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2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
 
  Dec 01, 2021
 
2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog

Film and Media Studies, BA


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The study of film and media is an important part of a contemporary humanities education. At the University of Pittsburgh, the Film and Media Studies Program offers interdisciplinary courses concerning the history, aesthetics, and theory of cinema and time-based media and courses in film and video production.

A major in film and media studies helps students to understand and appreciate the cinematic medium and to be aware of its impact as a cultural and artistic force. It is appropriate for those students who wish to pursue careers in film teaching, film exhibition, film journalism, film museum curatorial work, film library and archive work, and film and television production. As part of the Film and Media Studies Program, internships are available to students in many of these fields at locations including local television stations, Pitt Studios, Pittsburgh-based film festivals, casting agencies, and museums. Critical Studies and Film and Media Production tracks alike provide liberal arts educations with professional outcomes.

The Film and Media Studies major requires the completion of 36 credits distributed as follows. The Media and Production track requires 36 credits for completion distributed as follows.

Critical Studies track requirements


Production course


Students must take one of the following production courses.

Two National Cinemas or Film courses


Students must take two courses from the National Cinemas or Film course category listed below.

Two Themes, Genres, or Theory courses


Students must take two courses from the Themes, Genres, or Theory category listed below.

Four elective courses


Students must select four courses from the three categories below.

  1. National Cinemas or Film
  2. Themes, Genres, or Theory
  3. Production

Production track requirements


Screenwriting course*


*On October 19th, 2021 the program was updated in order to maintain accuracy.

Production Course*


Select one of the following courses.

Two category courses


Students must take two courses from either the National Cinemas or Film or the Themes, Genres, or Theory category listed below.

Critical Studies courses


Both of the following courses are required.

Production


Additional Rules and Requirements


ENGFLM 0530 and ENGFLM 0540

The Film and Media Studies program recommends that students complete ENGFLM 0530 - FILM ANALYSIS  and ENGFLM 0540 - WORLD FILM HISTORY  or their equivalents prior to taking any 1000-level film courses.

Production courses

No more than five production courses may be counted toward the major (Standard track). Additional production courses may be taken to meet the minimum credit requirement for graduation.

Grade requirements

A minimum GPA of 2.0 in departmental courses is required for graduation.

Satisfactory/No Credit option

No more than three courses that count toward the major can be taken on an S/NC basis.

Internship

Only one 3-credit film internship can be counted toward the major.

Writing requirement

Students must complete at least one W-course in the major.

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