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Film & Media Studies Curriculum Overview

Movies involve every mode of expression, from movement to music, from narrative to news.
No medium is better suited to the study of communication and self-expression. Movies are also a fascinating window into recent and contemporary cultures, revealing things about those cultures, from their “common knowledge” to their secret desires, attitudes, beliefs, and values.

The Film & Media Studies program at F&M opens these avenues of research to
students across the curriculum. The program offers courses in motion picture history, criticism, theory, and production. Film & Media Studies can be a major, a minor, half of a joint major with another program, or part of a self-designed interdisciplinary Special Studies major.

 

Major Requirements: 

The following are core courses:
         TDF 165 - Intro to Film & Media Studies
         TDF 162 - Motion Picture Production
         TDF 267 - Film History
         TDF 363 - Film Theory Seminar
         TDF 490 - Senior Project
Plus two of the following production workshops:
         TDF 362 - Narrative Video Workshop
         TDF 364 - Documentary Video Workshop
         TDF 371 - Experimental Video Workshop
Plus three electives in Film & Media Studies and related subjects approved by the program director.

Automatically approved electives include TDF courses in writing, acting, and design, Videodance, and film courses in other departments (e.g., Italian Cinema, Cinema and the American Jewish Experience). Film Theory and the 300-level video production workshops  may be repeated as electives. Students with an interest in interdisciplinary research involving Film & Media Studies may petition the program director to include courses from other departments as electives within the major.

 

Minor Requirements:

The following are core courses:
         TDF 165 - Intro to Film & Media Studies
         TDF 162 - Motion Picture Production
         TDF 267 - Film History
         TDF 363 - Film Theory Seminar
Plus two other Film & Media Studies courses or any electives described above as part of the major.