Film Studies

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For more than a century, films have been influencing the way humans see and perceive their world. Films have much to teach us about who we are, what we want, and how we should feel; they both impact and are impacted by cultural norms. They challenge us to rethink what we know and see the world in new ways.

Sweet Briar’s film studies minor allows students in all majors to study this incredibly influential form of media to understand the ways that filmmakers reflect and change cultures.

Students will master formal elements that happen onscreen, including mise-en-scène, cinematography and editing. Beyond that, students will also learn to understand a film’s aesthetic, historical, social, cultural and technological contexts. Ultimately, film students will become analysts, critics, theorists and makers of films instead of passive consumers of media. In addition, students will develop crucial skills in critical thinking and problem solving, visual and textual analysis, team work and film production.