Filming on a greenscreen stage.

Film Studies

Films are art. They are historical documents. They can share messages spanning a wide spectrum of issues in society today. The film studies program at the University of St. Thomas teaches you to understand and analyze film as an art form through courses focusing on topics like film analysis, production and more.

Why Study Film at St. Thomas?

With a major or minor in film studies, you gain a strong analytical and historical foundation of films and film production around the world. By balancing and cultivating your theoretical, historical and creative skills in our program, you develop valuable and marketable skills needed by employers. Our graduates go on to pursue advanced study in the area, as well as careers in filmmaking, videography, television, media production, marketing, advertising and more.

Lights. Camera. Action.

  • Course Requirements
  • Four-Year Plan
  • Degrees Awarded
  • Internships
  • You complete 10 total courses for the major. Four of these are foundational courses: an introduction to film studies, film theory and criticism, an exploration of cinema around the world and contemporary issues in film. You then select six electives in film, digital media arts, English, modern and classical languages and music. At least two of these electives must focus on film production.

    The minor requires five total courses: two foundational courses (introduction to film studies and exploration of cinema around the world) and three electives in film, digital media arts, English, modern and classical languages and music. At least one of these electives must focus on film production.

    Our program is flexible, allowing you to pursue courses capturing your interest and nurturing your skills for the world after St. Thomas. We recommend connecting with a faculty member to plan your time at St. Thomas accordingly.
    • Bachelor of Arts in Film Studies
    • Minor in Film Studies
    We believe you should gain practical experience during your college career. Film studies at St. Thomas has partnered with local film organizations. We offer semester-long and summer internships with the Minneapolis-St. Paul Film Society, Minnesota Film and TV, Film North and the Twin Cities Film Fest.

    Course Requirements

    You complete 10 total courses for the major. Four of these are foundational courses: an introduction to film studies, film theory and criticism, an exploration of cinema around the world and contemporary issues in film. You then select six electives in film, digital media arts, English, modern and classical languages and music. At least two of these electives must focus on film production.

    The minor requires five total courses: two foundational courses (introduction to film studies and exploration of cinema around the world) and three electives in film, digital media arts, English, modern and classical languages and music. At least one of these electives must focus on film production.

    Four-Year Plan

    Our program is flexible, allowing you to pursue courses capturing your interest and nurturing your skills for the world after St. Thomas. We recommend connecting with a faculty member to plan your time at St. Thomas accordingly.

    Degrees Awarded

    • Bachelor of Arts in Film Studies
    • Minor in Film Studies

    Internships

    We believe you should gain practical experience during your college career. Film studies at St. Thomas has partnered with local film organizations. We offer semester-long and summer internships with the Minneapolis-St. Paul Film Society, Minnesota Film and TV, Film North and the Twin Cities Film Fest.
    A videographer on set filming with a big camera resting on his shoulder

    Career Paths

    We give you the tools you need to succeed in a variety of careers and industries.
    • Journalist
    • Filmmaker
    • Screenwriter
    • Videographer
    • Media Producer
    • Director of Photography

    Prepared for the Future

    Film studies students have access to experienced and knowledgeable faculty, as well as fantastic clubs and organizations at St. Thomas to gain invaluable practical skills.

    Award-Winning

    Faculty have won various awards and been featured at local and international film festivals for their productions.

    Film Society

    Film Society is a student organization for those interested in studying film or careers in the film industry.

    TommieMedia

    Many of our students are involved with TommieMedia, an award-winning, web-based digital news service.

    Vast Knowledge. Versatile Skills.

    The interdisciplinary nature of our program will develop your knowledge and skills in various fields.

    Zachary Neubauer operates a video camera during a staged film production.
    We require a solid foundation in film history and analysis, while also striking a balance with film production at the same time. FILM 200, FILM 300 and various electives will provide you with these foundational skills and expertise.
    Film Studies adjunct faculty member James Snapko leads a discussion with students.

    Film studies is interdisciplinary, utilizing courses from communication and journalism, English, modern and classical languages and music. Additionally, you have the option of taking courses focusing on topics like screenwriting and filmmaking.

    A film crew captures presentations during a Music Business class.
    FILM 310 – Filmmaking, along with several communication and journalism courses, gives you access to high-quality cinematic camera equipment to use on your own projects.

    Get Practical Experience

    You will have numerous opportunities to interact with faculty inside and outside of the classroom at St. Thomas.
    Dr. Peter Gregg's webseries Forsythia won a cinematography award at the LAweb Festival. His audio drama "The Chronos Paragon" was an official selection of the NATF's HEAR Now festival and won "Best New Original Ongoing Production.”
    Dr. Chris Kachian teaches The Music of Film in J-term, and he will teach International Film and Music this year. He is the creator and chief collaborator of "NoonArtSounds," which has featured lectures and performances of film music.
    In World Cinema, Dr. Kanishka Chowdhury examines how film language evolves differentially across temporal and spatial modalities in global cinema. In his English courses, he connects film to texts dealing with migration, race and gender.
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    It's an Art

    Film studies students learn to analyze and understand the vast range of issues films cover throughout their undergraduate careers. They gain a valuable skill set that benefits them in their future careers by nurturing their analytical, historical, creative and theoretical knowledge.