About Film Studies

Rich BuildingCreated in 1985, the Film Studies program at Emory has five full-time and two part-time faculty members who are widely published and who teach a broad range of courses with a strong commitment to individualized education. The curriculum is comparable to that of the best small programs at private liberal arts universities across the country and offers a unique opportunity for graduate and undergraduate film study in a major urban center of more than two million people.

Emory University's wooded campus is located in Druid Hills, an historic residential neighborhood of Atlanta. Easily accessible by bus and train from Emory, downtown Atlanta provides an exciting, progressive atmosphere with many recreational and cultural activities, including screenings of major commercial, international, and classic films. Many theaters offer reduced rates for students.

Film studies courses are taught in the multimedia-equipped classrooms of White Hall, which provide facilities for 35mm and 16mm projection and video and laserdisc projection, as well as superior sound systems for lecture, discussion and screening sessions. Seminars are taught in the Rich Memorial Building, which is comparably equipped. Located in the Robert W. Woodruff Library, the Heilbrun Music and Media Library holds more than one hundred 16mm feature films, has several thousand narrative, documentary, experimental and other titles on DVD, laserdisc, and videotape. The Heilbrun also provides extensive viewing facilities, including a state-of-the-art, acoustically treated room with a large screen television for analyzing such materials.

In addition to its comprehensive book holdings, the Woodruff Library has an extensive runs of international and American journals of criticism and history, and research materials such as microfilm copies of Motion Picture Daily,Motion Picture Herald, Variety, The New York Times, the D. W. Griffith Papers, Cinema Pressbooks of the Studio Era, and others, including the microfilm edition of Hollwyood's Production Code Administration files. Graduate students are encouraged to take advantage of these resources in their course work.

The Film Studies Department also hosts a weekly 35mm film series on Wednesday nights at 7:30 in White Hall 205, as well as a number of special screenings and guest speakers throughout the academic year.  Please see our calendar for more details.