Film Studies

Film Studies

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Students who choose to major in film studies learn to think critically, creatively and with a multicultural and international perspective. You'll study all forms and genres of film from the silent era to the present day. Courses in history, criticism, filmmaking, screenwriting and studies of the works of auteurs such as Francois Truffaut, Stanley Kubrick and Wong Kar-Wai will build skills for careers in visual expression and understanding. You'll learn the art form and how to develop proposals, write scripts, create storyboards, and how to plan, shoot and edit films.

Program Highlights

  • Diverse global film curriculum within a department with a strong historical, socio-cultural grounding in film.
  • Rich library of films on DVD and video.
  • Strong history of student participation in Telluride Film Festival Student Colloquium in Colorado.
  • Film classrooms equipped with high resolutions digital projection systems, wide screens, and excellent sound systems.
  • Opportunities for undergraduates to be paid teaching assistants, providing an advantage for students who plan to apply for graduate studies. 

Program Distinctions

  • Annual International Film Series and follow-up discussion helps develop St. Cloud community connection and appreciation for new artistry and multicultural expression.
  • Notable alumni: Conceptual designer TyRuben Ellingson '81 '82 has worked with directors such as James Cameron, George Lucas, Guillermo Del Toro and Stanley Kubrick on movies that include "Jurassic Park" and "Avatar."

Student Organizations

Major Minor Online Courses

University Facts & Stats

  • 1 of 56 Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) award winners
  • 39 Education Abroad programs offered
  • 1,100+ international students
  • More than 600 student veterans and active military enrolled
  • 1 of 17 schools in the Centre for Medieval & Renaissance Studies Consortium, Oxford, England

Popular Careers

  • Actor/Actress
  • Radio & TV Announcer
  • Director/Producer
  • Casting/Art/Technical Director
  • Talent Agent
  • Audiovisual Pro
  • Broadcast Technician