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Cinema and Media Studies

Chair: Professor Carol Donelan

CAMS is devoted to the interdisciplinary study of the moving and still image and sound studies.  Courses focus on the histories and theories of photochemical, electronic, and digital media in addition to providing hands-on experience in digital video and audio production, screenwriting, digital photography and graphic design.

Can I major in it?  Yes, indeed, you can major in CAMS at Carleton.

Topics explored: Hollywood and international cinema, media genres and modes, major film directors, avant-garde and independent cinema, digital art, visual culture, the personal media revolution, storytelling structures, screenwriting, fiction and nonfiction video and audio production, digital photography, sound studies.

How to get started: Recommended courses for first-year students considering a CAMS major are CAMS 110: Introduction to Cinema & Media Studies and CAMS 111: Digital Foundations.   These courses are offered multiple times each year.  First year students are also welcome to enroll in CAMS 186: Film Genres and the film history sequence, taking any of these courses in any order: CAMS 210: Film History I, CAMS 211: Film History II, and CAMS 213: Film History III.