Film Option

Students in the Film Option gain hands-on experience in all aspects of motion picture production, supported by theatrical production work. Students have opportunities to engage in film production throughout the program, starting in the first year and culminating in a senior thesis film project. At the same time, students study film history, film aesthetics, and the film industry, to broaden their understanding of the film medium and inform their personal filmmaking goals.

Film Option Foundations

Upon completion of all of the four required foundation courses and two university Core requirements, WRIT 101W and University Seminar (US), interested students may apply for acceptance into the Film option. The Film Option will accept no more than 48 students each and a wait list will be generated for applicants beyond that number. Students wait listed will be contacted if space becomes available. Selection will be based on the average of grades (GPA) earned in the required foundation courses and the successful completion of WRIT 101W and US.

In order to apply for acceptance into the Film Option for the following year, students must submit an application form by April 30. Students must also submit a portfolio consisting of one individual film project completed in FILM 112 and a written statement. Portfolios are due by the last day of spring semester finals week.

All applicants will be notified of the review outcome by email. If unsuccessful, students may reapply the following year. Students who wish to reapply may retake any courses during the intervening year to improve their chances of success.

Film Option Curriculum

Please note that some Film program-related courses are listed under different headings, including:

THTR 304Theatre Production4
MUST 380Interdisciplinary Proj I: Film3
MUST 382Interdisciplinary Projects II3

Foundation Courses (typically taken in freshman year)

FILM 100IHIntro to Film & Photography3
FILM 112Aesthetics of Film Prodctn I3
FILM 101IHUnderstanding Film and Media3
PHOT 113RAUnderstanding Photography3
WRIT 101WCollege Writing I3
University Seminar (topic of choice)3

FILM 112, WRIT 101W and University Seminar are offered both fall and spring semesters and may be taken in either semester.

Film Option Requirements

FILM 201DFilm History I: Origins to the 1960's3
FILM 202DFilm History II: 1960s to the Present3
FILM 212Aesthetics Film Production II4
FILM 251Scriptwriting3
FILM 254Acting for Film3
Choose two of the following
Studies in Film
Film and Documentary Theory
Advanced Studies in Film
FILM 494Seminar/Workshop1-4
Other film-related studies course(s) approved by advisor
Choose two of the following:8
Non-Fiction Film Production
Fiction Film Production
Theatre Production
FILM 499Senior Production5
SFP Electives (at least 4 other SFP courses*)12
Non-SFP Electives (at least 3 courses**)9
Total Credits56

SFP Electives are any courses offered in the School of Film & Photography including THTR 304, MUST 380 and MUST 382 that are not serving to fulfill any requirements listed above. Any of the studies or production courses listed above in excess of the number required in each category can be taken as SFP Electives. This requirement is intended to permit Film and Photography students to explore their individual interests in greater depth in one area or more broadly in both areas.


Non-SFP Electives are any courses offered outside the School of Film & Photography, not including THTR 304, MUST 380 and MUST 382, that are not serving to fulfill university CORE requirements. This requirement is intended to encourage Film and Photography students to develop an area of knowledge to inform their pursuits as creative artists. Completion of a minor outside of the School of Film and Photography will fulfill this requirement.

A minimum of 120 credits is required for graduation, 42 of these credits must be in courses numbered 300 or above.