Film and Video at Georgia Tech
The School of Literature, Media, and Communication, dating back to its earlier form as the Department of English, has a long history in film and video instruction. While that instruction has largely focused on the history, theory, and criticism of film—and more recently television—it has also offered as part of its degree programs, minors, and certificates the opportunity for practical work in film and video. This work draws on the LMC video lab, staffed by a video professional and trained student assistants, on performance training available through DramaTech’s faculty advisor, and on instruction in digital image production that is part of the School’s Computational Media program.
The School offered the Institute’s first film class, open to all students, in 1980. This class, primarily an introduction to the art of the film, was regularly offered until 1983 when the Department instituted a certificate program in Film and Drama that combined the study of these two forms with practical courses in performance and video production. Shortly after Georgia Tech revised its curriculum for the semester system, the then School of Literature, Culture, and Communication instituted, as part of its B.S. degree, a track in Film and Media Studies, providing students with an opportunity for historical, theoretical, and critical study of film and other media, combined with the possibility for learning the fundamentals of production in a new video lab. That tradition continues with the current “threaded” option on film and media in the current B.S. in Literature, Media, and Communication that combines conventional film study with possibilities for doing video production and digital image production in specialized practical courses.
School of Literature, Media, and Communication—Programs of Study in Film and Video
- Film and Media Track in the Literature, Media, and Communication B.S. degree
- Minor in Film and Media Studies (18 hours)
- Certificate in Film Studies (12 hours)
School of Literature, Media, and Communication—Courses in Film and Video
LMC 2400 Introduction to Media Studies
LMC 2500 Introduction to Film
LMC 3215 Science Fiction in Film and Television
LMC 3252 Studies in Film and Television
LMC 3253 Animation
LMC 3254 Film History
LMC 3256 Major Filmmakers
LMC 3257 Global Cinema
LMC 3258 Documentary Film
LMC 3259 Experimental Film and Video
LMC 3352 Film and/as Technology
LMC 3853 Special Topics in Film
LMC 4400 Seminar in Media Studies
LMC 4500 Seminar in Film Studies
LMC 2730 Constructing the Moving Image
LMC 3406 Video Production
School of Literature, Media and Communication—Film and Video Resources
The School maintains an archive of more than 100 16 mm films, of several hundred DVDs, and of several hundred VHS tapes, ranging across a wide variety of film types and genres. Along with a large body of DVD materials housed in and maintained by the GT library, these materials are used in support of instruction in the various specialized film and media courses (see list above) and as aids in the full range of LMC course offerings.
The School has a fully functional video/film production lab, supervised by a video professional and staffed with trained student assistants. This lab includes green screen set-ups for special effects work and an animation stand for producing animated videos.