Are you a movie buff? Do you search out the quirky independent films wherever you can find them? Maybe you’re a closet Bollywood addict . . .
If any of these is true, then the Film Studies minor is for you!
Throughout the history of America, the movies have acted as a powerful social, political, and economic force. In the Film Studies minor, students have an opportunity to examine the cinema’s role in our culture and its development as both an art and a technology. The Film Studies minor is housed in the Communication Studies department, but it is interdisciplinary, drawing upon film studies and filmmaking courses as well as courses from other departments. In addition to regular courses in American Movies, World Cinema and Documentary History and Theory, other special topics courses are scheduled on a frequent basis. Outside of the Communication Studies department, courses are offered such as Faith and Film, Chinese Culture through Film, French Film and Cinema and Masculinity.
All of these courses encourage students to become more informed viewers and consumers of visual culture through close textual analysis and critical thinking. The film studies minor is firmly rooted in a liberal arts education, drawing upon multiple disciplines and helping students make connections between them. It augments any major at the college, as it encourages students to take an active role in understanding one of our society’s foremost means of communication.
Plus three of the following: (9 hours)
Total: 15 hours
Randolph College has a growing and vibrant film culture. As a small college community we are fortunate to have a wealth of opportunities to view and discuss films. With the development of the Sara Driver ’77 Digital Filmmaking and Lecture Series Fund , we have outfitted a state-of-the art digital film lab and are offering digital filmmaking courses. In addition, we host visiting filmmakers throughout the year. Sara Driver '77 , an actor, writer, director, and producer, visited campus in the fall of 2006, presenting a public lecture entitled “A Conversation about the State of American Film.” In the spring of 2007, acclaimed documentarian JL Aronson was a guest in several film classes and screened his film, “Danielson: A Family Movie.” Kristin Eno, a visiting artist at the Virginia Center for Creative Arts, delivered our spring 2008 talk on her work making videos with children from the New York City public schools.
We have also hosted several filmmakers as part of the Southern Circuit Film Series. These independent filmmakers have shared their artistic vision and experiences with our students and with the community.
We have sponsored or collaborated on the following film-related events:
Andrea Miller ’08 made a short documentary for her senior project in American Culture, "There and Back Again: Tales of Women and College." She participated in the Summer Research Program in 2006, working with Dr. Gauthier to investigate the construction of voice in documentary film. Andi and Dr. Gauthier traveled to the SilverDocs Documentary Film Festival in Silver Spring, Maryland in June 2006. Andi attended filmmaking workshops and film screenings, meeting with documentary film producers, directors, editors and camera people.