Department of Film-Video and Media Studies

Film-Video Courses

B.A. in Film-Video (FILM)
Minimum 120 Credits

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The film-video major offers opportunity for in-depth study of film and video production, incorporating writing, production (directing, cinematography, sound design, post-production), and production management principles.

Narrative, documentary, and experimental forms are explored in a program that encourages critical thinking, idea development and applied practice.

During the sophomore entrance-to-major process, students must submit a portfolio to secure entrance in the major.

Planning Your Curriculum

  1. Review Recommended Academic Plan
  2. Review Prescribed & Additional Courses
  3. Schedule your Classes

1. Recommended Academic Plan

The recommended academic plan offers semester-by-semester recommendations for course scheduling and the major checksheet provides a printable list of course options and descriptions.

Recommended Academic Plan

Checksheet

2. Requirements for the Major - 33 Credits

Prescribed Courses (15 Credits)

All film-video students must take the following prescribed courses:

  • COMM 150 – The Art of the Cinema
    The development of cinema to its present state; principles of evaluation and appreciation; examples from the past and present. 3 Credits
  • COMM 242 – Basic Video/Filmmaking
    Introduction to basic motion picture techniques, emphasizing practical experience in filmmaking. Prerequisite: COMM 150 and second third or fourth semester standing 3 Credits
  • COMM 340 – Intermediate Cinematography and Editing Techniques
    Exploration of film and video production techniques through the use of camera, lighting, audio and digital post-production equipment. Prerequisite: COMM 242 Film-Vido major 3 Credits
  • COMM 342W – Idea Development and Media Writing
    Introduction to various modalities of idea development and written expression for media production. Prerequisite: COMM 242 and Film-Video Major 3 Credits
  • COMM 250 – Film History and Theory
    Exploration of film theory and criticism in the context of aesthetic, technological, and economic evolution of film history. Prerequisite: COMM 150 3 Credits

Additional Courses (18 Credits)

In addition to the prescribed courses, film-video majors must complete 18 credits of additional courses. These are requirements for the major ONLY, please check the Undergraduate Bulletin for complete degree requirements.

Select 6 Credits From

  • COMM 337W – Intermediate Documentary Production
    Writing-intensive exploration of documentary video techniques and aesthetics through the completion of short exercises. Prerequisite: COMM 242 and Film-Video major 3 Credits
  • COMM 338 – Intermediate Narrative Production
    Exploration of narrative film or video techniques and aesthetics through the completion of short exercises and projects. Prerequisite: COMM 242 and Film-Video major 3 Credits
  • COMM 339 – Intermediate Alternative Production
    Exploration of alternative film or video production techniques and aesthetics through the completion of short exercises and projects. Prerequisite: COMM 242 and Film-Video major 3 Credits

Select 3 Credits From

  • COMM 437 – Advanced Documentary Production
    Advanced exploration of documentary production techniques and aesthetics through the completion of a short video project. Prerequisite: COMM 337W, COMM 340, COMM 342W 3 Credits per Semester/Maximum of 6
  • COMM 438 – Advanced Narrative Production
    Advanced exploration of narrative production techniques and aesthetics through the completion of a short film or video project. Prerequisite: COMM 338, COMM 340, COMM 342W 3 Credits per Semester/Maximum of 6
  • COMM 439 – Advanced Alternative Production
    Advanced exploration in experimental and animation forms through the production of a film or video project. Prerequisite: COMM 339, COMM 340, COMM 342W 3 Credits
  • COMM 448 – Advanced Group Production I
    A two semester advanced production course emphasizing intensive collaborative film-video production from script through post-production. Prerequisite: COMM 340, COMM 342W and two of the following:COMM 337, COMM 338 orCOMM 339 and permission of program 3 Credits

Select 9 Credits From

  • COMM 346 – Writing for the Screen I
    A beginning course in narrative Screenwriting emphasizing analysis, creativity, and critiquing skills necessary for the development of storytelling. Prerequisite: COMM 342W 3 Credits
  • COMM 437 – Advanced Documentary Production
    Advanced exploration of documentary production techniques and aesthetics through the completion of a short video project. Prerequisite: COMM 337W, COMM 340, COMM 342W 3 Credits per Semester/Maximum of 6
  • COMM 438 – Advanced Narrative Production
    Advanced exploration of narrative production techniques and aesthetics through the completion of a short film or video project. Prerequisite: COMM 338, COMM 340, COMM 342W 3 Credits per Semester/Maximum of 6
  • COMM 439 – Advanced Alternative Production
    Advanced exploration in experimental and animation forms through the production of a film or video project. Prerequisite: COMM 339, COMM 340, COMM 342W 3 Credits
  • COMM 440 – Advanced Cinematography and Lighting Techniques
    Advanced exploration in camera, lighting, audio, and color-grading techniques, emphasizing technical skills as well as aesthetics. Prerequisite: COMM 340, COMM 342W and two of the following: COMM 337, COMM 338 or COMM 339 or permission of program 3 Credits
  • COMM 443 – Producing Workshop
    This course will immerse students in the language and practice of producing film and video projects. Prerequisite: COMM 340, COMM 342W and two of either: COMM 337W, COMM 338 or COMM 339 3 Credits
  • COMM 444 – Advanced Post-Production Techniques
    This course offers intensive practical experience in editing, motion graphics and sound mixing techniques, emphasizing both technical skills and aesthetics. Prerequisite: COMM 340, COMM 342W and two of the following: COMM 337, COMM 338 or COMM 339 3 Credits
  • COMM 445 – Directing Workshop
    An advanced aesthetic and skill production course in directing for the screen. Prerequisite: COMM 340, COMM 342W and two of the following: COMM 337, COMM 338 or COMM 339 3 Credits
  • COMM 446 – Writing for the Screen II
    An advanced course in screenwriting that further develops elements of storytelling technique. Prerequisite: COMM 346 3 Credits
  • COMM 449 – Advanced Group Production II
    Continuation of advanced production course emphasizing intensive collaborative film-video production from script through post-production. Prerequisite: COMM 448 3 Credits

3. Schedule Your Classes

Schedule Your Classes

Page last updated: December 18, 2012