Film Studies Major and Minor
The film studies degree program examines film as 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. Film studies majors will become acquainted with film's forms, techniques, significant movements, and criticism, and explore film as a cultural force—learning how films intersect with religion, politics, race, gender, values, and globalization.
Film Studies Degree
The 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. Film 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 who choose the digital media production emphasis will receive hands-on, practical experience in production techniques preparing them for an immediate career in the cinematic arts.
Film Studies Minor
Through interdisciplinary courses, our film studies minor introduces students to the history, theory, aesthetics, social impact, and production of cinema.
The film studies program at Pepperdine 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. Additionally, 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
- Dean Batali: That 70s Show
- Amy Ephron: A Little Princess
- Morgan Freeman: Dark Knight, Million Dollar Baby
- Patricia Heaton: Everybody Loves Raymond
- Lester Holt: NBC Nightly News, Today Show
- Garry Marshall: Princess Diaries, Happy Days
- Tom Shadyac: Bruce Almighty, Evan Almighty, Ace Ventura
- Chuck Slocum: Writers Guild of America West
- Dick Van Dyke: Dick Van Dyke Show, Diagnosis Murder
- Randall Wallace: Braveheart, Man in the Iron Mask