Major Program Requirements for Film and Media Studies

The Film and Media Studies (FAMS) major requirements are as follows:

  • Three 200-level Foundations courses
  • One 400-level Seminar
  • Five electives
  • Two-semester Thesis Project OR Portfolio + one additional 400-level course

Three foundations courses frame the major: Foundations in Critical Media Studies (e.g. 200-level course such as "Coming to Terms: Cinema," "Knowing Television," or "Knowing Cinema"), Foundations in Production (a 200-level introductory production workshop), and a Foundations in Integrated Media Practices. Foundations courses in Critical Media Studies and Production will serve as the prerequisites for the Foundations in Integrated Media Practices, which will be a team-taught course, and which FAMS majors is normally be completed by the end of their junior year. Majors will also be required to take at least one FAMS seminar in their junior or senior year. In addition, students will take at least five other courses as electives.

For the Capstone Requirement, students will either produce a two-semester thesis or will both submit a portfolio in the Fall semester of their senior year and will take at least one additional 400-level FAMS course. Students interested in pursuing a thesis will propose the project in the Spring semester of their junior year. Proposals will be reviewed by the FAMS Steering Committee, and those students whose works are accepted will be assigned to a FAMS thesis advisor. Thesis projects are required to include both visual and written components, even if one form (visual or written) may primarily dominate the work. Students who pursue the portfolio option will submit one visual work (up to ten minutes long) and one written work (up to twelve pages long) revised from previous classwork, along with a 2-3 page essay that thinks through the relation between critical and creative practice in their work as a FAMS major.

For Film and Media Studies course listings within the Five Colleges, visit: https://www.fivecolleges.edu/film/courses.

9 REQUIRED COURSES

REQUIREMENT

COURSE # AND TITLE

DATE COMPLETED

ADVISOR CONSENT FOR COURSES TAKEN OUT THE COLLEGE

Foundations in Critical Media Studies

 

 

 

Foundations in Production

 

 

 

Foundations in Integrated Media Practices

 

 

 

Elective

 

 

 

Elective

 

 

 

Elective

 

 

 

Elective

 

 

 

Elective

 

 

 

Advanced Seminar/Workshop

 

 

 

 

Declaring the Major

The FAMS program grants wide scope to students for creating an individualized program of study.  When declaring the major, each student is required to make a contract for his or her program with the Faculty Committee on Film and Media Studies (which will function as a review board), as represented and coordinated by the Chair.  Each student's program towards the completion of the contract will then be assessed, over the following semesters, by two faculty advisors from different departments appointed by the Committee.