Hiram College

Film Studies Minor

Traditional Undergraduate

Producing Real and Imagined Worlds

The Film Studies minor teaches students about the history, interpretation, and creation of film as an art form that enables personal and cultural expression, as well as a documentary form that allows people to comment on the world around them.


Who Are Hiram’s Film Studies Students?

Film Studies minors will be knowledgeable in the traditions and conventions of this art form so that they can be savvy writers, directors, and producers. Students will learn the history of filmmaking, the techniques of film analysis, and the process of filmmaking, among other valuable skills. Therefore, Film Studies minors think critically about films they encounter in the world and become active, rather than passive, consumers. They share a calling to visually explore their interests, and express their ideas and unique take on the world through capturing time. Students in Film Studies might also pursue Art & DesignCommunicationMarketingPhotographyPerforming Arts, or one of the other academic programs that Hiram has to offer. A Film Studies minor may be right for you if you enjoy:

  • being creative and original
  • critical thinking
  • variety in your work
  • nontraditional work hours
  • examining history and different cultures
  • sharing your work with an audience
  • engaging your senses

A Future in Film Studies

This minor prepares students well for a wide variety of careers that will require them to design, write, and produce films for multiple markets and audiences.

The Film Studies minor consists of three required courses that offer a grounding in key areas: history, analysis, and filmmaking. Students can then choose one of two tracks for their remaining courses: Creative Filmmaking or Critical Film Studies. To complete the minor, students must take a total of at least eighteen (18) credit hours in approved Film Studies courses.

Film Studies minors also will be required to give a public presentation of their work in the spring of their senior year as part of the Annual Juried Student Art Show or spring film festival. Minors may show a clip from an original film, read an excerpt from a screenplay, or read from an analysis written in one of their film studies courses.


    A re-purposed factory with 26,000 square feet of studio, classroom, lab, and gallery space, the Gelbke Fine Arts Center offers an optimal learning environment, as well as opportunities for students, community members, staff, and faculty to exhibit their work.


    Hiram College’s English Program is housed in historic Bonney Castle, a nineteenth-century inn that has been renovated to include a multimedia-equipped seminar room, a small library, a fully-equipped kitchen, and departmental offices.


    The 1,200 square foot gallery is designed for the display of two and three dimensional artwork, as well as installations and digital video and sound exhibitions, and features professional lighting, security, and archives.


    The Media Center also has a green screen, cameras, and audio devices for rent. The Mac Lab inside the Media Center comes fully equipped with iMac 7.1 computers, each including editing software for our film students.

Kirsten Parkinson Headshot

Kirsten Parkinson, Ph.D.

Director Lindsay-Crane Center for Writing and Literature
Professor of English
Gender Studies Minor Program Coordinator

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