Undergraduate  Program

Photo credit: John BelangerThe Film and Media Studies Program is comprised of courses in the theory, history and criticism of film, media studies, screenwriting, and 16mm film and video production. Information about the Undergraduate Major (beginning with course of 2013) and the Undergraduate Minor is listed below.

Students should meet with student advisor Linda DeLibero prior to spring registration of their freshman year.


Undergraduate Major

The major in Film and Media studies is designed to enable students to understand the history of film and media, to think critically about them, and to gain hands-on experience in how they are made. In the process students also garner a strong background in the humanities and have ample opportunities to polish their skills in verbal, visual and written expression.

Learning Goals for Film and Media Studies
Students who graduate with a BA in Film and Media Studies will have:

  • Comprehensive knowledge of the history, theory, and practice of the moving image and of film's relationship to and relevance within a network of academic disciplines.
  • The ability to identify and define the major movements of American and international film cultures and to place them within their broader social-historical contexts.
  • Familiarity with the various forms of the moving image: mainstream narrative, silent, avant-garde, documentary, animated, and experimental film and media.
  • Proficiency in applying advanced critical and analytical skills to writing essays that are clear, well researched and organized, and that mount an original argument.
  • The ability to organize ideas into clear and cogent oral presentations and to contribute thoughtfully to discussions on film history, theory, and practice.
  • Familiarity with both hands-on filmmaking and the interpretation of films through a variety of aesthetic, cultural, historical, and theoretical frameworks.
  • Students who choose the program’s Critical Studies track will apply core skills in the creative aspects of film production—including camera work, editing, and sound—to their understanding and appreciation of film and media. Students who have chosen the program’s production track will have achieved expertise in all aspects of digital and 16-mm film production and will apply their knowledge of theory, criticism and history to the making of original visual texts. 

 

For classes of 2017 and later,

The Film and Media Studies major has two tracks: the Critical Studies track emphasizing the academic study of film, and the Production track emphasizing film and media making. In order to fulfill the basic requirements of the major, students must complete all the requirements for one (1) of the designated tracks. After these basic requirements are fulfilled, students are strongly encouraged to supplement their film and media education by taking additional courses in both tracks.

The Core Courses in the Department:

  • Introduction to Cinema I and II (061.140 and 061.141)
  • One of the following Expository Writing courses
    • Introduction to Expository Writing (060.100)
    • Expository Writing (060.113, 060.114)
  • Foreign Language Courses: foreign language proficiency through the first-year level required. Any language requirement waived by exam must be documented on the student's transcript.
  • Thirty credits taken outside humanistic studies in the areas of social and behavioral sciences (S), quantitative studies (Q), natural science (N) or engineering science (E) as indicated in the university distribution requirement.

Critical Studies Track: 

  • One (1) of the following introductory production/visual theory courses:
    • Introduction to Visual Language (061.145)
    • Introduction to Film Production (061.150)
    • Introduction to Digital Film (061.152)
  • Two (2) of the following courses:
    • Film Genres (061.244)
    • Introduction to Film Theory (061.245)
    • One (1) additional 200-level Film course
  • Seven (7) courses at the 300 or 400 level with a maximum of two production-related courses
  • One (1) Senior Capstone course (Must be 500 level course, either an internship or an independent study)

 

Production Track:

  • One (1) 200-level course from the following:
    • Film Genres (061.244)
    • Introduction to Film Theory (061.245)
    • Any 200-level course with "Special Topics" in the title (061.2xx)
  • Four (4) non-production courses at the 300-400 level
  • Four (4) Production Courses
    • Introductory: Introduction to Film Production (061.150) and Introduction to Digital Film (061.152)
    • Intermediate Film Production (061.2xx) or at least one (1) other production course at the 200-300 level
    • Advanced Film Production (061.301) or Narrative Productions (061.356)
  • One (1) screenwriting course at the 200-300 level
  • One (1) Senior Capstone course (Must be 500 level course comprising a film or digital production project)

 


Undergraduate Minor

Students may develop a minor in Film and Media Studies. The Film and Media Studies minor has two tracks: the Critical Studies track emphasizing the academic study of film, and the Production track emphasizing film and media making. Students are to choose one (1) of the designated tracks.

Critical Studies Track:

  • Core courses
    • Introduction to Cinema I (061.140) or Introduction to Cinema II (061.141)
    • Introduction to Visual Language (061.145)
  • One (1) 200-level course in the program
  • Four (4) 300-level courses (Note: Students are strongly encouraged to take one course that focuses on cinema outside of the United States.)

 

Production Track:

  • Introduction to Cinema I (061.140) or Introduction to Cinema II (061.141)
  • One (1) 200-level course in the program
  • Three (3) 300-level film studies courses (excluding production-oriented courses)
  • Production courses
    • Introduction to Film Production (061.150) or Introduction to Digital Film (061.152)
    • One (1) intermediate film production course (061.2xx) or a screenwriting course at the 200-300 level
    • Advanced Film Production (061.301) or Narrative Productions (061.356)

 


For classes of 2016 and earlier, use degree audit checklist to explore the requirements of a potential major or minor.

Undergraduate Academic Advising page for Film and Media Studies students