Welcome to Weber State University’s Film Studies program.
WSU’s film program boasts a well-rounded curriculum through the study of film history, theory, concepts and application through hands-on projects to create narrative films, documentary films, experimental productions, original screenplays and more.
We provide a hands-on, production-intensive education while teaching students how to critically analyze cinema art. Our interdisciplinary approach gives our graduates a greater understanding of the social, historical and aesthetic implications of film while enriching the creative filmmaking process. After completing their degrees, Weber State Film Studies alumni have the experience and qualifications to work on set. In fact, many of our graduates find employment in Utah’s thriving film scene.
Our program encourages and emphasizes learning through experience. Students develop essential skills in directing, producing, editing, cinematography and writing. They use high-end, industry-standard filming equipment, including RED Cinema Cameras and Blackmagic Design products.
In addition to learning how to operate cameras, film students take advantage of WSU’s state-of-the-art production and post-production facilities. Thanks to a dedicated sound stage and a green screen studio, as well as access to software programs such as Adobe Premiere, After Effects, Final Cut Pro, and Avid Pro Tools, students engage with every step of the filmmaking process.
Utah’s film scene is growing and our students can get involved through valuable internship opportunities. These internships allow students to network with industry professionals and to build their resumes while still in college
What distinguishes us from other film programs?
Our program gives students the opportunity to try their hand at writing, directing, producing, cinematography and editing as they create actual films and portfolio pieces. Classes are tailored to so students participate in pre-production, production and post-production as they create their own projects. Once completed, student projects are submitted to film festivals, exhibitions and showcases.
Our award-winning film faculty members have extensive industry experience, giving their teaching an added dimension. Faculty members mentor students closely, coaching them in the knowledge and skills needed to succeed in the industry.
Portfolio Creation & Curation
Our students graduate from the film program with a large compilation of work to showcase their skills. These portfolios help students secure employment or acceptance into post-graduate film programs.
Learning Opportunities Beyond the Classroom
Learning doesn’t just happen in the classroom. Hands-on projects and opportunities help students explore film production while increasing their knowledge and skills.
Our program requires an internship fulfillment for graduation. The Lindquist College of Arts & Humanities has an internship coordinator dedicated to helping film students find local, national and even international internships. Students from previous cohorts have interned with the Sundance Institute, Utah Film Commission and the Salt Lake Film Society, to name a few.
Our film students develop a wide range of skills suitable for multiple industries and employment settings. Our graduates have pursued careers in directing, producing, editing, screenwriting, advertising, educational media and content creation. Graduates have also pursued advanced degrees in film or related disciplines. With Weber State Film Studies, the sky’s the limit.