What Distinguishes Screen Arts & Cultures?
In contrast to a traditional film school or art school model, the Department of Screen Arts & Cultures integrates critical studies and creative production in film, television, and new media within a large world-class university. Within this department, students can elect courses in studies, production, and/or screenwriting.
Screen Arts & Cultures is one of the 75 academic units in the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts (LSA). Students interested in majoring in Screen Arts & Cultures must first apply to LSA and be accepted into the college. At that point, they may begin taking our classes.
Our Undergraduates in Action
Spotlight on SAC 190 (Sarris, WN 2018)
Experimental Film and the Ann Arbor Film Festival
Pictured below, students in Terri Sarris's first year seminar, SAC 190: Experimental Film and the Ann Arbor Film Festival, experiment with 16mm film. As a kind of "exquisite corpse" style approach to film, each student was charged with creating images to interpret the words, "Twirl. Tangle. Twist. Time." Later this term, students will combine their footage with other images and digitally edit it into experimental shorts. The class will also be researching the history of the Ann Arbor Film Festival at the Bentley Historical Library and will attend the Festival in March.
Take a Peek at Our Classes
Are you wondering what our SAC classes look like, what kinds of production projects our students create, and what our studies program includes?Click the button below to view snapshots of our students...in the studios and beyond.
What Our Students Say About Us
"Being a part of the Screen Arts & Cultures department was one of the most meaningful parts of my experience at U of M. I began the major with a love of film - and a serious lack of confidence in my abilities as a filmmaker. After taking a few production classes, and being challenged by my incredibly talented peers and professors, I started to feel more confident about the films I produced. That confidence has enriched many other aspects of my life.
The SAC department offers students a critical understanding of film and other media's history, theory, and contemporary discourse. More importantly, it offers students an opportunity to explore their creativity, and achieve things they never would have imagined possible."
" When I first started at the University of Michigan, I had no idea what SAC, Screen Arts & Cultures, was. Now, as a rising senior, I can not imagine pursuing a degree in any other department. Before I had even declared my SAC major, I had felt welcome to and supported by the Screen Arts & Cultures community. Through SAC, I have been able to chase my dreams and express myself while receiving guidance and feedback from instructors who genuinely care about the well-being of their students. I also have the opportunity to learn and grow alongside my classmates due to the hands-on and team-based nature of many of our assignments. I feel proud watching the amazing things that my peers create, having worked with them throughout their creative processes. I will forever be thankful to the Screen Arts & Cultures department, and I only wish I had found them sooner. "
"Being a SAC major has really allowed me to exercise my passion for film and television, as well as my creative energies, through the variety and quality of classes that are offered in the program. I love learning about all the different facets of filmmaking, from screenwriting to production, theory to history. Receiving a rigorous, well-rounded film education — and having the opportunity to do so at a school like the University of Michigan — has given me both the tools and the motivation to pursue my aspirations to become a writer and director for film and TV. Along with the plethora of stimulating courses that SAC provides, the faculty are incredibly encouraging, insightful, challenging (in a good way), and in touch with what is happening with the film world currently. The recently implemented speaker series has also been an immense help; hearing industry professionals discuss their own background in making it in entertainment is not only a huge privilege, but also very beneficial in preparing me and my SAC peers for how we want to shape our careers after college.
The movies I have watched, the scripts I’ve written and studied, the class conversations I’ve engaged in, the people I’ve worked with, and the teachers who have guided me have all been extremely instrumental in making my SAC experience both valuable and worthwhile."
"I am so lucky to have found the Screen Arts & Cultures department during my time at U of M. With instrumental help from the SAC faculty and staff, I became a better student, a better worker, and a better writer. The students here learn to collaborate, create, and grow together as aspiring filmmakers. Plus, there isn't just one discipline for SAC students to follow; they can specialize in theory, production, writing, or a combination. This was important to me because, even though I want to be a writer, I wanted to receive a well-rounded education, which the SAC department definitely provided! Thank you, SAC, for teaching me the ins and outs of film and television, and for helping me to pave my way out west!"