The study of film at Vassar is grounded in film history and theory. Whether the student is ultimately interested in film production or a theoretical / historical study of film, he or she must first acquire a solid foundation in film history and theory.
First-year students may take either Film 175, Introduction to Screen Arts, or one of two Freshman Writing Seminars offered by the department (see The Freshman Handbook for course descriptions).
Film 210, World Cinema to 1945, and Film 211, World Cinema after 1945, may be taken in the sophomore year. Students planning to declare either a concentration or a correlate sequence in film are required to take both semesters. All students, regardless of major, who wish to take intermediate or advanced courses in the department must first complete either Film 175 or Film 210.