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Film and Media Studies


Film and Media Studies (FAMS) is an interdisciplinary academic program that integrates film and media theory with creative digital production. In our media saturated world, it is of vital importance to understand how cultural and aesthetic forms provide entertainment and information. The Film and Media Studies program offers students an opportunity to explore film, television, and electronic media as important art forms and cultural phenomena.

Film and Media Studies Major

The Film and Media Studies major provides students with an interdisciplinary understanding of the history, theory and socio-cultural aspects of media, alongside artistic production and digital multi-media skills. In the FAMS program, students create an individualized program of study by choosing one of two concentrations: 1) media production that emphasizes experiential learning in media creation or 2) media analysis that focuses on media history and theory. In addition, students will take four electives to support their particular interests and career plans. 

The FAMS capstone gives students the opportunity to bring together critical and creative approaches to develop a project in their area of interest, that range in form from screenplays, films, multi-media presentations, curated events and scholarly essays.

Film and Media Studies Major (36 credit hours)

Core courses (9 credit hours)

  • ART 111: Intro to Film Analysis (3)
  • COMM 205: Mediated Message (3)
  • COMM 211: Introduction to Mass Communication (3)

Concentration: (3 courses in 1 concentration, 9 credit hours)

Choose either the media production concentration or the media analysis concentration.

Media Production

  • COMM 220: Digital Audio Production (3)
  • COMM 221: Digital Video Production (3)
  • ART 327: Multimedia (3)

Media Analysis

  • ART 224: Contemporary Cinema (3)
  • COMM 222: Television Studies (3)
  • ENGL 334: Film as Text (3)

Electives (12 credit hours)

Choose four courses, 12 credit hours. Out of the four courses, one must be a 300-level course and one must be a course from the alternate concentration.

  • ART 113: Photo 1 - Digital (3)
  • ART 116: Computer Graphics (3)
  • ART 119: Digital Imagery (3)
  • ART 212 Photography 2 - Digital Darkroom (3)
  • ART 217 History of Film (3)
  • ART 224: Contemporary Cinema (Media Analysis Concentration) (3)
  • ART 228: Design History (3)
  • ART 244: Latin American Cinema (3) ;
  • ART 260: Transatlantic Film (3)
  • ART 260: Creative Documentary Filmmaking (3)
  • ART 322: Advertising in Marketing (3)
  • ART 327: Multimedia (Media Production Concentration) (3)
  • COMM 206: Communicating with Social Media (3)
  • COMM 220: Digital Audio Production (Media Production Concentration) (3)
  • COMM 221: Digital Video Production (Media Production Concentration) (3)
  • COMM 222: Television Studies (Media Analysis Concentration) (3)
  • COMM 301: Law of Mass Communication (3)
  • COMM 305: Television and Film Scriptwriting (3)
  • COMM 333: Feminist Film Studies (3)
  • COMM 375: Emerging Technologies (3)
  • ENGL 334: Film as Text (Media Analysis Concentration) (3)
  • HIST 250: Historical Documentary Filmmaking (3)
  • MUS 160: Music and Film (3)
  • POLSC 262: Politics and Film (3)
  • SPAN 334: Film and Literature (3)
  • RELST 257: Religion and Film (3)

Capstone (2 courses, 6 credit hours)

  • COMM 324: Senior Seminar I (3)
  • COMM 369: Senior Seminar II (3)

Film and Media Studies Minor

Through the Film and Media Studies (FAMS) minor, students will explore film, television, and electronic media as important art forms and cultural phenomena. In addition, students will gain an interdisciplinary understanding of the history, theory, and socio-cultural aspects of media, alongside the artistic production and digital multi-media skills.

The interdisciplinary minor in Film and Media Studies requires a total of six courses. FAMS minors must complete three core courses in ART 111: Introduction to Film Analysis, COMM 211: Mass Communication and COMM 205: Mediated Messages; and three electives that support their particular interests and career plans. 

Film and Media Studies Minor (18 credit hours)

Core courses (9 credit hours)

  • ART 111: Intro to Film Analysis (3)
  • COMM 211: Mass Communication (3)
  • COMM 205: Mediated Message (3)

Electives (9 credit hours)

  • ART 113: Photo 1 - Digital (3)
  • ART 116: Computer Graphics (3)
  • ART 119: Digital Imagery (3)
  • ART 212 Photography 2 - Digital Darkroom (3)
  • ART 217 History of Film (3)
  • ART 224: Contemporary Cinema (3)
  • ART 228: Design History (3)
  • ART 244: Latin American Cinema (3)
  • ART 260: Transatlantic Film (3)
  • ART 260: Creative Documentary Filmmaking (3)
  • ART 322: Advertising in Marketing (3)
  • ART 327: Multimedia (3)
  • COMM 206: Communicating with Social Media (3)
  • COMM 220: Digital Audio Production (3)
  • COMM 221: Digital Video Production (3)
  • COMM 222: Television Studies (3)
  • COMM 301: Law of Mass Communication (3)
  • COMM 305: Television and Film Scriptwriting (3
  • COMM 333: Feminist Film Studies (3)
  • COMM 375: Emerging Technologies (3)
  • ENGL 334: Film as Text (3)
  • HIST 250: Historical Documentary Filmmaking (3)
  • MUS 160: Music and Film (3)
  • POLSC 262: Politics and Film (3)
  • SPAN 334: Film and Literature (3)
  • RELST 257: Religion and Film (3)