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Las Positas College launches new film studies major

Degree to be offered starting in fall

Las Positas College in Livermore will introduce a film studies program alongside an Associate of Arts degree or Certificate of Achievement in the field this fall.

Students will learn about the history and analysis of filmmaking, film production, film acting, music composers in film, multimedia reporting and more, according to LPC officials

"I'm most looking forward to enriching my understanding of film as an art form and applying the things I learn into practical knowledge of the process of creating a film, eventually using that knowledge to create my own content or help others create theirs," Travis Danner, a film studies student at LPC, said in a statement.

The creation of the film studies program began with Elizabeth Wing Brooks, a professor of humanities and film studies at LPC. Originally, the class was a part of the humanities program, but her students' inquiries about a major in film inspired her to put forward additional film courses.

"Elizabeth has accomplished so much in the redesign and globalization of this curriculum and development of the film studies program, and has built a strong network of students during her short time here," Amy Mattern, the dean of arts and humanities, said in a statement.

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The program will have a required core course, a revamped version of the original film studies class. In this course, students were allowed to customize the class to their own interests and goals. According to the college, it will give students an important and unique approach to focus on their own individual career path.

Due to the COVID-19 and classes becoming strictly remote, film studies faculty will be providing their teaching through Canvas and Zoom.

"I'm figuring out ways to transition online, though I prefer to be in the classroom with my students," Brooks said. "We use our library databases to show films from all over the world to teach about the world through film, so even though we aren't physically together, students will be able to 'travel' from home."

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Las Positas College launches new film studies major

Degree to be offered starting in fall

by / Pleasanton Weekly

Uploaded: Tue, Jun 16, 2020, 9:09 pm

Las Positas College in Livermore will introduce a film studies program alongside an Associate of Arts degree or Certificate of Achievement in the field this fall.

Students will learn about the history and analysis of filmmaking, film production, film acting, music composers in film, multimedia reporting and more, according to LPC officials

"I'm most looking forward to enriching my understanding of film as an art form and applying the things I learn into practical knowledge of the process of creating a film, eventually using that knowledge to create my own content or help others create theirs," Travis Danner, a film studies student at LPC, said in a statement.

The creation of the film studies program began with Elizabeth Wing Brooks, a professor of humanities and film studies at LPC. Originally, the class was a part of the humanities program, but her students' inquiries about a major in film inspired her to put forward additional film courses.

"Elizabeth has accomplished so much in the redesign and globalization of this curriculum and development of the film studies program, and has built a strong network of students during her short time here," Amy Mattern, the dean of arts and humanities, said in a statement.

The program will have a required core course, a revamped version of the original film studies class. In this course, students were allowed to customize the class to their own interests and goals. According to the college, it will give students an important and unique approach to focus on their own individual career path.

Due to the COVID-19 and classes becoming strictly remote, film studies faculty will be providing their teaching through Canvas and Zoom.

"I'm figuring out ways to transition online, though I prefer to be in the classroom with my students," Brooks said. "We use our library databases to show films from all over the world to teach about the world through film, so even though we aren't physically together, students will be able to 'travel' from home."

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