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History | Theory | Production

Welcome to Film Studies at Michigan State University. We offer interdisciplinary undergraduate and graduate programs in the Department of English that engage students in the history, theory, and aesthetics of international cinema. Courses examine cinema across a range of national contexts, and encourage students to understand cinema as an art, a business, and a technology of representation informed by race, gender, sexuality, politics, and economics. Our classes consider the historical emergence and technological transformations of motion pictures, as well as their relationship to the other visual and literary arts. Film theory and criticism also inform our two production-oriented specializations in Fiction Film Production and Documentary Expression.



The new BA Major in Film Studies  is coming online in Spring 2015. See the full curriculum.



Joshua Yumibe, Director of Film Studies:

Ned Watts, Associate Chair of Undergraduate Studies in English:

Ruth Mowry, Undergraduate Advisor in English:

Peter Johnston, Film and Digital Media Production Manager:


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Thanks for a successful Film Collective!

The Student Short Showcase closed out the Spring 2014 "Unfilmable" Film Collective to a rousing success. Thanks for coming out this semester and keep an eye out for next Fall's theme, Mavericks and Misfits.


See the full schedule here.


Students, Faculty participate in Traverse City Film Festival

In July 2014, MSU Film students and faculty traveled to Traverse City MI for the first official...

Digital Media, New Cinemas and the Global South Symposium Kicks Off April 3

Beginning with a screening of films by Kenyan director Wanuri Kahiu...

Professor Nieland contributes to NYT Room For Debate

Professor Justus Nieland recently contributed an article on auteurism to the New York Times' Room For Debate...

Professor Nieland named co-editor of book series

Professor Justus Nieland is now the co-editor of the Contemporary Film Directors book series at the University of Illinois press...

cinematheque français dedicates festival screening to joshua yumibe's research

The Cinematheque Française has dedicated an upcoming screening to Professor Joshua Yumibe’s research...

Pete Johnston featured in Lansing City Pulse article on Filmmaking

Academic Specialist and Digital Media/Film Production Manager Pete Johnston was recently featured in a Lansing City Pulse article...

Film in Britain Info Meeting

The Film in Britain study abroad program will hold an info meeting on Oct. 18th at 4:00pm in C607 Wells Hall...

Global Film Series 2013/2014 lineup

The College of Arts and Letters' Global Film Series is back in 2013/2014, with an exciting lineup of films and filmmakers...


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