B.A. Film Studies, Dodge College of Film and Media Arts.
Explore film history, theory and criticism in depth with a hands-on introduction to film production and its components.

»B.A. in Film Studies

Do you:

  • Check out every movie as soon as it comes out?
  • Consider critiquing every film you see a personal hobby?
  • Think of yourself as a film connoisseur?
  • Know the stylistic elements of film noir, both classic and contemporary?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, then a B. A. in Film Studies from Chapman University’s Dodge College of Film and Media Arts might be right for you.

At Dodge College, you’ll explore film history, theory and criticism in depth while acquiring a hands-on introduction to production, including cinematography, lighting, editing, and sound design. This unique combination of theoretical knowledge and filmmaking practice will give you a distinctive understanding of how the essential elements of film work together, something that studying theory alone simply can’t do.

+-You'll Study

Not only will you learn how the language of film has developed over time, you’ll gain an understanding of how film has been and is understood in different historical and cultural contexts. Along with a broad liberal arts education, you’ll study:
  • Film genres, such as film noir, the Western, the musical, horror and comedy
  • International cinema, including Asian, British, French, Mexican and German
  • Important filmmakers like John Ford, Alfred Hitchcock and Martin Scorsese
  • Film analysis using classical theories developed by both formalists and realists
  • Filmmaking practices, critical film movements, and the cultural impact of cinema
  • The relationship of films to the issues of class, gender, sexual orientation, race and ethnicity as well as cultural and national identities

+-Learning Outcomes

    Upon completion of this program you will be able to:

  • Analyze a film and/or films in relation to style and narrative using film language terminology and differentiate significant film periods, movements, and genres in a final written assignment (exam and/or paper).
  • Differentiate significant contexts, periods and film movements within world film history and to apply stylistic film analyses to historical research of global cinemas in a final written assignment (exam and/or paper).
  • Apply various theoretical approaches in order to analyze specific films, movements, and styles in a final written assignment (exam and/or paper).
  • Use critical writing skills to produce a film analysis and/or historical research papers on individually chosen topics.

+-Film Studies 4+1 Integrated Program

Dodge College now offers a Film Studies 4 +1 Integrated Program that enables undergraduate students to get a head start on their MA in Film Studies by enrolling in graduate courses. Students enrolled in the 4+1 program graduate with their MA in Film Studies in five years as opposed to six years.

Application Requirements:

  • Must apply spring of their junior year
  • Must have at least a 3.25 cumulative GPA
  • Must submit a paper from a upper division film studies course
  • Must submit two faculty references (not including Dr. Carman and Dr. Lee)

*Second round students who are selected will also need to do interview with Dr. Carman and Dr. Lee before a final decision is made.

Academic Requirements:

  • Must be a film studies major or:
  • Must be a student in the film division of Dodge College and have taken two upper division film studies classes or:
  • A student not in these two categories must be in good standing to complete a film studies minor by the end of the fall of their senior year.

Application Deadlines and Notifications:

  • Deadline to apply: March 1
  • Decisions will be made in time for fall registration
  • If you would like to begin the application, please click here

Classes that undergraduates can take in their fourth year if accepted:

The follow courses can be waived if all classes are taken above:

  • FTV-444: Advanced topics in Film Studies
  • FTV-342: Film Genre Studies (there are nine options listed for that)
  • FTV-485: Film Reviewing
  • FTV-445: Film Theory and Criticism
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