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  Dec 12, 2017
 
2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog

Film Studies, BA


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Standard track requirements


The major in film studies major requires the completion of 36 credits distributed as follows.

Two National Cinemas or Filmmakers courses


Students must take two courses from the National Cinemas or Filmmakers category listed below. Courses marked with the plus sign (+) do not fulfill this requirement.

Two Themes, Genres, or Theory courses


Students must take two courses from the Themes, Genres, or Theory category listed below. Courses marked with the plus sign (+) do not fulfill this requirement.

Four elective courses


Students must select four courses from the three categories below:

  1. National Cinemas or Filmmakers Courses
  2. Themes, Genres, or Theory courses
  3. Production

Media and Production Track requirements


Students pursuing the Media and Production track must complete 39 credits distributed as follows.

Foundational course


Select one course from the following list.

Two category courses


Students must take two courses from either the National Cinemas or Filmmakers or the Themes, Genres, or Theory category listed below. Eligible courses are marked with an asterisk (*) or the plus sign (+).

Critial Studies courses


Both of the following courses are required.

Additional Rules and Requirements


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 film internship can be counted toward the major.

Writing (W) requirement: Students must complete at least one W-course in the major.

Related area: A minimum of 12 credits is required in any one Dietrich School department, chosen in consultation with the major advisor. The completion of an official Dietrich School minor or a Dietrich School or UCIS certificate also satisfies this requirement.

Film studies courses fall into three categories:

  • National Cinemas or Filmmakers
  • Themes, Genres, or Theory
  • Production

Note: All courses in the Production category are offered by special arrangement through Pittsburgh Filmmakers. Enrollment in these classes will be limited to those whose tuition is covered by the Dietrich School. They will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis, first to full-time Dietrich School students, all of whom must be in good academic standing. To apply for a seat in a Pittsburgh Filmmakers course, students must preregister with the Film Studies office in 624 Cathedral of Learning two weeks before the first day of registration. Failure to attend the first class of the term will mean automatic loss of the seat. Students will not be permitted to take more than one course per term.

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