Film study in SD now offered with new film studies minor at USD

Film study in SD now offered with new film studies minor at USD
Students at The University of South Dakota interested in film study will be more than ready for their close-ups thanks to a new film studies minor.

Approved by the South Dakota Board of Regents recently, the minor in film studies is offered through the new Integrated Arts Department that was established by the College of Fine Arts as part of USD's Strategic Plan 2007-2012 initiative.

Students seeking a minor in film studies will be required to take four courses: Film Appreciation, World Cinema, Film History, and Film Genre and Culture; and an additional two courses, including Directing I, Acting I, Video Production, Directing for Video and Film, U.S. Western History in Film and American Indians in Film.

"Students have a strong interest in the popular culture of the film world," explained Timothy Case, professor of theatre and chairperson of USD's Integrated Arts Department. "By taking a body of courses that discuss film theory and criticism, film and culture, and filmmaking, students will have a deeper understanding of how films reflect who they are."

Case noted that USD students majoring in theatre or in contemporary media and Journalism will learn important content that's currently unavailable through regular curricular programs. Students enrolled in these courses also benefit from increased contact with faculty and adjunct faculty members who have significant experience in the related fields of interest.

"Our goal is to provide a background in the basics of film history, criticism, genre and theory through a series of courses that constitutes a minor," added Case, who helped implement a 12-hour certificate program this fall, Drafting for the Entertainment Industry, through the College of Fine Arts. "Students interested in continuing their study of film will have a good foundation upon which to base further study."

With an increasing number of students choosing career paths in the filmmaking industry – evident at USD this fall with more than 200 students enrolled in the Theatre Department's Film Appreciation course, Case says students choosing to study film would have had to leave the state of South Dakota to explore their interest in this area prior to USD's implementation of the new film studies minor or establishment of the Integrated Arts Department at the College of Fine Arts.

"This minor will attract students who may typically leave the state to study film as well as students who wish to explore this area out of personal interest," he added.

To learn more about the minor in Film Studies or the courses offered through the Integrated Arts Department at USD, please visit the College of Fine Arts Web site at, call (605) 677-5375 or e-mail

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