Film Studies and Production

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About the Program

The interdisciplinary Film Studies and Production minor is designed to explore the powerful medium of film through courses in interpretation and in application. Students who complete the minor have knowledge of the history of the film industry, knowledge of major approaches to film criticism and theory, and proficiency in screenwriting, cinematography, sound recording, and editing. These interpretive and production skills enable our graduates to negotiate a world drenched in visual narratives.

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Minor requirements

Required Courses (12 hours)
Humanities 224 Introduction to Film
Humanities 324 Approaches to Film Interpretation
Communication 238
Communication 335
Introduction to Film Production

Video Communication
Communication 336
Communication 339
Video Communication II

Fiction Film Production


Elective Courses (6 hours)*
Chinese Studies 335 China through Film
Communication 341 Music Video Production
French 328 French Cinema
Humanities 325 Survey of Film and Culture
Humanities 326 Studies in Film and Culture (may be taken twice with different topics)
Humanities 524 Special Topics in Film Studies (may be taken twice with different topics)
Pan-African Studies 312/Communication 326 African Americans in American Media
Pan-African Studies 341 Black Film and Literature
Political Science 360 Global Politics through Film
Spanish 554 Hispanic Culture through Film and Media

*Departments and programs including Asian Studies, Chinese Studies, Communication, English, Humanities, Modern Languages, Music History, and Pan-African Studies routinely offer courses that focus on film studies and production. Relevant courses at or above the 300 level may be counted as electives in the minor at the discretion of the Director of Film Studies and Production.

No more than six hours taken to fulfill the minor may be applied to a major.


Director: Ralph Merkel

Dept. of Communication

University of Louisville

310D Strickler Hall

Louisville, Kentucky 40292


111 Strickler Hall

MW 9:00 am to 2:00 pm
F 9:00 am to 4:30 pm


tel (502) 852-6976


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