We live in a world filled with constructed images. All of us encounter a steady stream of moving pictures delivering messages blatant and subtle that solicit us, elicit our emotions, and play key roles in framing our perceptions of the world. In order to truly understand our culture - even perhaps to understand ourselves - we need to understand how filmic representations work, and work on us.
At Connecticut College we take film studies to be a vital area of intellectual inquiry, framed firmly within the traditions and goals of the liberal arts, valuable to a wide range of students, not merely vocational training for would-be media professionals.
Our goal is to cultivate a true moving picture literacy - to educate students in the language of moving images and its uses. Our method is to integrate theory with practice, combining film scholarship with creative work in film production.
As a student majoring or minoring in film studies, you'll engage in critical and historical analyses of the moving image in many forms, including not only the classic Hollywood cinema, but also other national cinemas, documentary, avant garde and experimental film, and television.
Production classes are also an important part of our curriculum. We frame them not as technical training, but as active learning experiences in how the stylistic devices of film are used in the construction of meaning. Our production curriculum is designed to give you a maximum of opportunities to act as an author of a creative project.
We do not believe that either film scholarship or filmmaking should be conceived as narrow specializations. We see film studies as an inherently interdisciplinary endeavor and encourage you to combine your interests in film with other areas of inquiry available at the College.