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Amy Gerber-Stroh, chair
(540) 362-6474

Hollins University
P.O. Box 9647
Roanoke, VA 24020

One of the most extensive programs in film studies in Virginia.

The film major provides a thorough grounding, balancing instruction in the creation of films and videos with courses in the history, aesthetics, and cultural import of these arts. The culmination of the major is a senior project consisting of a creative and/or research project. The major can be applied to careers in film and television, the visual arts, teaching, advertising, public relations, publishing, and others.

Production classes in film/video are small and are conducted in a supportive atmosphere that emphasizes personal, creative development and technical mastery of craft. Students have many opportunities to exhibit and screen their work to the campus and general public.

Hollins provides one of the most extensive programs in film studies in Virginia. Students can take classes that study classic Hollywood cinema, experimental cinema, and world cinema, as well as an array of courses that examine the films of individual directors, such as Ingmar Bergman or Alfred Hitchcock.

The curriculum is supplemented by visiting scholars and filmmakers who screen their work at Hollins. Each Short Term, majors participate in internships that provide practical experience on film productions or in the television industry.


Test the waters with hands-on internships

Film majors have taken advantage of internships during the January Short Term to enhance their education and test their career goals in the workplace.

Angel Jackson '12Examples include:

  • Parabolic Studios in New York, a post-production sound studio for clients such as Sofia Coppola, Woody Allen, and Wes Anderson
  • Sirens Media, in the Washington DC area. Clients include A&E, MTV, Discovery and the History Channel
  • Universal Studios, Varsity Pictures in Los Angeles, for The Disney Channel’s show "Sonny With a Chance"
  • Paramount Pictures, Nickelodeon, Los Angeles, on Supah Ninjas
  • MSNBC, Washington DC, on "Hardball with Chris Matthews"
  • Various production companies, publishing firms, newspapers, marketing agencies, television stations, and commercial photographers

(Photo, above, right): Angel Jackson '12 interned at Dempsey Film Group, a film production company in Little Rock, Arkansas.