Certificate in Screen Studies

Learn more about the undergraduate certificate in Screen Studies.

The Certificate in Screen Studies introduces students to the study and the history of film, experimental film, video art and/or media arts. The certificate requires four courses:

  • FMA 1141 Film, Video and Interactive Foundations I, an introductory production course that emphasizes individual students' rigorous exploration of creative, personal visions, along with mainstream applications;
  • FMA 1171 Media & Culture, which concentrates on the cultural production, distribution, and reception of film and media arts; and,
  • FMA 1172 Introduction to Film and Video Analysis, which introduces students to the conceptual and theoretical tools to analyze film, television, and video
  • A Film or Media Arts History course selected from a specific list.

Students who complete the certificate will achieve the following learning outcomes:

  • Experience translating creative, personal vision into audio and video projects;
  • Consideration of personal work in the context of larger aesthetic theories;
  • An overview of the role of film, video and media arts in the larger American culture;
  • Experience analyzing film, television and video from a number of critical perspectives; and,
  • An historical awareness of the development of Film and Video, of New Media, or of Experimental Film and Video Art.

Assessment is based on creative audio, video and media arts projects; blogs; critical papers and/or examinations.


FMA 1141Film, Video and Interactive Foundations I4
FMA 1171Media & Culture3
FMA 1172Introduction to Film and Video Analysis3
Select one of the following Film or Media Arts History courses: 13-4
Survey of New Media
Film History I (1895-1950)
Film History II (1950-Present)
History of Experimental Film and Video Art
Total Credit Hours13-14