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Film Studies, B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
Saint Petersburg, FL, United States
The major in Film Studies offers an integrated, interdisciplinary approach to the study of moving images. Through a wide range of courses and activities, offered by core faculty in Film Studies and faculty from multiple disciplines, students will gain both an understanding of the history and theory of film and an appreciation of cinema as a medium for the expression of ideas and of culture. 
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All majors will learn to interpret and analyze film from a number of perspectives and will be introduced to the techniques of filmmaking. In addition, they will take courses that encourage them to consider the subject matter of several fields of study - such as philosophy, religion, history, literature, languages, and area studies - from the perspective of film. Majors and minors will take core courses in film analysis, film history, film theory, and film production that consider the nature of film and its relationship to shaping perspectives on other disciplines and on the world and will have the flexibility to design, in consultation with their mentors, a major or minor that focuses on their particular passions and interests.

Film Studies is an excellent field for those who wish to pursue careers in film, television, radio, online media, or other arts; who wish to pursue graduate studies in the humanities or the arts; or who wish to pursue other careers that require creativity, intelligence and adaptability, and the ability to think, write, and collaborate effectively about moving images and texts in general.

The Film Studies major consists of a minimum of ten courses, including three core courses, four required courses, two electives, and a capstone seminar. Majors interested in film production should also consider pursuing a minor in Interdisciplinary Arts, Creative Writing, Visual Arts, Theatre, or Management. Majors interested in film criticism should consider a minor in Journalism.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • International Cinema or  American Cinema
  • Theory and Criticism course: Theories of Film or  Aesthetics
  • The Horror Film
  • Film & Identity
  • Hitchcock: Master of Suspense
  • Videographics
  • Intro to Video Production
  • Story and Screenwriting
  • Sound Design
  • The Documentary
  • Motion Graphics/Special Effects
  • Experimental Film and Video
  • Screenwriting
  • Environmental Film Colloquium
  • Chinese Martial Arts in Literature and Film
  • East Meets West: Chinese Cinema
  • French Cinema
  • Literature and Film in Postwar France
  • Italian Film and Literature
  • Caribbean Literature and Film
  • Philosophy and Film
  • Bible and Culture: American Film
  • Jesus in Ancient and Modern Media
  • Russian Society through Cinema
  • Film and Literature: Spanish Civil War
  • Film and Literature: Hispanics in the U.S.
  • Literature, Film and Art: Lorca, Bunuel, Dali
  • Latin American Culture in Film

English Language Requirements

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General Requirements

  • Common Application or Eckerd College Application
  • $40 Application Fee
  • Official Test Scores (SAT or ACT): SAT code: 5223/ ACT code: 0731
  • Official High School Transcript and/or G.E.D. results
  • Admission Recommendation Letter
  • Personal Essay

Tuition Fee

  • International

    42428 USD/year
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    Based on the original amount of 42428 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    42428 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 42428 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Saint Petersburg

  • 1132 - 1750 USD/month
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