School of Liberal Arts

Applications accepted for fall only.      NYSED: 35958       CIP: 50.0601
The major in Film and Media provides students with a solid foundation in digital filmmaking, including screenwriting, cinematography, and editing, as well as a grounding in the history, theory, and criticism related to film and media. Curriculum below is for the entering class of fall 2022.

Semester 1Credits
MAJOR AREAFI 111 - Introduction to Film3
FX 112 - First-Year Production I3
PH 282 - Basic Video Editing3
GENERAL EDUCATIONEN 121 - English Composition G13
choice - see Requirements*3
Semester 2
MAJOR AREAFI 256 - Screenwriting I3
FX 113 - First-Year Production II3
FX 261 - Introduction to Sound3
PH 331 - Lighting for Still and Moving Images2
GENERAL EDUCATIONchoice - see Requirements*6
Semester 3
MAJOR AREAFI 221 - History of Film, Beginnings to 19593
FI 231 - History of Documentary Film3
FX 212 - Second-Year Production I3
PH 284 - Editing Concepts3
GENERAL EDUCATIONchoice - see Requirements*6
Semester 4
MAJOR AREAFI 222 - History of Film, 1960-Present3
FX 232 - Documentary Film Production3
GENERAL EDUCATIONchoice - see Requirements*6
 Total Credits: 62

*Fall 2022 Requirements for Liberal Arts Associate Degree Programs: See below.

  • Three (3) credits from each required General Education area, totaling 9 credits: G1, G2, and G3
  • Twelve (12) credits from four different areas in liberal arts courses in G4-G10
  • Three (3) credits of any 200- or 300-level English literature or speech course

FIT's Gen Ed courses are organized into the following categories: G1 Basic Communication; G2 Mathematics; G3 Natural Sciences; G4 Social Sciences; G5 Western Civilization; G6 The Arts; G7 Humanities; G8 Foreign Language; G9 Other World Civilizations; G10 American History. 

See list of Gen Ed approved courses under FIT's General Education Requirements and Courses.  An FIT Gen Ed course cannot be used to meet more than one General Education area.   

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

  1. Deploy the full range of analytic tools in criticism of films and other moving image products (e.g., television or advertising).
  2. Apply a working knowledge of cinema history in evaluating films and videos.
  3. Demonstrate effective use of camera position, framing, and selection of lenses in a wide range of filming situations.
  4. Employ appropriate editing strategies (e.g., montage, continuity, etc.) in a variety of film projects.
  5. Create lighting strategies appropriate to the cinematography and subject matter in short films.
  6. Record, mix, and edit sound for film, including dialogue, sound effects, and music.
  7. Produce, write, shoot, and edit brief documentary films of high quality.
  8. Write short-form screenplays that exhibit dramatic tension, character development, and well-crafted dialog.