Film Studies

Film Studies at Rhodes College offers a critical understanding of the history, theory, and production of moving images. Interdisciplinary by design, Film Studies draws from courses in various departments, including Art, English, History, and Modern Languages and Literatures. Film Studies courses provide students with analytical tools for critiquing visual media as well as creative tools for producing digital art.

Broadly, film courses stress several key components of a liberal arts education, with strong emphasis on critical thinking, effective and engaging writing, informed research and analysis across relevant disciplines, and an appreciation of diverse ideas and interpretive methodologies.

Given our mission to cultivate comprehensive audio-visual literacy, the Film Studies program has established the following specific goals:

  • To offer students a firm grounding in the history and theory of film
  • To train students in reading and writing critically about visual media
  • To familiarize students with filmmaking techniques and methodologies
  • To enable students to become astute scholars, producers, and consumers of visual media

Based on these goals, the Film Studies program emphasizes the following student learning objectives:

  • Students will be able to recognize and differentiate between major film styles and movements.
  • Students will be able to analyze film and visual media by drawing on discipline-specific technical terms.
  • Students will be able to demonstrate their understanding of major theoretical approaches in Film Studies in an assignment that employs at least one approach to analyze cinematic texts.
  • Students will be able to identify and apply fundamental filmmaking techniques in a production-based assignment.