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Film and Video Studies

The Program Major & Specalizations

Bachelor of Arts in Film & Video Studies

Film & Video Studies provides an intellectually stimulating environment for student artists and critics to exercise their creativity in the development of professional quality film & video productions as well as incisive critical approaches and analysis of contemporary media.

All students participate in a share core of required classes designed to provide a common grounding in the intellectual and critical knowledege-base of the discipline from which almost all of the upper-division courses in the specializations will draw from and build upon.

The FVS Core

TOTAL 25

  * Must be taken prior to applying for the major.
 
Required Courses
Credits
*COM 201 "Mass Media & Culture"
4
*FVS 250 "Introduction to Film & Video Studies"
5
  COM 321 "Principles of Visual Communication"
4
  COM 330 "Media Aesthetics"
5
  ENG 344 "Film Theory & Criticism"
5
  FVS 489 "Senior Colloquium"
2

 

Critical Studies Specialization

The Critical Studies specialization explores the history, theory, and criticism of film and television. Students explore not only the meanings of these texts but also the processes by which these meanings are constructed. Students examine the role of the moving image in representing and influencing significant social, cultural, and ideological changes in America and the world and develop the skills to analyze American and international film, television, and new media technologies from formal, aesthetic, historical perspectives.

TOTAL 75
 
Required Specialization Courses
Credits
FVS Core
25
COM/ENG 361 "History of Narrative Film"
4
COM/ENG 362 "History of Television"
4
ENG 360 "World Cinema"
5
ENG 461 "Studies in American Film & Culture "
5
ENG 462 "Studies in Film/TV Genres"
5
ENG 463 "Studies in the Film Auteur"
5
Select Two (2) International Cinema Course:
  AST 465 "Indian Cinema" (4)
  AST 466 "Asian Cinema" (4)
  CHIN 461 "Chinese Cinema" (4)
  FR 460 "French Cinema" (4)
  GERM 464 "German Cinema" (4)
  JAPN 462 "Japanese Cinema" (4)
  RUSS 463 "Russian Cinema" (4)
  SPAN 446 "Hispanic Cinema" (4)

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Course credits taken above not used to satisfy a requirement may be used 
as elective credits.
Select From the Following Elective Credits In Critical Studies:
  COM/ENG 355 "History of the Documentary" (4) 
  COM/SOC 369 "Mass Media & Society" (4) 
  COM 469 "Media & Cultural Studies" (4) 
  COM/ENG 367 "Narrative Screenwriting" (4) 
  COM/ENG 467 "Advanced Screenwriting for Film & TV" (4) 
  FVS 490 "Cooperative Education" (1-12) 
  FVS 491 " Workshop" (1-6) 
  FVS 492 "Practicum" (2) 
  FVS 496 "Individual Study" (1-6) 
  FVS 498 "Special Topics" (1-6) 
  FVS 499 "Seminar" (4) 
  PHIL 402 "Ethics & Film" (5) 
  POSC 441 "Politics & Film" (5) 
  RELS 402 "Religion & Film" (5) 
  TH 166 "Theory of Play Production" (3)
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Students may repeat the following variable topic courses with different topics:
  ENG 461 "Studies American Film & Culture" (5)
  ENG 462 "Studies in Film or Television Genres" (5)
  ENG 463 "Studies in the Film Auteur" (5)

Production Specialization

All students in the Film & Video Production Specialization begin by making short programs, then progress to more complex productions while learning the collaborative nature of film/video production through crew experiences.

Students are encouraged to experiment with traditional narrative structures, documentary, multi-camera television production &/or new media as the curriculum and their interests dictate. Student projects can range from traditional films to the most intensely personal experimental works.

To complete the learning experience and help students prepare for the job market, all students pursuing the Film/Video Production Specialization are strongly encouraged to take advantage of internship opportunities and to compile a portfolio. FVS 489 "Senior Colloquium" and FVS 490 "Cooperative Education" are designed to facilitate this goal.

Those students wishing to continue on to graduate film school may also want to complete an independent film/video production project. COM 452 "Applied Video Production," FVS 492 "Practicum," and FVS 496 "Individual Study" are designed to fill this role.

TOTAL 75
 
Required Specialization Courses
Credits
FVS Core
25
COM 322 "Introduction to Studio Production"
4
COM 341 "Introduction to Field Production"
4
COM 346 "Production Management for Film & Video"
4
Select One (1) of the Following:
  COM/ENG 267 Screenwriting Fundamentals (4)
  TH 330 "Playwriting" (4)

4
  
  
Select One (1) of the Following:
  COM 337 "Documentary Scriptwriting " (4)
  COM/ENG 357 "Writing for Serial Media " (4)

4
  
  
Select One (1) of the Following:
  COM 431 "Editing for TV & Film" (4) 
  COM 432 "Directing TV & Film " (4)

4
  
  
Select One (1) of the Following:
  COM 422 "Advanced Studio Production" (4)
  COM 440 "Corporate Media Production" (4)
  COM 441 "Documentary Production" (4)

4
  
  
  
Select One (1) of the Following:
  COM/ENG 353 "History of Narrative Film" (4)
  COM/ENG 354 "History of Television" (4)
  COM/ENG 355 "History of the Documentary" (4)

4
  
  
  
Select Six Credits From the Following:
  COM 452 "Applied Video Production" (1-2)
  FVS 490 "Cooperative Education" (1-12)
  FVS 492 "Practicum" (2)

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Course credits taken above not used to satisfy a requirement may be used 
as elective credits.
Select From the Following Elective Credits In Production:
  ANTH/COM 351 "Visual Anthropology" (4)
  COM 315 "Studies in Communication: Final Cut Pro" (1) 
  COM 315 "Studies in Communication: MM Schedule & Budget " (1)
  COM 367 "Narrative Screenwriting I" (4) 
  COM 382 "History of American Journalism" (4)
  COM 460 "Communication Law" (4) 
  COM 457 "Narrative Screenwriting II" (5) 
  COM 467 "Narrative Screenwriting III" (5) 
  COM/SOC 369 "Mass Media & Society" (4) 
  COM/ENG 467 "Advanced Screenwriting for Film & TV" (4) 
  COM 469 "Media & Cultural Studies" (4) 
  ENG 263 "Introduction to Creative Writing" (5) 
  ENG 461 "Studies in American Film & Culture " (4) 
  ENG 462 "Studies in Film or TV Genres " (5) 
  ENG 463 "Studies in the Film Auteur" (5)
  FVS 491 " Workshop" (1-6) 
  FVS 496 "Individual Study" (1-6) 
  FVS 498 "Special Topics" (1-6) 
  FVS 499 "Seminar" (4) 
  PHIL 402 "Ethics & Film" (5) 
  TH 166 "Theory of Play Production" (3)
  TH 244 "Basic Acting: Fundamentals" (3)
  TH 268 "Lighting Technology" (3)
  TH 329 "Directing I" (3) 
  TH 356 "Theatre Sound" (3) 
  TH 368 "Stage Lighting" (3) 
  TH 460 "Playwright's Workshop" (4) 
  TH 475 "Acting for Film & Television" (4) 
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Screenwriting Specialization (pending approval)

Screenplay writing is a rigorous craft and—at its best—an art form all its own. Students who elect to pursue the Screenwriting Specialization will learn the key elements of creating scripts for film, serial media (TV, Webisodes, Mobisodes), and video games. Starting with the fundamentals, students will focus on story structure, plot, scene development, characterization and dialogue. As students advance through the required and elective courses,they will begin to hone their voice through a series of writing assignment designed to guide students toward mastering the basics of narrative storytelling in an environment designed to simulate the world of the professional screenwriter.

To complete the learning experience and help students prepare for the job market, all students pursuing the Screenwriting Specialization are expected to compile a portfolio. COM 327 "Scriptwriter in Development & Production" and FVS 489 "Senior Colloquium" are designed to facilitate this goal.

Those students wishing to continue on to graduate film school may also want to complete an independent scriptwriting project. FVS 492 "Practicum," and FVS 496 "Individual Study" are designed to fill this role.

TOTAL 75
 
Required Specialization Courses
Credits
FVS Core
25
COM/ENG 267 "Screenwriting Fundamentals"
4
COM 327 "Scriptwriter in Development & Production "
4
COM/ENG 357 "Writing for Serial Media "
4
COM 367 "Narrative Screenwriting I "
4
COM 457 "Narrative Screenwriting II "
5
COM 467 "Narrative Screenwriting III "
5
Select One (1) of the Following:
  ENG 304 "English Linguistics " (4)
  ENG 320 "English Grammar " (4)

4
  
  
Select One (1) of the Following:
  COM 326 "Writing for Interactive Entertainment " (4)
  COM 337 "Documentary Scriptwriting " (4)
  COM 356 "Writing for Screen Genre" (4) 

4
  
  
Select One (1) of the Following:
  COM/ENG 353 "History of Narrative Film" (4)
  COM/ENG 354 "History of Television" (4)
  COM/ENG 355 "History of the Documentary" (4)

4
  
  
  
Course credits taken above not used to satisfy a requirement may be used 
as elective credits.
Select From the Following Elective Credits In Production:
  COM 208 "Introduction to Public Relations Writing " (4) 
  COM 309 "Writing for Broadcast Advertising " (4)
  COM 350 "Persuasion & Culture " (4) 
  ENG 263 "Introduction to Creative Writing" (5) 
  ENG 360 "World Cinema " (5) 
  ENG 364 "Fiction Writing" (5) 
  ENG 366 "Creative Nonfiction Writing" (5) 
  ENG 461 "Studies in American Film & Culture " (5) 
  ENG 462 "Studies in Film or TV Genres " (5) 
  ENG 463 "Studies in the Film Auteur" (5)
  ENG 464 "Advanced Fiction Writing" (5) 
  ENG 466 "Advanced Creative Nonfiction Writing" (5) 
  FVS 491 " Workshop" (1-6) 
  FVS 496 "Individual Study" (1-6) 
  FVS 498 "Special Topics" (1-6) 
  FVS 499 "Seminar" (4) 
  PHIL 402 "Ethics & Film" (5) 
  TH 107 "Introduction to Theatre " (4)
  TH 144 "Foundations of Acting " (3)
  TH 166 "Theory of Play Production" (3) 
  TH 330 "Introduction to Playwriting " (4, repeatable to 8) 
  TH 460 "Playwright's Workshop" (4)
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