3270 Film and Media

Program Offered:

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

Department of Communication
8th Floor, 25 Park Place

Greg Lisby, Chair
Jaye Atkinson and Greg Smith, Associate Chairs
Douglas Barthlow and Rasha Ramzy, Undergraduate directors

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 media, journalism, and speech communication.

The Film and Media major is devoted to the interdisciplinary study of film, television, and new media. Courses focus on the histories and theories of cinematic, electronic, and digital media in addition to providing the opportunity for hands-on experience in film/media production. Students work closely with faculty members to devise an optimum program of study integrating creative and collaborative thinking, critical analysis, primary research, and media production.

The curriculum invites students to discover how meanings circulate through the conventions and alternative practices specific to various media and their institutions. Courses in the major also pay close attention to the broader cultural, social, industrial, and aesthetic contexts out of which media representations emerge. This liberal arts approach to film, television, and new media provides the student with the necessary skills and knowledge to adapt to the changing media environment of the 21st century. The major equips students for active and critical participation in contemporary visual culture.

Internships are available in the Atlanta metro area and beyond. A flexible curriculum has been configured to enable students to pursue interests in production, historical and critical studies, industries and contemporary culture, and screenwriting. Students graduating with a Film and Media major are prepared to succeed in film/media production, in media industries, or in graduate study.

Major Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible for the Film and Media major and to enroll in 3000-4000 level Film and Video courses (i.e., FLME courses), students must fulfill the following requirements:

  • Complete [FLME 1010] and FLME 2700 with a grade-point average of 2.5 or better.
  • 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 FLME 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- and 4000-level Film and Media 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 Media, 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 Media

Area F: Courses Appropriate to the Major (18)

  1. World language at the 1002 level or higher (3)
    (See “World Language Requirement for B.A. and B.I.S. Majors,” previously described.)
  2. Required Courses (minimum grade of C is required). (6)
    • FLME 1010 Film Aesthetics and Analysis (3)*
    • FLME 2700 History of the Motion Picture (3)*
  3. Select additional elective courses from the following to complete 18 hours in Are F:
    AAS 1140, AAS 2010, AH 1700, AH 1750, AH 1850, ECON 2105, ECON 2106, ENGL 2050, ENGL 2120, ENGL 2130, FLME 2000, 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; World language 1001 (if no previous experience with language), World Lang 2001, World Lang 2002­

* Students must have a 2.5 grade-point average in these Area F courses to be eligible for the B.A. program in Film and Media and to take 3000- and 4000-level FLME courses. (See B. A. Program Eligibility Requirements.)

Area G: Major Courses (24)

A grade of C or higher is required in all major courses.

  1. Select one of the following courses to fulfill CTW requirement (3):
  2. Required course (3):
  3. Electives:
    Select a sufficient number of the following courses to bring the course total to the 24 credit hours which complete the major.

*Students must obtain consent of instructor for FLME 4125, 4130, 4150, 4165, 4780, 4870, 4880, 4890 and 4915.

** Students must apply in the department before obtaining an internship for credit.

Area H: Minor and Additional Courses

  1. Students majoring in Film and Media 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- and 4000-level Film and Media (i.e., FLME) courses as part of a minor must first request departmental registration approval.

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

The department offers a dual B.A. in Film and Media / M.A. in Communication with a concentration in Film and Media.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/.

Critical Thinking Through Writing Requirement

As of summer 2015, all students are required to complete one Critical Thinking Through Writing (CTW) course as part of the major. The university formerly required two CTW courses. Students following previous catalog requirements who have passed one CTW course in the major should consult with their senior academic advisor to determine which courses may be used as a substitution for the other formerly required CTW course. Information on senior advisement in the Office of Academic Assistance is available at cas.gsu.edu/undergraduate/senior-advisement-90-credit-hours/.

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.