Filmmaking as Philosophy

Filmmaking as Philosophy


This four-week, for-credit program is designed to challenge students by exploring philosophical principles through the lens of filmmaking. Students will study current works in film across genres and identify and discuss meaning and theoretical approach. Students can anticipate learning about all aspects of the film-making process from idea to screen and get a glimpse into the various disciplines one can study in a college-level fine arts or humanities program. Students will have the opportunity to develop critical thinking and conceptual creativity as they share in discussions of examples of philosophy in everyday life. Finally, students will engage in creating their own films, culminating with a final cut screening and awards ceremony open to family and friends.  This program is available for rising 11th and 12th graders.

Students will take the following courses:

ART 3612C: Beginning Video, Animation, and Digital Arts (3 credits)
This course offers a unique opportunity for artists to pursue a cutting-edge approach to video, sound, animation and electronic media. Early lessons focus on learning the technical and conceptual skills needed to produce work. Students will use various digital production hardware and software as tools of artistic invention. In conjunction, we examine how the predominant modes of motion pictures function in our daily lives and explore alternative production practices.

IDH 4930: Honors College Selected Topics: Philosophy in Everyday Life (3 credits)
"Wonder," the ancient Greek philosopher Plato claims, "is the only beginning of philosophy" (Theaetetus 982b). In this course, students will explore how sophisticated philosophical ideas emerge out of our ordinary everyday experiences. Our aim will be to understand what Plato might have meant by "wonder," why he might think it to be the "only" beginning to philosophy, and where we might discover wonder--and philosophy--in the contours of our everyday lives. Students should expect to gain an appreciation of some of the most important ideas in the Western intellectual tradition, how these ideas shape our everyday lives, and how they continue to inform and inspire a host of contemporary interdisciplinary research projects (e.g., engaging cognitive neuroscience, robotics, architecture and design, ethics, medicine, and many others).

Honors College Admissions Consideration

USF Pre-College Program participants, who successfully complete and earn an "A" letter grade in the Honors College credit bearing courses during their Pre-College Program, will receive preferred consideration for admission to the Honors College when applying to USF as a degree-seeking student. This consideration will have no impact on the admissions decisions made by the University of South Florida.


July 9-Aug. 3, 2018

Filmmaking as Philosophy offers both commuter and residential options. Residential students will stay in Cypress Residence Hall Suites and will have a dining plan covering all meals. Residential students will move in on July 7 and move out on Aug. 4.

Commuter students will be responsible for providing their own lunch, which can be brought from home or purchased at an on-campus eatery.


The program costs $1,825 and includes:


The program costs $3,419 and includes:

Need and Merit Based Scholarships Available for All Programs


To begin the process, please fill out our online application. If you are accepted, you will be notified by email.

Application Deadline

The May 4 deadline has been extended to May 18, 2018.

Scholarship Application Process: 

  1. Once you have applied to the program, you will receive a confirmation email with links to the Pre-College scholarship application.
  2. Complete and submit the scholarship application.
  3. Once submitted, our team will follow up with you directly with next steps.

Scholarship Application Deadline:

May 4, 2018

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