From narrative to documentary to experimental film, film serves as both a cultural force and an artistic medium.
The Film Studies Program introduces students to the academic study of film from a variety of critical and disciplinary perspectives. As part of the liberal arts tradition, film is studied in relation to all the arts, humanities, and social sciences. The study of the cinema at Mount Holyoke is part of the Five College Film Studies major comprised of ten courses which expose students to cultural, historical, formal, and theoretical analyses of films from a range of world cinematic traditions. In addition, students study the language of imagery, a language built on a vocabulary of light, sound, camera angles, editing patterns, set design, costume, and music. New media is explored in the Makerspace/Media Lab and film/video production are also offered.