Engaging the History, theory,
and production of world cinema

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“The Film Studies Program examines the moving image globally across a range of industrial and artisanal contexts, and encourage students to understand cinema as an art, business, and technology.”

Joshua yumibe

professor &
director of film studies

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MSU Film Studies Program

Degree Areas

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Film Studies

BA & MINOR

In-depth training in the analysis of cinematic style and aesthetics, the history of film, and theory and criticism.

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Film Studies

GRADUATE CERTIFICATE

Focusing on the methodologies, practices, and disciplinary concerns relevant for conducting advanced research and teaching in film studies.

Fiction Filmmaking

MINOR

Bringing film production and analysis together students to produce theoretically informed and culturally engaged work.

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Documentary Film Production

MINOR

Exploring the challenges of representing reality through documentary filmmaking.

Global Diversity

Faculty and students carry out extensive work on diversity and inclusion in film and media in terms of race, ethnicity, and class as well as gender and sexuality, and we are exploring the ways in which these areas intersect globally through cinema and with new media aesthetics.

Aesthetics & Technology

Our courses and research are both historically focused and theoretically engaged, particularly around questions of the sensory, cultural, and racialized, gendered, and classed experience of the new technologies of modernity.

Independent Filmmaking

Within our BA in Film Studies as well as in our two collaborative filmmaking minors, we have cultivated a boutique approach to independent production both in faculty work and amongst our students.

Global Diversity

Faculty and students carry out extensive work on diversity and inclusion in film and media in terms of race, ethnicity, and class as well as gender and sexuality, and we are exploring the ways in which these areas intersect globally through cinema and with new media aesthetics.

Aesthetics & Technology

Our courses and research are both historically focused and theoretically engaged, particularly around questions of the sensory, cultural, and racialized, gendered, and classed experience of the new technologies of modernity.

Independent Filmmaking

Within our BA in Film Studies as well as in our two collaborative filmmaking minors, we have cultivated a boutique approach to independent production both in faculty work and amongst our students.

Global Diversity

Faculty and students carry out extensive work on diversity and inclusion in film and media in terms of race, ethnicity, and class as well as gender and sexuality, and we are exploring the ways in which these areas intersect globally through cinema and with new media aesthetics.

Aesthetics & Technology

Our courses and research are both historically focused and theoretically engaged, particularly around questions of the sensory, cultural, and racialized, gendered, and classed experience of the new technologies of modernity.

Independent Filmmaking

Within our BA in Film Studies as well as in our two collaborative filmmaking minors, we have cultivated a boutique approach to independent production both in faculty work and amongst our students.

 

Global Diversity

Faculty and students carry out extensive work on diversity and inclusion in film and media in terms of race, ethnicity, and class as well as gender and sexuality, and we are exploring the ways in which these areas intersect globally through cinema and with new media aesthetics.

 

Aesthetics & Technology

Our courses and research are both historically focused and theoretically engaged, particularly around questions of the sensory, cultural, and racialized, gendered, and classed experience of the new technologies of modernity.

 

Independent Filmmaking

Within our BA in Film Studies as well as in our two collaborative filmmaking minors, we have cultivated a boutique approach to independent production both in faculty work and amongst our students.

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Students Create Films From Poetry

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Documenting Lives Through Film

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