Film and Media Studies at Rhodes College offers a critical understanding of the history, theory, and production of moving images. Interdisciplinary by design, Film and Media Studies draws from courses in various departments, including Art, Educational Studies, English, History, International Studies, Modern Languages and Literatures, Political Science, and Theatre. Film and Media Studies courses provide students with analytical tools for critiquing visual media as well as creative tools for producing digital art.
Broadly, film and media courses stress several key components of a liberal arts education, with strong emphasis on critical thinking, effective and engaging writing, informed research and analysis across relevant disciplines, and an appreciation of diverse ideas and interpretive methodologies.
Given our mission to cultivate comprehensive audio-visual literacy, the Film and Media Studies program has established the following specific goals:
- To offer students a firm grounding in the history and theory of film and media
- To train students in reading and writing critically about visual media
- To familiarize students with filmmaking techniques and methodologies
- To enable students to become astute scholars, producers, and consumers of visual media