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Certificate Requirements

Requirements

A student who wishes to obtain the Certificate in Film Studies must fulfill the following requirements: complete a minimum of 6 approved courses (3 credits or more per course) in film and/or video and television from at least three different departments/programs or exclusively FILM-ST courses. These 18 credits are drawn from five categories of courses, including an introductory course in film language; one course in theory or history of film; one in genre or national cinema; one upper‑level seminar (400 or higher); and one elective, preferably a production course. Certificate students must maintain a Grade Point Average of 2.5 or higher within the Certificate Program; no courses with a grade lower than C will count toward the Certificate; no pass/fail courses may be counted towards the minimum requirements. In order to be awarded the Certificate, students must fulfill all criteria.

Core Courses

Minimum course requirements to obtain the Certificate: 6 courses (of 3 credits or more). 
The following list by category constitutes the core from which these courses will be selected. Please note that in any semester, additional courses are offered in all, or nearly all, categories, but only a few courses are offered every semester. Please see the Undergraduate Advisor if you have any questions.
Please check also our ONLINE course offerings.

I. One introductory course 

Choose one:

FILM-ST/Comp-Lit 170 (formerly 197FA) Introduction to Film Analysis
FILM-ST 297C Film Studies: Core Concepts (online)
Comm 140 Introduction to Film Studies 
Comm 231 Film and Television Production Concepts

II. Film Theory/History of Film 

Choose one:

FILM-ST 397W Film Writing & Criticism in the Age of New Media
FILM-ST 383 - Narrative Avant-Garde Film
FILM-ST 497T Film Theory
FILM-ST 497AC/697AC Arthouse Cinema 1950-1980
FILM-ST 397MW Short-Form Media: Film Shorts, Music Videos, Webisodes, and Experimental Films (online)
FILM-ST 497P - Film Podcasting
FILM-ST 497W Women's Cinema (online)
Anth 306 Visual Anthropology
Art 689 Introduction to Visual Culture: Theory and Practice
Comm 340 History of Film I
Comm 342 History of Film II
CompLit 381 Self-Reflective Avant‑Garde Film
CompLit 382 Cinema and Psyche 
CompLit 383 Narrative Avant‑Garde Film
German 390D Fascism and Film
Music 170 Music in Film

III. Genre/Director/National Cinema 

Choose one:

FILM-ST 387: The Western in Transnational Cinema - GenEd: DG and AT (online)
FILM-ST 397PP Spanish Cinema
FILM-ST 397W Latin American Cinema
FILM-ST 397L Cinema of David Lynch (online)
FILM-ST 397AA  Analyzing Almodóvar: Queering the Binary (online) 
FILM-ST 497B Contemporary Hispanic Cinema
FILM-ST 497AW (3 credits) Women of African Descent and the Moving Image (online)
Comm 297L Asian Cinemas
Comm 345 Contemporary World Cinema
Comm 397Q The Film Star in International Context
Comm 397S Asian Pacific American Cinema 
Comm 446 Film Documentary
Comm 493C Seminar: Countercultural Films
English 469 Victorian Monstrosity 
French 350 French Film
French 353 African Film
German 304 From Berlin to Hollywood
German 597 Special Topic: The East German Cinema
Portug 408 Brazil in Film and Fiction
Spanish 397W Latin American Cinema 
Spanish 397PP Spanish Film

IV. One upper‑level seminar (level 400 or higher) 

Students are urged to take FILM-ST 170 and at least one course from category II or III before taking an upper‑level seminar.
Choose one of the following:

FILM-ST 497B Contemporary Hispanic Cinema
FILM ST  497ST Screenwriting for TV: Writing the Original Pilot  
FILM-ST 497E Film at the End of the World
FILM-ST 497N New York on Film
FILM-ST 497MD Short Documentary Filmmaking (online)
FILM-ST 497MM - 16mm Filmmaking and Technology
FILM-ST 497AC/697AC Arthouse Cinema 1950-1980
FILM-ST 497AW Women of African Descent and the Moving Image  (online)
FILM-ST 497W Women's Cinema (online)
FILM-ST 497M Advanced Filmmaking (online)
Comm 493C Seminar: Countercultural Films 
Comm 493D Seminar: Film Persuasion and Propaganda
Comm 445 Seminar: Screenwriting
Comm 446 Film Documentary
Comm 593D Seminar: Advanced Screenwriting
Portug 597A Brazilian Film
Spanish 497A Spanish Film

V. Two elective from any of the above categories or a film/video production course 

One of these 2 courses must be from Category II or III.
A production course is strongly encouraged but not required.

FILM-ST 297M  Making Short Films: an Introduction (online)
FILM-ST 297S  Screenwriting - Idea to Outline (online)
FILM-ST 383 - Narrative Avant-Garde Film 
FILM-ST 397MW Short-Form Media: Film Shorts, Music Videos, Webisodes, and Experimental Films (online)
FILM- ST 397SW  Screenwriting: Short Films, Web Series (online)
FILM-ST 387 The Western in Transnational Cinema - GenEd: DG and AT (online)
FILM-ST 397L Cinema of David Lynch (online)
FILM-ST 497B Contemporary Hispanic Cinema
FILM-ST 497AC/697AC Arthouse Cinema 1950-1980
FILM-ST 497P - Film Podcasting
FILM-ST 497AW Women of African Descent and the Moving Image  (online)
FILM-ST 497W Women's Cinema (online)
FILM-ST 497M Advanced Filmmaking (online)
FILM-ST 497MM - 16mm Filmmaking and Technology
Art 230 Image Capture I
Art 231 Image Capture II
Art 297V Introduction to Video Production
Art 374 Introduction to Computer Animation
Art 375 Digital Media Time Based
Art 397Z Computer-Aided Graphic Design
Art 497J Advanced Video Production
Comm 331 Program Process in TV
Comm 441 Principles and Techniques of Film Style Production
Comm 433 Advanced Television Production and Direction
Comm 445 Seminar: Screenwriting
Comm 497J Advanced Video Production