College of Letters & Sciences
UW-Whitewater Film Studies

Film Studies prepares students for a variety of careers and further educational opportunities by providing foundational instruction in the analysis of visual culture. As a Film Studies student, you'll assess the medium of film in interdisciplinary courses. You'll learn methods of film analysis that take into account the history and conventions of filmmaking. You'll learn about the social impact of film — its uses for reflecting, shaping, and critiquing culture — while improving your ability to express interpretations of this important and influential medium. You'll emerge with the ability to critically view and interpret films, becoming a discerning cinema analyst.

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. Do you want to write about moving images, make them, market them, or teach them? If you want to develop your ability to analyze visual language and visual narrative, you may find that a Film Studies major or minor is the right fit for you and your goals.

Of course, you may want to take Film Studies courses out of pure love for the movies, which is just fine by us.

HOW DOES THE FILM STUDIES MAJOR WORK?

  Download a 2019 Film Studies Major Checklist HERE: MAJOR CHECKLIST

HOW DOES THE FILM STUDIES MINOR WORK?

  Download a 2019 Film Studies Minor Checklist HERE: MINOR CHECKLIST

WHAT WILL I DO IN FILM STUDIES COURSES?

  • ANALYZE a range of cinematic visual styles, narrative conventions, and genre trends.
  • ASSESS the historical development of film and related types of media as evolving art forms.
  • APPLY the specialized vocabularies and methodologies used in media studies fields.
  • INTERPRET visual narratives, and clearly express interpretations in conversation and writing.
  • IDENTIFY the processes through which people, practices, and institutions collaborate to produce visual narratives.
  • EVALUATE the ways in which representations of culture reflect or respond to questions of ethics and social justice.

WHAT CAN I DO WITH A FILM STUDIES MAJOR OR 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.

Careers


HOW DO I DECLARE THE FILM STUDIES MAJOR OR MINOR?

Talk to your advisor and fill out the form to add or change your major or minor. You can also make an appointment with the Film Studies Coordinator, Donald Jellerson, to sign the form. Feel free to get in touch with us to plan your courses, talk about which courses are available, or discuss what Film Studies can do for you.