The Bachelor of Arts degree in Film offers students the opportunity to explore film history, theory, and criticism in depth along with a hands-on introduction to production. This combination of theoretical study with production experience gives students a unique understanding of how film creates meaning.

The major in film leading to the BA degree is designed for students who intend to pursue professional careers or graduate study in the visual arts after college. Film studies students may choose to focus their analysis on film through a specialization in Screenwriting or Directing.

All BA Film majors must complete the following:

  • Required Film Core courses listed below.
  • A concentration of 30 credit hours from courses selected from the concentrations offered by the division, Screenwriting or Directing 
  • A second concentration in Screenwriting or Directing for the BA degree can be earned by completing the coursework listed for each concentration, or courses approved by the Division of Visual Arts. 



Film Core

Code Course Credit
ENGL 210 Elements of Film 3
FVA 101 Introduction to Film 3
FVA 201 Elements of Screenwriting 3
FVA 480WI Senior Thesis: Fall1 3
FVA 481SI Senior Thesis: Spring2 3
Subtotal: 15

1. Satisfies Core Curriculum Writing Intensive (WI) course requirement for film majors.
2. Satisfies Core Curriculum Speech Intensive (SI) course requirement for film majors.

AND one of the following 30 credit hour concentration areas listed below:

Screenwriting Concentration 

Code Course Credit
ARH 382 20th Century Modern Art – Post-Modern Art 3
COM 450 Nonverbal Communication 3
ENGL 302WI Writing: Exposition 3
ENGL 306WI Creative Writing 3
ENGL 310 Studies in Film 3
ENGL 406/WI Advanced Creative Writing  3
ENGL 3xx or 4xx Upper Level English Elective 3
FVA 301 Advanced Screenwriting 3
PHIL 221 Philosophy of Art 3
THEA 330 Playscript Fundamentals 3



Directing Concentration

Code Course Credit
ART 206 Introduction to Film Photography 4
ART 251 Digital Art 4
FVA 261 Basic Computer Animation 4
FVA 361 Time-Based Art 4
FVA 371 Cinematography Workshop 4
FVA 471 Directing Workshop 4
THEA 111 Theatre Production Practicum 3
THEA 113 Acting I 3
Subtotal: 30
Total: 45