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.
As students in this minor, they 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.
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.