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Film Studies BA - Program Requirements

(HEGIS: 10.10 CINEMATOGRAPHY, CIP: 50.0601 Film/Cinema Studies)

Department of Media Study

231 Center for the Arts
North Campus
Buffalo, NY 14260-6020

Thomas H. Feeley
Chair

Bradley Hendricks
Assistant to the Chair for Student Programs

Associated Programs

Associated Subjects

Completing the Film Studies BA Program

Academic Requirements

Completion of the prerequisite courses with a minimum GPA of 2.5.

Academic Advice

  • Admission to the major is granted at the end of the sophomore year, when students will have accumulated at least 50 overall credit hours with a minimum GPA of 2.0.
  • Students must meet with the academic advisor of the FST program prior to application to the major (usually at the end of the sophomore year).
  • No course can count twice.
  • Students are required to complete a total of at least 24 credits at the 300 or 400 level as part of their major.

Transfer Credit Policy

Film studies coursework taken at another institution is evaluated for transferability to UB by the director of the FST program. Students should provide a transcript and syllabi for courses taken.

Transfer students and continuing students who have accumulated 50 or more credit hours overall will be able to declare the major provisionally until they are able to complete the courses within the major. This insures that students declaring the interdisciplinary major have both the breadth and the particular preparation to succeed in the FST major. To facilitate the articulation of transfer courses into the major, the academic advisor confers with each incoming transfer student.

Prerequisite Courses

There are no prerequisite courses required for admission into the Film Studies BA program.

Required Courses

  • DMS 107, ENG 379, and 2 additional courses in Film Theory / History / Criticism / Analysis (minimum of 14 credits total)
  • DMS 259 and 3 additional courses in Critical Theory / Cultural Studies (minimum of 13 credits total)
  • ENG 441 or ENG 442 and 2 additional courses in World Cinema (minimum of 10 credits total)
  • 3 electives from approved list (minimum of 9 credits total)

Requirements and options for these categories are listed below. Students must complete a total of at least 24 credits at the 300 or 400 level as part of their major. Equivalent courses may be allowed, as determined by the Director of the Film Studies Program.

Film Theory / History / Criticism / Analysis courses

DMS 107 Film History I or DMS 108 Film History II (required)
ENG 379 Film Genres (required)
DMS 225 Digital Literature Survey
DMS 305 Film Analysis I
DMS 306 Film Analysis II
DMS 409 Nonfiction Film
DMS 411 Film Theory
ENG 256 Literary Types: Film
ENG 413 Film Directors
ENG 420 Film Theory
ENG 426 Studies in Genre
GGS 379 Sex: Gender and Popular Culture

Critical Theory / Cultural Studies courses

DMS 259 Introduction to Media Analysis (required)
DMS 425 Visual Media Poetics
DMS 426 Sound Media Poetics
SOC 334 Introduction to Cultural Studies
SOC 368 Sociology of Film
GGS 415 Media, Gender, and Society

World Cinema courses

ENG 441 Contemporary Cinema I or ENG 442 Contemporary Cinema II (required)
AAS 253 Blacks in Film I
AAS 254 Blacks in Film II
AAS 417 Contemporary Black Film Culture
AMS 100 Non-Western Images in Film
DMS 333 World Cinema
DMS 440 Women Directors
FR 341 The French Film
ITA 410 Special Topics
ITA 429 Italian Cinema I
ITA 430 Italian Cinema II
SPA 408 History of Spanish Cinema

Elective courses

AAS 253 Blacks in Film I
AAS 254 Blacks in Film II
AAS 417 Contemporary Black Film Culture
AMS 100 Non-Western Images in Film
DMS 101 Basic Filmmaking
DMS 103 Basic Video or DMS 105 Basic Documentary
DMS 109 Introduction to Film Interpretation
DMS 213 Immigration & Film
DMS 405 Ethnographic Film
DMS 409 Nonfiction Film
DMS 411 Film Theory
DMS 413 Film Narrative
DMS 418 Film Comedy
DMS 440 Women Directors
DMS 484 Language Media Poetics
ENG 441 Contemporary Cinema I
ENG 442 Contemporary Cinema II
FR 341 The French Film
ITA 410 Special Topics
ITA 429 Italian Cinema I
ITA 430 Italian Cinema II
SPA 408 History of Spanish Cinema

Departmental Honors Requirements

These honors are given for outstanding achievements as well as outstanding service to the university and community.
Dept. GPA between 3.25- 3.5= Distinction
Dept. GPA between 3.5-3.75= High
Dept. GPA between 3.75-4.0= Highest

Total Credit Hours Required

Total credit hours required for the Film Studies BA degree
Credits Required for Major50
Additional Credits Required for UB Curriculum 40
Additional Credits Required for Electives 30
Total Credits Required for Degree 120

Students should consult with an academic advisor to determine how any transfer or exam credit might be utilized in meeting general education, prerequisite, or major requirements.

See Baccalaureate Degree Requirements for general education and remaining university requirements.

Total Credit Hours Required represents the minimum credits needed to complete this program, and may vary based on a number of circumstances. This chart should not be used for financial aid purposes.

 
Published: Dec 05, 2019 11:41:12