Film and Screen Studies, BA

Think Critically, Make Skillfully

Gain both the theoretical grounding and practical experience to truly make a splash. The BA in Film and Screen Studies offers a unique combination of critical studies in film and hands-on film and video production that provides students with professional creative experiences and a well-rounded liberal arts education. As a student, you’ll develop a strong foundation in film history, film analysis, and film theory, as well as hands-on exposure to the technological aspects of film production and cinematic storytelling techniques and traditions through the use of professional 16mm film and HD video camera packages, lighting, and studio equipment.

Combine Theory, Practice, and Creativity

  • Explore the art of filmmaking through the use of professional 16mm film and HD video camera packages, lighting, and studio equipment.
  • Find your focus in the field in areas such as screen writing, criticism, cinematography production design, and editing.
  • Gain an understanding of the ethics and social responsibilities involved in both the making and watching film and screen media.

Take Courses Like…

The BA in Film and Screen Studies surveys the analysis of film, its history, and the way it has impacted our world through a unique approach. The program consists of 12 credits of required courses devoted to the analysis of film, the historical development of cinematic traditions and technology, and the artistic and social impact that cinema has had from the early 20th century to the present day.

The remaining elective credits required to complete your degree can be selected from an uncommonly broad range of production and critical studies courses offered by the film and screen studies department as well as other departments and programs, including anthropology, sociology, art, history, Latin American studies, modern languages, and biology. This multi-disciplinary methodology allows you to delve into a variety of approaches to film and tailor your course of study to suit your interests and career goals.

Add Opportunities and Experiences

Prestigious internships will provide you with career experiences and professional connections while completing your degree. Taking advantage of Pace University’s tremendously successful Career Services office, you can pursue internships in film production, film festivals, television, journalism, publicity, internet companies, and many other related arenas. Companies at which FSS students have interned include: Oxygen Network, Tribeca Film Festival, MTV, Atlantic Records, Film Society of Lincoln Center, Comedy Central, BBC America, Tribeca Productions, 3 Arts Entertainment, Captured Time Productions, and Killer Films.

“Pace University's Film and Screen Studies program has a novelty to it like no other. Whether your interest lies in screenwriting, directing, editing, cinematography, film history, or film theory, there's a concentration for young aspiring filmmakers to gain appreciation and knowledge in an ever-changing career field. The faculty cares about all of its students….much like they did for me. I'll never forget getting to see my work screened for the first time and receiving an overwhelming amount of support from the faculty and students in the program.

Nicholas Kennedy ’20

Choose Your Career

With a BA in Film and Screen Studies, your well-rounded and rigorous education will prepare you to pursue a career in the diverse media industry, or continue with a graduate education in critical studies or film, television, or digital media production. Careers pursued by our graduates include on-set film production, television programming, public relations and marketing, television production, and screenwriting.

Where Graduates Are Employed

  • BBC America
  • Blank Digital
  • Creative License
  • Donna Daniels Public Relations
  • Gigantic! TV
  • Graduate Programs
  • Museum of Natural History (Margaret Mead Film Festival)
  • MY Tupelo Entertainment
  • Lilyhammer (television production)
  • Sharp Entertainment
  • Vice Media