About the Department

film labThe mission of the Department of Film Studies is signified by its name, that is, to provide undergraduate students with expertise in all dimensions of Film as both art and business. To be as comprehensive and professional as possible, this curriculum therefore includes: Film History and Theory, Documentary, Narrative, and Animation Filmmaking, Production Studio, Production Location, Digital Recording, Post-Production, Film Scoring, Great Directors, Screenwriting, Film Genres, Entertainment Law, Adaptation, Lighting Design, Acting, Finance, Marketing, and Internship. This Department aims to keep its post-production, scoring, and filmmaking equipment as cutting edge as possible. Granting the B.A. degree, this Department stresses the interrelationship of professional and liberal studies, consistent with its place in a liberal arts institution.

The Department intends to provide its students with the strongest possible skills kit in the student’s individual area of interest. This 33-hour program enables liberal arts students either to find employment upon graduation or to continue study in graduate school for an M.F.A. or an additional professional degree.

The Department brings many visitors to campus to enhance students’ awareness of the scope of the film business. These have included: actor/screenwriter/director Tim Blake Nelson, producer Tim Zinnemann, Director of Winter's Bone, Debra Granik, novelist and screenwriter S. E. Hinton, film composer Sonny Kompanek, film composer David Spear, film composer David Amram, film composer Paul Chihara, documentary director Elliot Berlin, actor/producer Harold Sylvester, screenwriter Elizabeth Wong, screenwriter Jose Rivera, and screenwriter Brian Nelson.

This Department has close interdisciplinary affiliations with other departments and programs, including Art, English, History, Creative Writing, Languages, Theatre, Music, Political Science, Communication, Sociology, and Psychology. Thus, in addition to its own faculty, majors have many faculty resources in areas related to Film Studies.

Interested students should contact Ashley Etter for a copy of the Film Studies Handbook , which includes additional information about the program and many syllabi of courses offered in the Department.