Film is one of the major art forms of the 20th century and its study has become an important part of a modern humanities education. At the University of Pittsburgh, the Film Studies Program offers a series of interdisciplinary courses concerning the history, aesthetics, theory, and production of cinema. The program provides courses in critical studies and (by special arrangement with Pittsburgh Filmmakers in Oakland) courses in film, photography, and video production.
For those students who wish to make film studies the primary focus of their undergraduate program, it is possible to pursue an interdisciplinary major in film studies.
A major in film studies helps students to understand and appreciate the cinematic medium and to be aware of its impact as a cultural and artistic force. It is also appropriate for those students who wish to pursue careers in film teaching, film exhibition, film journalism, film museum curatorial work, film library and archive work, and film and television production. As part of the Film Studies Program, internships are made available to students in many of these fields. In the past students have done internships at cable companies, Pittsburgh Filmmakers, and various television stations.
The major in film studies requires 12 courses (36 credits) distributed as follows:
Students must take the following courses:
The remaining 12 credits (four courses) for the major can be selected from all film studies offerings (subject to regulations below).
Additional Conditions/Requirements for Major
Procedures for Film Studies Majors
Students declare a major in film studies by filling out a Declaration of Major form in the Advising Office, 140 Thackeray Hall, or 617B Cathedral of Learning.
After that, you will see a film studies advisor to register each term.
Fiore Pugliano and Linda Orbach
For any questions that cannot be handled by the English/Film Studies Advising Office, make an appointment to see a member of the film studies faculty.
Print out our Guideline Sheet for Film Studies Majors.
Film in Pittsburgh
Michael Douglas on set of Wonder Boys (2000), shot in Pittsburgh
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