Why study film and media?

The Department of Film and Media Studies unites the inquiry of the academic with the practice and technique of the artist. Scholars and filmmakers work and study together in an environment of mutual encouragement and collegiality.

Admission to the Major

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Application Term

Students may apply to the major at any time; normally no later than 60 hours, or for transfer students, during the initial term at KU. Application to this major after completion of 60 hours, or the initial KU term for transfer students, will likely delay graduation.

 

Film and Media Studies Programs

Film/video production experience is provided through course work at Oldfather Studios. B.A. and B.G.S. requirements are quite different, so it is important to check with a department advisor. The B.A. in film and media studies introduces students to the overall field of film and media studies and prepares them for graduate study. The B.G.S. in film and media studies prepares students broadly in film/video production.

Requirements for the Culture & Studies Emphasis

Film and Media Studies Core Knowledge and Skills (16)
Majors must complete the following courses:
FMS 100Introduction to Film and Media3
FMS 200Film and Media Aesthetics3
FMS 380American Popular Culture of: _____3
FMS 345New Media and Society3
FMS 401Undergraduate Professional Development Seminar1
FMS 530Classical Film/Media Theory3
Film and Media Studies Required Electives (12)
Majors must complete a course in each of the following areas:
Documentary of Experimental Film. Satisfied by one of the following:3
Documentary Film and Video
Experimental Film and Video
Cultural Studies. Satisified by one of the following:3
History of African-American Images in Film
Survey of Japanese Film
Cinemas of the Southern Cone: Argentina, Chile, and Uruguay
International Women Filmmakers
Production. Satisfied by one of the following:3
Basic Screenwriting
Basic Video Production
Animation
Film History. Satisfied by one of the following:3
History of the Silent Film
History of the American Sound Film
History of the International Sound Film to 1950
History of the International Sound Film Post 1950
American Film Criticism
Capstone (3)
FMS 585Capstone in Film and Media Studies3
Film and Media Electives (6)
Satisfied by 6 hours from courses in the Film & Media Studies department (any course with an FMS prefix)6

Major Hours & Major GPA

While completing all required courses, majors must also meet each of the following hour and grade-point average minimum standards:

Major Hours

Satisfied by 37 hours of major courses.

Major Hours in Residence

Satisfied by a minimum of 15 hours of KU resident credit in the major, of which 8 must be at the junior/senior (300+) level.

Major Junior/Senior Hours

Satisfied by a minimum of 22 hours from junior/senior courses (300+) in the major.

Major Junior/Senior Graduation GPA

Satisfied by a minimum of a 2.0 KU GPA in junior/senior courses (300+) in the major. GPA calculations include all junior/senior courses in the field of study including F’s and repeated courses. See the Semester/Cumulative GPA Calculator.

Graduation Plan

With careful planning and commitment to a full-time course load, you can graduate in 4 years. For details please consult the department.

Requirements for the Production Emphasis

Film and Media Studies Core Knowledge and Skills (16)
Majors must complete a course in each of the following areas:
FMS 100Introduction to Film and Media3
FMS 200Film and Media Aesthetics3
FMS 380American Popular Culture of: _____3
FMS 275Basic Video Production3
FMS 401Undergraduate Professional Development Seminar1
FMS 530Classical Film/Media Theory3
Film and Media Studies Required Electives (15)
Majors must complete a course in each of the following:
Documentary or Experimental Film. Satisfied by one of the following: 3
Documentary Film and Video
Experimental Film and Video
Screenwriting, Film Criticism, or Media. Satisifed by one of the following: 3
Basic Screenwriting
New Media and Society
American Film Criticism
Film History. Satisified by one of the following:3
History of the Silent Film
History of the American Sound Film
History of the International Sound Film to 1950
History of the International Sound Film Post 1950
Majors must complete two courses in the following area:6
Immediate Production. Satisfied by two of the following:
Intermediate Screenwriting
Animation
Intermediate Video Production
Cinematography
Post-Production
Sound Design
Experimental Production
Broadcast Documentary Production
Music Video Production
Capstone (3)
FMS 585Capstone in Film and Media Studies3
Film and Media Studies Electives (6)
Satisfied by 6 hours elected from courses in the Film & Media Studies department (any course with an FMS prefix). 6

Major Hours & Major GPA

While completing all required courses, majors must also meet each of the following hour and grade-point average minimum standards:

Major Hours

Satisfied by 40 hours of major courses.

Major Hours in Residence

Satisfied by a minimum of 15 hours of KU resident credit in the major, of which 8 must be at the junior/senior (300+) level.

Major Junior/Senior Hours

Satisfied by a minimum of 22 hours from junior/senior courses (300+) in the major.

Major Junior/Senior Graduation GPA

Satisfied by a minimum of a 2.0 KU GPA in junior/senior courses (300+) in the major. GPA calculations include all junior/senior courses in the field of study including F’s and repeated courses. See the Semester/Cumulative GPA Calculator.

A sample 4-year plan for a BA degree in Film & Media Studies can be found here: Film & Media Studies, or by using the left-side navigation.

A sample 4-year plans for the BGS degree in Film & Media Studies can be found in the left-side navigation.

Departmental Honors

An undergraduate interested in honors in film and media studies must present a written declaration of intention to the department’s honors coordinator as early as possible in the junior or senior year. The following are required:

  1. A grade-point average at the time of declaration and at graduation of at least 3.25 overall and 3.5 in film and media studies courses.
  2. Six hours in FMS 498 Honors Seminar. Enrollment in this course must be approved by the honors coordinator. Students in the honors seminar work under the direction of one instructor for each semester. The instructor conducts an examination at the end of each semester’s work and assigns a grade. Credit only is given to students who complete the work assigned for any semester but do not complete the requirements for honors. Students may change area of interest or instructor at the beginning of a semester with the consent of the honors coordinator.
  3. Satisfactory performance in a final oral examination given approximately one month before graduation.