9.17. Film and Media Studies

Programs offered:
B.A. in Film and Media Studies (TU)
Minor in Film and Media Studies (TU)

Film and Media Studies is an interdisciplinary program that is dedicated to the study of film, television, and new media. This program combines history, theory, and practice in order to provide students with the most effective foundation for entry into the field. The Film and Media Studies major encourages students to think critically about the media texts they consume while simultaneously recognizing the ideological structures that attempt to shape their experiences of these texts. The program provides a broad historical perspective on some of the aesthetic, cultural, economic, political, ideological, and technological trends impacting the media industries from their origins in the late 19th century through the present. Media plays a significant role in the social construction of identity (race, ethnicity, class, gender, sexual orientation, nationality, etc.) and the creation of culture at large, so one goal of the program is to enable students to develop the theoretical tools and critical perspective to interrogate the media that saturates our lives. Furthermore, learning about the history and theory of the media will better prepare students to create content of their own. Through hands-on learning experiences, this program will familiarize students with the basic tools, language, resources, and techniques associated with multimedia production. Students will develop basic skills in production techniques including cinematography, lighting, and audio recording, and postproduction techniques including digital audio and video editing, graphics, and special effects. The Film and Media Studies program is designed in such a way as to ensure that students are equipped with both the technical skills and the knowledge necessary to pursue careers in the media industries, as well as a solid theoretical foundation on which to build in the event that they decide to continue their educational journey and move on to graduate-level coursework.

B.A. in Film and Media Studies (see Sec. 8.5.1. for a complete list of B.A. graduation requirements)

1.      Completion of these five required introductory courses:
FMS/COM 125  History of the Motion Pictures
FMS 135            Aesthetics and Analysis
FMS 150            Introduction to Multimedia Production
FMS/ART 275    Experimental Video for Artists
COM 250          Digital Storytelling

2.      Completion of any three of the following courses (with at least one course at the 300- or 400-level):
COM 120            Introduction to Media Studies
COM 380            Feminist Media Studies
COM 420            Media, Culture, and Society
COM 430            Race and Representation in the Media
COM 470            Globalization and the Media
ENG 340             Television and Reading: Critical Literacy and American Narratives
FMS 445             Film Theory and Criticism
FMS/COM 325   Television Analysis
FMS/COM 425   Critical History of Radio, TV, and New Media
FMS/COM 435   Media Industries
FMS 290             Special Topics in Film and Media Studies
FMS 490             Advanced Special Topics in Film and Media Studies
FRE 404              Great French Actresses and Their Film Roles

3.       Completion of any three of the following courses:
ART 105              Video Production
ART 205              Documentary Filmmaking
FMS 200             Independent Study in Film and Media Studies
FMS 305             Sound Design
FMS 315             Lighting Design
FMS 335             Directing for the Camera
FMS 400             Advanced Independent Study in Film and Media Studies
FMS 405             Advanced Digital Cinematography
FMS 495             Internship in Film and Media Studies

4.       Additional requirements and things to note:

  • A grade of “C-” or better is required in all courses contributing to the major.
  • At least one of the elective courses in area two must be taken at the 300 or 400 level.
  • One course contributing to the major can also be counted toward a minor or a second major in another discipline.

Minor in Film and Media Studies (TU)

1.       Completion of these two required introductory courses:
FMS/COM 125      History of the Motion Pictures
FMS 150                Introduction to Multimedia Production

2.       Completion of any three elective courses from the following:
ART 105                 Video Production
ART 205                 Documentary Filmmaking
COM 120               Introduction to Media Studies
COM 250               Digital Storytelling
COM 380               Feminist Media Studies
COM 420               Media, Culture, and Society
COM 430               Race and Representation in the Media
COM 470               Globalization and the Media
ENG 340                Television and Reading: Critical Literacy and American Narratives
FMS 135                Aesthetics and Analysis
FMS 200                Independent Study in Film and Media Studies
FMS/ART 275        Experimental Video for Artists
FMS 290                Special Topics in Film and Media Studies
FMS 305                Sound Design
FMS 315                Lighting Design
FMS/COM 325      Television Analysis
FMS 335                Directing for the Camera
FMS 400                Advanced Independent Study in Film and Media Studies
FMS 405                Advanced Digital Cinematography
FMS/COM 425      Critical History of Radio, TV, and New Media
FMS/COM 435      Media Industries
FMS 445                Film Theory and Criticism
FMS 490                Advanced Special Topics in Film and Media Studies
FMS 495               Internship in Film and Media Studies
FRE 404                Great French Actresses and Their Film Roles

3. Additional requirements and things to note:

  • A grade of “C-” or better is required in all courses contributing to the minor.
  • One course contributing to the minor can also be counted toward a major or a second minor in another discipline.