Film Studies courses originate in many other programs and departments, including African American Studies, American Studies, Art, Literature, East Asian Languages and Literatures, French, German, History of Art, Italian, Portuguese, Slavic Languages and Literatures, Theater Studies, and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. The Film Studies program is also associated with the Yale Film Study Center, which houses a collection of over 17,000 films, DVDs, videotapes, and laser disks. All Yale students may view films and videos at the center. In addition, the Film Studies program helps support many film screenings and film-related events on campus that are open to the Yale community.
The prerequisite for the major is FILM 150, Introduction to Film Studies, a survey of major films and methods of analysis, which should be taken during freshman or sophomore year. Majors must also take FILM 320, Close Analysis of Film, at least one course in film theory, and a course in the creative process in film.