Students working on a film
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    School of Arts & Sciences

Learn to read films and dive deeper into their analysis. Use that knowledge to produce your own films.

What You'll Learn

You'll explore the use of cinematic language in the production of films, both semantic and analytical. The film minor encompasses both the study of film and the production of film into a single, minor field of study.

Outside the Classroom

There are several opportunities to connect with our local film community, including Dakota Media Access/Dakota Digital Film Festival.

Dive into Digital

Our students learn to appreciate film and to create their own films digitally — becoming familiar with digital cinema from the beginning to the end of production.

Specialize Your Field of Study

This minor pairs well with several degrees, from communication and marketing to business and dramatic arts!

Program Information

Please visit our catalog for admission requirements and a full list of our courses.

Careers & Outcomes

Employment Trends

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects the need for film and video editors and camera operators to grow by 7% from 2022 to 2032 — much faster than the average for all occupations.

Career Paths

  • Film Director
  • Cinematographer
  • Screen Writer

Featured Faculty

Marek Dojs

Director of Communication Program, Associate Professor of Communication, Fellow in Catholic Studies

I am a professor of communication with a passion for interdisciplinary work. As an award-winning filmmaker, I explore the world, history, and the human experience. I believe film is one of the most influential art forms of our times and can deeply connect with our humanity. As a professor, I not only teach students the craft of filmmaking but also nurture their appreciation for this profound art.
My personal journey and family history have also cultivated a commitment to Holocaust and Genocide studies. The stories of my survivor family members have given me a unique perspective on this history and the challenges of Human Dignity in today's world. As a PhD candidate, I delve into the transmission of testimony across generations and its impact on the storytellers' identities.
Since 2014, I've proudly been a part of the University of Mary faculty, teaching courses in communication, art, and Catholic studies. Beyond my professional life, I'm a lifelong supporter of Chelsea Football Club, a musician, and together with my wife Madeline, we celebrate over 20 years of marriage and the joy of parenting nine children.

Take Your Next Step in Film