Film Studies majors and minors are strongly encouraged to undertake for-credit internships and to take full advantage of the many opportunities to work on local film productions. Currently Film Studies is building a portfolio of media companies and festivals, including the Seattle International Film Festival, that actively invite our internship applications. The English/Film Studies office regularly communicates new internship and work opportunities, and provides the necessary guidelines and internship registration forms. Successful internships are an essential component of the film student's portfolio.
A portfolio of both academic accomplishment and hands-on experience and support in the professional community is the film student's primary way of preparing, over a four year period, for graduating with real prospects in the post graduation world. Your portfolio includes a broad academic record in rigorous film study, internship reports and evaluations, support letters from faculty and mentors in the film community, a DVD of narrative, documentary and commercial short digital films, details of work experience on local film productions and with film festivals and media companies, and a resume that directs the portfolio content toward an achievable future. That future may include graduate study in film and media studies, but also digital photography, design, and journalism, gaming, and indeed any academic, professional and technological field that focuses on visual communication. The world of visual media includes entertainment and copyright law, business and finance, and every aspect of theater arts.
Noted film-makers, writers, and film scholars, regional and national, give lectures and presentations on campus at least once each quarter. The series has hosted a wide range of important film directors and film writers, including Tom Skerritt, Tom Wright (New Jack City), Chris McQuarrie (Academy Award for The Usual Suspects), and Stewart Stern (Rebel Without a Cause).
A large number of film studies topics, including those focusing on the film industry, are addressed in intensive one-day workshops. The workshops allow the program to tap the experience and talents of many professionals in the region who cannot commit themselves to full-quarter teaching.
The Film Studies program is working to establish Seattle University as a venue for new films and, most importantly, film festivals in cooperation with Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF) and other Seattle and regional film institutes and organizations.
Film Studies majors will have opportunities to showcase their own short films and works-in-progress that emerge from film production courses and as departmental honors projects.