Film: BA

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Film program is the only university-level program in Egypt and the Arab region that offers a comprehensive and balanced study of filmmaking, production, film theory, criticism, and industry. Uniquely situated in the “film” city of Cairo, the AUC Film Program integrates formal film production training with the study of the historical, aesthetic, and theoretical foundations of the medium, providing students with an understanding of how various practical and aesthetic aspects of contemporary cinematic culture interact and eventually integrate various local, regional and international influences.

The Film curriculum emphasizes the following areas:

  • The development of cinema as an art form
  • The impact of cinema on society and culture
  • The historical, thematic, and aesthetic tendencies within Egyptian and Arab cinema
  • A practical background and theoretical appreciation of the art of filmmaking
  • Basic formal techniques of film production
  • The relationship between cinema and today’s media-saturated global public sphere

Visiting Instructor, Michael Morris, gives a short brief about AUC’s film undergraduate program

This program is suitable for students who are interested in the following: 

  • The development of cinema as an art form
  • The impact of cinema on society and culture
  • The historical, thematic, and aesthetic tendencies within Egyptian and Arab cinema
  • A practical and theoretical appreciation of the art of filmmaking
  • Basic formal techniques of film production
  • The relationship between cinema and today’s media-saturated global public sphere

Many opportunities are available for students to work, study, or intern, including developing a short film or documentary, acting, editing, screenwriting, and working in cinematography. Students have opportunities to intern within different areas of filmmaking, film production, film festivals, and institutional management. Students also help organize, staff and participate with their films in Visions Cairo Egyptian Short Film Festival. 

Graduates of the program have gone on to become:

  • Directors
  • Assistant directors 
  • Actors
  • Producers
  • Event managers
  • Creative and artistic directors 

The program’s many alumni include Amir El-Shenawy ’13, who is an award-winning documentary filmmaker, and Khaled Amgad ’18, who has participated in several local and international film festivals and worked for several major local film and drama productions.

 

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