Film studies regard video material in all its formats and platforms as vital art forms and cultural artifacts that can be rigorously analyzed. Explore the history, analysis, and interpretation of video as a key form of modern culture.
Develop a background in the theory and criticism of moving images to engender a deeper level of enjoyment while examining the technical, stylistic, and rhetorical devices that films employ to create and convey meaning. You'll also have the opportunity to create and showcase your own art in a top-of-the-line film studio.
You might enjoy Film Studies if you're interested in:
Representations and explorations of identity in film and other visual media
Writing your own scripts or filming your own YouTube videos
Storytelling and creative writing
The global language of film from German Expressionism to Fifth Generation Chinese cinema to U.S. blockbusters and more
Anthropology and visual culture
Advertising and marketing
Lawrentians sometimes pair film studies with
English and creative writing
Life After Lawrence
Lawrentians can enjoy careers in
Film production and photography, art direction, global media production, investigative journalism, digital content management, documentary film and television instruction, photo and film research, television and film scoring
Recent employers include
NPR, BET, Fox News, Kirk Douglas Theater, Twin Cities Public Television, VICE, Facets Multimedia, Northwest Film Forum, The Film School Seattle
Lawrentians can earn advanced degrees in
The film, fine arts, documentary, photography, and new media
Recent schools include
Northwestern University, Salt Institute for Documentary Studies
Create with amazing tools
Film Studies - You will have amazing tools at Lawrence. From a state-of-the-art 35x40 studio with green screen, DeSisti LED Fresnel lighting, Videssence softboxes ll controlled by DMX light board, to Canon 7D MKii cameras, Arri lighting kits, Sennheiser microphones, and a Pro Tools mixing suite with the C24 control surface. Stock editing labs will help you prepare your work for screening in one of three small theatres and one large cinema
Build your knowledge of film theory and history
With a focus on history, analysis, and creation of the film as a key medium of contemporary culture, you will develop a deep understanding of how filmmakers create images and explore the technical, stylistic, and rhetorical devices that films employ to create and convey meaning—all of which you can integrate into your own filmmaking.
Components of the Major
Introduction to Film Studies
Film History I & II
Film Theory and Criticism
Avant-Documentary or Documentary Forms
Six courses from Film History, Film Theory, or Filmmaking, including:
16MM Filmmaking; Principles of Editing; Sound Design; Hollywood Goes to High School; Writer vs. Director; Masculinity in American Film; New Media in Art; Francophone and Lit & Screen Adaptations; Emergent Film/Media Markets Senior Experience project
The Chandler Senior Experience
Drawing on expertise not only in film studies, but also in the departments of anthropology, education, gender studies, history, languages, music, and studio art, Senior Experiences may be research-based or they may involve the production of film, video, or animation.
Recent Senior Experiences include:
Women in 20th Century Horror Films
Avant-Garde in Animated Films
Narrative-driven Virtual Reality
Sustainable China: Exploring the Water and Pollution Epidemic
Shocking Conduct: Sexual Assault, Masculinity, and Creed's Monstrous Feminine in Four Danish Films
Nobody’s Perfect (full-length screenplay)
Nollywood in Africa: Globalization of the Cinematic Nigerian Identity in Nigeria and Sierra Leone
Coco Puffs (Short film and artist’s statement)
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Involved in: President of Chinese Students Association (CSA); Mentor of International Student Services (ISS); Assistant in LU Government (GOVT) Department; Assistant in Innovation-Entrepreneurship (I-E) Department; Secretary of Food Recovery Network (FRN); Involved in Build Inter-generation Relations (BIR) volunteering activities
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College search advice: I highly recommend following Lawrence on Instagram (@lawrenceuni) since it is usually updated about life and events on campus and has interactive Q&A sessions for prospective students.
Studying Economics, Psychology
Involved in: Lawrence International, JCEC - Japanese Culture Exchange Club.
Favorite Spot on Campus: The green in front of Main Hall is absolutely the best place to wind down and relax. You can set up a hammock and read a book under the shade or take a nap. I personally prefer the latter.
Ask me about: The best routes for running or anything about snowboarding.
College search advice: LU instagram page (@lawrenceuni) has "Student Take over" stories that would definitely help you get to know the college better from a student's viewpoint.
Studying Psychology, English and Educational Studies
Involved in: News writer in The Lawrentians Student Newspaper, VITAL Tutoring program, Lawrence International, and the Chinese Student Association (CSA). I'm also interested in Psychology, lifting, badminton, and deep thoughts!
Ask me about: I always enjoy playing basketball in the morning and start off my morning with a tasty sausage-egg-and-cheese sandwich and a cup of raspberry ice tea (at the Cafe)!
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