The Film program provides rigorous training in a liberal arts setting for future film professionals – writers, directors, producers, designers, teachers and related film practitioners. The hands-on Film program emphasizes the holistic combination of film studies and film production, including strong writing, speaking and critical thinking skills. Scholarly and creative context are offered for the liberal arts student, as well as the student seeking intensive preparation for advanced study in film. Students have the opportunity to work on Hollywood studio features, large independent film productions and create their own award-winning short films. Students are prepared for graduate school opportunities in areas such as writing, directing, producing, design/technology, production management and education.
Student Learning Outcomes
- Prepare for careers in the entertainment industry based on knowledge acquired through participation in performances, workshops, guest artist residencies and national film competitions.
- Demonstrate an appreciation of the arts through exposure to various research perspectives – historical, critical and behavioral.
- Demonstrate an awareness and understanding of African American heritage through the study of classic and modern film.
Experience the magic of filmmaking at Dillard University’s Film Studies program, where students collaborate with industry icons like Spike Lee, Denzel Washington, and Forest Whitaker, mastering pre-production skills, storyboarding, and budgeting to prepare for successful careers in film and television, participating in the creation of acclaimed features such as “The Butler,” “Mr. Right,” “Elvis and Nixon,” “Oldboy,” and “The Magnificent Seven,” while also opening doors in the music industry, media companies, and marketing agencies through the production of branded content and commercials.
What Makes Dillard Film Unique?
MAKING FEATURE FILMS IS BUILT INTO THE PROGRAM
Dillard Film supports movies big and small. Whether it’s putting 43 Dillard students as interns on Spike Lee’s “Oldboy” or five students on Lee Daniel’s “The Butler,” Dillard Film helps filmmakers make films.
WHY DILLARD FILM?
- Work on real feature film sets.
- Learn holistic filmmaking.
- Learn filmmaking by working with professionals in small class sizes.