Throughout the history of cinema, Rome has enticed filmmakers, featuring as the backdrop – and sometimes the starring character – of countless iconic productions, from epic dramas to romantic comedies to documentaries. AUR’s Film program is unique in being the only degree program of its kind to be taught in English and based in Italy, with the added bonus of having its seat in a city so important to the subject. From this unique platform, the program delves into the history of motion pictures as well as providing instruction in film studies, media production, 2D and 3D animation, graphic design, digital art, app design, and game design.
This program, part of the School of Communications, is conducted by an award-winning team of film and media experts with direct experience in the film industry. The curriculum is rich in variety, with courses offered in film production, design and development of multimedia products, screenwriting and photography. Students may complement their practical skills with courses exploring the history of film and video and the issues surrounding the film industry today. A choice of two further specializations, Visual Media Production and Technology or Film and Digital Media Studies, is available to program students of Film and Digital Media.
The jewel in the crown of AUR’s Film department is its state of the art Battista Multimedia Lab, boasting first-rate computer and software technology, broadcast-quality cameras and top-of-the-range film equipment. During the course of this film studies degree program, students have the opportunity to become skilled in using this equipment and to develop their own style and techniques. All students in the Film and Digital Media program produce portfolios documenting their progress and projects, a process that prepares students for the next stage in their careers in media and production, whether it be for graduate schools or for breaking into the visual arts industry.
Another enterprise taken on by our students is the Mouth of the Wolves program, a series of podcasts produced by students, for students, using our top-level facilities as part of the FDM211 – Intro to Podcast and Vidcast course. Scroll down to find out more…
Internships with globally-renowned organizations are available to students of this program, often leading to employment after graduation. So far, AUR students of Film have completed placements with such established outlets as National Geographic, The Discovery Channel, Vatican Radio, and the World Food Program’s Office of Television and Communications, as well as many local businesses and not-for-profit organizations specializing in the field. Students holding bachelors of arts degrees from this course have enjoyed great success, with graduates going on to work in film and television industries in companies across the globe, starting their own businesses in film production and art and design, as well as continuing their education at top graduate schools around the world.
Alumnus, Rocco Anelli, on creativity & breaking into the film industry
There are three professors [at AUR] that are simply amazing and I owe them so much. Professors Rambaldi, Koperski, and Coretti. AUR is an amazing community and every class feels like something you must do and that you want to do - and these professors have such an incredible passion for their fields that it's just infectious! They have given me not only film knowledge but the work-ethic and skills to go with it - I owe such a lot to them.
AUR has been a big part of my life and has influenced my work a great deal. It's only a small community but its so intense. There are people from all over the world with different cultures and different backgrounds so it's impossible to be part of AUR and be a close-minded person - and if you're looking for inspiration or motivation, there's always someone there to provide it!
When Rocco graduated with a degree in Film from The American University of Rome in 2019, he was already well on the way to success in the film industry. By the end of his first year of studies, he had written the first draft for I Gemelli, (“The Twins”) a film that he would go on to present at the 2020 Festival of European Cinema.
When we caught up with him in November 2020, he told us about the experience of participating in the festival, and how his production company, Kraken, came to be invited to participate. The fact that his team was approached by the festival, rather than the other way around, was in itself an outstanding achievement for a directorial debut, but when the film ended up reaching the finals of the festival, that was a crowning achievement.
Course requirements and further detail
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