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Cinema Studies is a unique interdisciplinary degree in which students take courses with internationally-recognized scholars and filmmakers in the School of Art and across the College of Arts & Sciences. Our faculty members have been Pulitzer Prize and Oscar nominees, prizewinners at major film festivals—including Sundance—and awardees of numerous university teaching awards. In both the major and minor, students study the history and aesthetics of movies while also undertaking their own productions. In addition to coursework, many Cinema Studies students pursue internships at one of the many production companies based in Knoxville, while also participating in student filmmaking or cinema appreciation clubs.
The Cinema Studies major includes both Cinema History/Theory/Aesthetics courses and Production courses in film/video. Students may choose a greater emphasis in cinema history and aesthetics or in moving image production, although all majors will take courses in both areas. Our graduates go on to work in the film and television industry; study at top-ranked MFA and PhD programs at leading film schools; or pursue broader goals (law school, the Peace Corps, etc.) thanks to the interdisciplinary approach that our program takes. Contact the School of Art office to declare a cinema studies major: (865) 974-3407 or fill out the declaration form. The links below will connect you with the current Academic Catalog and requirements for each concentration.
- Kimberly D. Iles Scholarship Awards – 2023
- Cinema Studies Alumni Ben Murphy Receives Alumni Promise Award
- So, what do you do with a degree in art?
- Honors Exhibition 2023 at Ewing Gallery
- Historical Figures (Works on Paper) by Holly Whisenant at Gallery 1010
- Chronicle of a Wine Stain by Hannah Sorensen at Gallery 1010