The Film Studies Program at Barnard was formally established in 2002 as a major designed for students interested in the history, theory and practice of film and filmmaking. The educational goal of the film major is to provide a solid grounding in the history and theory of film and as well as place the study of film in relation to other art forms. Students are introduced to visual storytelling, film technology, and the economic and sociopolitical context of the film industry. While the course of study is rooted in film history and theory, all majors take workshops in screenwriting and filmmaking and produce a script and a short film. Our place in a premier college for women invites our Program to pay special attention to questions of gender, and our home in New York City allows students to connect their study to the city’s vibrant film industry as well as range of film in arts houses and revival theaters.

» The full mission statement for the Film Studies Program is in the Barnard Online Course Catalogue.


The Film Studies Program will hold its spring 14 Program Planning Meeting on Tuesday, March 25th, from 6:00-7:00pm in 405 Barnard Hall.  Come meet the professors, learn about the classes and major, and have your questions answered!

A full list of fall 14 Barnard Film Studies courses that require special sign-up procedures can be found here. (A full list of fall 14 Barnard English courses that require special sign-up procedures can be found on the English website.)