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About the Film Department

The Film Department at Vassar College offers a BA which unites film studies and filmmaking. The program encompasses major aspects of the discipline--the history and theory of cinema, dramatic writing, and film/video/digital production--within the framework of a liberal arts education.

Film History and Theory

Our film history courses cover American and international cinemas, genres (such as westerns and romantic comedies), auteurs (such as Spike Lee, Jean Luc Godard, and Satyajit Ray) and cultural studies courses such as “Celebrity and Power: Stardom in Contemporary Culture," "The McCarthy Era and Film," and numerous others. Many of our mid-level courses are offered on a rotating basis, and new topics are introduced in our senior seminars yearly.

Screenwriting and Production

Vassar film students work in several media and genres. These include narrative filmmaking, documentary, and experimental video. Film majors use a wide range of 16mm, video, and digital equipment as they seek to bring their creative visions to light.

Resources and Facilities

In 2003 the department moved to the Vogelstein Center for Drama and Film with exceptional facilities for screening and production. The Vassar Library also houses extensive film history and theory resources, including a video/DVD collection of more than 13,000 titles, and the department hosts a steady stream of guest artists and lecturers. Read more about our department's facilities.