University of North Carolina Wilmington, Film Studies

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Basic Information

Address: 601 S College Rd, Wilmington, NC 28403
Phone Number: 910-962-7502
Fax Number: 910-962-7678
President: Film Studies Department Chair: Dr. Mariana Johnson

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Additional Information

School Type: University
Degrees Offered:


School Setting:

Wilmington is an established and thriving film community, home to EUE/Screen Gems studios, the Wilmington Regional Film Commission, the non-profit documentary organization Working Films, multiple production companies, and the acclaimed Cucalorus Film Festival. The city also features an excellent art museum, a historic downtown, and some of the nicest beaches along the Atlantic Ocean.

Our brand new facilities include:

  • 4000 square foot sound stage with set, lighting grid, cyclorama and company power box.
    Expanded equipment room with loading dock.

  • Sound recording and mixing studio.

  • Post-production lab equipped with the full Adobe Creative Cloud suite, Pro Tools, Final Cut Pro, Movie Magic, Izotope RX, Red Giant, and Blackmagic Design DaVinci Resolve software.

  • Graduate editing lab equipped with the software described above.

  • 70-seat theater with 4K digital projection, 16mm film projection, and 7.1 surround sound. 

  • Outdoor screening and activity area.

School Size: University: 17,915 Undergraduate Film Studies: 300 Film Studies MA: 24 Film Studies MFA: 36
Student/Teacher Ratio: Undergraduate Classes: 15-25 Students per class (300 students / 22 instructors 1:13.6) MA: 12-16 Students per class (36 students MAX / 22 instructors 1:1.6) MFA: 12-16 Students per class (24 students MAX / 22 instructors 1:1)
School Holidays:
Housing Availability:

Housing is available

Housing Type:
Diversity: The UNCW Department of Film Studies nurtures a diverse community, including people of different races, sexes, nationalities and geographic backgrounds, ethnicities, gender identities, ages, religions, classes, abilities, socioeconomic circumstances, and sexual orientations.   All are welcomed here because we believe that the combination of different backgrounds and perspectives enriches our classrooms and everything we do.  We actively promote a respectful, collaborative environment that includes all people, fostering intellectual curiosity and creative expression.

Undergraduate: Resident: $4400/year Non-Resident: $18508/year Graduate: Resident: $4720/year Non-Resident: $18548/year

Financial Aid:

Undergraduate: Graduate: Applicants are eligible for graduate teaching assistantships, residency waivers, scholarships, and production budget support.


Regular student and faculty organized film screenings and cultural events.

  • Flicker Film Society
  • Teal TV
  • Screenwriter's Club
Parking Spaces/Availability:

Paid parking permits available.

  • Pre-Film Studies
  • Film Studies
Study Abroad:

There are many opportunities to study abroad:

Mission Statement:

The Film Studies Department prepares students to participate in a world increasingly shaped by moving pictures. Through courses that offer a foundation for understanding cinema-and its relation to culture, history, technology and aesthetics-Film Studies teaches students to create and analyze moving images, to produce research, and to make art.

The primary mission of the Department of Film Studies is to provide excellent undergraduate teaching in the study of cinema and the practice of making motion pictures. The department moreover advances the production and scholarly understanding of motion pictures by employing experienced, talented film scholars and filmmakers and through activities in support of faculty and student scholarship, research, and creative work.

The department is founded on the principle that the study of cinema and the artistic production of motion pictures complement one another, and all film studies majors perform substantial work in both areas. In critical studies courses, students learn the history, aesthetics, business, and social significance of film and filmmaking. Film production courses teach students to make their own fiction and non-fiction works, under the guidance of professional filmmakers. Courses in the Film Studies Department serve the university's liberal arts mission and develop skills and knowledge that students can apply to a variety of professions within and outside the film industry and to graduate study in film production, cinema studies and other fields. Students in the program develop knowledge and skills in filmmaking and cinema studies, critical thinking, persuasive and creative writing; research and analysis; business and budgeting; visual design; computer use; and oral presentation.

The Film Studies Department employs the resources of the university community and the regional filmmaking community in order to provide a variety of perspectives on the art of film. The department fosters interdisciplinary and international education through courses and cultural events that draw on the expertise of faculty from departments throughout the university and that teach students about cinema from around the world. Film Studies also draws on local and visiting professional filmmakers to teach courses in specialized aspects of film production and to discuss, through guest lectures and workshops, their work in film and the film industry. Through its relationship to the local filmmaking community, the department offers internships and courses that give students opportunities to work on film productions in the Wilmington area, at EUE Screen Gems Studios, and at other film-related agencies. Film Studies also seeks to disseminate knowledge of film and film history by sponsoring a variety of film festivals, film screenings, and lectures and symposia on campus and in the city of Wilmington.

Philosophy/Belief Statement:

An emphasis on applied learning: students start making movies as soon as they achieve Film Studies major status. Over five hundred motion picture projects and exercises are produced each year in film production courses. Each semester culminates with a juried Student Screenings event featuring the best narrative, documentary, experimental, and animated student film produced by our students. UNCW Film Studies students plan, curate, present and host Visions, an annual international film festival and conference that brings undergraduate film scholars and filmmakers together to share their work and ideas.

Students in critical studies courses curate, introduce, and write program notes for FST sponsored film events. Film Studies students edit Film Matters, the first quarterly film journal written and edited by undergraduate students. Film Matters is published and distributed internationally by the UK publisher Intellect Press in collaboration with Film Studies and UNCW.

The Film Studies Internship program is a five time recipient of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Institutional Grant. The program places more than 100 students each year in film industry, film festival, and film publishing positions in North Carolina, New York, Los Angeles, and the United Kingdom.

Social Media:

Instagram: @uncwfilm
Twitter: @UNCWFilmAlumni