Bachelor of Arts in Film and Media Arts: Concentration in Screen Studies

The B.A. in Film and Media Arts with a Concentration in Screen Studies is a liberal arts degree that allows students to study in depth the aesthetics, history, and cultural significance of moving-image media. It draws upon the fields of cinema studies and humanities-based disciplines of media studies and media arts theory, while also encouraging students to approach screen cultures from neighboring disciplines, such as cultural studies, area studies, art history, or visual studies.

Bachelor of Arts in Film and Media Arts: Concentration in Screen Studies

Summary of Requirements for the Degree

The Bachelor of Arts degree may be conferred upon a student majoring in Film and Media Arts with a concentration in Screen Studies by recommendation of the faculty and upon satisfactory completion of a minimum of 121 credit hours. Students must complete:

  1. University requirements:
    • New students are required to complete the General Education (GenEd) curriculum.
    • All students must take a minimum of two writing-intensive courses. The specific writing-intensive courses required for this major are listed below and identified with the code "WI".
  2. No more than 21 FMA credits can be transferred to the major.
  3. A student must earn a grade of "C-" or better in all Film and Media Arts courses that count towards the degree.
  4. Students may take up to 6 internship credits in Film and Media Arts.
  5. Students may count a maximum of 66 FMA credit hours toward the 121 credit hours required for the degree.

FMA Foundation Courses

Film and Media Arts students will complete the following courses by the end of the sophomore year:

Select one of the following:4
Media Arts I
Media Arts for Non-Production Majors
FMA 1171Media & Culture3
FMA 1172Introduction to Film and Video Analysis3
Total Credit Hours10

Concentration Requirements

Courses required after completion of Screen Studies Foundation Courses:

Select two of the following:6-8
Survey of New Media
History of Photography
Film History I (1895-1950)
Film History II (1950-Present)
History of Experimental Film and Video Art
History of Documentary
FMA 2000+ Writing Intensive Studies Elective <sup>WI</sup> 14
Select one of the following:4
Theory and Practice of Media Culture
Film Theory
FMA 3872
Select one of the following:3-4
Topics in Film Study
Film Noir
Film Comedy
Topics in Media Culture
Topics in Film Study
Writing Intensive Film Study
FMA 3679
Select two of the following:7-8
American Film
FMA 3678
International Cinema
Anthropological Film/Media
Select one of the following:4
Independent Film/Video
Scene Analysis for Writers and Directors
Contemporary Screen Studies
Women Film/Video Artists
Select one of the following:3-4
Advanced Film History
FMA 4896
Two Semesters of Foreign Language6-8
Total Credit Hours37-44
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The following are the Writing Intensive courses in Film and Media Arts: FMA 2396 Screenwriting I; FMA 3696 Writing Intensive Film Study; FMA 3896 Advanced Film Analysis; FMA 4697 Advanced Film History; and FMA 4698 History of Documentary.

Suggested Academic Plan

Please note that this is a suggested academic plan. Depending on your situation, your academic plan may look different.

Bachelor of Arts in Film and Media Arts: Concentration in Screen Studies

Requirements for New Students starting in the 2016-2017 Academic Year

Year 1
FallCredit Hours
Select one of the following:4
Media Arts I 
Media Arts for Non-Production Majors 
One Semester of Foreign Language (may be continuation of prior language study)3-4
ENG 0802, 0812, or 0902Analytical Reading and Writing [GW]4
GenEd Quantitative Literacy Course [GQ]4
 Term Credit Hours15-16
Spring
FMA 1171Media Culture3
FMA 1172Introduction to Film and Video Analysis3
IH 0851 or 0951Mosaic: Humanities Seminar I [GY]3
GenEd Breadth Course3
One Semester of Foreign Language (continuation of language taken in Year 1-Fall)3-4
 Term Credit Hours15-16
Year 2
Fall
Select one of the following:3-4
Survey of New Media 
History of Photography 
Film History I (1895-1950) 
Film History II (1950-Present) 
History of Experimental Film and Video Art 
History of Documentary [WI] 
FMA 2000+ Writing Intensive Studies Elective [WI]4
Elective3
IH 0852 or 0952Mosaic: Humanities Seminar II [GZ]3
GenEd Breadth Course3
 Term Credit Hours16-17
Spring
Select one of the following:3-4
Survey of New Media 
History of Photography 
Film History I (1895-1950) 
Film History II (1950-Present) 
History of Experimental Film and Video Art 
History of Documentary [WI] 
Electives6
GenEd Breadth Course3
GenEd Breadth Course3
 Term Credit Hours15-16
Year 3
Fall
Select one of the following:4
Theory and Practice of Media Culture 
Film Theory 
FMA 3872
 
Select one of the following:3-4
Topics in Film Study 
Film Noir 
Film Comedy 
Topics in Media Culture 
Writing Intensive Film Study [WI] 
FMA 3679
 
Topics in Film Study 
Electives6
GenEd Breadth Course3
 Term Credit Hours16-17
Spring
Select one of the following:4
Independent Film/Video 
Scene Analysis for Writers and Directors 
Contemporary Screen Studies 
Women Film/Video Artists 
Electives6
GenEd Breadth Course3
GenEd Breadth Course3
 Term Credit Hours16
Year 4
Fall
Select two from the following:7-8
American Film 
FMA 3678
 
International Cinema 
Anthropological Film/Media 
Electives8
 Term Credit Hours15-16
Spring
Select one of the following:4
Advanced Film History [WI] 
FMA 4896
 
Electives9
 Term Credit Hours13
 Total Credit Hours: 121-127