McDaniel launches Cinema major
Cinema majors – who study under award-winning faculty members including associate professors Jonathan Slade and Richard Brett – learn more than how to use the latest technology. They learn the fundamental skills that lie at the heart of the liberal arts: strong research and writing, understanding character, narrative development and historical context. All the while, faculty members nurture teamwork, critical thinking and creative problem solving.
“A good story is a good story if it’s smartly told,” said Slade, who is acting chair of the Department of Communication and Cinema. “We’re teaching the liberal arts skills – the creativity, the problem solving, the teamwork, what makes a good story, what is a character arc, what makes a good character – the stuff that doesn’t expire.”
With such a broad perspective, McDaniel Cinema students graduate with many career options – from film and television companies to nonprofit agencies and educational institutions.
“This is the 21st century, as soon as (students) leave our classroom – especially while in our classroom – they are bombarded with media of all sorts, from iPhones, their computers, commercials, movies,” said Brett, who teaches film production. “Part of what Jon and I are trying to do is teach them how to read that media and one day contribute to it.”
Watch this video for more details on this exciting new major:
Video produced and edited by Jonathan Slade, Richard Brett and Department of Communications and Marketing staff.