Film studies majors and minors may study away for a semester or a year on College-approved programs. Due to the very different ways film education is handled outside of North America, there are very few study-away opportunities in film per se. However, study-away experiences have been extraordinarily valuable to film studies students in terms of enriching what they make films about. Learn more about the College's global focus.
Many of the most successful film studies senior projects at Connecticut College have been directly connected to their experiences while studying away.
David Kahn's narrative film "The Bombay Project" was awarded the College's Oakes and Louise Ames Prize for top honors thesis in 2006. It was inspired by his study in India, and he returned to India to shoot most of the project on location. Read "Student Filmmaker Bollywood Bound."
A documentary by environmental studies major and film studies minor Elizabeth Hubley '07, "Las Brominas", filmed during a study-away experience in Honduras, was an Ames prize finalist in the same year.
In 2008, Wilson Steiner's senior thesis film "Ser or Estar," shot on location in Spain during his study-away program there, received an honorable mention from The Accolade international film competition.
Numerous other students have combined film studies with their nominally "non-film" study-away programs in educationally productive ways. Taken as a whole, these student experiences exemplify the liberal arts approach to film study that we champion at Connecticut College.
On the one hand, engagement with the study of another culture enriches our student's abilities within the field of film, while on the other, they are able to use film as a means to study those cultures, and develop and present their ideas.