Film Studies at a Glance


   Film B.A.
   Film Minor


    English Program
    Mass Communication Program
    Music Program
   Theatre Arts Program
    Visual Arts Program


   College of Arts & Sciences


   School of Humanities

Dillard University Film Studies Program

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.

Join us at Dillard University on this exciting journey of creativity, innovation, and meaningful communication. Your future in mass communication starts here!

What Makes Dillard Film Unique?


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.

Program Contact

School of Humanities
2601 Gentilly Boulevard
New Orleans Louisiana 70122

Ph. (504) 283 – 8822

Office Hours:
M-F 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Film Studies Degrees and Programs

Immerse yourself in the vibrant world of English studies at Dillard University, where dynamic coursework, engaging discussions, and hands-on experiences prepare you for diverse career paths in literature, writing, and communication.

Join Dillard University in New Orleans, Louisiana and become part of our community of leaders, thinkers, and artists.



The average Film student at Dillard University works on 4 to 10 Hollywood features before they graduate.


Our branded, target-marketed, concept-to-delivery approach ensures that the student not only makes good work but thinks like an entrepreneurial producer.


All classes are taught by working filmmakers, ensuring the  student gets the best up-to-date  info in today’s ever-changing landscape.


Classes frequently have working pros as guest lecturers teach in person or virtually directly from Hollywood. 

Student Learning Outcomes

  • DU Student in classPrepare 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.

Why Dillard Film?

  1. Work on real feature film sets.
  2. Learn holistic filmmaking.
  3. Learn filmmaking by working with professionals in small class sizes.

Keith Alan Morris 
Cook 127
Office: (504) 816-4548
Fax: (504) 816-4035 

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