- Bachelor of Arts in Film and Video
Department of Communication
8th Floor, 25 Park Place
David Cheshier, Chair
Greg Lisby, Associate Chair
Doug Barthlow, Undergraduate Adviser
The disciplines of communication are concerned with the processes and effects of human communication in a variety of contexts ranging from interpersonal communication through the mass media. The Department of Communication provides courses of study that develop knowledge and skills in managing face-to-face communication, knowledge about the nature and social functions of the mass media, and the skills necessary for communication careers. Majors are offered in the areas of film and video, journalism, and speech.
The major in film and video is designed to provide the student with the knowledge and skills necessary to understand and apply this complex discipline in both an intellectual and artistic way. This is reflected in the program structure, which includes critical studies (history, theory, industry, and criticism), production (film, video, digital), and writing. Students will cover all of these areas but may specialize in one or two in their work. Internships are available in the Atlanta metro area and beyond.
Credit for special projects and internships is available in all majors and concentrations. Internships enable students who already have completed the appropriate course work and have met departmental eligibility criteria to take advantage of expertise in a variety of professional sectors in the metropolitan area and to tailor programs to their specific career goals.
Major Eligibility Requirements
Effective fall semester 2013, to be eligible for the Film and Video major and to enroll in 3000-4000 level Film and Video courses (i.e., FILM courses), students must fulfill the following requirements:
- Complete all courses with the FILM prefix that are in Film and Video’s Area F (with a minimum grade of “C”) and
- Earn a 2.5 grade-point average in all Area F FILM courses. This GPA will be calculated based on the first attempt at these FILM courses at Georgia State University. WFs counts as an attempt. Transfer students who transfer these course(s) into Georgia State, may use the grades in the transferred course(s) to calculate the GPA or they may attempt them once at Georgia State.
Once a student is eligible to take 3000-4000 Film and Video courses, they remain eligible to take them as long as they are eligible to enroll at Georgia State University.
College and University Degree Requirements
In addition to the Major Eligibility Requirements for Film and Video, students must fulfill the College of Arts and Sciences Degree Requirements (see section 3030) and the University Degree Requirements (see section 1400).
B.A. in Film and Video
Area F: Courses Appropriate to the Major Field (18)
- Lang 1002 Elementary Foreign Language II (3)
(See “Foreign Language Requirement for B.A. and B.I.S. Majors,” previously described.)
- Required Courses (minimum grade of C is required). (6)
- Electives: Select three courses. (9)
AAS 2010, AH 1700, AH 1750, AH 1850, ECON 2105, ECON 2106, ENGL 2050, ENGL 2120, ENGL 2130, Lang 1001 (if no previous experience with language), Lang 1002, Lang 2001, Lang 2002, HIST 1111, HIST 1112, HIST 1140, HIST 2110, JOUR 2500, MUA 1500, MUA 1900, MUA 1930, PHIL 2010, POLS 2101, POLS 2401, PSYC 1101, SOCI 1101, SOCI 1160, SPCH 1500, THEA 2040, WGSS 2010
* Students must have a 2.5 grade-point average in these Area F courses to be eligible for the Film and Video major and to take 3000-4000-level FILM courses. (See Major Eligibility Requirements above.)
Area G: Major Courses (24)
A grade of C or higher is required in all major courses.
- Required Courses to fulfill CTW requirement (7)
- Screenwriting, Production, and Industry. Select one course. (3-4)
- Film History. Select one course. (4)
- Critical Studies. Select one course. (3-4)
- FILM 4125 Community-Based Media Production (4)*
- FILM 4240 Documentary Studies (3)
- FILM 4260 Adapting Literature to Film (3)
- FILM 4280 Authors and Genres (3)
- FILM 4760 African Americans in Film (4)
- FILM 4765 Gender in Film and Television (3)
- FILM 4776 Africa in Hollywood (4)
- FILM 4810 Media and Popular Culture (4)
- Electives. Select a sufficient number of the following courses to bring the course total to the 24 credit hours which complete the major. Any other 3000 or 4000-level Film class not already used to fulfill the requirements for Sections 1-4 can be taken as an elective
- FILM 3000 Lighting Design for Theatre, Film, and Television (4)
- FILM 3300 Dramatic Writing for Stage and Screen (3)
- FILM 4000 Acting Camera and Directing (4)
- FILM 4130 Production II (4)*
- FILM 4320 Feature Screenwriting II (3)
- FILM 4780 Special Topics (3-4)
- FILM 4840 Computer Graphic Imaging (4)
- FILM 4841 Computer Animation (3)
- FILM 4880 Honors Thesis: Writing (3-6)
- FILM 4980 Internship (3)
* To enroll in Film 4110, 4120, 4215 and 4130, students must receive departmental authorization. To be considered, students must have (1) a 3.0 grade-point average, and (2) submit the appropriate course application to the Department of Communication by October 15 or April 15 of the year of their eligibility prior to registration in semesters when Film 4110, 4120, 4125 and 4130 are offered.
Area H: Minor and Additional Courses
- Students majoring in Film/Video must select a minor consisting of at least 15 hours of courses in an academic department/school/institute that offers a baccalaureate degree. At least nine semester hours of minor courses must be at the 3000 level or above, unless otherwise specified by the minor-granting department/school/institute. A grade of C or higher is required in all minor courses.
Minor in Film and Video
Students who wish to minor in one of the department’s three programs must take 15-18 hours in the specific area, including at least nine semester hours at the 3000 level or above. Students taking more than 15 hours in courses in the specific area may count the additional hours toward their electives or may consider completing a double major. A grade of C or higher is required in all courses counting toward the minor. Students wishing to take 3000-4000 level Film and Video (i.e., FILM) courses as part of a minor must first request departmental registration approval.