Welcome to Film Studies at UWG!
The mission of the Program in Film Studies at the University of West Georgia is to develop passionate students into thoughtful and ambitious artists and scholars. The Film Studies Minor complements the University of West Georgia’s strong liberal arts tradition and involves courses from English, Theatre, Art, Philosophy, German, Spanish, French, and History. Our courses are designed to provide students with a solid background in the history, theory, analysis, aesthetics, and cultural significance of film. As an interdisciplinary minor, Film Studies encourages students to see cinema as an art form and to explore further the rich and diverse aesthetic, philosophical, historical, and cultural expressions.
Though the academic mission is most important, the Program in Film Studies offers students opportunities beyond standard coursework. In the past three years, we have brought students together with Guggenheim, Oscar, Emmy, Sundance, and SXSW-winners from all over the nation and connected them to filmmakers in Georgia and throughout the South. In public events and private dinners, gatherings formal and informal, students learn directly about the artistic process from people in the top of the field. Students have introduced and curated film series through the Program, including the African-American Film Festival in 2015 and the French Film Festival in 2014 and 2015. Other students have published and presented academic papers on cinema in local and regional conferences and national undergraduate journals.
Finally, our Special Programs connect the University of West Georgia Program in Film Studies to the community and to the world. Students from the region benefit from our faculty's expertise in screenwriting, directing, acting, and movement, editing, cinematography and lighting, production design, sound design and editing, film history, and aesthetic analysis. This Summer Film Camp culminates in a public screening of their own film projects. Through our Study Abroad program in Italy, we invite our own students from West Georgia into the wider world of cinema. We endeavor to show that the art of cinema can bring cultures and communities together in myriad ways.
As a resource for students and faculty, we have also created an easy-to-use password-protected archive of short film clips and images that can be used for coursework. Click away!