BA in Film Studies with Emphasis in Film Production

Degree Program Description

The Film Studies program provides guidance to our students from accomplished research and film production faculty, real world experience through hands-on internship practicums, and opportunities for success beyond the program for our graduates. The B.A. in Film Studies with Emphasis in Production offers an immersive curriculum in film production, spanning from writing and cinematography to audio engineering and field production. The program combines rigorous technical instruction with aesthetic, historical, and theoretical topics that inspire you to find innovative ways to express yourself through film. Working with established filmmakers, media artists and scholars, our film production students develop their own personal craft and vision as a filmmaker. At each stage of the curriculum students exercise and demonstrate their skills and creativity through class projects. This learning process culminates in the senior film project that serves as the central piece of the graduate’s portfolio. Recent graduates have gone on to careers in the TV/motion picture industry, independent filmmaking, advertising and other areas of digital media production.

In addition, students must complete all College of Arts and Science and University graduation requirements, including University general education.

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Major Program Requirements

Film Studies Core I
Students must take 6 credit hours
FILM_S 1800Introduction to Film Studies (Film Studies Core I)3
FILM_S 1880Introduction to Digital Media Production3
Film Studies Core II
Students must take one of the following courses
Trends in World Cinema
American Film History I, 1895-1950
American Film History II, 1950-Present
Students must take one National Cinema or Theory course
Production Core I
Students must take 9 credit hours
FILM_S 3520Post Production3
FILM_S 3540Cinematography I3
FILM_S 3550Introduction to Field Production3
Production Core II
Students must take 6 credit hours
FILM_S 4540Cinematography II4
FILM_S 4560Field Production II3
FILM_S 4880Capstone Experience3
Production Electives
Students must take 6 credit hours
FILM_S 2530Screenwriting I3
FILM_S 3560Audio Engineering for the Screen3
FILM_S 3930Screenwriting for Television and Film3
FILM_S 4580Production Practicum3
FILM_S 4940Internship1-3
DST 2880Digital Storytelling Production I3
DST 2885Digital Storytelling Animation Production I3

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Semester Plan

First Year
FILM_S 18003FILM_S 18803
ENGLSH 10003MATH 11003
Social Science (MO State Law)3Foreign Language5
Foreign Language5DST 20053
 Humanities/Fine Arts3
 14 17
Second Year
FILM_S 35403FILM_S 35203
Science with Lab5FILM_S 28203
Foreign Language3Humanities/Fine Arts (Writing Intensive)3
Behavioral Science Course3Behavioral Science course3
Social Science Course3Science course3
 17 15
Third Year
FILM_S 35503FILM_S 45404
FILM_S 25303FILM_S 38613
Minor course3Minor course3
Humanities/Fine Arts course3Humanities/Fine Arts course3
Science course (Math Reasoning Proficiency)3General Elective course3
 15 16
Fourth Year
FILM_S 35603FILM_S 45603
Minor course3Minor course3
Minor course3General Elective course3
Social Science course3General Elective coursae3
Writing Intensive course 3000+3General Elective course3
 15 15
Total Credits: 124

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Degree Audit

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MU students can request a degree audit by logging in to myDegreePlanner.  Students may also access myDegreePlanner via myZou, in the Student Center, by clicking on the Request Degree Audit link. The audit automatically pulls in the student’s MU course work, transfer courses and courses in progress.  This is available to current students, admitted students, and those who last attended less than three terms ago.

Past MU students can request a degree audit by contacting the Academic Advising Unit of the division in which they were last enrolled at MU. For contact information, go to

Prospective students, can access a preliminary MU degree audit via Information on the college credits already earned will have to be manually entered before it can be evaluated against current degree requirements.

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Major and Career Exploration

The University of Missouri has many resources to assist you in exploring majors and career possibilities.  For guidance, visit the Majors and Careers website or view specific resources below.

  • If you would like to learn more about your career interests, abilities, values and talents, visit the MU Career Center in the lower level of the Student Success Center.  No appointment is necessary to explore career options with one of our staff members.

For additional major and career exploration resources, visit Major & Career Exploration in the catalog.

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