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Film-Video

University Park, College of Communications (FILM)

PROFESSOR ANTHONY OLORUNNISOLA, Head, Department of Film-Video and Media Studies

The Film-Video major is designed to serve students whose primary interest is the art of film and video practice. It offers an integrated curriculum in which historical, critical, and theoretical studies parallel the teaching of production and aesthetics.

The major serves students who wish to pursue careers in film, television, or related industries, as well as students planning to continue work in film and video at the graduate level.

The major includes a broad liberal arts background with introductory courses in the areas of film and video history, theory, and practice. Students have the flexibility to pursue an area of emphasis at the advanced level (narrative, alternative or documentary production).

Students must select at least 72 credits in courses outside the College of Communications.

Min. Cumulative GPA:  3.0
Minimum third semester classification
Courses required with a grade of B or better: COMM 150, COMM 242

Additional criteria:
A candidate who does not meet the minimum GPA or grade requirements may submit a portfolio during finals week of Spring semester as outlined at http://comm.psu.edu/departments/fvms/admission-requirements.  Successful portfolio students will be admitted to the major for the following Fall provided the cadidate satisfies the minimum academic requirement of at least a C (2.00) cumulative average for all courses taken at the University subject to the conditions of Section 51-50. Applicants who are not accepted into the major may re-apply the following year but must realize that this course of action could delay their graduation by at least one year.

For the B.A. degree in Film-Video, a minimum of 120 credits is required.

Scheduling Recommendation by Semester Standing given like (Sem: 1-2)

GENERAL EDUCATION: 45 credits
(See description of General Education in this bulletin.)

FIRST-YEAR SEMINAR:
(Included in ELECTIVES or GENERAL EDUCATION course selection)

UNITED STATES CULTURES AND INTERNATIONAL CULTURES:
(Included in ELECTIVES or GENERAL EDUCATION course selection)

WRITING ACROSS THE CURRICULUM:
(Included in ELECTIVES)

ELECTIVES: 18 credits

BACHELOR OF ARTS DEGREE REQUIREMENTS: 24 credits
(3 of these 24 credits are included in the REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR, GENERAL EDUCATION, or ELECTIVES and 0-12 credits are included in ELECTIVES if foreign language proficiency is demonstrated by examination.)
(See description of Bachelor of Arts Degree Requirements in this bulletin.)

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR: 33 credits[1]

PRESCRIBED COURSES (15 credits)
COMM 150 GA(3) (Sem: 1-2)
COMM 242(3), (Sem: 2-4)
COMM 340(3), COMM 342(3) (Sem: 5-6)
COMM 250(3) (Sem: 5-8)

ADDITIONAL COURSES (18 credits)
Select 6 credits from COMM 337(3), COMM 338(3), COMM 339(3) (Sem: 5-6) *
Select 3 credits from COMM 437(3)*, COMM 438(3)*, COMM 439(3)*, COMM 448(3)** (Sem: 7-8)
Select 9 credits from COMM 346(3), COMM 437(3)*, COMM 438(3)*, COMM 439(3)*, COMM 440(3), COMM 443(3), COMM 444(3), COMM 445(3), COMM 446(3), COMM 449(3) (Sem: 7-8)

[1] A student enrolled in this major must receive a grade of C or better, as specified in Senate Policy 82-44.
* Neither COMM 437, COMM 438, nor COMM 448 may be taken concurrently.
** Admittance to COMM 448 is by permission of instructor.


Last Revised by the Department: Spring Semester 2016

Blue Sheet Item #: 44-06-033B

Review Date: 04/5/2016

Department head update by Publications: 1/16/07

Publications 02/17/05

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