The film and media studies major has two tracks:
- The Critical Studies track emphasizes the academic study of film,
- The Production track emphasizes film and media making.
Students must complete all the requirements for one of the designated tracks in order to fulfill the basic requirements of the major. After these basic requirements are fulfilled, students are strongly encouraged to supplement their film and media education by taking additional courses in both tracks. Full requirements can be found on the e-catalog website.
- 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 or 060.114)
- Great Books at Hopkins (360.133)
- Writing about Film (061.226)
- 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.
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 Video Production (061.152)
- Two (2) 200-level critical studies film courses (POS tag FILM-CRITST). Screenwriting courses cannot be applied for this requirement.
- Seven (7) critical studies film courses at the 300- or 400- level (POS tag FILM-CRITST). A maximum of 2 classes outside of Film and Media studies can count toward this requirement. Students are strongly encouraged to take one course focusing on cinema outside the United States. Screenwriting courses cannot be applied to this requirement. MI.061 classes cannot count toward this requirement.
- 061.441 Senior Capstone Project: Critical Studies
- Two of the following:
- Introduction to Visual Language (061.145) or
- Introduction to Digital Video Production (061.152) and
- Introduction to Film Production (061.150)
- One (1) 200-level critical studies film course (POS tag FILM-CRITST). Screenwriting courses cannot be applied to this requirement.
- Four (4) 300- or 400- level critical studies film courses (POS tag FILM-CRITST). A maximum of one class outside of Film and Media studies can count toward this requirement. Students are strongly encouraged to take one course focusing on cinema outside the United States. Screenwriting courses cannot be applied to this requirement. MI.061 classes cannot count toward this requirement.
- One (1) screenwriting course at the 200-300 level (including, but not limited to):
- Writing for the Screen (061.270)
- Sketching the Scene: Image as Narrative Tool (061.314)
- Screenwriting by Genre (061.315)
- Characters for the Screenplay (061.316)
- Introduction to Dramatic Writing: Film (061.215 or 220.204)
- Intermediate Dramatic Writing: Film (061.373 or 220.337)
- One (1) intermediate film production course or one (1) intermediate digital video production course (note: the prerequisite for Intermediate Film Production is 061.150)
- One (1) of the following advanced production courses
- Advanced Film Production (061.301)
- Narrative Productions (061.356)
- Lost and Found Film (061.413)
- 061.440 Senior Capstone Project: Production
- Production credits from other institutions will not be accepted toward the major. All transferred credits are subject to specific DUS approval.
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. 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 adviser, 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.