Film Studies

Co-Directors: Associate Academic Dean Melanie Stein and Associate Academic Dean Sonia Cardenas

The interdisciplinary program in film studies at Trinity draws on courses in film studies and production taught in sixteen of the College’s departments and programs. Though the program is based in core courses that emphasize the aesthetic and theoretical traditions specific to film studies, the study of film by its very nature engages other domains and disciplines. History, politics, philosophy, psychology, culture, theater, literature, music, and visual art are all potentially implicated in the experience of film, and our courses invite students to explore the multiple dimensions of cinematic experience.

While Trinity does not house a traditional production-oriented film school, the program offers students interested in filmmaking an opportunity to develop that interest through production and screenwriting courses, internships at the student-run television station (TrinTV), a semester or year at a production program abroad, and the option of doing a senior production thesis. The interdisciplinary minor in film studies is designed to ground students in three basic aspects of the field - film history, film theory, and film production - while at the same time providing the flexibility to allow for exploration of specific areas of interest within each of those aspects.

Anyone interested in discussing the film program is encouraged to contact either of the co-directors, Melanie Stein or Sonia Cardenas.

Course requirements:

Core Courses for the Minor in Film Studies—Minors in film studies are required to take a course from sub-category I-A. Film History and Analysis by the end of their second year as a prerequisite for declaring the minor.

Elective Courses for the Minor in Film Studies—In addition to one core course, students doing the minor in film studies are required to take a total of four additional full course credits from the three distribution areas listed below (National Cinemas and Topics in Film History, Film Theory and Topics in Criticism, and Film Production and Related Arts) taking no more than two courses and no less than one course in any one area. At least two of the four courses taken in the distribution areas must be at the 300 level or above.

Capstone Requirement for the Minor in Film Studies—Students fulfill the capstone requirement for the minor in film studies by doing a senior seminar in film studies (400-level courses designated as such will be determined each year). Please note that not all courses listed below are offered every year and that other film-related courses offered at Trinity (but not listed below) and equivalent university-level courses taken elsewhere may be approved for use as substitutes. All courses taken toward the minor in film studies need to be approved in advance by the film studies program coordinator.

Category I: Core Courses

Categories II-IV: Elective Courses