and then we work out interpretations in conversation and express them in writing. We study the history and cultural impact of cinema. We become familiar with how films are made and marketed, and we learn and use the terms and methods of Film Studies scholars. We consider questions of ethics and social justice through film, and we analyze cinematic visual styles, narrative conventions, and genres.
HOW DOES THE FILM STUDIES MINOR WORK?
Because this is a new program, we understand that students may start the minor at different levels. We encourage you to contact one of the Film Studies Coordinators if you would like to discuss variations on the minor program that would better suit your needs. Contact Linda Robinson (Communication) or Donald Jellerson (English).
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WHAT SKILLS CAN I EXPECT TO LEARN?
1. critically interpret films and clearly express those interpretations orally and in writing.
2. demonstrate knowledge of the historical development and cultural impact of film as an art form.
3. demonstrate a familiarity with the collaborative processes through which films are constructed.
4. employ the specialized vocabularies and methodologies used by Film Studies scholars.
5. engage with questions of ethics and social justice through representations of culture on film.
6. analyze a range of cinematic visual styles, narrative conventions, and generic trends.
WHAT CAN I DO WITH A FILM STUDIES MINOR?
Here are some careers within which you can use your knowledge of cinema and other visual narrative media, either in the film business directly or in any of hundreds of intersecting and related fields.
HOW DO I DECLARE
THE FILM STUDIES MINOR?
Talk to your advisor and fill out the form to add or change your minor. You can also make an appointment with one of the Film Studies Coordinators, Donald Jellerson or Linda Robinson, to sign the form. Current and past courses can apply to the Film Studies Minor. Feel free to get in touch with us to plan your courses, talk about which courses are available, or discuss what the Film Studies Minor can do for you.