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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.
Our core faculty teach alongside professors from the fields of Anthropology, Spanish, History, German Studies, French, Gender Studies, Theatre Arts, Philosophy, Music and English.
Our major and minor includes courses in film history, theory, genre or authorship, production, national or transnational cinema, and documentary or experimental film.
Travel across the region to film festivals and events and participate in film-making projects and programs.
Learn to be thoughtful, critical media makers while also fostering an appreciation for the moving image as an art form.
The study of film is an international endeavor and majors are encouraged to study abroad.
Alumnae describe their careers and experiences with the Film Studies Department.
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