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 http://www.filmsite.org/ .
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).
|Related Career Titles|
|Film Archives||Assistant Director||Cinematographer|
|Independent Filmmaker||Script Supervisor||Visual Effects|
|Lighting Technician||Actor||Sound & Special Effects Specialist|
|Studio Merchandising||Theater Manager||Costume Design|
|Film Director||Film Editor||Professor|
|Television Production||Camera Operator||Censor|
|Program Assistant||Actress||Prop Maker|
|Distribution Company||Film Production Instructor||Publicist|
|Story Editor||Talent Agent||Animator|
|Casting Director||Colorizing Technician||Producer|
|Sound Editor||Critic||Press Agent|
|Drama Coach||Scriptwriter||Personal Asst. to Director|
|Casting Assistant||Rerecording mixer||Talent Representative|
Related Major Skills
|Present specific viewpoints||Synthesizing information|
|Reporting and editing skills||Evaluate ideas and presentation|
|Compare and contrast evidence||Critical thinking skills|
|Measure media effects||Critical thinking|
|Work with deadlines||Attention to details|
|Identify and manage different needs of individuals, groups, etc.||Logical thinking|
|Rewriting and editing with others||Influential/persuasion skills|
|Interpretation skills||Create entertaining and persuasive messages|
|Gather information and data||Evaluate information and sources|
|Develop market research||Planning and managing skills|
|Work independently||Work in teams / small groups|
|Understand institutional and cultural values||Explaining processes, plans and concept|
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