The Film Studies program is housed in the Department of English. The program is an undergraduate major centered on the history of film, film genre, film directors, as well as film theory and criticism.
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The Film Studies program is designed for students who wish to ultimately work in academic film studies, and also for those students who wish to understand film better as an art form, as popular culture, and as a major medium of communication.
Film Studies is centered on film as a humanities discipline, rather than from a technical perspective, which is the case with most of the other CIC programs. Wisconsin is perhaps the most equivalent to film studies at UNL, and also the most prestigious. The other universities do not offer as wide a range of courses, or the superb facilities that we have to screen films for study at the Ross. At UNL, the program is an undergraduate major centered on the history of film, film genre, film directors, as well as film theory and criticism.
Wheeler Dixon and Gwendolyn Foster are the co-editors of a major textbook in film: A Short History of Film. They also co-edit the Quarterly Review of Film and Video.
Film courses are usually taught in the state-of-the-art Mary Riepma Ross Media Arts Center, committed to screening a wide diversity of high quality film and video: innovative American independent work including non-narrative, experimental films and video; classic foreign and American cinema illustrative of traditional and historical perspectives; documentaries which examine a wide variety of issues of concern; and contemporary foreign cinema of substance.