Why Study Film?

Why Study Film?

“Americans use the movies to talk to themselves about who they are.” Jane Smiley, Ten Days in the Hills (2006)

Over the course of the twentieth century, film has become the dominant story-telling medium of the modern world. While we still address ethical, social, philosophical, and psychological concerns in the printed word and the plastic arts, in live drama and political speech, it is in the movie theater that more people and more diverse groups of them gather to view and review stories that pose and offer solutions to problems personal and social, national and global. By studying film and the art of cinematic story telling we not only study ourselves but we also learn about the primary way in which we talk about ourselves, how we represent ourselves to others and to ourselves.

Learn More
Film Studies at Union

Film Studies at Union

The Film Studies minor at Union College is designed to develop a conscious awareness of film as a basic and widespread medium of cultural communication. It provides students with the tools necessary for critically and historically analyzing and evaluating film texts, for understanding film technologies within the broader context of the liberal arts, and for beginning to master the art of telling stories cinematically. It also prepares students to pursue academic and creative paths for advanced study and professional interests in film.

Learn More
Film Studies and Liberal Arts

Film Studies and Liberal Arts

Film Studies at Union College expands one’s understanding of this basic medium – now a crucial part of the liberal arts education. The program strengthens knowledge of film histories and cultures, introduces the tools for critical analysis of film texts, and provides hands-on training in film production technologies.

Learn More

News & Updates

Read updates from Film Studies.

Union Team Wins Film Festival

Union Team Wins Film Festival

Posted by Andrew Feffer on Oct 14, 2018

Good News!  Recent Union graduates and Film Studies minors Luke Dyer, AJ Hubbard and Kevin Jordan won First Place in the 15 Min. Max Film Student Film Festival hosted recently by the College of St. Rose! Kevin Jordan, Film Studies Co-Director Michelle Chilcoat, Luke Dyer, AJ Hubbard (on phone) and Luke’s father Eric Dyer at the 15 Min Max Film Festival.  Luke wore a suit.  The trio’s short film Libertine was selected from 80 entries to compete in the festival and won first place in a field of 16 finalists, beating out entries from the film programs at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, The College of St. Rose, Skidmore College, U Albany, HVCC, Albany High and Youth FX. Libertine was produced last year as part of Film Studies’ Environmental Action Media Lab taught by Filmmaker in Residence Jim de Sevè.  Luke, AJ, and Kevin’s film presents a dystopic waterless future in which people themselves are mined for H2O. Congrats to our...

Learn More
Winter 2018 Courses

Winter 2018 Courses

Posted by basirick on Oct 16, 2017

AVA-120-01:  Photography 1 — TTh 9:30 am – 12:20 pm (Benjamin)  CC: HUM A course in black and white silver halide film and gelatin silver printing. Students learn the basics of the art’s aesthetics, the camera, processing, printing, and evaluation/assessment of photographic prints. Three separate projects lead students through making their own photographic prints in various themes and genres of contemporary fine art photography. Students study important works in photography that relate to each project and have critiques of their work. A 35mm film camera with a light meter and adjustable focus is required. Limited enrollment, by permission of instructor. AVA-160-01:  Digital Art — TTh 9:30 am – 12:30 pm (Orellana) CC: HUM This introductory course focuses on the fundamentals of using the computer as an art tool in the production of two-dimensional content. Topics covered include essentials of digital imaging, digital printing, and posting information to the Internet. Class lectures and hands-on studio will incorporate technique demonstrations, discussions, technical exploration, aesthetic inquiry and historical information relevant to computer multimedia, hypermedia and telecommunications. Students are encouraged to pursue areas of interest and explore new ideas throughout the course. Outside work required. No previous experience necessary. AVA-220-01:  Photography 2 — TTh 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm (Benjamin)  CC: HUM This class experience is two-fold. The first half involves advanced black and white film/chemistry/printing that encourages a refinement of technique and increased sophistication of aesthetics and ideas. The second half involves color digital photography, learning the basics of Photoshop® editing software as used by photographers. Students do “Language of Photography” projects and make printed portfolios. Prerequisite(s): AVA 120; limited enrollment, by...

Learn More
AfroFuturism Film Series

AfroFuturism Film Series

Posted by Andrew Feffer on May 9, 2017

Schaffer Library will be hosting the AfroFuturism Film Series every Tuesday at 7:30 pm in the PBK Room (second floor) from April 25th – May 30th, 2017. Upcoming programs are: May 9th:  AfroFuturist Short Films May 16th: Space is the Place (Sun Ra) May 23rd: The Last Angel of History May 30th: TBA For more information, contact Robyn Reed...

Learn More
View More Blog Posts

Videos & Projects

Recent work from Union Film Studies

View More Projects
Skip to toolbar