Film Studies

Film Studies at Pepperdine

Film is one of the dominant art forms of our time, posing all of the moral, aesthetic, ideological, perceptual and epistemological questions important to a modern humanities education. In our film studies program, students become acquainted with film's forms, techniques, significant movements, and criticism. Students explore film as a cultural force, learning how films intersect with religion, politics, race, gender, values, and globalization.

Bachelor of Arts in Film Studies

Our film studies major consists of a broad range of courses related to the history, theory, social impact, and the production of cinema and digital media arts. Students gain skills in critical analysis and writing that can be useful for a broad range of career paths in the arts industry and beyond. Students choosing the digital media production emphasis receive hands-on, practical experience in production techniques preparing them for an immediate career in the cinematic arts.

Minor in Film Studies

Through interdisciplinary courses, our film studies minor introduces students to the history, theory, aesthetics, social impact, and production of cinema.

Student Opportunities

Our Location

Pepperdine's Film Studies program enjoys a unique relationship with the Hollywood film community and industry professionals in the Malibu area. The program is a co-sponsor of the City of Angels Film Festival, which explores film's artistic, social, and spiritual import. Finally, qualified majors have the opportunity to intern at one of Los Angeles' many television or film production companies.

Visiting Screen and Television Writers

With the development of our MFA in Writing for Screen and Television, we have brought celebrated screenwriters, directors, and actors to speak and teach courses at Pepperdine. These industry professionals have included:

  • Robert Altman: A Prairie Home Companion, Gosford Park
  • Morgan Freeman: Dark Knight, Million Dollar Baby
  • Tom Shadyac: Bruce Almighty, Evan Almighty, Ace Ventura
  • Patricia Heaton: Everybody Loves Raymond
  • Randall Wallace: Braveheart, Man in the Iron Mask
  • Dick Van Dyke: Dick Van Dyke Show, Diagnosis Murder
  • Amy Ephron: A Little Princess
  • Garry Marshall: Princess Diaries, Happy Days
  • Dean Batali: That 70s Show
  • Lester Holt: NBC Nightly News, Today Show
  • Chuck Slocum: Writers Guild of America West

Student Testimonials

Possible Minors

Women's Studies Minor

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Our women's studies minor helps students to reshape their thinking about culture and societies. We offer feminist perspectives that uncover the dynamics of both masculine and feminine gender.

Ethnic Studies Minor

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Our ethnic studies minor focuses on the historical experiences, creative expression, and interactions of the various ethnic, racial, religious, and linguistic groups in the United States and other countries.

African American Studies Minor

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We offer an interdisciplinary African American studies minor that provides students with a critical understanding of the historical, social and political thought and experience of African Americans.