Film and Media Studies
Frequently Asked Questions

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Prospective Students

I want to apply to Johns Hopkins University. Can you please send me an application?
Does JHU accept the Universal College Application or Common Application?
Can I sit in on a class?
I have never visited Johns Hopkins University. Where do I start? 
I have already attended a Johns Hopkins information session and taken a campus tour. Are there any Film & Media Studies Program tours?
Do you hold open house programs?
How will study abroad impact my film major?

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Learning in the liberal arts is characterized by excellence and variety here; Hopkins students go beyond the classroom to explore their worlds their ways. You'll have the opportunity to make your own discoveries and the guidance you need to get there: in groups; through faculty mentorships; and through internships, study abroad, and the cultural connections of one of the most exciting cities around. And you'll do it all as part of a close-knit undergraduate community on a beautiful campus that's bursting with things to do.

To learn more about undergraduate liberal arts opportunities at Hopkins, visit the Krieger School of Arts & Sciences site and Arts & Sciences Magazine.

I want to apply to Johns Hopkins University. Can you please send me an application?

All applications are disseminated through the JHU Undergraduate Admissions Office. Visit the Admissions website to learn  more about the process.

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Does JHU accept the Universal College Application or Common Application?

Yes. Freshman candidates can apply with the Universal College Application (online at www.universalcollegeapp.com) or Common Application (online at app.commonapp.org). Students should submit their application and Johns Hopkins Supplement using the same method; both forms should be either submitted online or mailed.
Both the Universal College Application and Common Application require a Johns Hopkins Supplement (online through each application site.)

Early Decision candidates must sign and submit the Early Decision Agreement found in whichever application they have chosen to use to apply. 

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Can I sit in on a class?

Sitting in on a Film & Media Studies course can be an informative experience. Some professors welcome prospective students to visit their classes. Schedule a class visit with the Film & Media Studies office ahead of time. 

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I have never visited Johns Hopkins University. Where do I start?

Come see campus for yourself! Information sessions led by an admissions representative and guided tours with a current Johns Hopkins student are offered most weekdays and on selected Saturdays in the fall. Check out JHU Admissions “Visit Us” page.

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I have already attended a Johns Hopkins information session and taken a campus tour. Are there any Film & Media Studies Program tours?

When you are planning a visit to campus, contact the Film & Media Studies office to set up a brief tour of our facilities. It is often possible to schedule a meeting with a faculty member by calling or emailing ahead of time.

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Do you hold open house programs?

Yes! The Film & Media Studies Program holds an open house in the fall and spring for admitted students. Keep an eye on our calendar to schedule a visit.

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Current Undergraduate Students

FMS Majors & Minors Handbook Statement
How can I double major with Film & Media Studies?
How can I minor in Film & Media Studies?
What are the Laboratory and Equipment Fees?
Can I check out FMS equipment for my student projects?
How do I get a credit overload and what are the credit limits?
How can I make sure that I get into a class I need for my FMS major?
Will FMS faculty members write a recommendation letter for me?
Internship Questions
Independent Study Questions
How will study abroad impact my film major?

FMS Majors & Minors Handbook

Students are strongly encouraged to advance through course levels in rational order: introductory levels, followed by intermediate, followed by advanced.  At least one 200-level film studies requirement must be met by the end of sophomore year.  Both 200-level requirements must be met by the end of junior year.

Majors are strongly encouraged to complete at least one writing-intensive course emphasizing critical writing in their freshman year, by winter of sophomore year at the latest, regardless of their skill level. Critical writing courses in FMS or in the Expository Writing Program are acceptable.

Production students should take at least one screenwriting course, in either FMS or the Writing Seminars.  An acting class in the Theatre Arts & Studies Program is also encouraged for narrative filmmakers.

One 500-level course, either an internship or an independent study, is required for completion of the major.

Internships play an essential role in shaping a professional identity, as well as helping students discover and develop their interests and aptitudes. Resources for identifying and pursuing internship opportunities are available through the Film and Media Studies Program office. Students may undertake multiple internships through their early careers. The internship required for fulfillment of the major should be completed or committed to no later than the end of junior year.

Independent Studies allow students, working with a faculty advisor, to focus closely and at length on individual interests and projects, whether in production, screenwriting, or film studies. Students should have completed or made concrete plans for completion of their required Independent Study no later than the end of junior year.

We encourage students both in and out of the classroom to challenge themselves, broaden their understanding of what film is and can do. All students should extend themselves to silent film, documentary film, experimental film, as well as to films of various national cinemas and reflecting various modes of production. In addition, majors and minors should regularly read and comment on the FMS blog, HopkinsCinemAddicts, and should attend Film Society screenings when possible.

How can I double major with Film & Media Studies?

Students may fulfill the requirements for more than one major. Students may add or drop an additional major by completing the appropriate form, available from the Registrar or from the student's academic advising office. The form must be signed by Linda DeLibero before it is submitted to the Registrar. The DUS will also assign a faculty advisor to the student.

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How can I minor in Film & Media Studies?

Students who wish to complete the requirements for a minor should declare their intentions to the minor department or center sponsoring the minor. Forms for that purpose are available in the Registrar's Office and both advising offices. A notation regarding completion of a minor is placed on the transcript, but the minor does not appear on the diploma.

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What are the Laboratory and Equipment Fees?

The department charges non-refundable laboratory/equipment, projection, and insurance fees each semester, to all students taking production course and/or courses that require a projectionist. Students from other departments and schools are also assessed the fees when registered for relevant courses. These fees must be paid either by check or by adding it to a student account and are subject to yearly increase.
      
In addition, all students who are engaged in film, video, or sound production are required to complete appropriate legal forms prior to each production; the general effect of the forms is to release the University and the owner or operator of the off-campus site from liability for injuries suffered by the students during or as a result of production activity. Copies of the forms are available through the department's Production Handbook.

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Can I check out FMS equipment for my student projects?

Yes! You should contact the current teaching assistant(s) for the production courses to sign-out any equipment.

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How do I get a credit overload and what are the credit limits?

The credit limit for KSAS Freshmen is 16.5 and Upperclassmen 18.5. After the previous semester grades are posted, if you have a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher, you may request a course overload through the Office of Academic Advising. Further details are available in the Undergraduate Student Handbook.

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How can I make sure that I get into a class I need for my FMS major?

Film & Media Studies majors and minors are encouraged to attend pre-registration to secure seats in classes that are needed to complete requirements. Before registration opens to the general population of JHU students, we hold pre-registration for Film & Media Studies courses only to give students the opportunity to register for courses within their major/minor. Pre-registration takes place during the week prior to open registration each semester.

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Will FMS faculty members write a recommendation letter for me?

If you need to ask a faculty member for a letter of recommendation, please contact him or her a minimum of 10 days prior to the due date.  Any faculty member receiving a request for a recommendation that is due more quickly may decline the request.

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Internships

How do I find an internship?

Finding an internship can be intimidating at first. The Film & Media Studies Program can help. Check out our student resources section of the website, stop by the office to peruse recent postings, or ask a faculty member. The JHU Career Center also has resources to assist students looking for internships.

How many credits can I earn for an internship?

You can earn 1 credit for an internship per academic term that you are engaged in the internship. You must be doing the internship during the academic term in which you receive credit for the internship. You may not be paid for the internship if you are earning academic credit.

Can I earn credit for an internship in the summer?

Yes. Regular summer session registration deadlines must be followed. We encourage students interested in internships to consider applying for the summers following their sophomore and junior years.

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Independent Study

What is an independent study?

An independent study is when you pursue a topic of special interest that is not covered in regular course offerings. You must initiate the process. The content and expectations are formalized in negotiations between you and the faculty sponsor. The credits assigned to an independent study cannot contain an internship component, though it is acknowledged that an internship experience may inform the academic product(s) of an independent study.

How can I find a faculty sponsor?

Film & Media Studies majors that are interested in pursuing an Independent Study should speak with Linda DeLibero.

Can I do an independent study in the summer?

Yes. Regular summer session registration deadlines must be followed.

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How will study abroad impact my film major?

Students who are considering study abroad should attempt to schedule their time away from campus for either a summer, the spring of sophomore year, or the fall of junior year. For suggested study abroad programs, please schedule a meeting with Linda DeLibero, Associate Director, Film & Media Studies.