In the Film Studies minor you learn about the art and craft of filmmaking in addition to the history and theory behind film. The film studies minor has two different tracks. Track one focuses on the study of film with classes in film theory, film history and faith & culture in film. Students can look at film from other areas of study including, Literature, Philosophy and Political Science. Track two focuses on the filmmaking process and includes a semester-long study at the Los Angeles Film Studies Center, a program sponsored by the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities. During the course of the semester, students at LAFSC write, shoot and edit short films while interning at studios and production companies in Hollywood. LAFSC recently added two RED Epic cameras and two RED Scarlett cameras to their equipment list.
Back in Jackson, Film Studies students also have the opportunity to make films inside the classroom as well as working on Union Film Society projects. Every Spring the department hosts the Union Film Festival where students can submit their work, view the work of other students on campus and receive awards for excellence in the many different areas of production.
Film Studies minor curriculum:
A. Required for both Tracks: COM 328—3 hours
Track One—15 hours
1. Required: COM 338, CHR 348—6 hours
2. Select 3: COM 301, 438; ENG 311; PHL 448;PSC 300
Track Two—19 hours
1. Select 3 hours: CHR 348; COM 301, 338, 438; ENG 311, PHL 448; PSC 300.
2. Admission to Los Angeles Film Studies Center: Check with the Communication Arts Department, the Institute for International and Intercultural Studies for details or lafsc.bestsemester.com.