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Major Requirements

effective Fall 2018

the Department of Film, Television, and Media major requires a minimum of 36 credit hours. A Grade of C- or better must be achieved in any course taken to satisfy the FTVM major requirements. With the exception of those cross-listed classes noted above, other film, video, and television courses offered outside of FTVM will be considered for elective credit on a case-by-case basis.  Students should consult with their FTVM advisor before taking such a course with the intention of using it to fulfill the FTVM elective requirement.

Required Prerequisite to the FTVM Major

FTVM 236 - The Art of Film  (4 credits)

The student must have A grade of C- or above in this class in order to declare the FTVM major.

Core Required Courses

CORE REQUIRED COURSES WITHIN THE FTVM MAJOR (25 credits):

TWO HISTORY COURSES:

(REQUIRED)
FTVM 352 - Film History: Origins to the French New Wave

PLUS ONE ADDITIONAL HISTORY COURSE FROM AMONG THE FOLLOWING:

FTVM 353 - Film History: Post New Wave
FTVM 354 - New Media History
FTVM 355 - Television History

TWO THEORY COURSES:

(REQUIRED) FTVM 272 - Classical Film Theory

PLUS ONE ADDITIONAL THEORY COURSE FROM AMONG THE FOLLOWING:

FTVM 372 - Contemporary Film Theory
FTVM 375 - Television Theory
FTVM 376 - New Media Theory
FTVM 461 - Explorations in Feminist Film Theory

INTRODUCTION TO PRODUCTION COURSE:

FTVM 290 - Introduction to Media Production

TWO PRODUCTION OR WRITING COURSES FROM THE FOLLOWING: 

FTVM 300 - Dramatic Narrative I
FTVM 301 - Documentary I
FTVM 302 - Television I
FTVM 304 - Topics in Media Production I
FTVM 305 - The Experimental Screen
FTVM 306 - New Media Practices
FTVM 310 - Screenwriting I: The Feature Script
FTVM 311 - Writing for Television I: The Spec Script

ONE STUDIES COURSE FROM AMONG THE FOLLOWING IN NATIONAL, REGIONAL, OR TRANSNATIONAL CINEMA, OR IN A 300 OR 400-LEVEL TELEVISION OR DIGITAL MEDIA COURSE:

FTVM 250 / JUDAIC 250 / MIDEAST 280 - Jewish Film: Race, Ethnicity, and Nationality
FTVM / SLAVIC / RCHUMS 313 - Russian and Ukrainian Cinema
FTVM/Polish 314 - Polish Cinema
FTVM /Italian 316 - Screening Italian-Americans
FTVM 332/German 330 - German Cinema
FTVM 333/German 333 - Fascist Cinema
FTVM 334/AMCULT 334 - Race, Gender, Sexuality, and U.S. Culture in Video Games
FTVM/ASIAN 341 - Bollywood and Beyond: Intro to Popular Indian Cinema
FTVM/AMCULT/GERMAN 346 - Media Matter: From Print to Screen Culture
FTVM 358 - Italian Film: History, Art, Entertainment
FTVM 365 - Race and Ethnicity in Contemporary TV
FTVM 368 - Topics in Digital Media Studies
FTVM 380/AMCULT 380/LATINOAM 380 - Studies in Transnational Media
FTVM 381/ AMCULT 381/LATINOAM 381 - Latinas(os) and the Media
FTVM 440/AAS 440 - African Cinema
FTVM 441 - National Screens (all course topics)
FTVM 442/AAS 442 - Third World Cinema
FTVM 458/ASIAN 458 - Korean Film Culture
FTVM 470/AAS 470 – Cultural Cinema
FTVM 485 - The Global Screen
ITALIAN 358 - Italian Cinema 

NOTE: Or similar course pre-approved by the advisor.

Electives

Students are required to take a total of 7 credits of FTVM coursework at the 300 or 400 level. One of these courses must be a 3-credit studies course (see lists below).

(P = Production Courses)*

FTVM 300 - Dramatic Narrative I (P)
FTVM 301 - Documentary I (P)
FTVM 302 - Television I (P)
FTVM 304 - Topics in Media Production I (P)
FTVM 305 - The Experimental Screen (P)
FTVM 306 - New Media Practices I (P)
FTVM 310 - Screenwriting I: The Feature Script (P)
FTVM 311 - Writing for Television I: The Spec Script (P)
FTVM/Slavic 313 - Russian and Ukranian Cinema
FTVM/Polish 314 - Polish Cinema
FTVM/Czech 315 - Czech Cinema
FTVM 316/Italian 316 - Screening Italian-Americans
FTVM 320 - Documentary Film
FTVM 324/COMM 251 - Understanding Media Industries
FTVM 325 - New Line and New Hollywood Cinema
FTVM 330/English 330 - Major Director (rotating topics)
FTVM 331/English 331 - Film Genres and Types (rotating topics)
FTVM 332/German330 - German Cinema
FTVM 333 - Fascist Cinema
FTVM 334/AMCULT 334 - Race, Gender, Sexuality, and U.S. Culture in Video Games
FTVM 335 – Authorship & the Archive: Exploring the Film, Theater, & TV Collections of the U of M Special Collections Library
FTVM 340 - Writing Film Criticism
FTVM 341/Asian 341 - Intro to India Cinema
FTVM/AMCULT/GERMAN 346 - Media Matter: From Print to Screen Culture
FTVM 350 - The Silent Screen: Arts and Cultures
FTVM 353 - Film History: Post New Wave
FTVM 354 - New Media History
FTVM 355 - Television History
FTVM 358 - Italian Film: History, Art, Entertainment
FTVM 361/WOMENSTD 361 - Women in Film
FTVM 365 - Race and Ethnicity in Contemporary American Television
FTVM 366 - Film, Television, and Popular Culture (rotating topics)
FTVM 367 - Introduction to Digital Media Studies
FTVM 368 - Topics in Digital Media Studies (rotating topics)
FTVM 372 - Contemporary Film Theory
FTVM 375 - Television Theory
FTVM 376 - Digital Media Theory
FTVM 380/AMCULT 380/LATINOAM 380 - Studies in Transnational Media
FTVM 381/ AMCULT 381/LATINOAM 381 - Latinas(os) and the Media
FTVM 400 - Dramatic Narrative II (P)
FTVM 401 - Documentary II (P)
FTVM 402 - Television II (P)
FTVM 403 - Television Sketch Comedy (P)
FTVM 404 - Topics in Media Production II (P)
FTVM 405 - Screendance (P)
FTVM 406 - New Media Practices II (P)
FTVM 410 - Screenwriting II: The Rewrite (P)
FTVM 411 - Writing for Television II: Pilots (P)
FTVM 422 - Topics in Avant Garde Film
FTVM 423 - Practicum for the Screenwriter/Dramatic Narrative III (P)
FTVM 427 - Screenwriting III (P)
FTVM 440 /AAS 440 - African Cinema
FTVM 441 - National Screens (rotating topics)
FTVM 442/AAS 442 - Third World Cinema
FTVM 451/AC 490 - American Film Genres
FTVM 455 - Topics in Film (rotating topics)
FTVM 458/ASIAN 458 - Korean Film Culture
FTVM 460 - Technology and the Moving Image
FTVM 461/WOMENSTD 461 - Explorations in Feminist Film Theory
FTVM 475 – Popular Film and TV Culture
FTVM 485 - The Global Screen

 

Major Release and Senior Audit

TWO terms prior to the term you wish to graduate, you must meet with a FTVM advisor to complete your senior audit.  You and your advisor will complete an online major release signifying that you have completed all requirements towards the FTVM major.  Once your advisor enters the release online in your student file, it is able to be accessed by the LSA academic auditors.  The auditors will use this information to ensure that all requirements have been met within both LSA and your major or minor once you apply for graduation.

Some Important Tips for Majors Re: Courses

  • Plan to meet with an advisor every term to discuss your course elections.
  • Be aware that some required core courses are offered only once per year, and not every term.
  • Select courses carefully, as not all courses outside of FTVM will fulfill requirements for the FTVM major. Courses outside the FTVM unit will be considered on a case-by-case basis. 
  • Be aware that the FTVM Department does not require cognates from outside the unit and encourages students to take courses from the offerings within FTVM.
  • Achieve a grade of C- or better in any course taken to satisfy the major requirements. 
  • Remember that courses taken pass/fail cannot count towards the FTVM major.
  • AVOID TAKING MORE THAN ONE PRODUCTION OR WRITING CLASS IN ANY PARTICULAR SEMESTER (advised by FTVM faculty).

FTVM Waitlist Policy

  1. Students who wish to obtain an override must get permission from the instructor of the course.
  2. Department of Film, Television, and Media (FTVM) majors will be given preference on the waitlist over non-FTVM students.
  3. Waitlist priority will be at the discretion of the instructor. 

        If a student does not use the class permission before it expires, the next student
        chosen by the instructor will be given permission.  

        It is critical that students attend classes from the beginning of the term. The
        department may drop a student from a course if the student does not attend the first
        course meeting. If a student plans to miss the first course meeting, arrangements must
        be APPROVED by the instructor in ADVANCE.

Major Requirements (FALL 2016 - SUMMER 2018)

The Department of Film, Television, and Media major requires a minimum of 37 credit hours. A Grade of C- or better must be achieved in any course taken to satisfy the FTVM major requirements. With the exception of those cross-listed classes noted above, other film, video, and television courses offered outside of FTVM will be considered for elective credit on a case-by-case basis.  Students should consult with their FTVM advisor before taking such a course with the intention of using it to fulfill the FTVM elective requirement.

REQUIRED PREREQUISITES TO THE FTVM MAJOR

FTVM 236 - The Art of Film  (4 credits)
FTVM 272 - Classical Film Theory  (3 credits)

The student must have grades of C- or above in each of these courses in order to declare the FTVM major.

CORE REQUIRED COURSES WITHIN THE FTVM MAJOR (21 credits):

TWO HISTORY COURSES:

(REQUIRED) FTVM 352 - Film History: Origins to the French New Wave

PLUS ONE ADDITIONAL HISTORY COURSE FROM AMONG THE FOLLOWING:

FTVM 353 - Film History: Post New Wave
FTVM 354 - New Media History
FTVM 355 - Television History

ONE THEORY COURSE BEYOND THE PREREQUISITE (FTVM 272) FROM AMONG THE FOLLOWING:

FTVM 372 - Contemporary Film Theory
FTVM 375 - Television Theory
FTVM 376 - New Media Theory
FTVM 461 - Explorations in Feminist Film Theory

INTRODUCTION TO PRODUCTION COURSE:

FTVM 290 - Introduction to Media Production

TWO PRODUCTION OR WRITING COURSES FROM THE FOLLOWING:

FTVM 300 - Dramatic Narrative I
FTVM 301 - Documentary I
FTVM 302 - Television I
FTVM 304 - Topics in Media Production I
FTVM 305 - The Experimental Screen
FTVM 306 - New Media Practices
FTVM 307 – Film Analysis for Filmmakers
FTVM 310 - Screenwriting I: The Feature Script
FTVM 311 - Writing for Television I: The Spec Script

ONE STUDIES COURSE FROM AMONG THE FOLLOWING IN NATIONAL, REGIONAL, OR TRANSNATIONAL CINEMA, OR IN A 300 OR 400-LEVEL TELEVISION OR DIGITAL MEDIA COURSE:

FTVM/Judaic 250 - Jewish Film: Race Ethnicity, and Nationality
FTVM/Slavic 313 - Russian and Ukranian Cinema
FTVM/Polish 314 - Polish Cinema
FTVM/Czech 315 -Czech Cinema
FTVM /Italian 316 - Screening Italian-Americans
FTVM 332/German 330 - German Cinema
FTVM 333/German 333 - Fascist Cinema
FTVM 334/AMCULT 334 - Race, Gender, Sexuality, and U.S. Culture in Video Games
FTVM/ALC 341 - Bollywood and Beyond: Intro to Popular Indian Cinema
FTVM/AMCULT/GERMAN 346 - Media Matter: From Print to Screen Culture
FTVM 358 - Italian Film: History, Art, Entertainment
FTVM 365 - Race and Ethnicity in Contemporary TV
FTVM 368 - Topics in Digital Media Studies
FTVM 380/AMCULT 380/LATINOAM 380 - Studies in Transnational Media
FTVM 381/ AMCULT 381/LATINOAM 381 - Latinas(os) and the Media
FTVM 440/AAS 440 - African Cinema
FTVM 441 - National Screens (all course topics)
FTVM 442/AAS 442 - Third World Cinema
FTVM 458/ASIAN 458 - Korean Film Culture
FTVM 470/AAS 470 – Cultural Cinema
FTVM 485 - The Global Screen

NOTE: Or similar course pre-approved by the advisor.

ELECTIVES

Students are required to take a total of 9 credits of electives with no more than TWO classes in production (which includes screenwriting). Courses in theory or history not optioned for the requirements in those areas may be used as electives.

(P = Production Courses)*

FTVM 300 - Dramatic Narrative I (P)
FTVM 301 - Documentary I (P)
FTVM 302 - Television I (P)
FTVM 304 - Topics in Media Production I (P)
FTVM 305 - The Experimental Screen
FTVM 306 - New Media Practices I (P)
FTVM 307 - Film Analysis for Filmmakers
FTVM 310 - Screenwriting I: The Feature Script (P)
FTVM 311 - Writing for Television I: The Spec Script (P)
FTVM/Slavic 313 - Russian and Ukranian Cinema
FTVM/Polish 314 - Polish Cinema
FTVM/Czech 315 - Czech Cinema
FTVM 316/Italian 316 - Screening Italian-Americans
FTVM 320 - Documentary Film
FTVM 324/COMM 251 - Understanding Media Industries
FTVM 325 - New Line and New Hollywood Cinema
FTVM 330/English 330 - Major Director (rotating topics)
FTVM 331/English 331 - Film Genres and Types (rotating topics)
FTVM 332/German330 - German Cinema
FTVM 333 - Fascist Cinema
FTVM 334/AMCULT 334 - Race, Gender, Sexuality, and U.S. Culture in Video Games
FTVM 335 – Authorship & the Archive: Exploring the Film, Theater, & TV Collections of the U of M Special Collections Library
FTVM 340 - Writing Film Criticism
FTVM 341/Asian 341 - Intro to India Cinema
FTVM/AMCULT/GERMAN 346 - Media Matter: From Print to Screen Culture
FTVM 350 - The Silent Screen: Arts and Cultures
FTVM 353 - Film History: Post New Wave
FTVM 354 - New Media History
FTVM 355 - Television History
FTVM/ITL 358 - Italian Film: History, Art, Entertainment
FTVM 361/WS 361 - Women in Film
FTVM 365 - Race and Ethnicity in Contemporary American Television
FTVM 366 - Film, Television, and Popular Culture (rotating topics)
FTVM 367 - Introduction to Digital Media Studies
FTVM 368 - Topics in Digital Media Studies (rotating topics)
FTVM 372 - Contemporary Film Theory
FTVM 375 - Television Theory
FTVM 376 - Digital Media Theory
FTVM 380/AMCULT 380/LATINOAM 380 - Studies in Transnational Media
FTVM 381/ AMCULT 381/LATINOAM 381 - Latinas(os) and the Media
FTVM 400 - Dramatic Narrative II (P)
FTVM 401 - Documentary II (P)
FTVM 402 - Television II (P)
FTVM 403 - Television Sketch Comedy (P)
FTVM 404 - Topics in Media Production II (P)
FTVM 405 - Screendance (P)
FTVM 406 - New Media Practices II (P)
FTVM 410 - Screenwriting II: The Rewrite (P)
FTVM 411 - Writing for Television II: Pilots (P)
FTVM 422 - Topics in Avant-Garde Film
FTVM 423 - Practicum for the Screenwriter/Dramatic Narrative III (P)
FTVM 427 - Screenwriting III (P)
FTVM 440 /AAS 440 - African Cinema
FTVM 441 - National Screens (rotating topics)
FTVM 442/AAS 442 - Third World Cinema
FTVM 451/AC 490 - American Film Genres
FTVM 455 - Topics in Film (rotating topics)
FTVM 458/ASIAN 458 - Korean Film Culture
FTVM 460 - Technology and the Moving Image
FTVM 461/WS 461 - Explorations in Feminist Film Theory
FTVM 475 – Popular Film and TV Culture
FTVM 485 - The Global Screen

MAJOR RELEASE AND SENIOR AUDIT

TWO terms prior to the term you wish to graduate, you must meet with a FTVM advisor to complete your senior audit. You and your advisor will complete an online major release signifying that you have completed all requirements towards the FTVM major. Once your advisor enters the release online in your student file, it is able to be accessed by the LSA academic auditors. The auditors will use this information to ensure that all requirements have been met within both LSA and your major or minor once you apply for graduation.