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Film Studies

What is Film Studies?

"...Bond. James Bond." "Life is like a box of chocolates; you never know what you're gonna get." "Frankly, my dear. I don't give a damn." "You talkin' to me?" "I'll be back." These are just a few of the most famous quotes in film history according to the Guinness Book of Film. More quotes and movie history can be found at .

For more than a decade, the study of film has been one of the fastest growing disciplines at American colleges and universities. Film studies students normally follow one of two career directions. Most students directly enter the communications job market. Advertising, public relations, technical writing, educational media and free-lance filmmaking are just a few career possibilities. 

Some students continue their education in graduate school. As many as one-fourth of the film courses taught in the United States are graduate courses. In addition to graduate studies in film, other disciplines include American studies, popular culture, library studies, broadcasting and public communications. Students work closely with the film studies adviser to select coursework both inside and outside the program. This requires planning at three levels: 1. Selecting the right courses from within the film studies program; 2. Selecting courses from outside electives that are directed toward vocational preparation; and 3. Developing an Internship (optional). 

CWU Film & Video Studies 

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Related Major Skills
Present specific viewpointsSynthesizing information
Reporting and editing skillsEvaluate ideas and presentation
Compare and contrast evidenceCritical thinking skills
Measure media effectsCritical thinking
Work with deadlinesAttention to details
Identify and manage different needs of individuals, groups, etc.Logical thinking
Rewriting and editing with othersInfluential/persuasion skills
Interpretation skillsCreate entertaining and persuasive messages
Gather information and dataEvaluate information and sources
Develop market researchPlanning and managing skills
Work independentlyWork in teams / small groups
Understand institutional and cultural valuesExplaining processes, plans and concept

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