Film and Visual Media
Bachelor of Arts in Film and Visual Media
Department of Communication
662 One Park Place South
David Cheshier, Chair
Greg Lisby, Associate Chair
The Film and Visual Media 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.
Program Academic Regulations
All 3000-4000 level Film/Video courses require students to have an overall Georgia State University Institutional GPA of 2.5 prior to enrollment. See the Department of Communication’s website for more information at http://communication.gsu.edu.
Program Degree Requirements
In addition to the Program Degree Requirements, students must fulfill the College of Arts and Sciences Degree Requirements (see section 3030) and the University Degree Requirements (see section 1400).
B.A. in Film and Visual Media
Area F: Courses Appropriate to the Major (18)
Area G: Major Courses (24)
A grade of C or higher in all major courses:
* To enroll in Film 4110, 4120, 4125 and 4130, students must receive departmental authorization. To be considered, students must have (1) a 3.0 grade-point average, and (2) submit the appropriate course application to the Department of Communication by October 15 or April 15 of the year of their eligibility prior to registration in semesters when Film 4110, 4120, 4125 and 4130 are offered.
Area H: Minor and Additional Courses
1. Students majoring in Film/Video must select a minor consisting of at least 15 hours of courses in an academic department/school/institute that offers a baccalaureate degree. At least nine semester hours of minor courses must be at the 3000 level or above, unless otherwise specified by the minor-granting department/school/institute. A grade of C or higher is required in all minor courses.
Minor in Film and Video
Students who wish to minor in one of the department’s three programs must take 15-18 hours in the specific area, including at least nine semester hours at the 3000 level or above. Students taking more than 15 hours in courses in the specific area may count the additional hours toward their electives or may consider completing a double major. A grade of C or higher is required in all courses counting toward the minor.