French film director Françoise Marie with R-MC students
While students are encouraged to engage in critical and theoretical thinking, courses such as FILM 261 (Screenplay Writing) and FILM 262 (Filmmaking) emphasize practical knowledge and creative skills. In working with expert faculty, students acquire still camera techniques, produce video/film presentations related to the history and theory of film/video production, and are familiarized with the use of cameras, projectors, and video editing equipment. At the same time, the visit of international and award-winning film directors on our campus offer another unique view of the creative process in filmmaking. Students have the opportunity to work with a professional in the field, to learn the basics of filmmaking, and to connect with individuals in and beyond the American film industry. Film minors are encouraged to discuss their selection of courses with their advisor or the director of the Film Studies program early in their academic careers.