World Cinema (B.A.)

ABOUT

You look forward to rainy days and the movie marathons they bring. Netflix binge doesn't even come close to accurately describing your cinema-centric lifestyle and you can't remember a time Tarantino and Miyazaki were not on your top 10 list. As a world cinema major at Clemson, you’ll dive into how cinema intersects with intellectual and cultural practices such as mass media, literature, politics and philosophy in an international/intercultural context. You’ll be required to take four semesters of a foreign language and be a part of a local internship or a study abroad experience. Through your classes and external opportunities, you will become aware of the cultural, economic and historical forces that impact the course of cinematic production, distribution and exhibition. Designed to initiate theoretical and practical training, this degree is for students who want to pursue advanced degrees in arts and humanities as well as those who aim to enter careers in teaching, journalism, filmmaking, digital media, audio-visual archives and libraries, tourism, advertising, film criticism, industrial video documentation and community outreach.

FAST FACTS

  • World Cinema is a new media-based major at Clemson with an emphasis on cross-cultural research and international experience.
  • We are currently setting up a study abroad opportunity in Rome, Italy.
  • From 2005 to 2011, close to 100 countries produced professional feature films for theatrical release, and an average of nearly 6,000 films were produced each of those years.
  • Currently, more than 20 television series are shot in the Southeast, including “Sleepy Hollow,” “Army Wives,” “Nashville,” “The Walking Dead,” “Homeland,” “American Horror Story,” “Vampire Diaries” and “Drop Dead Diva.”

WHAT YOU'LL STUDY

Designed to teach critical and creative skills, this unique major will train you to comprehend, challenge and participate in the global screen culture through a blend of conceptual and practical curriculum. You may customize your course of study in order to focus on analytical research or develop a creative project to learn the basics of digital media production. You’ll also have an opportunity to participate in a study-abroad film production segment or a local internship program.

What's more, you are required to take four semesters of a foreign language, which will equip you with a unique advantage to conduct cross-cultural research and engage with cultures other than your own. Although not the focus of your studies, you'll receive training in a range of production areas that will provide you with the basic skills to either directly enter the industry or join a media production apprenticeship. A diverse, multi-disciplinary faculty pool will challenge you to step outside of the box and behind the camera.

As part of this Bachelor of Arts degree, all students are required to complete a 15-hour minor, which should enhance your academic interests. Options include, but aren’t limited to, minors in digital production arts, screenwriting, theater, writing, art, global politics, East Asian studies and modern languages.

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