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Columbia College Chicago
Cinema Studies

Cinema Studies

Degree Requirements: Cinema Studies

It is essential that all filmmakers have a solid grounding in the history and theory of their art form.  Cinema Studies courses are geared toward instilling this knowledge and are therefore open to all film students who have completed the Foundations Sequence with a C or better.

Some students choose to concentrate in Cinema Studies.  For these, we offer a comprehensive path through the program that prepares them for future study. 

Concentration majors take Cinema Studies 1 and 2 as well as two classes in World Cinema.  Together, these four classes give a solid grounding in theory, criticism, history and analysis.  These are followed by in-depth courses on genre, national cinema, sexual perspectives, authorship and various other film history-related topics.  Finally, concentration students take advanced seminar courses in narrative structure, visual strategies and graduate-level film writing and analysis. 

At the end of the program, students are expected to have completed at least one thesis paper that is suitable for academic publication or presentation.