Communication, Film, and Theatre
Film and Digital Storytelling Major and Minor
Students engage content, methods, and practices with faculty in order to develop the capacity to use film as a medium to communicate compelling fictional and documentary narratives.
Film and Digital Storytelling AT A GLANCE
are employed within eight months of graduation.
are in volunteer service programs, such as Americorps.
enter graduate school or a professional internship.
Develop filmmaking skills to talk with the world around you.
Students engage critically and creatively with the wider culture that surrounds them while they analyze, evaluate, and produce different narratives across media and genres. Students customize the major by choosing two Modules of Inquiry from four subject areas:
Media, Politics and Technology
Popular Culture and Civic Life
Build capacity to create compelling and relevant narratives through film.
Foundation courses explore aesthetics, techniques, and criticism. Intermediate courses explore cultural circumstances and formal elements. Advanced courses emphasize styles and logistics, leading to a documentary or narrative film as a Senior Project.
2-3 courses. Most majors take both introductory courses: Film & Digital Storytelling 1 and Film as a Narrative Art. Some students take a Film & Media Making course, such as Video Activism or Community-Based Media.
3-4 courses. Most majors take Film & Digital Storytelling 2, a Film & Media Making course, and begin both their selected Modules of Inquiry (usually at the 100- or 200-level). The four modules are Media, Politics, and Technology; Popular Culture and Civic Life; Digital Storytelling, and Live Performance.
4-5 courses: Most majors take the Junior Seminar, continue their Modules of Inquiry (usually at the 200- or 300-level), and a Film Studies & Culture course such as Film Studies, Screen Cultures, Writing Nonfiction, or Introduction to Culture through Film.
3 courses: Majors complete both their selected modules (300-level courses) and complete the Senior Project.
Film and Digital Storytelling majors learn to:
Situate works and ideas in historical, cultural, and political contexts.
Analyze critically multiple forms of human expression.
Create meaningful original work.
Participate productively in the public sphere.
Maria D’Antonio, Alumna
Class of 2010, Midday Personality for CBS Pittsburgh
“ While I chose to go down the path of radio broadcasting, a communication degree provides you with so many different job opportunities: sales, marketing, social media management, etc. It’s an awesome feeling to know that I have several backup options. ”