Film Studies Focus Area

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The Film Studies Focus Area is a nine-credit-hour capstone requirement in the major that allows students to choose a specific intellectual focus for completing their degree. Students can pick from Film Theory, Screenwriting, Film Production, or do a combination of any of these areas.

It is important for students to meet with the Major Advisor, Emily Carpenter, during their sophomore year, in order to establish a plan for the Focus Area.

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Focus Area Requirements

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For Film Studies Majors

The Film Production Focus Area encompasses a wide range of professional skills, designed to let students concentrate in a specific field like cinematography, editing, or animation. This focus area can also be approached in an all-encompassing manner, combining multiple skills depending on the student’s interests and career aspirations. Students interested in working in any type of film including narrative, documentary, art/experimental, and/or animation should make an appointment with Program Coordinator Matt Swift to discuss course planning options, internships, university resources for filmmaking, local filmmaking organizations, and much more.

Film Studies majors must complete a minimum of 9 credit hours, with a minimum of 6 hours at/or above the 4000-level. Courses cannot overlap with other Film Studies Major requirements.

For Moving-Image Production Majors

When selecting electives in the major, students are advised to consult faculty and advisors. The list below is provided for Film Studies Majors only. Moving-Image Production majors will be guided towards specific classes based on their chosen production mode in the major. Other possibilities may include pursuing internships, study abroad, undergraduate research, screenwriting, or non-production based fields of study. 

Film and Video Production Courses

  • Art 2500: Visual Studies: Digital Image Manipulation (3)

  • Art 2555: Photography I - Digital Camera (3)

  • Art 2601: Podcasting (3)

  • Art 3009: Film/Video I: Technologies and Analysis (3)

  • Art 4009: Film/Video II: Experimental Strategies (3)

  • Art 5009 - Film/Video III: Topics in Technologies and Strategies (3)

  • Art 5019 - Film/Video IV: Topics in Theories and Strategies (3)

  • Art 4101: Moving Image Art (3)

  • Art 4201: New Media Art (3)

  • ACCAD 5001: Motion Studies Through hand-Drawn Animation (3)

  • ACCAD 5002: 3D Computer Animation: Form, Light and Motion 1 (3)

  • ACCAD 5003: 3D Computer Animation: Form, Light, and Motion 2 (3)

  • ACCAD 5100: Concept Development for Time-based Media (3)

  • ACCAD 5102: Programming Concepts for Artists and Designers (3)

  • ACCAD 5140: Interactive arts Media 1 (3)

  • ACCAD 5141: Interactive Arts Media 2 (3)

  • ACCAD 5142: Interactive Arts Media 3 (3)

  • Dance 3401: Dance in Popular Culture (3)

  • Dance 4193: Independent Studies (1-3)

  • Dance 4805: Interdisciplinary Performance (3)

  • Dance 5211: Dance-Film 1 (2-3)

  • Dance 5212: Dance Film 2 (2-3)

  • Dance 5213: Intermedia Performance (2-3)

  • Dance 5612: Digital Video Editing (1-3)

  • Dance 7215: Emerging Research Methodologies (2-3)

  • Film Studies 4191: Internship (1-12)

  • Film Studies 4999/4999H (1-12)

  • Film Studies 5193: Independent Study (1-12)

  • Film Studies 5600: Pathways in Film Practice and Theory (3)

  • MIP 2201: Filmmaking Foundation 2 (3) #

  • MIP 2202: Filmmaking Foundation 2 (3) #

  • Theatre 2341H: Moving Image Art (Honors) (3)

  • Theatre 4000.03: Practicum: Video (1-3)

  • Theatre 5189: Field Work (1-12)

  • Theatre 5321: Video Production 1 (3)

  • Theatre 5322: Editorial Process (3)

  • Theatre 5323: Video Production 2 (3)

  • Theatre 5341: Studies in the Documentary (3)


#Courses still in development

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The Film Theory Focus Area is designed to allow students to delve deeply in to the academic fields of film history, criticism and theory and to prepare students for careers in film and television criticism, media archives, film festival curation and programming, film studies education, and many other fields. This focus area extends the Film Studies major electives and comprises course options from the same list. Students interested in this specialization should meet with Program Coordinator Matt Swift to discuss courses, research ideas, and internships.

Film Studies majors must complete a minimum of 9 credit hours, with a minimum of 6 hours at/or above the 4000-level. If 6 credit hours are from the approved list, the student may be allowed to have one course overlap with the electives area upon discussion with their advisor.

  • AAAS 4571 Black Visual Culture and Popular Media (3)

  • ACCAD 3350 The History of Animation (3)

  • ARTEDUC 5835: Visual Representations of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender & Queer Subjects (3)

  • Chinese 4405 China in Chinese Film (3)

  • Comparative Studies 3607 Film and Literature as Narrative Art (3)

  • EALL 3446 Asian American Film (3)

  • EALL 4407 Early Asian Cinema (3)

  • English 4578 Special Topics in Film (3)**

  • Film Studies 3660 Documentary Film Studies (3)

  • Film Studies 4580 Studies in a Major Director

  • Film Studies 4640: Studies in Cinema History (3)

  • Film Studies 4650: Studies in Regional Cinema (3)

  • Film Studies/German 4670H Cinema and the Historical Avant Garde (3)

  • Film Studies 4895 Senior Seminar in Film Studies

  • Film Studies 4998 Undergraduate Research (2-12 CH)#

  • Film Studies 4999 Distinction Project (2-12 CH)#

  • Film Studies 4999H Honors Thesis Research (2-12 CH)#

  • French 2801 Classics of French Cinema (3)

  • French 3701 Introduction to French Cinema (3)*

  • French 4053 French and Italian Cinema to 1952 (3)*

  • French 5702 Contemporary French Cinema 1945 to Present  (3)

  • German 2451 Germans in Hollywood: Exiles and Émigrés (3)

  • German 3351 Democracy, Fascism, and German Culture (3)

  • History 3310 History of African American Cinema (3)

  • History of Art 3901 World Cinema Today (3)

  • History of Art 4015 Wexner Seminar (3)

  • History of Art 4901 Classic Film Theories (3)

  • History of Art 5645 Video Art (3)

  • History of Art 5901 Silent Cinema: 1895-1927 (3)

  • History of Art 5902 Classical Sound Cinema: 1927-1948 (3)

  • History of Art 5903 Recent Cinema: 1948-Present (3)

  • History of Art 5905 Avant-Garde Film (3)

  • History of Art 5910 Documentary Film (3)

  • INTSTDS 4451 Immigration Controversy Through Film (3)

  • Italian 2053 Introduction to Italian Cinema (3)

  • Italian 2055 Mafia Movies (3)

  • Italian 4223 Italian Cinema (3)*

  • Italian 8242: Studies in Italian Culture: Gender and Genre (3)

  • Japanese 4400 Japanese Film and Visual Culture (3)

  • Russian 3460 Modern Russian Experience through Film (3)

  • Scandinavian 4450 The Films of Ingmar Bergman (3)

  • Slavic 3310 Science Fiction: East vs. West (3)

  • Slavic 3360: Screening Minorities: Representations of the Other in Slavic Film (3)

  • Spanish 2380 Introduction to Latin American Cinema (3)

  • Spanish 4580 Latin American Film (3)*

  • Spanish 4581 Spanish Film (3)*

  • Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies 3317 Hollywood, Women and Film (3)

  • Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies 4527 Studies in Gender and Cinema (3)


*Offering may be in foreign language; may have language prerequisite
** English 4578 can only be repeated in the major for a total of 6 credit hours and each course must be on different topics

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The Screenwriting Focus Area is designed to give students practical, hands-on experience, training them for careers as professional screenwriters. The courses are designed to allow students to develop a cinematic world, write short and feature-length screenplays, and learn about the business screenwriting for both film and television. Students interested in this focus area should make an appointment with Film Studies Program Coordinator, Matt Swift, to discuss course planning, internships, and how to begin writing your first screenplay.

Film Studies majors must complete a minimum of 9 credit hours, with a minimum of 6 hours at/or above the 4000-level. Courses cannot overlap with other Film Studies Major requirements.

  • Film Studies 4800: Concept Development and Storytelling (3)*

  • Film Studies 4880: Screenwriting and the Business of Cinema – Film (3)*

  • Film Studies 4881: Screenwriting and the Business of Cinema – Television (3)*

  • Film Studies 4890: Advanced Screenwriting (3)

  • Theatre 5331: Screenwriting (3)