Since becoming an academic discipline in the 1970’s, film study today is one of the most exciting and provocative fields. Montclair State’s English Department has established a comprehensive body of courses dedicated to film history and aesthetics. These rich and varied offerings give students an understanding of the growth and development of the cinema – the 20th century’s most vital art form. The courses also provide a strong grounding in “media literacy,” guiding students to adopt an informed and active approach to the rapidly expanding range of mass-produced and artist-made moving images that dominate contemporary culture.
Minor in Film
The Film minor is an 18-credit, interdisciplinary program that allows students to pursue both film studies and filmmaking. The English Department offers film studies courses devoted to the history, aesthetics and theory of film complemented by filmmaking courses in Communication and Media Arts, which give hands-on production experience.