Applications accepted for fall only.      NYSED: 35959     CIP: 50.0602  

The major in Film and Media prepares students for careers in industries dependent on the moving image, including feature films, cable and broadcast television, digital media and advertising, industrial films, and the creation of visual content for new media delivery systems. Curriculum below is for the entering class of Fall 2020. 

Semester 5Credits
MAJOR AREAFI 321 - Film Theory and Criticism, An Introduction3
FI 356 - Screenwriting II3
FI 361 - Third-Year Production I3
choice - see Major/Related Electives**3
LIBERAL ARTSchoice - see Liberal Arts/Foreign Language*3
Semester 6
MAJOR AREAFI 362 - Third-Year Production II3
choice - see Film Genres 3
choice - see Major/Related Electives**3
LIBERAL ARTSchoice - see Liberal Arts/Foreign Language*3
INTERNSHIPIC 497 - Senior Internship C: Career Planning3
Semester 7
MAJOR AREAFI 461 - Senior Production I3
choice - see National Cinemas3
choice - see Major/Related Electives**3
LIBERAL ARTSchoice - Other World Civilization3
choice - see Liberal Arts Electives*3
Semester 8
MAJOR AREAFI 462 - Fourth-Year Production II3
choice - see Major Directors3
choice - see Major/Related Electives**3
LIBERAL ARTSchoice - see Liberal Arts Electives*6
 Total Credits: 60

Fall 2020 Requirements:  see below

* Liberal Arts: 18 credits

  • Foreign Language: 6 credits. Two semesters of the same foreign language, one of which must meet the General Education Foreign Language requirement (G8)
  • Other World Civilizations: 3 credits. Choice of any course that meets the General Education Other World Civilizations requirement (G9)
  • Liberal Arts Electives: 9 credits.  Choice of three 3-credit courses in liberal arts that are not Film and Media courses: AB (Arabic), CH (Chinese), EN (English), FI (Film & Media) - any FI course other than FI 205, 261, 361, 461, 362, and 462FR (French), HA (History of Art),  HE (Health Education) 201, 301, IT (Italian), JA (Japanese), MU (Music), HI (History), MA (Math), MC (Modern Languages & Cultures), PE (Physical Education & Dance) 215, 216, 217, PL (Philosophy), PO (Portuguese), SC (Science), SP (Spanish), and SS (Social Science). 

Courses Fulfilling the Major Requirement in Genre, National Cinema, and Director Categories: 9 credits. Choice of one 3-credit course from each of the following areas:

Film Genres: FI 204FI 224FI 234FI 324FI 331FI 332FI 333FI 334FI 335

National Cinemas: FI 225FI 241FI 244FI 245FI 246FI 341FI 342FI 343

Major Directors: FI 320FI 322FI 325FI 326

** Major/Related Electives: 12 credits. CHOICE of FI or related electives not previously taken: EN 301FI 201, FI 202, FI 203FI 204FI 205, FI 220FI 223, FI 224, FI 225  FI 234, FI 241, FI 242, FI 243, FI 244,FI 245, FI 246, FI 262, FI 271, FI 272, FI 273, FI 300FI 319FI 320FI 322FI 323FI 324, FI 325, FI 326, FI 327, FI 328FI 331, FI 332, FI 333, FI 334, FI 335, FI 341, FI 342FI 343, FI 400HA 243, or SS 378


Upon graduating from the Film and Media BS program, students will be able to:

  1. Develop complex argumentative strategies for long-form documentary films.
  2. Write scholarly essays on films, filmmakers, or industry practices that employ important theoretical concepts of Film and Media studies.
  3. Speak with informed confidence about the cinema history and cinema culture of at least one country or region in addition to the U.S.
  4. Create long-form screenplays that conform to industry standards for format and story structure.
  5. Apply special expertise in sound design, post-production digital techniques, costuming, performance, etc. to any film project.
  6. Produce 10-30 minute films of professional quality in various genres.