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Major Curriculum - Previous (since Summer 2009)

The Film/video major is devoted to the interdisciplinary study of film, television, and new media. Courses focus on the histories and theories of cinematic, electronic, and digital media in addition to providing the opportunity for hands-on experience in film/media production. Students work closely with faculty members to devise an optimum program of study integrating creative and collaborative thinking, critical analysis, primary research, and media production.

The curriculum invites students to discover how meanings circulate through the conventions and alternative practices specific to various media and their institutions. Courses in the major also pay close attention to the broader cultural, social, industrial, and aesthetic contexts out of which media representations emerge. This liberal arts approach to film, television, and new media provides the student with the necessary skills and knowledge to adapt to the changing media environment of the 21st century. The major equips students for active and critical participation in contemporary visual culture.

Internships are available in the Atlanta metro area and beyond. A flexible curriculum has been configured to enable students to pursue interests in production, historical and critical studies, industries and contemporary culture, and screenwriting. Students graduating with a film and video major are prepared to succeed in film/media production, in media industries, or in graduate study.

General Requirements

  • A grade of “C” or better is required in ALL major and minor courses.
  • All students taking 3000-4000 level film classes must have a GSU GPA of at least 2.5 to register.
  • Students beginning with catalog edition 2009-2010 must pass two Critical Thinking through Writing (CTW) courses.
  • Each student will select a minor consisting of at least 15 hours, 9 of which must be at the 3000/4000 level. The minor may be in a discipline within the Department of Communication other than the major (i.e., journalism or speech for film majors) or in another academic department/school. The requirements for a minor must be fulfilled in a department/school that offers a baccalaureate degree and with courses at the 3000/4000 level, unless the courses are otherwise specified by the minor granting department/school.
  • Additional courses from departments/schools/institutes must be taken to complete a minimum of 120 semester hours, exclusive of 1000/2000 level physical education or military science courses.
  • A minimum of 39 semester hours in courses numbered 3000 or above must be completed in residence at Georgia State University with an average or “C” or better.

Bachelor of Arts – Film and Video Major

F. Courses appropriate to the major (18 credits)

These courses are required for all Film and Video students, regardless of concentration.

Required – (9 credits)

   

• FILM 1010 Film Aesthetics and Analysis
• FILM 2700 History of the Motion Picture
• Language 1002

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Select three – (9 credits)

   

• AAS 2010 Intro to African-American Studies
• AH 1700 Survey of Art I
• AH 1750 Survey of Art II
• AH 1850 Survey of Art III
• ECON 2105 Principles of Macro-Economics
• ECON 2106 Principles of Micro-Economics
• ENGL 2050 Interm Expository Writing
• ENGL 2120 British Literature
• ENGL 2130 American Literature
• Foreign Language 2001 Intermediate Language I
• Foreign Language 2002 Intermediate Language II
• HIST 1111 Survey of World History to 1500
• HIST 1112 Survey of World History Since 1500
• HIST 1140 Intro to Africa & African-Amer. Studies
• JOUR 2500 Comm. Research & Info Technologies
• PHIL 2010 Great Questions of Philosophy
• POLS 2101 Intro to Political Science
• POLS 2401 Global Issues
• PSYC 1101 Intro to General Psychology
• SOCI 1101 Introductory Sociology
• SOCI 1160 Intro to Social Problems
• SPCH 1500 Public Speaking
• THEA 2040 Intro to the Theatre
• WST 2010 Intro to Women’s Studies

 

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G. Concentration (24 credits)

   

Select one of the following courses

   

• FILM 4170 American Film History I
• FILM 4180 International Cinema
• FILM 4210 Critical History of Television
• FILM 4350 Film and History
• FILM 4960 American Film History II

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Select one of the following courses

   

• FILM 4125 Community Based Media Production*
• FILM 4240 Documentary Film
• FILM 4260 Adapting Literature to Film
• FILM 4280 Film Genres
• FILM 4760 African-Americans in Film
• FILM 4765 Gender & Film
• FILM 4776 Africa in Hollywood
• FILM 4810 Media and Popular Culture

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Select one of the following courses

   

• FILM 4120 Production I*
• FILM 4250 Producing for Film & TV
• FILM 4310 Feature Screenwriting I
• FILM 4800 Film & Media Industries

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Required Courses to fulfill the CTW requirement

   

• Film 4750 Film Theory and Criticism
• Film 4910 Senior Seminar in Film

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Additional FILM courses to reach 24 total hours
           NOTE-This section includes all FILM courses listed above.

   

• FILM 3000 Lighting Design for THEA/FILM/TV
• FILM 3300 Dramatic Writing*
• FILM 4000 Acting for the Camera*
• FILM 4130 Production II*
• FILM 4320 Feature Screenwriting II
• FILM 4780 Special Topics
• FILM 4840 Computer Graphic Imaging
• FILM 4841 Computer Animation
• FILM 4880 Honors Thesis Writing
• FILM 4890 Special Projects*
• FILM 4980 Internship *

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*Students must apply to obtain departmental authorization for FILM 3300, 4000,
4120, 4125, 4130, 4890 and 4980. Applications are available in 640 One Park Place.