Student Learning Outcomes for the Film and Media Studies (FAMS) Major

Upon completion of the FAMS major, students will be able to.

  • Understand the form, history and theory of Film and Media: Identify and employ appropriate terminology, genres, styles, and national and global cinematic traditions and recognize major movements and individual artists in film history from various cultures.
  • Analyze and critique texts, theories and disciplinary practices: Acquire appropriate discourse and develop critical methodologies in film and media studies.
  • Apply complex concepts to critical and creative texts: Synthesize complex and diverse information, perspectives, and methodologies as part of the critical and creative exploration of film and media studies.
  • Demonstrate technical proficiency: Achieve a working knowledge of technology needed to produce effective media.
  • Collaborate responsibly with others to produce ethical and effective media: Demonstrate skills of self-reflexivity/meta-thinking, act upon and incorporate feedback, responsibly negotiate ethical challenges and diverse social contexts unique to film and media studies creation.
  • Enact media literacy: This includes becoming close readers of how media works, the relation of media to power, and the intersections of media with social justice and/or global perspectives.
  • Create original material: Working in written, visual or aural forms, identify the scope of a project, anticipate complex needs or obstacles, and devise strategies for completing complex tasks and revise work for public presentation.
  • Present or exhibit original works in a public context: This includes film screenings, class presentations and public exhibitions and presentations.

These goals are achieved in several ways:

  •  Through the foundational course, FAMS 101, we introduce students to the academic study of the discipline and contribute to the college’s program in general education.
  • Through a series of 200-level production and theory courses we provide students with more intensive study and production of film and media skills, and a more comprehensive understanding of the history, theory and practice of film and media.
  • Through a few intensive 300-level courses we provide students with advanced training in critical and creative study.
  • Through the option of independent study, honors theses, and internships.
  • Through the completion of a 400-level course, we provide a comprehensive, capstone experience.

Film and Media Studies Program Goals

  1. In pursuit of its mission, the Film and Media Studies program will actively work to fulfill a range of pedagogic and programmatic goals, including to build a culture of film and media activity that enriches and deepens the daily life of the college;
  2. foster imaginative interdisciplinary approaches, providing an innovative model that other programs across campus can draw upon;
  3. model and practice skills necessary for successful collaboration and team projects, bringing faculty and students together to think creatively about the visual arts, social issues, and the role of new technologies;
  4. provide rigorous courses and activities that integrate theoretical study with hands-on creative practice/production;
  5. create and sustain active relationships with local, regional, national and international centers of film and media activity;
  6. produce students who are critically literate in visual culture and who actively participate as informed citizens in the larger culture.