Mar 05, 2021  
Undergraduate Catalog 2020-2021 - Phase II 
Undergraduate Catalog 2020-2021 - Phase II

Film - BA

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The Department of Film and Media Studies major in Film combines film history and theory with film production. Students are encouraged to develop a creative voice that is socially aware and engaged and can find expression across a range of contemporary technologies.  Our curriculum is founded on the integration of theory and practice. Leading scholars in history, aesthetics, critical theory and alternative and international practices provide students with a broad base in analytical thinking. Courses deal with subjects such as the history and aesthetics of film; genre studies; and representations of race, class and gender. The department’s production courses encourage students to work creatively in a variety of existing and emerging forms. Courses include narrative film production (including screenwriting and directing), documentary production, and animation. The department is distinguished by award-winning faculty who are active in their respective fields.

Hunter Core Requirement

Several courses within this major may fulfill parts of the Hunter Core Requirement (CUNY Common Core Requirement [CCCR], Concurrent Requirements). When selecting courses, it may be to a student’s advantage to choose courses that count toward the Hunter Core Requirement and also advance the student on the path to the major. Details on the Hunter Core Requirement can be found here: General Education - Effective Fall 2019   

In the case of the Film major, the course that meets CCCR is:

Course CUNY Common Core Requirement
FILM 10100   Creative Expression

Courses Required for the Major (36 credits)

30-36 credits, combined total: up to 6 introductory, 12 credits analytical, 12 credits production and 6 credits electives from analytical and/or production courses. Students must receive a grade of B or better in FILM 10100  to continue a major in film. The major must be declared in person with an undergraduate film adviser (call (212) 772-4949 to schedule). The student must bring their transcript, and, where relevant, transcripts from other colleges attended, when meeting with the undergraduate film adviser to declare a film major. Students majoring in film must also take FILMP 16000 /MEDP 16000  which is prerequisite for all film production courses. A maximum of 6 credits in MEDIA courses at the 200 or 300 level may be applied toward the major in film. Students must meet any prerequisites for these courses. Independent study and internship courses do not count toward the major. Students must see a program adviser to plan choice and sequence of courses.

I. Introductory Courses (6 credits)

II. Analytical Course Requirements (12 credits)

III. Production Course Requirements (12 credits):

IV. Elective Course Requirements (6 credits):

From analytical and/or production electives: At least one elective must be a 300 level or above course.

B) Film Production Electives:


To qualify for departmental honors in Film or Media Studies, a student must have a 3.5 grade point average in major courses and a 3.0 grade point average overall. The student must also either complete an Honors Project, approved by the Department Policy and Curriculum Committee, with a grade of A; or a 400-level production or analytical seminar course with a grade of A. See the department for more information.

Degree Map

Degree Map for Film  

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