The Cinema Studies Major at the University of Oregon allows students to study moving image media at the intersection of intellectual study and creative practice. As a comprehensive Bachelor of Arts degree, the major cultivates an appreciation of the media arts, an ability to communicate ideas using a broad array of media, and a historical understanding of how various cultures tell their stories.
The Cinema Studies major is distinctive in the Northwest because of the breadth of its offerings, its integration of critical study and creative production and its strength in global cinemas. Because cinema is inherently multidisciplinary, the major spans the College of Arts and Sciences, the the College of Design, and the School of Journalism and Communication. As a result, it includes a diverse array of courses in history, criticism and aesthetics as well as in digital production.
Students majoring in Cinema Studies take 56 credits in four categories: Fundamentals, Production, Core Courses and Electives. The Bachelor of Arts in Cinema Studies provides its graduates with a sound foundation for entering their chosen media professions or continuing their education in graduate school. It also gives them the critical and analytic skills to adapt to the changes that are likely to occur in their professions throughout their lifetimes.
Close to 100 students declared Cinema Studies as their major as soon as it became available in winter term 2010. On June 12, 2011, the Cinema Studies Program graduated its first class of thirty students. Guest of honor and distinguished alumnus James Ivory ’51 presented their diplomas. Fast forward to winter 2017 – Cinema Studies celebrated its seventh year and has consistently demonstrated program growth by enrollment of more than 300 students in the program. Not surprisingly, the University took notice of this success, and on July 1, 2017 the Cinema Studies Program became the Department of Cinema Studies (read more about that announcement here) and continues to capitalize on the interdisciplinary focus in which Cinema Studies was founded.