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Communication: Film Studies Major

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Director, publicist, screenwriter. If the imaginative and artistic field of film and video interest you, Baldwin Wallace's film studies program offers outstanding learning experiences.

Film studies focuses on the aesthetic, technical and socio-cultural aspects of this visual art form. You'll learn about the historical, theoretical, visual, narrative and technical components of film as well as gain proficiencies in creative and technically skilled storytelling.

Film and Media - Learn by Doing

The curriculum includes hands-on coursework in audio, lighting, screenwriting, computer imaging, and photography. In your senior year, you'll create a professional portfolio showcasing your media experiences - including a demo reel and other communication projects that demonstrate your proficiencies in writing, research, planning and recording.

Career Opportunities in Film, Video and TV

  • Director or producer
  • Production coordinator
  • Script supervisor
  • Casting director
  • Camera operator
  • Technician
  • Publicist
  • Screenwriter

Communication Major with Four Tracks

BW's communication major offers four programs of study. You can choose film studies, communication studies, media production, or public relations.

Hands-On Studio Experiences

Learn to produce high-quality film and video. BW's film and TV studio functions as both a multi-camera television and recording studio and as a film sound stage. The studio features a full lighting rig and dimming system, 32-channel sound board, switcher and industry-standard editing facilities.

Close to Cleveland

BW's 20-minute proximity to Cleveland puts you within easy access to impressive networking, internship and employment opportunities. BW students have interned at television stations, Cleveland's International Film Festival, as well as with national production companies filming on-location in Cleveland.


Film studies is a program of study within the communication major. The flexibility of the communication major enables you to take core courses in communication research, media literacy, media production and writing for multimedia while concentrating in one of four programs of study - film studies, communication studies, media production or public relations.

What You'll Learn

Film studies emphasizes the practical and theoretical aspects of film. You'll become skilled at writing, producing and directing your own work and be encouraged to take creative risks.

Through course electives, internships and co-curricular activities, you can focus your studies on a specific area of interest as well as become proficient in:

  • Understanding the role of film within a society
  • Utilizing and developing a variety of methods to evaluate film
  • Understanding the ethical implications of visual images presented in film
  • Effectively communicating using contemporary audiovisual production technologies

See a full list of required courses and electives >

Communication Minors

You can complement your communication major with a minor in our newest programs:

  • Social media production - an interdisciplinary program that incorporates writing, visual communication and marketing as tools to create strategic social media plans and tactics.
  • Convergent journalism - a program that builds skills in interviewing, writing, social media, design and is closely integrated with BW's award-winning student newspaper as a learning laboratory.
Course Catalog

Course Descriptions

Course descriptions, requirements for the major and additional information can be found in the University Catalog.


Faculty mentoring is inherent to the program. BW professors and advisers in the film studies program are communication professionals with decades of real-world experience. They'll work closely with you to help you establish key networking contacts in the field and gain the experiences needed to land a first job or obtain acceptance to graduate school.

BW's Award-Winning Radio, Newspaper, TV

You'll benefit from hands-on learning that includes BW's award-winning media - The Exponent (student newspaper), WBWC 88.3 "The Sting" (radio station) and BWTV - a student-directed program airing on local cable TV offering opportunities for video production and television broadcasting.

Student Clubs and Organizations

BW Film Society

This student organization educates students about all aspects of film and promotes cultural diversity through events, films and speakers. It makes available films that are not locally shown and films by artists that interest the group.

Lambda Pi Eta

This communication studies honor society serves as a point of distinction for high-achieving students as well as a sponsor for a service-learning initiative through BW's Habitat for Humanity.


A group of creative writers who are dedicated to strengthening their craft through discussion and critique, mutual respect and support for each other in their growth as writers.


At Baldwin Wallace, you'll experience personal and professional growth in a supportive community that challenges and inspires you to succeed. Recent BW film studies majors are finding their success in a variety of careers.

Josh CahlikJosh Cahlik '12 is media coordinator and tournament reporter for World Series of Poker. He is based in Cleveland but travels frequently in this position. A demanding curriculum and mentoring relationships with BW faculty enabled the Berea, Ohio, native to hone his professional writing skills and launch an exciting career.

Steven Caple Jr. Steven Caple Jr. '10 is a writer, director and producer based in Los Angeles. His feature film "The Land" screened at the Sundance Film Festival and Milwaukee Film Festival. The Cleveland native is writing a miniseries for HBO that will be produced by Jay Z and Will Smith.


Duane Battle

Associate Professor
M.Ed., Kent State University

Duane Battle

Ph.D., Bowling Green State University

Molly Swiger

Full-Time Faculty

Joseph Tarantowski
Director, Broadcasting
M.F.A., University of Wisconsin

Duane Battle
Associate Professor
M.Ed., Kent State University

Molly Swiger
Ph.D., Bowling Green State University