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Major Requirements

Applicable for the 2018-2019 academic year.


Film and Media Studies (14 Units)

Core Courses (3 units)

FM101 Introduction to Film Studies

FM102 Basic Filmmaking

FM201 Media Theory and Cultural Studies


Genre and History (2 units)

FM300 Film History and Theory

And one of the following:

FM200 Topics in Film Genre and History

TH/DA228 Experimental and Expanded Cinema

FS232 The Films of Alfred Hitchcock

FS244 American Film Comedy

FM330 On Location: Hollywood


Interdisciplinary Arts (1 unit)

AS220 Photography

EN225 Introduction to Shakespeare

EN250 Introduction to Literary Theory

EN283 Beginning Fiction Writing

EN285 Beginning Creative Nonfiction Writing

FM212 Writing for Performance

FM115 Fundamentals of Theatrical Design (also TH110 Fundamentals of Performance Design)

FM216 Video Dance

FM304 Shakespeare’s Tragedies on Film

MU235 Stage to Screen

MU301 Music Composition

TH101 Acting I: Introduction

TH206 Directing


Form and Filmmaking (2 units)

FM202 Screenwriting

FM210 Topics in Filmmaking

FM302 Advanced Filmmaking

FM240 Directing the Fiction Film

FM260/360 The CC Film Institute (1 unit of Form & Filmmaking credit + 1 unit of Elective credit)

FM310 Advanced Topics in Filmmaking 

FM312 Documentary Form and Filmmaking


Advanced Media Theory (1 unit)

FM301 Advanced Theory and Research Methods


Electives (3 units, no more than two of which may be at the 100 level)

AH112 Introduction to Art History (1 unit of FM credit only)

AS102 Introduction to Two-Dimensional Arts

AS115 Basic Graphics

AS116 Introduction to Digital Practices

AS226 Book and Book Structure

AS317 Advanced Photography

EN275 The Graphic Novel

EN286 Topics in Creative Writing

FM103 Art and Society

FM105 Creativity: Theory and Practice

FM203 Media and Psychoanalysis

FM206 Topics in Film and Media Studies

FM208 Aesthetics

FM214 Intermediate Performance Design

FM215 Independent Work in Film and Media Studies

FM217 Introduction to Journalism

FM218 New Media, Ethics, and Journalism

FM225 Topics in Media Practice

FM250 Videogames, Aesthetics, Culture

FM303 Philosophy of Technology

FM305 Advanced Topics in Film and Media Studies

FM307 Queer Performance and Body Politics

FM315 Advanced Independent Work in Film and Media Studies

TH/DA218 Costume Design

TH/DA326 Performance Studies


Any courses from the film and media studies major categories (Genre and History, Interdisciplinary Arts, Form and Filmmaking) and any FM-numbered or cross-listed courses may be taken for elective credit. No more than two independent study courses may be counted toward the major.


Thesis (2 units)

FM400 Independent Film, Filmmaking, and the Sundance Film Festival or FM405 Senior Seminar

FM401 Senior Project: Independent Thesis (Essay) or FM402 Senior Project: Independent Thesis (Film)

Senior thesis projects must be proposed in writing during the spring of the junior year. To make a fiction film for the thesis, an approved FM course in writing for the screen or FM 202 (Screenwriting) and FM 302 (Advanced Filmmaking) are required and must be completed before the senior year. To make a documentary film for the thesis, an approved course in documentary filmmaking or FM 312 (Documentary Form and Filmmaking) and FM 302 (Advanced Filmmaking) are required and must be completed before the senior year. To write a screenplay for the senior thesis, FM 202 (Screenwriting) and another approved course in creative prose writing are required and must be completed before the senior year.