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Film Studies

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What classes do I need to take?

The Film Concentration in the Communications Major within the Department of Communications, Theatre, and Art focuses on Film Studies including analyzing the history of cinema in relation to art, industry, and culture.  Students are required to take core courses in Communication supplemented by a range of courses in Film Studies. 

Film Studies Schema

Communication major with Film Studies concentration

Those students who have an interest in studying film may concentrate their electives in the Communication major entirely on film. This concentration is composed of film theory and criticism courses rather than film production courses. Students who complete this major and concentration will not only have grounding in general communication theory and media analysis, but also an area of specialization in film theory and criticism.

The Communication major with Film Studies concentration requires 46 credits (26 core credits and an additional 20 concentration credits). The 26 core credits include: ENG 2105 Investigative Writing (B- required -- 2 credits), CTA 1114 Media Literacy, CTA 2200 Presentation and Impact, 2240 Intercultural Communication (or approved study-abroad experience), CTA 3445 Argumentation, and two of the following three courses CTA -  4414 Media Criticism, CTA 4417 Media Law and Ethics or CTA 4445 Persuasion.  Additionally the major requires 20 concentration credits that include: CTA 2201 Film as Art, CTA 3301 Film Genres, CTA 4220 Great Filmmakers, CTA 4599 Thesis Project/Portfolio and either CTA 2301 World Cinema OR CTA 2514 Digital Media Studio. A minimum grade of "C" must be maintained in all required classes. A minor in another area is required.

Admission to the Communication major with Film Studies concentration

Students need to apply to the Communication major with Film Studies concentration after completing 8 CTA credit hours but before completing 24 credit hours of CTA courses and have completed ENG 2105 with a grade of B- or higher. Application should be made in the sophomore year; students less than one calendar year from graduation will not be admitted. Students apply to the major by writing a brief essay, completing the application to the major/change of major form, printing a current unofficial transcript and then setting up a meeting with the department chair to submit all the materials. The department will admit students who write an excellent essay, exhibit appropriate behavior for a future professional, and who conform to the deadline.

Film Studies concentration outcomes

  1. The Film Studies concentration prepares students to create messages that are appropriate for a specific audience in a variety of settings or media on a variety of topics.
  2. The Film Studies concentration prepares students to create and critique persuasive arguments.
  3. The Film Studies concentration prepares students to fulfill personal and career goals by being able to recognize, analyze, and work to resolve legal, ethical, and social issues related to professional practice.
  4. The Film Studies concentration prepares students to interpret the rhetorical situation and respond accordingly in the exchange (be a good communicator).
  5. Students who complete the film studies concentration would have an additional Communications Literacy component in regard to understanding the history and development of film as an art form, primary theories of film aesthetics, and the capability to intellectually critique a film.

Internships and Requirements

Although an internship isn't required, credit will be given for those interested in a pursing one. Each internship runs between 4 and 16 credits. The film concentration of the comm major requires a major research project/thesis that is individually overseen by a faculty member.