Film Studies

Film Studies is an interdisciplinary academic field that considers the history, aesthetics, and ideology of cinema as an art form, as an industry, and as a system of personal, political, and cultural representation. On both the graduate and undergraduate levels, courses are offered on a variety of topics involving film and moving-image culture, among them authorship, adaptation, world and national cinemas, genres (such as comedy, the musical, horror, science fiction), modes (such as documentary and experimental cinema). In all courses, students are exposed to a wide range of artists, works, styles, and movements from a number of different critical and theoretical perspectives.

FILM 2332, Understanding Film, is the introductory undergraduate course that serves as a prerequisite for all upper-level film studies courses; it is also a required course in the ATEC undergraduate curriculum.