BA in Film Studies with Emphasis in Film Production

Degree Program Description

From academic study to production principles, the Film Studies program provides guidance to our students from accomplished research faculty, real world experience through hands-on internship practicums, and opportunities for success beyond the program for our graduates. The Film Studies Program offers a major that focuses on film analysis and covers the history of cinema, national and global cinemas, film theory and genres, documentary film, and contemporary visual culture.  It combines an emphasis on critical thinking, research, problem-solving, written expression, and cultural literacy with the discipline's unique attention to visual analysis. Students emerge with a greater degree of visual literacy at a time when our culture is becoming increasingly dependent upon visual communication.  Graduates have pursued careers in film, art education, journalism, and writing.

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Major Program Requirements

Unit I: Core Critical Analysis6
FILM_S 1800Introduction to Film Studies3
Select one of the following:
Trends in World Cinema
American Film History I, 1895-1950
American Film History II, 1950-Present
Unit II: Advanced Critical Analysis6
Students must take 6 total hours in critical analysis courses at the 3000-level or above.
Unit III: Production Core6
FILM_S 3540Principles of Cinematography3
FILM_S 3550Introduction to Field Production3
Unit IV: Production Core II15
FILM_S 2820Trends in World Cinema3
FILM_S 3530Crafting Character and Story for Screen3
FILM_S 4130Advanced Character Voice and Dialogue3
FILM_S 4540Advanced Cinematography4
FILM_S 4550Introduction to Post Production3
Unit IV: Production Electives3
FILM_S 4580Production Practicum3
FILM_S 4880Capstone Experience3

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Semester Plan

There is currently not a semester plan available for this emphasis area.

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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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