Bachelor of Arts in Film and Media Arts

Allan Barber, Sequence Director
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allanbar@temple.edu

The Bachelor of Arts in Film and Media Arts is designed for students who wish to have a more general approach to the major or wish to conclude the degree with something other than a year-long capstone film, feature length screenplay or a supervised written thesis. After completing the FMA core, students must take one production or writing course in either Filmmaking, Videography, Experimental Video or Screenwriting, along with one 2000-level or higher studies course. Students then design their own program with approval of their advisors, choosing a range of middle- and upper-level courses that complete a balanced approach to media study and production or a self directed emphasis in camera, lighting, sound, animation, directing, writing, producing or new media studies or production. The program requires at least one middle-level writing-intensive course, one advanced writing-intensive course, one advanced studies course and one advanced course in studies or production.

Bachelor of Arts in Film and Media Arts

Summary of Requirements for the Degree

The Bachelor of Arts degree may be conferred upon a student majoring in Film and Media Arts 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. Students 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 at least 42 FMA credits and a maximum of 58 FMA credits toward the 121 credit hours required for the degree.

Meeting 42 Credit Requirement

The following represents requirements for completing the BA in Film and Media Arts. Because some of these courses are variable credits, they may not add up to the 42 credits required for the degree. In that case, students must take additional FMA electives at the 2000+ level to reach the required 42 credits.

FMA Foundation Courses

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

FMA 1141Media Arts I4
FMA 1142Media Arts II4
FMA 1171Media & Culture3
FMA 1172Introduction to Film and Video Analysis3

Major Requirements

Select one of the following:4
Filmmaking
Videography
Experimental Video and Multi-Media
Screenwriting I 1
Select one of the following:3-4
Survey of New Media
Film History I (1895-1950)
Film History II (1950-Present)
History of Experimental Film and Video Art
Two FMA 2000+ level Studies or Production Electives 16-8
FMA 3000+ Writing-Intensive Elective (WI)4
FMA 3000+ level Studies Elective 23-4
FMA 3000+ level Production or Studies Elective 2,33-4
1

If FMA 2396 is not taken, then one of the 2000+ Studies or Production electives must be Writing Intensive. 

2

With faculty advisor's approval

3

For which the student has completed the prerequisites.

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

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

Year 1
FallCredit Hours
FMA 1141Media Arts I4
FMA 1171Media Culture3
ENG 0802, 0812, or 0902Analytical Reading and Writing [GW]4
GenEd Quantitative Literacy Course [GQ]4
 Term Credit Hours15
Spring
FMA 1142Media Arts II4
FMA 1172Introduction to Film and Video Analysis3
IH 0851 or 0951Mosaic: Humanities Seminar I [GY]3
GenEd Breadth Course3
Elective3
 Term Credit Hours16
Year 2
Fall
Select one of the following:3-4
Survey of New Media 
Film History I (1895-1950) 
Film History II (1950-Present) 
History of Experimental Film and Video Art 
Select one of the following:4
Filmmaking 
Videography 
Experimental Video and Multi-Media 
Screenwriting I [WI] 
IH 0852 or 0952Mosaic: Humanities Seminar II [GZ]3
GenEd Breadth Course3
GenEd Breadth Course3
 Term Credit Hours16-17
Spring
FMA 2000+ Studies or Production Elective3-4
FMA 2000+ Studies or Production Elective13-4
GenEd Breadth Course3
GenEd Breadth Course3
GenEd Breadth Course3
 Term Credit Hours15-17
Year 3
Fall
FMA 3000+ Studies Elective3-4
GenEd Breadth Course3-4
Electives9
 Term Credit Hours15-17
Spring
Select one of the following:3-4
Internship 
FMA 3000+ Studies or Production Elective
 
Electives12
 Term Credit Hours15-16
Year 4
Fall
FMA 3000+ Writing-Intensive Elective [WI]4
Electives12
 Term Credit Hours16
Spring
FMA Elective3-4
Electives10
 Term Credit Hours13-14
 Total Credit Hours: 121-128
1

Must select a writing intensive course if FMA 2396 is not taken.