The Cinema Studies Program at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville is an interdisciplinary major and minor devoted to studying the artistic, cultural, and political dimensions of motion pictures.
Cinema Studies students take courses with internationally-recognized scholars and filmmakers. Among many other distinctions, our faculty have been nominated for the Pulitzer Prize, won awards at major film festivals (including Sundance), have been elected to leadership roles in the Society of Cinema and Media Studies, and have won numerous teaching awards at UTK.
In both the major and minor, students study the history and aesthetics of movies while also undertaking their own productions. In addition to their coursework, many Cinema Studies students pursue internships at one of the many production companies based in Knoxville, while also participating in student filmmaking or cinema appreciation clubs.
Our graduates go on to work in the film and television industry; study at top-ranked MFA and PhD programs at leading film schools; or pursue broader goals (law school, the Peace Corps, etc.) thanks to the interdisciplinary approach that our program takes.
As a home to three film festivals, and one of the largest film/television production communities in the Southeast, UTK is a wonderful place to study cinema. We encourage you to explore our website to learn more about the program!