Colorado College has approved a new major in film and new media studies, and a new thematic minor in global health.
The film and new media studies major is a response to student interest, expertise, and demand. It also is a result of the Cornerstone Arts Initiative, which stresses interdisciplinary teaching of the arts, using technology to facilitate collaboration between departments.
The global health thematic minor is a result of a growing student movement for global health equity and social justice, which has sparked a desire to understand complex issues of health inequality. The minor encompasses interests of students from a wide range of departments, including biology, political science, economics, sociology, and anthropology.
Colorado College has produced numerous celebrated filmmakers. Recent news-making CC filmmakers include Daniel Junge ’92, “Saving Face,” winner of the 2012 Academy Award for short documentary; Marc Webb ’96, “(500) Days of Summer” and the upcoming “The Amazing Spider-Man”; Kaui Hemmings ’98, “The Descendants,” winner of the 2012 Academy Award for adapted screenplay; and Cynthia Lowen ’01, “Bully.” A recent news article examines how a CC liberal arts education helps filmmakers become great story-tellers, not just technicians: http://www.csindy.com/coloradosprings/how-to-succeed-in-film/Content?oid=2470475
“Our understanding of the world – what it has been, what it is, what it might be – has become increasingly enmeshed with media technologies,” the film and new media studies committee stated in its proposal for the major. “Film introduces us to other worlds, both real and imagined; television provides us with instant access to news, events and entertainment; the Internet serves as a vast archive of information and provides real-time modes of global communication. The expansive networks and growing archives of content that constitute film and new media demand the kind of broad perspective offered by the liberal arts. We intend to provide an intellectual framework responsive to the accelerated pace of technological evolution in its impact on culture and society.”