Film Studies

Sony FS5 with Follow Focus Rig and Matte Box.
Students will work with professional video equipment, including the Sony FS5 pictured here with Follow Focus Rig and Matte Box.

Have you always had an interest in film? Would you like to move beyond that casual interest and study film history, theory, and criticism, even learn how to become part of the movie-making industry? If so, the new Film Studies minor is just for you. Film Studies provides a deep examination of film's evolution into the unique and powerful medium it has become in the 21st century. This exciting program offers a hands-on curriculum where you will learn and utilize skills and techniques to create your own films, shorts, commercials and documentaries:

  • Engage your imagination and cultivate interpretive skills, whether viewing cinematic classics or today's pop culture.
  • Learn basic video editing techniques with DaVinci Resolve.
  • Work with high dynamic range cameras that will give your work a professional look.
  • Learn how to pull off amazing aerial shots with a DJI Mavic Pro 2 drone.
  • Learn how to do sophisticated camera shots like tilt-shift blur, dolly zoom, dutch angle, and more.
  • Learn how to apply theoretical framework to films from around the world, across time periods and styles.
  • Learn standard film shots like tracking shots, push ins, over the shoulder, reveals, and more.
  • Work with motion stabilization rigs to create steady action & POV footage.
  • Learn basic lighting techniques from motivated lighting, diffused overhead lighting, soft key lighting, and more.
  • Work with state of the art sound equipment and software to capture dialogue, create sound effects, reduce ambient noise, and record ADR & Foley sound.
Thomas Quinn
Associate Professor Thomas Quinn


Work with Associate Professor Thomas Quinn, who has a proven track record in TV and film. Quinn is an award-winning actor and a writer/director of short films and features. He is also a certified DaVinci Resolve trainer. Work with actors and help them develop their on camera performances. Learn to control a functioning movie set and work effectively with multiple on-set collaborators, both technical and talent.



Film Studies Minor

The Film Studies minor is open to all undergraduates and requires a minimum of seven course units. There are three required courses for the minor: FLM 110 Film Aesthetics, and FLM 320 Film Theory, and FLM 330 Videography. 

Sample course plan:

1. FLM 110, FLM 330, and FLM 320

2. Select four courses from the following:

    • MUS 113 Audio Recording Techniques
    • LC 116 German Post-War Cinema
    • FA 120 Japanese Film Aesthetics
    • ART 140 Photography I – or – ART 240 Digital Photography
    • HIST 154 Film and History, US
    • THEA 225 Drawing for the Theatre
    • LC 260 Italian Cinema
    • IS 270 Contemporary Global Cinema
    • FR 312 French Cinema
    • THEA 314 Lighting Dynamics
    • THEA 342 Screenwriting
    • ANTH 380 Visual Ethnographic Methods
    • FLM 431 Directed Study (Videographic collaboration with THEA 483 Acting for the Camera)
    • FLM 432 Independent Study: Advanced Film Project


FLM 330 Videography Course Details

The core production class, Videography,  will cover four main aspects of the filmmaker's journey: editing, cameras, lighting and sound. Each student who completes this course will have a real working knowledge of how to create their own films to exacting, professional standards.

Editing Details

Gone are the days of having to move video projects in and out of multiple software suites to get to a final product. With DaVinci Resolve 16, students now have the means to do everything in one easy-to-use, sophisticated program. Resolve 16 allows editing, color grading, complex sound editing, and sophisticated special effects editing without leaving Resolve's interface and it is free.

Resolve offers tools for editing and color along with Fusion for visual effects and motion graphics and Fairlight for your audio needs. But unlike Adobe, it’s free. - Editors' Choice - Videomaker

Camera Details

Students will learn how to properly white balance cameras, utilize peaking focus assist, zebras for controlling exposure, work with slow motion, time lapse effects, high dynamic range LOG footage, follow focus rigs, camera dollies, motion stabilization rigs and aerial drones. 

Lighting Details

Learn how to use key, fill, and back lighting to create stunning lighting effects. Study the uses and applications of different types of lights including LEDs, Tungsten, HMI, etc. and the importance of color temperatures and how to apply them effectively. Students will create sophisticated lighting scenarios on our sound stage, and then take those lessons out on location to create amazing footage in their own films.

Sound Details

Learn to use boom, lapel, and hand-held microphones and understand the benefits of each. With DaVinci Resolve, explore the sophisticated Fairlight audio editing suite to do Automated Dialogue Replacement  work (ADR), Foley sound effects recording, and effectively deal with room noise and basic noise reduction.