3270 Film and Video

Program Offered:

  • Bachelor of Arts in Film and Video
  • Dual B.A. in Film and Video/ M.A. in Communication, Film/Video Concentration

Department of Communication
8th Floor, 25 Park Place

Greg Lisby, Chair
Jaye Atkinson and Greg Smith, Associate Chairs
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.

Visit the major maps for this program  at cas.gsu.edu/major/film/ for a year-by-year overview of class info, co-curricular opportunities, advisement and assistance, and much more.

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)

  1. Lang 1002 Elementary Foreign Language II (3)
    (See “Foreign Language Requirement for B.A. and B.I.S. Majors,” previously described.)
  2. Required Courses (minimum grade of C is required). (6)
    • FILM 1010 Film Aesthetics and Analysis (3) *
    • FILM 2700 History of the Motion Picture (3) *
  3. 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.

  1. Required Courses to fulfill CTW requirement (6)
  2. Screenwriting, Production, and Industry. Select one course. (3-4)
  3. Film History. Select one course. (4)
  4. Critical Studies. Select one course. (3-4)
  5. 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

* 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

  1. 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.

Dual B.A. in Film and Video/ M.A. in Communication, Film/Video Concentration

The department offers a dual B.A. in Film and Video / M.A. in Communication with a concentration in Film and Video.The dual degree opportunity enables qualified students to enroll in graduate courses late in their undergraduate program and count the coursework toward both the bachelor’s and master’s programs.

Students must be formally accepted into the dual degree program by the department and College of Arts and Sciences to be able to take graduate courses as an undergraduate. Additionally, acceptance into the dual program does not constitute admission to the master’s program. Students must fulfill regular graduate admissions requirements and apply for the master’s program following college processes.

Information about the dual program, including application instructions and program requirements, can be found at cas.gsu.edu/dual-degrees/.

Graduation with Distinction in the Major

This unit offers undergraduate students with the opportunity to earn the designation of graduation with distinction in the major. Please contact the undergraduate director for the specific criteria for this honor.