Film Studies is a fast growing discipline at American universities and colleges. Incorporating fields such as art and aesthetics, foreign languages, history, popular culture, and media, film studies offers the student extensive possibilities for breadth of experience and depth of knowledge. Film Studies majors learn to idenfity, analyze, and synthesize important information—they learn to read and write effectively and look at the world with a critical eye. Most importantly, the Film Studies major develops critical and audio-visual literacy. In a culture that increasingly relies on visual information, a comprehension of how meaning grows out of the moving image in cominbation with word and sound becomes essential to success across our society. Click on the courses tab above to see the current semester's course offerings.
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Advising Changes Starting Autumn 2013
Advising for Film Studies majors and minors has changed. If you need to speak with an advisor about scheduling courses, degree planning, or other day to day advising needs contact Emily Carpenter either through her walk-in hours or by calling 614-292-8485.
If you need to discuss the major focus area, internships, transfer credit, or graduate schools contact the program office at firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule an appointment.
The Film Studies Major concentrates on cinema as an international social practice and shapes its study as a humanistic discipline. Students complete core courses in basic film analysis, history, and theory, and then go on to take classes in early, multicultural, and experimental traditions, choose film studies electives, develop a focus area in consultation with a faculty advisor, and complete an intensive senior seminar.
Integrating theory and practice, it is designed to produce filmmakers with critical-thinking skills and independent voices, who will bring new vision to the film industry, independent cinema, and visual culture.
We will begin offering the introductory courses in Fall Semester of 2017.
The Minor in Film Studies allows students to unite classes devoted to the analysis of cinema both as a unique art form in its own right, and as a medium influenced and shaped by related fields such as literature and the visual arts. Students enrolled in the Film Studies minor will gain an understanding of the evolution of cinema, the relations between film and other arts, and the international dimensions of the medium. Courses eligible for credit in the minor are housed under units such as: East Asian, English, French and Italian, Film Studies, German, History of Art, Music, Slavic/Eastern European, Spanish and Portuguese, and Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies.
Combining theory and practice, the Screenwriting Minor prepares students to develop original stories, scripts, and screenplays for production as works of moving-image art. In addition to developing skills for writing for the screen in a variety of forms—fictional narrative film, experimental film, documentary, animation, television, and/or new media—students will garner a foundational understanding of film history and theory and of storytelling conventions across media. Through this in-depth study of the art of screenwriting, students will be able to hone their own distinct voices, gaining crucial professional experience for careers in film and television writing.
The Film Studies Program believes that internships are an important part of the academic experience and can add important development opportunities for students pursuing careers in any aspect of film production and film studies. Visit the internships page to find out more about local internships, support for non-local internships, and the Brian Mehling Endowment to support internships in the film industry.