Welcome to our UMass Film Studies Program! A letter from Barbara Zecchi, Program Director
Our whole team is thrilled to have you on board our dynamic center of
interdepartmental, interdisciplinary and multicultural activity. If you are reading these lines, it probably
means we share a passion for cinema. With us, you’ll have a really unique chance to pursue it, and make it grow!
Through our program, you will acquire a broad and global education in Film
Studies. You’ll take classes taught by energetic and enthusiastic professors from fifteen different departments,
who have published first rate scholarship and won some major awards. You will be exposed to a vast array of
approaches, angles, experiences, in many diverse topics (such as film theory, film criticism, video-essay
criticism and podcasting, the history of cinema, world cinema, national cinemas, film genres, screenwriting,
cinematography, film editing, etc.). You will be able to choose among different levels and varied formats of
film courses: theory and practice, undergraduate and graduate; masterclasses and colloquia; face to face,
hybrid, blended or online; at our Amherst Campus, in our state of the art new Integrative Learning Center, at
the Five Colleges, at the UMass Amherst's New York Professional Outreach Program, and even overseas, through our
sponsored study abroad programs all over the world, and virtually, with our new online certificate.
Are you interested in joining Film Studies?
At UMass, you’ll have the opportunity to work immediately in your favorite field
by becoming a Film Studies Intern and collaborating with us in many of the program initiatives; you can also
compete for the prestigious Michael S. Roif Award: an annual prize given for an audiovisual work that
demonstrates exceptional creativity and accomplishment; or apply to the week-long summer program offered by The
Five College in partnership with the world-renowned Robert Flaherty Film Seminar.
Thanks to our unique activities (our seminal Massachusetts Multicultural Film Festival, the DEFA (Deutsche Film
Aktiengesellschaft) Film Library, the Latin American Film Festival, and the Catalan Film Festival, you’ll
have plentiful chances to interact with some of the most renown protagonists of the world of cinema: filmmakers,
producers, screenwriters, critics, historians, etc.
And if you are wondering about your future after graduation, our undergraduate
certificate students have been able to compete successfully for admission to prestigious film schools and
graduate programs; for positions in film and video production, distribution and exhibition; and with jobs as
editors, producers, actors and filmmakers. Likewise, many of our graduate students have found employment in
first rate institutions upon completion of their PhD.
I invite you to browse the website to learn more about the variety of classes you can take, the interests and
achievements of our faculty, and the extraordinary breadth and depth of our program . If you are not a student,
but a film enthusiast and you want to help, your support is critical to our success. Gifts to the Film Studies
program help provide equipment and other resources for our classes.
Make an initial enrollment appointment with an advisor in the Film Studies
Complete a minimum of 6 approved courses (either 3 or 4 credits per course)
in film and/or video and television from at least 3 different departments/programs.