Study Abroad in Paris

A black and white image of the stairs in a Paris Metro station.

The College’s Winter Cinema and Media Studies program in Paris provides undergraduate students with an opportunity to explore the study of film and related media at the University of Chicago’s Center in Paris.

This program is open to students of all majors and includes two courses that can be used to satisfy the general education arts requirement (arts core). Any student with an interest in film, particularly French cinema, is encouraged to apply. The program courses will make use of the rich cultural resources of Paris and the French film-making tradition to enhance the educational experience of learning to analyze and interpret films as works of art. Program participants will also take a French language course, which runs at a normal pace through the quarter and is designed to help students connect with French (and Parisian) culture.

Apart from classroom work, the program offers a series of excursions to sites of artistic and historic interest within and in the vicinity of Paris - with its wealth of cinemas, museums, libraries and theaters, its lively art, film, and literary scene, its rich traditions of creation and critique, the city plays a central role in the program and students will be expected to make full use of its cultural resources.

Winter 2023 Cinema Sequence 

CMST 14400: Film and the Moving Image
Rochona Majumdar

This course seeks to develop skills in perception, comprehension, and interpretation when dealing with film and other moving image media. It encourages the close analysis of audiovisual forms, their materials and formal attributes, and explores the range of questions and methods appropriate to the explication of a given film or moving image text. It also examines the intellectual structures basic to the systematic study and understanding of moving images. Most importantly, the course aims to foster in students the ability to translate this understanding into verbal expression, both oral and written. Texts and films are drawn from the history of narrative, experimental, animated, and documentary or non-fiction cinema.

CMST 14503: Cinema in Theory and Practice
Maria Belodubrovskaya

This course proposes an introduction to audio-visual literacy through the analysis of films, selective readings, film screenings, and short film exercises focusing on fundamental cinematic techniques and various film traditions. We will compare film theory and film practice to develop basic skills of film appreciation and critique. Assignments will consist in writing reading reports, analyzing film scenes, and creating short videos based on the concepts discussed in class.