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Program Overview

Film allows us to capture, share and critically analyze the stories of our diverse world. Learn how film both constructs and reflects global identity.

The film and media studies program at Agnes Scott offers students the opportunity to concentrate on film as an art and as a means of expression.

Examine the narrative dimensions of film, the vocabulary and language of film technique, and the interpretation of cinema as a key form in modern visual culture. Within the minor, the student will examine the narrative dimensions of film as well as the unique vocabulary and language of film technique. The program also focuses on film theory and film history as well as the ideological, social and cultural implications of film discourse.

Film and Media Studies student participates in a class discussion.

What You'll Learn

Drawing its courses from across the curriculum, the program emphasizes interdisciplinary learning, allowing you to synthesize your study of film and media through a number of perspectives: English, art, theatre, history, languages, political science, sociology, anthropology, religion, music, and philosophy. You'll learn:

  • To read and understand films at aesthetic and ideological levels
  • The ability to synthesize concepts about narrative form in a sustained analysis of a specific film
  • The following concepts of film studies: film narrative, film form, film elements (mise-en-scene, cinematography, editing, sound), film history and film genre

Program Highlights

Agnes Scott College Film Committee

Agnes Scott’s exceptional architecture, traditional interior design and vast green space make it a popular site for location scouts in Georgia’s thriving film and television industry. In fact, the college has hosted more than 40 film productions, including Life of the Party, The Boss, The Blind Side, Scream 2, and Driving Miss Daisy. Film Studies students have served on the Agnes Scott College Film Committee which reviews major film productions to be shot on location on campus.

Interdisciplinary Learning

The Film Studies Program is a model of interdisciplinary learning at the college. Many of the minor’s courses are electives offered by various departments, such as History, Religious Studies, German Studies, Philosophy, Sociology, and Women's Studies. Many students have created Self-Designed Film Studies majors with concentrations such as Film Studies and Social Justice and Film Studies and Film Production.

Internships, Graduate Programs, and Professional Success

Students with Film Studies minors have interned at the Atlanta Film Festival, Lionsgate Films, and for films shot in Atlanta such as The Hunger Games. They have been successful in gaining admission to graduate film programs at the University of Southern California (#1 in the nation), The University of Wisconsin, Chapman University, The American Film Institute Conservatory, New York University, Boston University, and Georgia State University. Our graduates are now employed at Nike, William Morris Enterprise Talent Agency, Plan B Production Company (Moonlight, If Beale Street Could Talk), and the Atlanta Film Festival.

Meet the Faculty

Gundolf Graml


Willie Tolliver

Willie Tolliver Jr.

Professor of English, Director Africana Studies, Director of Film & Media Studies

Working in Film and Media Studies

As Elizabeth Van Ness noted in a New York Times article titled “Is a Cinema Studies Degree the New M.B.A.?,” the language of film is fast becoming a basic professional skill like writing or public speaking.

A minor in film and media studies prepares students for almost any career in which analysis, writing, reading, research, and communication skills are important. A major in a traditional discipline with a minor in film studies would be attractive to graduate schools and professions in communications and the media.

  • Program Researcher
  • Production Assistant
  • Copywriter
  • Location Manager
  • Marketing Assistant
  • Runner (Broadcasting/Film)

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