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Film Studies Program—Overview

Film arguably is the most culturally influential artistic medium in our era, and CBU is geographically located in close proximity to the beating heart of the American filmmaking industry. This major equips students both to understand film as a culture-shaping force and to pursue careers in the entertainment industry. They are able to do this by choosing one of three concentrations: Film Analysis, Film Production, and Screenwriting.

Film studies majors develop sharp critical thinking skills and valuable technical knowledge and experience, but, most importantly, a film studies major develops a socially applicable and culturally significant audio-visual literacy. In a world that increasingly relies on visual information, a comprehension of how meaning grows out of the moving image becomes indispensable to a deeper social and cultural understanding.

Film Studies is one of the fastest growing disciplines at universities and colleges in the U.S.  Interdisciplinary in nature, Film Studies incorporates other fields such as history, art, popular culture, and communications. Film Studies majors practice the vital activities of analysis, synthesis, and multitasking that many employers seek. As a result, many Film Studies graduates find positions with film production companies, film archives, festivals, or work as art managers, critics, journalists, independent artists, and teachers. Film Studies majors have been competitive in job searches nationally in the following areas:
• critic, professor, arts journalist
• independent or industrial filmmaker
• press agent, photographer                                                                                                                               • actor/actress, performer
• film editor
• studio merchandising or distribution company work
• dramaturge or story editor
• film archives, museum studies, program researcher
• tourist industry or community arts worker
• casting director or casting assistant
• theater manager or publicist
• television production, camera operator, censor, or colorizing technician
• screenwriter, animator, script writer or script supervisor
• library assistant or assistant language teacher
• program assistant or a personal assistant to directors or pruducers
• talent agent or talent representative

At CBU, we want our film students to get as much hands-on experience as possible. Film Studies students at CBU can check out film equipment from CAVAD to work on their production course projects or other professional or personal projects. The Film Studies program offers university credit to students who participate in CBU’s Film Practicum, which gives students the opportunity to work in some aspect of the film or television industry. In addition, students are encouraged to apply for the semester-long program at the Los Angeles Film Studies Center, in which students participate in an internship in the industry and learn all aspects of filmmaking while earning units toward their Film Studies degree.