Film students will study the aesthetics of motion pictures, learn the tools of production, and prepare for careers in the film industry. Students majoring in Film will select from classes on film in the areas ranging from Communication to English, from History to Religion.
Specialized courses like Film Authors or American Film Genres provide students with a clear understanding of the medium. Classes like World Cinema offer an intercultural perspective on film. Film students also have access to a production studio, editing equipment, cameras, lighting and other tools of the trade, and internships play a crucial role in providing students with real-world skills in and knowledge of the film industry.
Students have the opportunity to interact with professional filmmakers as they visit the campus and serve as guest lectures in classes. Each year, Carson-Newman also hosts the Mossy Creek Documentary Arts Festival showcasing the documentary films of both students and professionals, and bringing filmmakers to campus. In addition, Tennessee Filmmaker, a PBS series, is sometimes shot on the campus.
By the senior year, students work individually with professors to create Senior Film Projects. This capstone experience demonstrates the knowledge and skills that the student has developed throughout the program.
While at Carson-Newman, students also can apply to be involved in film internships, including opportunities in Hollywood.