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English, Film and Digital Media at Loyola University New Orleans, New Orleans, LA

This blog contains direct quotes from websites as of 2023. Programs and policies do change, at colleges, from time to time, so please check with the colleges directly to receive any updates. These are not, necessarily, the biggest, best, or most popular programs at the college, but they are the ones that just “caught my eye” as unique, special, interesting, or just plain awesome. Enjoy!

From the Loyola University New Orleans website, 2023: “The Department of English is increasingly viewed as one of the pre-eminent departments at Loyola. For example, professors in the department swept the Faculty Excellence Awards, the first time a single department won all four awards in teaching, research, advising, and community service. Not surprisingly, the number of students majoring in English has grown so much over the past few years that we are approaching the department’s all-time record for majors. English faculty members have developed national and even international reputations for their creative and scholarly achievements, and our seniors are going on to some of the best graduate schools in the country.

“Overview of Courses

In addition to a set of foundational literature courses, our curriculum includes six film and digital media electives so you can tailor the program to your interests and goals. Here’s a sample of what you can expect to learn and do:

“Media and Mediation

This course provides an introduction to the means by which creative narratives are being re-interpreted through film and other digital media.

“Reading Film

This course introduces students to reading films and gives some familiarity with film criticism. Students focus on different aspects of film, such as mise en scene, acting, editing, sound, photography, and ideology in order to understand both the aesthetic and the political role film plays in modern life.

“How to Do Things with Videogames

This course considers videogames as a cultural form. It prepares students to analyze and compare the ways videogames make meaning and participate in the social lives of their players. It introduces students to critical discussions surrounding videogames and some methodologies for interpreting them.

“Studies in American Cinema

This is a special topics course that offers students the opportunity to study film directors, genres, or period films. This course may be repeated when topics change.

“Feature Screenwriting I

In this course, students learn formatting and elements of screenwriting by adapting a short story into a script for a short film. Each student also develops a story and completes as the final project a treatment for an original feature-length screenplay.

About the Department of English:

“The Department of English offers small classes taught by award-winning professors, who help students to think and read critically, to write coherently, and to understand a variety of periods, genres, media, and cultures. In the English major, students choose from one of three concentrations: literature, writing, or film and digital media. The department also offers a Certificate in Editing & Publishing, and a route to earning certification for teaching at the elementary and secondary levels.

“English majors have the opportunity to receive practical experience by working in the Center for Editing and Publishing as well as on a number of publications, including the international journal New Orleans Review and the Object Lessons book series. Students also have the possibility of interning outside the university at magazines, businesses, schools, and online services, in preparation for meaningful, rewarding professional lives.”

Loyola University New Orleans is one of the featured colleges in my new book (click image for additional information):

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