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The major in film and digital media at Cleveland State University introduces students to the ubiquitous presence that film, digital communication, and broadcast media occupy in contemporary life. The major gives students an appreciation of the role technology plays in society, of the cultural foundations of film, and of the complex influences of media on human behavior.

The major, housed in the Division of Media Arts and Technology, has three sequences: film, digital media and media studies.

"...Bond. James Bond."  "Life is like a box of chocolates; you never know what you're gonna get."  "Frankly, my dear. I don't give a damn."  "You talkin' to me?"  "I'll be back."  These are just a few of the most famous quotes in film history according to the Guinness Book of Film.  More quotes and movie history can be found at

For more than a decade, the study of film has been one of the fastest growing disciplines at American colleges and universities.  Film studies students normally follow one of two career directions. Most students directly enter the communications job market. Advertising, public relations, technical writing, educational media and free-lance filmmaking are just a few career possibilities.

Some students continue their education in graduate school. As many as one-fourth of the film courses taught in the United States are graduate courses. In addition to graduate studies in film, other disciplines include American studies, popular culture, library studies, broadcasting and public communications. Students work closely with the film studies adviser to select coursework both inside and outside the program.  This requires planning at three levels:  1. Selecting the right courses from within the film studies program; 2. Selecting courses from outside electives that are directed toward vocational preparation; and 3. Developing an Internship (optional).

Visit CSU's Film & Digital Media's website for more information

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  • Film Archives Television production
  • Animator
  • Assistant Director
  • Camera Operator
  • Casting Director
  • Cinematographer
  • Censor Colorizing technician
  • Independent Filmmaker
  • Industrial Filmmaker
  • Producer
  • Script Supervisor
  • Screenwriter
  • Sound Editor
  • Visual Effects Dramaturge
  • Critic
  • Lighting Technician
  • Program Assistant
  • Press Agent
  • Actor
  • Actress
  • Drama Coach
  • Sound & Special Effects Specialist
  • Prop Maker
  • Scriptwriter
  • Studio
  • Merchandising
  • Distribution Company Personal Asst. to Director
  • Theater Manager
  • Film Production
  • Instructor
  • Casting Assistant
  • Costume Design
  • Publicist rerecording mixer
  • Film Director
  • Story Editor
  • Talent Representative
  • Film Editor
  • Talent Agent Professor

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Present specific viewpoints Influential/persuasion skills
Synthesizing information Interpretation skills
Reporting and editing skills Create entertaining and persuasive messages
Evaluate ideas and presentation Gather information and data
Compare and contrast evidence Evaluate information and sources
Critical thinking skills Develop market research
Measure media effects Planning and managing skills
Work with deadlines Work independently
Attention to details Work in teams / small groups
Rewriting and editing with others Understand institutional and cultural values
Identify and manage different needs of individuals, groups, etc. Explaining processes and plans


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