Film Studies

Overview

A minor

Does a good film transport you to a different world, provoke laughter, sadness, or fear, and deepen your insight? Do you revel in deconstructing the elements of a good film to examine the subtle nuances?

In the Film Studies minor at Bryant, you’ll delve beyond entertainment to reflect critically upon the historical, aesthetic, cultural, and social significance of movies. The discipline focuses on visual literacy as it applies to moving images. Coursework also explores the production, development, and distribution of movies within the film industry.

The small classes and close faculty interaction allow you to investigate all aspects of film and film analysis in depth. Classes focus on film theory and analysis, as well as film production and the film industry. You will develop a wide range of skills including the ability to analyze individual films and present their ideas in written and oral form, and understand the forces at work behind the production, distribution, and viewing of films. You’ll also develop an understanding of the historical, cultural, and theoretical background of film.

Future careers, post-grad opportunities

Studying film opens up a wide range of careers, including film critic, writer, film festival administrator, film producer, director, or visual designer. You will also be well prepared for graduate studies.

Film Studies faculty

Communication faculty who instruct in this area strike a strong balance between industry experience and scholarship in film education. This combination reflects a contemporary understanding of film and its associated technologies with the intent of applying filmmaking techniques to content. 

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Requirements

For a 12-credit minor:

Basic Field Production and Editing (COM243)

Film Theory (LCS441)

Choose two (2) electives from the following:

  • Narrative Filmmaking (COM343)
  • Documentary Filmmaking (COM345)
  • Studies in Film and Video (COM/LCS350)
  • Script to Screen (COM443)
  • Film Genre Studies (COM/LCS450) (Students may take this course more than once because of its changing focus)
  • Animation: Theory, History, Practice (LCS354)
  • Advanced Chinese through Contemporary Chinese Cinema (ML-CH451)
  • French Literature and Cinematic Adaption (ML-FR408)
  • Italian Directed Study: Italian Cinema (ML-IT397/497)
  • Spanish and Latin American Film (ML-SP309)
  • Contemporary Female Writers and Film-Makers of the Spanish Speaking World (ML-SP407)

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To learn more, please contact:
Wendy Samter, Ph.D. 
Chair and Professor 
Department of Communication
wsamter@bryant.edu

Exploring passion for the arts

Coburn Childs '12
Admission representative, Bryant University

From the start of freshman year and all the way through graduation, Childs jumped into as many courses and activities as possible to help him explore his creativity and passion for the arts. All the while he was making lifelong friends who shared his interests.

Whether he was writing and producing his own short film for Film Studies class, designing an artistic campaign to promote social change in Visual Culture class, or acting and singing onstage in lead roles in RENT, Grease, and Clue with the Bryant Players, Childs says: "I couldn’t have asked for a better experience."

Prepped for Hollywood

Mikayla LaRosa '14
Path: Communication, Film Studies

Studying film at Bryant provided LaRosa with the individual attention she needed in front of and behind the camera. Professor Tom Zammarelli is just one of the many dedicated faculty members who put students first, LaRosa says. With Zammarelli's guidance and insight, LaRosa says she gained valuable experience and networked professional connections in the film industry.

The Koffler Communications Complex, with a state-of-the art studio and editing suites equipped with After Effects and Avid, is an ideal working environment. After Bryant, LaRosa knows she will be prepared to enter the film industry with a running start.