Film Studies

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UNCW Film Studies Department

Film Studies teaches students to understand the history, aesthetics, business, and social significance of motion pictures and provides practical training in artistic and technical aspects of filmmaking. The UNCW Film Studies department is founded on the principle that the study of cinema and the artistic production of motion pictures complement one another, and all film studies majors perform substantial work in both areas. In addition to preparing students for work in the film industry and in film-related areas, the courses in the Film Studies Department develop skills that students can apply to a variety of disciplines and professions outside of film, such as skills of textual analysis, critical thinking, persuasive and creative writing, visual design, research, computer use, and oral presentation.

Film Studies courses cover all modes of cinematic expression: narrative, documentary, avant garde/experimental, and animation. The critical studies curriculum includes courses in film analysis, history, rhetoric and theory, and a wide range of world cinema. The film production curriculum encompasses every aspect of the integrated film production process, including screenwriting, directing, producing, cinematography, camera operation, lighting, sound recording and design, 3D and 2D animation, and interactive media.

Located in a thriving film production center, which is home to EUE/Screen Gems Studios, the Film Studies Department is a vital link between UNCW and the local film community. Wilmington film professionals supervise Film Studies internships, teach courses, and share expertise as guest speakers. Film Studies students and faculty participate in Cucalorus, Wilmington's nationally recognized annual film festival.

Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion

The UNCW Department of Film Studies nurtures a diverse community, including people of different races, sexes, nationalities and geographic backgrounds, ethnicities, gender identities, ages, religions, classes, abilities, socioeconomic circumstances, and sexual orientations.  

All are welcomed here because we believe that the combination of different backgrounds and perspectives enriches our classrooms and everything we do.  We actively promote a respectful, collaborative environment that includes all people, fostering intellectual curiosity and creative expression.

Department Organizational Chart

Film Studies Department Policies Handbook (PDF)

Department Faculty Directory