Film Major

The 21st century is a digital age for which we must prepare competitive graduates by offering them opportunities to acquire relevant knowledge and skills for the global market place. One key pathway to developing competitive students is through visionary programs of study that make the best use of all available tools. Film, video, and other related media are nearly everywhere in contemporary society. Motion pictures combine art and text, creating a powerful medium that often dominates local cultural discourse, even as it is internationally accessible. Higher education engages the study of film and teaches students to think, write and speak critically about their products, which increasingly reflect us, define us, persuade us, market us, and tell our stories.

The Film Major seeks to foster strong reading, writing, speaking, and critical thinking skills. We also seek to equip students with the skill and confidence to produce and analyze feature films and documentaries, as well as read film texts closely, and interpret their various meanings and messages—social, economic, political, historical, anthropological, philosophical, psychological, and so forth. Our expanded curriculum includes courses from across the disciplines that help to broaden student understanding of these meanings and messages.

Our Film program is staffed with well-trained, passionate faculty and administrators who possess bachelors degrees, and advanced degrees in Film Production from Northwestern University, Howard University, Winston-Salem State University, and the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. We also boast an advisory board that includes acclaimed producers for PBS, a Hollywood director of award winning network and cable television series, independent filmmakers, an editor of multiple Spike Lee films, and post-production professionals.

The Film Major includes courses in production, screenwriting, editing, film history and theory. Class sizes are small enough for plenty of hands-on interaction, and focused instructor attention. The facilities include a 300-seat proscenium theatre, soundstage, and editing suite. State of the art equipment, including high definition video cameras, 35mm sensory DSLR still cameras with video capabilities, and Final Cut Pro and Avid editing stations, provides opportunities for practical, hands-on experience in film/video production.

Film Core of Courses

  • Intro to Film
  • Intro to Screenwriting
  • Intro to Production
  • Visual Aesthetics
  • Film History
  • Film Theory & Criticism
  • Feature Screenwriting I
  • Motion Picture Directing
  • Motion Picture Production Workshop I
  • Motion Picture Production Workshop II
  • Editing
  • Feature Screenwriting II
  • Documentary Production
  • Cinematography
  • Thesis