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We’re anything but camera shy.

Action! That’s the word that best describes the academic life of a screen studies major at Clark. Here, you’ll dive deep into the history, theory, and aesthetics of film, television, and new media. In addition to historical and theoretical studies, you’ll step behind the camera as you learn from hands-on experience how to develop a movie from concept to screenplay to premiere.

Of course, film and video productions can never be separated from the society from which they emerge. Our curriculum encompasses the cultural, economic, and technical developments that influence motion pictures and all video art, both domestic and international.

Learn in the classroom. Learn in our editing suites. Direct your own education.

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Why Choose Screen Studies at Clark?

  • Beyond traditional film studies: Clark’s screen studies major incorporates the history and theory of television, along with other new forms of digital media.
  • Engage in hands-on, practical, collaborative work in digital video production and make narrative films, experimental films, and/or documentaries.
  • Gain experience as an intern at a respected media organization — based locally or in New York or California.
  • Create and collaborate in the wider context of Clark’s Visual and Performing Arts Department (V&PA), a tight-knit community that includes students majoring in art history; media, culture, and the artsmusic; screen studies; studio art; and theatre arts.
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The Major Path

Thirteen courses, at least 10 of which are in screen studies, are required to complete the major. You’ll enroll primarily in courses on the history, theory, and criticism of film, television, and other forms of motion picture media, as well as courses on screenwriting and video production. In addition to four foundation courses, three survey courses — covering the history of film in the U.S. and internationally, and one national or regional cinema — are required. Also required is one course each on screen genres, the theoretical nature of screen arts, and a creative medium relevant to the screen arts. Two additional courses of your choice (which can include an internship) and a capstone seminar complete your program.

Skills you will learn include:

  • Film and media history (both U.S. and international, in all periods)
  • Film and media theory (both traditional and contemporary)
  • Video production (including sound, lighting, editing, set design, etc.)
  • Screenwriting (including the writing and revision of a 100-page, feature-length screenplay)
  • Interdisciplinary collaboration (at all levels, but especially in advanced production courses)

Based in the Traina Center for the Arts, the screen studies program funds and maintains its own extensive library of films on Blu-ray, DVD, VHS, and 16 mm film, as well as a well-stocked video production equipment room and dedicated video editing suites. Cinema 320, in residence at Clark University, offers semester-long series of foreign, offbeat, and classic films, shown multiple times per week in Jefferson Academic Center, room 320.

During your junior year, you might be approved to pursue Honors in Screen Studies. An honors project entails working closely with a professor to develop a thesis on a topic of your choice. Examples of recent honors theses topics are:

  • Raised on Promises: An Investigation of the American Coming-of-Age Film
  • “Rat Girls,” a four-episode teleplay for an animated series
  • Postmodern Pleasures: Bollywood’s Relevance in the Global Age
  • “westing,” a student-created experimental documentary film
  • Overcoming Sorrow: The Struggle of Peruvian Cinema and Its Promise of Progress in Claudia Llosa’s ‘The Milk of Sorrow’

The LEEP difference

An education merging knowledge, action, and impact

With Liberal Education and Effective Practice, lessons begin in the classroom but never end there. Your learning includes world and workplace experiences that forge your skills and shape your path.

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