B.A. Degree in Film Studies {17-18}

B.A. Degree in Film Studies

The Film studies major is designed for students who wish to work in some aspect of the film industry as well as those who are interested in the academic study of film. Classes incorporate the traditional format of film and new digital technologies into the curriculum. The Film Studies major focuses on the theoretical and historical analysis of cinema as it relates to various genres, directors and other topical studies. To receive the B.A. Degree in Film Studies, the student must meet the minimum university requirements and specific requirements for the program. Completion of 120 credits is required for this degree which includes the Liberal Arts and Sciences Core (42 credits).

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Students will utilize three phases (preproduction/production/postproduction) of production preparation in the creation of film and video projects.
  • Students will demonstrate knowledge of film history, production aesthetics and theory.
  • Students will demonstrate knowledge of basic filmmaking practices and techniques. These include: specialized language use, cinematography principles, lighting and sound elements, editing and directing concepts.
  • Students will examine, analyze, and articulate conclusions as to the historical/critical values inherent in film text materials.
  • Students will integrate evaluation, theory and production/research skills in the creation of a capstone project for public presentation.

Program Delivery Mode
Land plus: face-to-face where some online courses may be available or required

Core Requirements ( 37 credits )

FILM 100 Technical Training: Video Production (1)
FILM 101A Practicum (1)
FILM 172 Video Production (3)
FILM 280 History of Film (3)
FILM 280S Studio in Film History (1)
FILM 281 Film Appreciation (3)
FILM 281S Studio in Film Appreciation (1)
FILM 302 Practicum (1)
FILM 383 Adaptations to Film (3)
FILM 385 Survey of International Cinema (3)
FILM 385S Studio in International Cinema (1)
FILM 386 Genre Studies (3)
FILM 387 Director Studies (3)
FILM 388 Topical Studies (3)
FILM 480 Film Theory and Criticism (3)
FILM 492A Senior Seminar Project Development (1) *was FILM 402
FILM 492B Senior Seminar (3) *was FILM 496

Designated Writing Intensive Course for Major
FILM 480 - Film Theory and Criticism

Restricted Electives ( 18 credits )

Choose one of the following three courses below (will be repeated for credit).

FILM 386 Genre Studies (3)
FILM 387 Director Studies (3)
FILM 388 Topical Studies (3)

Students must complete at least 12 credits and must include one Film course.

ART 170 Art Appreciation: Content and Form (3)
ART 233 Global Art History I (3)
ART 234 Global Art History II (3)
COMM 315 Communication Theory (3)
COMM 310 Rhetorical Theory and Criticism (3)
COMM 410 The Rhetoric of Popular Culture (3)
ENGL 285 Scriptwriting (3)
FILM 200 Tech Training: Beginning Filmmaking (1)
FILM 284 Beginning Filmmaking (3)
FILM 290 Topics in Film (1-3)
FILM 372 Editing Techniques (3)
FILM 375 Animation Techniques (3)
FILM 378 Techniques of Producing (3)
FILM 384 Techniques of Film Directing (4)
FILM 390 Topics in Film (1-3)
FILM 416 Special Projects in Film (1-3)
FILM 469 Internship (1-12)
FILM 472 Advanced Video Production (3)
FILM 490 Topics in Film (1-3)
PHIL 320 Philosophy of the Arts (3) or
ART 320 Philosophy of the Arts (3)
THTR 230 Acting I: Principles (3)
THTR 235 Directing I: Principles (3)
THTR 255 Stagecraft (3)
THTR 322 Drama II (3)