Students working on a film
  • Program Type
  • School
    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 29% from 2020 to 2030 — much faster than the average for all occupations.

Career Paths

  • Film Director
  • Cinematographer
  • Screen Writer

Featured Faculty

Marek Dojs

Chair of Communication, Associate Professor of Communication, Fellow in Catholic Studies

I am an award winning filmmaker and associate professor of communication. As an artist I work in numerous media but I find most comfort in non-fiction filmmaking — using my camera as a way to study the world and our place within. I have been working in academia in some way since 2007, but have been teaching at Mary since 2014. I am a life long supporter of Chelsea Football Club. I have been married to my wife Madeline for over 20 years — as of December 2021 we have nine children.

Take Your Next Step in Film