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Film and TV (FTS)

The Film and TV Studies major focuses on the theory, practice, artistic creation of cinema and other moving image media. The major examines the history of cinema, genres, the methodologies for study, close analysis of cinematic works, theoretical approaches to film and the practice of camera, lighting, editing, audio production. The educational goal is to provide majors with a solid grounding in the discipline of Film which consists of Film history and Film Theory, its relation to other forms of art, its synthesis of visual storytelling, technology, economics, and sociopolitical context, as well as the means to writing screenplays and making short and full length films. This course of study is centered on developing students’ critical and creative minds that can view, analyze, critique and conceptually think about cinema and their own work. The television component, another moving image media, consists of practice courses in the use of new media technologies.

The Film and TV Studies major prepares students to pursue graduate level degrees and seek employment in various moving image industries. Film students, upon completion of their major, may pursue a Masters (MA) and Doctorate (PHD) in Cinema Studies, a Masters in Fine Arts (MFA) in Film Production, or seek employment in Film and Television industries. Television students, based on their study in the practices of media technology, will be able to seek employment in the Television Industry (National, Cable/Local TV stations and Cable Community Service Stations).

FTS 42-43 Credit Major in Film & TV Studies, B.A.  

The Film & TV Studies major consists of 42-43 credits taken in one of two concentrations: Film or TV. Students must complete all core requirements before taking Area of Concentration courses. The total number of credits (42 or 43) depends on whether students participate in the Film & TV Studies Honors Program.

Note: Students must complete FTS 491 and its COREQ FTS 492 in order to be eligible for Departmental Honors upon graduation.

Note: All 300 and 400-level Film and TV Studies courses have either a specific course prerequisite or require completion of 60 credits and Departmental Permission.

The required courses and credits are distributed as follows:

Core Requirements (21 credits)

All students are required to complete the following courses:

Credits   Course                 Title

3              JRN 211               Introduction to Multilingual Media

3              FTS 212               Introduction to Film and Television

3              MCS 214             Introduction to Media and Digital Culture

3              FTS 213               History of Cinema

3              FTS 215               Camera and Lighting

3              FTS 224               Editing

3              FTS 226               Audio Production

Courses in Student's Concentration (21-22 credits)

Each student is required to complete a concentration in one of two areas: (1) Film or (2) TV

Concentration in Film (21-22 credits)

Required courses (15 credits):

3                FTS 258               Film Analysis

3                FTS 218                Animation and Anime Narratives

3                FTS 309                Screenwriting

3                FTS 316                Film and Video Production

3                FTS 420                Cinema Aesthetics and Criticism

3 credits elective.  To be chosen after consultation with advisor.

3-4 credits

Either:

3                FTS 481              Independent Project in Journalism

OR
3                FTS 491              Honors Tutorial in TV and Film

1                FTS 492              Honors Colloquium in TV and Film. 

FTS 491 and 492 are Honors capstone courses. To enroll in them, students must have earned 90 credits or more, have a 3.5 GPA in their major and have Departmental Permission. FTS 4910 and FTS 4920 must be taken together. Students who are eligible for the Honors Capstone may substitute FTS 491 and FTS 492 for FTS 481.

Note: Students must complete the Honors Capstone courses, FTS 491 and its COREQ FTS 492 to be eligible for Departmental Honors upon graduation.

Concentration in TV (21-22 credits)

Required courses (15 credits):

Credits      Course                 Title

3                 FTS 258              Film Analysis

3                 FTS 316              Film and Video Production

3                 FTS 317              Writing for Broadcast TV and Radio

3                 FTS 371              TV and Cultivation Theory

3                 FTS 352              Television Production

3  credits elective. To be chosen after consultation with advisor.

3-4 credits

Either:

3                 FTS 481               Independent Project in Journalism

OR

3                  FTS 491               Honors Tutorial in TV and Film

1                  FTS 492               Honors Colloquium in TV and Film


FTS 491 and 492 are Honors capstone courses. To enroll in them, students must have earned 90 credits or more, have a 3.5 GPA in the major and have Departmental Permission. FTS 4910 and FTS 4920 must be taken together. Students who are eligible for the Honors Capstone may substitute FTS 491 and FTS 492 for FTS 481.

Note: Students must complete the Honors Capstone courses, FTS 491 and its COREQ FTS 492 to be eligible for Departmental Honors upon graduation.