The major in film studies is scholarly, international in scope, and writing-intensive. Students choose to major in film if they want to learn more about the art form, from technology to cultural significance; want to work in the film industry; or are interested in a major that combines arts and humanities. Students usually declare the major toward the end of the second year by meeting with the departmental adviser; together, they create a program of twelve required courses within the major, supplemented by three related courses outside the department. Students have the opportunity to gain additional experience by taking advantage of internship opportunities with film companies, working on graduate student films, and participating in the Columbia Undergraduate Film Productions (CUFP), an active, student-run organization that provides filmmaking experience to Columbia undergraduate producers and directors.
Ramin Bahrani (Man Push Cart; Goodbye Solo), Anna Boden (Half Nelson; Sugar), Tze Chun (Children of Invention), Daniel Harris (Imaginary Heroes) and Henry Alex Rubin (Murderball) are all graduates of Columbia's Film Studies major. In addition to careers in screenwriting, directing, and producing, graduating seniors have gone on to work in film distribution, publicity, archives, and festivals, and to attend graduate school to become teachers and scholars. For more information, see here.
513 Dodge Hall
Mail Code 1805
New York, NY 10027
Phone: (212) 854-2815
"I started the Columbia Film Program an amateur short story writer with very little knowledge of what it actually meant to be a director. In fact, I’ll never forget sitting in Bette Gordon’s Directing I class my first year, looking around the 360-degree room, wondering: How do you know where to put the camera? The possibilities overwhelmed me! But by the end of my first year, with the help of the wonderful faculty, I learned how to go about making that choice.