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Film & Representation Studies

About Our Program

A thoroughly interdisciplinary subject, film and representation studies aims to empower students with the critical thinking and evaluation tools they need to break down visual materials and understand them through various lenses and frames of reference. With the increasing pervasiveness of digital media, these skills will prepare you well to enter into an increasingly complex world and to pursue a dynamic career path.

Program Offerings

  • Minor


Learning Experiences to Prepare for Your Career

We have the opportunities you need to put what you learn in film and representation studies classes into practice through hands-on campus competitions, activities, volunteer experiences, and internships across the country and around the world.

Student Video-Making Competition

We want our students to gain every competitive advantage they can so they are able to achieve their professional aspirations after they graduate. Our department sponsors two competitions each year to help you gain the experience you need to do this: a 24-Hour Video-Making Competition held each October, and the SLU Student Film Festival held each spring.

The Underground

A peer-reviewed journal, this publication features student creative work, visual art, and scholarly insights in the areas of performance and communication arts, art and art history, film, gender, and fine arts. Explore a topic of interest and advance scholarship within the St. Lawrence community.

Newell Center for Arts Technology Lab

A hub for innovative interdisciplinary efforts, the Newell Center for Arts Technology will expose you to the possibilities that exist when art meets digital technology. You’ll also have the opportunities to check out filmmaking equipment so you can gain hands-on experience ideating, filming, and editing your own productions.


Explore career possibilities through dynamic internships with leading industry organizations, including: 

  • Cannes International Film Festival 
  • The Metropolitan Museum of Art
  • Sony Pictures Entertainment
  • William F. White International, Inc.
  • New York Amsterdam News
  • Due North Communications
  • Regional PBS and NPR broadcasting stations
  • Platform Films, UK
  • The Little Theatre of Alexandria
  • La Cucina Italiana
  • Council of Fashion Designers of America
  • Pan Macmillan book publishers, UK
  • St. Lawrence International Film Festival
  • 4th Row Films
  • Little Monster Films


You can also gain experience while making a difference through service work on campus and in our local community. Our minors volunteer with a number of  on-campus and local organizations, including:

  • Campus Kitchens
  • Advocates
  • SLU Reading Buddies
  • Alpha Phi Omega

Global Perspectives

In addition to seven St. Lawrence-run programs found in places like France, Kenya, London, and Spain, you can choose from 30 affiliate programs in 20 countries to challenge your perspective and expand your worldview. Popular destinations for current students include a renowned film program in Prague, as well as programs in Italy, Ethiopia, Tanzania, and Thailand.

Laurentians in London

Spend a semester in London as early as your first semester. Once there, you can explore theater, art, and creative expression through various historical and cultural lenses, examine issues in British government and politics, or explore the works of classic English literature.

Among the 150+ clubs and organizations at St. Lawrence, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to find your niche and unique ways to enhance your academic and professional interests, including: 

  • Association for Campus Entertainment
  • Asian Students Intercultural Association
  • Black Student Union
  • Creative Writing Club
  • Environmental Action Organization
  • North Country Ambassadors
  • Outing Club
  • The Hill News
  • The Laurentian Magazine
  • The Thelomathesian Society
  • The Underground Journal

Why St. Lawrence for Film and Representation Studies

Our program will prepare you to engage in hands-on educational and professional experiences at every turn so you can discover, explore, and pursue the professional path of your dreams.


of students pursue more than one major or create their own major


annual film competitions for students to create their own film productions and practice what they learn in class


of students study abroad at least once before they graduate


Our alumni network was the second-most influential source for students’ post-graduation career success (internships were No. 1)

On-Campus Opportunities

Many of our students work for the University’s Student Marketing Team and get paid to practice their digital media craft while at St. Lawrence.


of students complete at least one internship before they graduate


of students are employed or pursuing an advanced degree within one year of graduation

More Program Information

Program Requirements & Courses

Explore film and representation requirements, as well as electives and combined study options.

Complementary and Related Programs

Many of our students use film and representation studies as a lens to examine other topics of interest, and vice versa. If you are interested in studying film and representation studies, you may be interested in pairing it with another major.

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A Classroom Like No Other

Our program attracts film lovers, film critics, and aspiring filmmakers. Combined with classes that cover the diversity and complexity of digital media, and you’ll have a robust, dynamic classroom experience filled with hands-on learning opportunities, thoughtful criticisms, and global perspectives.

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We’re excited to learn more about you, tell you more about our interdisciplinary academic programs, show you around our beautiful campus, and help you navigate your college search.

Apply to St. Lawrence

We’re looking for curious students who are eager to make a difference. We take a holistic approach to reviewing applications and consider all aspects of your application and what we learn about you.