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.


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.


    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.


    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.


    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 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.

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

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