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Vanderbilt University ( Film Studies Department)

Vanderbilt is located just five minutes from downtown Nashville, Tennessee, on a gorgeous 330-acre campus that is also a national arboretum. Buildings on the original campus date to its founding in 1873 and the Peabody section of campus has been a registered National Historic Landmark since 1966. Off-campus facilities include the Arthur J. Dyer Observatory, above, situated on a 1,131-foot hill six miles south of campus

Film Studies at Vanderbilt is an interdisciplinary major and minor of courses and projects for students interested in the culture, history, aesthetics, theory, and production of cinema. The program is designed to help students learn about and use film as a modern aesthetic form and a cultural force. Film Studies at Vanderbilt provides training, background, and experience for students interested in careers in film, media, communications, the professions, and community and social relations.

The Film Studies Program is committed to nurturing a film and media culture in Nashville, and particularly on the Vanderbilt campus. "Film culture" means a fabric of events and shared knowledge, appreciation, and analytical interest in film as an art form, as an element of global mass culture, and as a mode of expressing attitudes, ideas, and opinions about histories both global and local. By taking Film Studies courses, attending films at Sarratt and in other campus venues (such as course screenings and a film discussion club planned by Paul Young [English] for implementation in 2004-05), and gaining a vocabulary for analyzing film's cultural and aesthetic meanings, students will ideally take "film studies" out of the classroom and transform its tenets into a form of cultural and media literacy that makes new conversations, new friendships, and new fields possible for individual students and the student body of Vanderbilt as a whole. As the Committee plans its Major Programs and considers the construction of a Graduate Certificate in Film and Media Studies, both undergraduate and graduate students are invited and encouraged to contact Committee members with ideas about how to cultivate such a culture on campus, and welcome volunteers to aid in planning special screenings and other film culture events.

School name:Vanderbilt University Film Studies Department
Address:Buttrick Hall 230 Box 125, Station B
Zip & city:TN 37235-0125 Tennessee
Phone:(615) 343-8724

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