Film Studies

As a Film Studies major you will be immersed in a rigorous study of the art of cinema that emphasizes critical and creative thinking.  You’ll watch, analyze, discuss and write about films from the world over and you will graduate with a deep knowledge of the moving image and its cultural, historical and socio-political traditions.

Program Highlights

  • 10-12 film courses each semester, including regular new topics courses designed to keep the curriculum lively and fresh.
  • A truly global perspective, not limited to a single course; instead most of our courses will draw upon films from around the world.
  • Our student-centered program means that faculty and students work closely together and you choose your own faculty adviser.
  • Our curriculum is flexible and transfer-friendly and we keep prerequisites to a bare minimum.
  • This discipline is also available as a minor to complement other majors. 

Program Distinctions

  • Ranked No. 15 in the nation for Best Film Degree Program by Intelligent
  • Alumni have found success in a wide range of careers from production and post-production to media education, public relations, gaming and film criticism.
  • Alumni have gone on to get M.F.A, M.B.A., PhD. and law degrees, reporting back that our film program prepared them well for graduate studies.
  • The International Film Series, curated by our own Professor Felip Costaglioli, has served as Central Minnesota’s premier foreign cinema showcase since 1996.
  • Two competitive merit scholarships each year: The Ronald G. Perrier Film Scholarship ($1,000-$1,500) and Dale and Gretchen Swanson Film Scholarship ($500-$1,000).
  • Our program undergoes a comprehensive external review every six years. Our most recent team of reviewers found that our students reported “startlingly" high satisfaction with the major.

Student Organizations

  • CineScope
  • UPB Films Committee

Popular Careers

  • Media Education
  • Media Criticism
  • Advertising/Marketing
  • Social Media Director
  • Moving Image Preservation and Restoration
  • Film Festival Director/Curator

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