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Film Studies

Minor

Studying film draws on both our intellect and our imagination. As an accessible and even ubiquitous transnational cultural form, film opens us to other worlds, other lives, and other ways of seeing.

People have been making, watching and writing about movies for just over a century. In a culture that increasingly relies on visual information, an understanding of the moving image is essential to understanding society. The Film Studies minor is a vibrant program that develops this critical visual literacy. It equips you with a range of skills for understanding and analysing cinema as a vital and yet everyday part of modern life. Through close familiarity with a range of case studies, you will come to understand the social, cultural, aesthetic and political dimensions of cinema in different contexts and at different times.

In Film Studies you will learn scholarly terms that will enable you to describe what you see on screen in relation to, for instance, camera movements and editing techniques or traditions of screen performance. You will develop rich understandings of concepts such as national cinema, genre and spectatorship through a diverse range of case studies. You will also study the historical development of film as a cultural and technological form and analyse its transformations across the 20th century to the present day.

For more information on the program structure and content including unit of study information, please refer to theĀ Arts and Social Sciences Handbook.

Graduate opportunities

Our graduates enter a wide range of careers. Examples include:

  • Arts management
  • Scriptwriter or screenwriter
  • Broadcasting or post-production
  • Film or cultural critic
  • Film librarian/archivist
  • Editorial assistant
  • Film director
  • Journalist
  • Marketing and public relations
  • Television/film/video producer
  • Digital media specialist
Career pathways
Courses that offer this minor

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