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Santa Monica College|Academic Programs|Communication|Film Studies

Film Studies

Critical Film Studies is a program in which students study film history, theory, and criticism in order to understand film better as an art form, as popular culture, and as a major medium of communication.

The program is designed for students who wish to work in academic film studies (as film educators), in film libraries/archives, and/or as film critics and journalists. Critical film studies provide students with important theoretical knowledge that enhances and enriches training that may be undertaken in film production and/or screenwriting. Courses taken in this program encourage critical thinking, respect for cultural diversity, and detailed knowledge of film as a text of facts and ideas. Students become familiar with important trends in filmmaking, including its contemporary evolution from film to digital media.

Students in the program can join the ICC-sponsored Filmmaking Club, which meets once a week during the regular semesters, and which provides them with an opportunity to make short films with other students who share an enthusiasm for filmmaking. Students can earn an Associate degree in Film Studies, and most classes are preparatory for and transferable to four-year college film schools, where students can go on to earn advanced degrees (B.A., M.A., and PH.D.) in critical film studies.

For information on the program and courses offered, view the Critical Film Studies Course of Study and Current Class Schedules​.​​

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