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Berkeley University of California (Berkeley Film Studies)

Berkeley offers an innovative, interdisciplinary undergraduate program leading to a BA in Film Studies. This rich and diverse program seeks to explore the most popular art form of this century in the larger context of humanistic studies. It offers rigorous engagement with the entire culture of moving-images, teaching students to think historically, theoretically and analytically about a wide range of cinematic forms. At the same time, it encourages students to look at moving-images from the vantage point of other disciplines. To this end, the Film studies Program cooperates with a number of other departments and programs on campus offering courses from Rhetoric, Comparative Literature, English, Women's Studies, History, Anthropology, Ethnic Studies, Political Science, Dramatic Arts, and the foreign languages.

The core courses for Film Studies majors include a two-semester sequence in the history of silent and sound film, a course on the documentary and the avant-garde film, a course in film theory, and a selection of courses on specific film genres, filmmakers, national cinemas and new media. Electives include introductory film and video production and a course on screenwriting. The program is especially fortunate to be affiliated with the Pacific Film Archive, an internationally known cinematheque which screens films six nights a week and often brings filmmakers to campus. Although film production is not a focus of this program, some hands-on production is possible. Students may also take advantage of internship opportunities at the Pacific Film Archive, with the journal Film Quarterly and with local film and video production companies. Many students go on to graduate school in film or the humanities, others enter Law School or Business Administration, and others find work in media. All acquire a high level of visual literacy, analytic and writing skills.

School name:Berkeley University of CaliforniaBerkeley Film Studies
Address:7408 Dwinelle Hall #2670
Zip & city:CA 94720-2670 California
Phone:(510) 642-1415

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