Degree Requirements

2014-2015 Catalogue

The film studies major prepares students to participate in a world increasingly shaped by moving pictures. The major is founded on the principle that the study of cinema and the artistic production of motion pictures complement one another, and all film studies majors perform substantial work in both areas. Through courses that offer a foundation for understanding cinema—and its relation to culture, history, technology and aesthetics—the film studies major teaches students to create and analyze moving images, to produce research, and to make art.

Academic Gateway Requirements for the Film Studies Major:

Students seeking admission to the film studies (FST) major must first declare a pre-film studies (PFST) major, enabling them to enroll in FST 200. Students who earn a “B+” or better in FST 200 will be admitted automatically to the FST major. Students who earn a “B” or below in FST 200 may compete for a limited number of seats in the FST major by submitting an application.

For purposes of admission to the FST major, the department only credits students’ first registered grade in FST 200 (i.e., in the admissions process, the department will not credit grades earned upon repeating the course).

Students seeking an internship course in film studies must have a minimum of 12 hours in previous film studies courses, junior or senior standing, and an overall grade-point average of 3.0 or better. To enroll in an internship course, students must submit an application to receive permission from the chair of the Department of Film Studies.

A student in film studies must complete all requirements for the major with an overall 2.00 GPA or better.

Computer Requirement: To satisfy the computer requirement for the B.A. in film studies, a student must successfully complete FST 201.

Oral Communication Requirement: To satisfy the oral communication requirement for the B.A. in film studies, a student must successfully complete FST 495 or FST 496. 

Applied Learning Requirement: To satisfy the applied learning requirement for the B.A. in film studies, a student must successfully complete one of the following courses:  FST 301, FST 302, FST 363, FST 451, FST 493, FST 495, or FST 498.

Writing Requirement:   To satisfy the writing requirement for the B.A. in Film Studies, a student must successfully complete one of the following courses:FST 317 (ENG 317), FST 363, FST 367, FST 368, FST 440, FST 445, FST 480, FST 496, or another course designated by the department as “writing intensive.”

Requirements for a Major in Film Studies for the B.A. Degree:   The major consists of 45 hours, distributed as follows. No course may satisfy more than one requirement or elective within the major.

Core
9 hours selected from:

  • FST 200 – Introduction to Film Study
  • FST 201 – Introduction to Film Production
  • FST 205 – Introduction to World Cinema

Film History
6 hours selected from:

  • FST 370 – Early Cinema
  • FST 371 – History of Documentary Film
  • FST 372 – History of Avant-Garde Film
  • FST 376 – American Cinema 1927-1960
  • FST 377 – American Cinema Since 1961
  • FST 378 – History of New Wave Cinemas
  • FST 379 – Studies in Film History

Global Cinema
3 hours selected from:

  • FST 378 - History of New Wave Cinemas
  • FST 380 - Introduction to Bollywood Cinema
  • FST 381 - Introduction to Russian and Soviet Cinema
  • FST 382 - Contemporary Latin American Cinema
  • FST 383 - Introduction to Latin American Cinema
  • FST 384 - Contemporary French Cinema
  • FST 385 - Japanese Cinema
  • FST 386 - Introduction to German Cinema (GER 385)
  • FST 387 - Introduction to French Cinema
  • FST 389 - Studies in World Cinema
  • FST 480 - Special Topics in World Cinema (FLL 480) (FRH 485) (GER 485) (SPN 485)

Comprehensive Production Practicum
3 hours selected from:

  • FST 301 - Film Tools and Techniques
  • FST 302 - Intermediate Film Production

Film Production
6 hours selected from:

  • FST 220 - 3-D Computer Graphics Tools and Literacy (ART 220) (CSC 220)
  • FST 301 - Film Tools and Techniques
  • FST 302 - Intermediate Film Production
  • FST 318 - Screenwriting I: Introduction to Screenwriting (CRW 318)
  • FST 320 - Computer Animation (ART 320) (CSC 320)
  • FST 330 - Producing
  • FST 331 - Introduction to Editing
  • FST 332 - Interactive Media
  • FST 333 - Modes of Animation Production
  • FST 334 - 6x1: Variations on the One-Minute Film
  • FST 335 - Acting for the Camera (THR 335)
  • FST 391 - The Art of the Camera
  • FST 392 - Lighting
  • FST 393 - Sound Recording
  • FST 394 - Sound Design
  • FST 396 - Studio Seminar in Film Production
  • FST 397 - Cinematography
  • FST 398 - Practicum in Film Production
  • FST 399 - Film Directing
  • FST 418 - Screenwriting II: Writing the Feature Film
  • FST 419 - Screenwriting III: Film Adaptation
  • FST 430 - Digital Visual Effects (CSC 430)
  • FST 493 - Directed Seminar in Production
  • FST 495 - Senior Seminar in Film Production
  • FST 497 - Applied Post Production
  • FST 498 - Internship in Film Studies
  • THR 230 - Acting For Non-Majors

Critical Studies
3 hours selected from:

  • FST 363 - Producing the Undergraduate Film Magazine
  • FST 367 - Film Authors
  • FST 368 - Studies in Film Styles and Genres
  • FST 369 - Special Topics in Film Studies
  • FST 370 - Early Cinema
  • FST 371 - History of Documentary Film
  • FST 372 - History of Avant-Garde Film
  • FST 376 - American Cinema 1927-1960
  • FST 377 - American Cinema Since 1961
  • FST 378 - History of New Wave Cinemas
  • FST 379 - Studies in Film History
  • FST 380 - Introduction to Bollywood Cinema
  • FST 381 - Introduction to Russian and Soviet Cinema
  • FST 382 - Contemporary Latin American Cinema
  • FST 383 - Introduction to Latin American Cinema
  • FST 384 - Contemporary French Cinema
  • FST 385 - Japanese Cinema
  • FST 386 - Introduction to German Cinema (GER 385)
  • FST 387 - Introduction to French Cinema
  • FST 389 - Studies in World Cinema
  • FST 440 - Film Theory
  • FST 445 - Film Rhetoric
  • FST 480 - Special Topics in World Cinema (FLL 480) (FRH 485) (GER 485) (SPN 485)
  • FST 496 - Senior Seminar in Film Study

Capstone
3 hours selected from:

  • FST 495 - Senior Seminar in Film Production
  • FST 496 - Senior Seminar in Film Study

Electives
12 hours selected from courses with FST prefix at the 200, 300, or 400 level.

 


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