School of Arts and Sciences
Film Literacy includes so many different art forms. Words, images, music; they all add up together to form a unique rich and complex language. Filming has been in our culture for over a century, though it is fairly new, the advancements in technology has helped us get far when it comes to filming. Everyday, new techniques are created and implemented into film-making to elevate the quality of this pieces, it is a true art form.
Students receive a strong background in analyzing films and their relation to the arts, humanities and social sciences. The program emphasizes films' participation in their particular historical and political contexts, and includes attention to films from non-"western" cultures.
The faculty includes scholars from the arts, humanities and social sciences. Students are encouraged to foster film education in the wider community:
- Courses take a "discourse community" approach, relying on the knowledge that students already have and encouraging them to seek new knowledge independently and to share it with their peers.
- A long-standing partnership with the Salt Lake Film Society allows students to choose and introduce films to be screened at a local independent movie theater.
- The program includes emphases on the uniqueness of film as well as its relations to other fields, so it is both a specific field of study and an interdisciplinary one.
- The faculty includes scholars from the arts, humanities and social sciences.