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2012-2013 Undergraduate & Graduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science in Film and Video Production


Requirements for a Major in Film and Video Production


School of Communications Core Credits: 9


All students majoring in the School of Communications must complete the following core courses, for a total of nine credits:

Select one of two:

Capstone Requirement:

All students majoring in the School of Communications must take COM 495 (three credits) during their senior year. This Capstone course offers a synthesis of ideas and theories about one or more current critical issues in communication.

B.A. and B.S. Cognates


All undergraduate programs in the School of Communications offer both the B.A. degree and the B.S. degree. All students selecting majors in the School of Communications must choose either the B.A. cognate or the B.S. cognate that is intended for a particular undergraduate program.

B.A. Cognate


The B.A. degree requires a third-semester proficiency in a foreign language of the student’s choice.

Pre-admission courses (can be taken in any order):


Minimum 3.0 GPA required for CFV pre-admission courses, and 2.5 GPA overall required to apply to the major. See admission policy. Students must maintain good academic standing at the university after admission to the major.

Film/Video Production Foundation Credits: 26


Take the following plus one additional CFV history/theory/criticism course

Emphasis Areas Credits: 15


Complete one of the six emphasis areas for the film and video production major.

  • A. animation/new media - five courses
  • B. cinema studies - five courses
  • C. documentary/nonfiction production - five courses
  • D. fiction filmmaking - five courses
  • E. sound design - five courses
  • F. individual study plan - five courses

A. Animation/New Media


Choose one course from either CFV intermediate/advanced production or history/theory/criticism courses.

And take both of the following courses:

Animation/New Media Focused Group


Choose two courses, one of the two must be a 400-level course.

B. Cinema Studies


Choose one course from any of the 300-level or 400-level CFV production courses.

And take both of the following courses:

C. Documentary/Nonfiction Production


Choose one course from either CFV intermediate/advanced production or history/theory/criticism courses.

And take both of the following courses:

Documentary/Nonfiction Production Focused Group


Choose two courses.

D. Fiction Filmmaking


Choose one course from either CFV intermediate/advanced production or history/theory/criticism courses.

And take both of the following courses:

E. Sound Design


Choose one course from either CFV intermediate/advanced production or history/theory/criticism courses.

And take both of the following courses:

F. Individual Study Plan (ISP) Option


Working with an advisor, a student can design an individualized study plan (ISP) rather than selecting one of the published emphasis areas. An ISP, supported by a milestone statement, lists courses and the semester in which they will be taken, and its structure parallels that of the other emphasis areas.

The Milestone Statement outlines the student’s goals and explains how the individualized study plan supports them. If an ISP is modified, the student’s milestone statement must be modified as well.

Internship or Thesis Credits: 1-6


Capstone Credits: 3


Film and Video Program Description


Click here for the program description.