The cinema major provides students with a comprehensive understanding of film as art and a thorough grounding in the vocabulary, methodology, and bibliography of cinema. The program combines a humanities approach to film studies with a variety of options in filmmaking and television production. Facilities include a classroom for projection of 16mm film, DVD, laserdisc, and videotape.
Production and editing equipment emphasizes 'hybrid' models of film/videomaking and includes Bolex 16mm film cameras; Panasonic digital video cameras, which feature 24p technology; and lighting and sound recording equipment. Postproduction takes place in our editing laboratory, which consists of several Macintosh computer based, nonlinear editing workstations running Final Cut Pro as well as 16mm editing equipment, including a Steenbeck flatbed editing table. Graduates are prepared for graduate school or for entry-level employment in the media industries.