The biggest resource we have here is the vibrant filmmaking community. I want to celebrate it.
—Edwin Weihe, associate professor and director of film studies
“Film is such a critical part of American culture,” he says. “A program that can examine it and look at it is something I think will be popular.”
Because of the overarching nature of the program, Weihe believes it will speak to a broad range of students—from those who want to make films or work some aspect of the industry to others who see it as a way to complement their professional lives. “Anyone who becomes visually literate through film will be able to go out into a large world where visual imagery plays a part,” says Weihe. This includes law students who want to work as entertainment lawyers, architects who may one day build sets or graphic designers who decide to venture into the world of animation. “All of those things are complementary or fed by a major in film studies.”
Adds Taylor, “You don’t have to be an actor or on the screen to be interested. There are enormous opportunities in an increasingly visual world. If you want to make movies or be involved in films, this major is for you.”