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Film, Television, and Media Major

Effective Fall 2018

Advising

Students who may be interested in a major in Film, Television, and Media are encouraged to consult with a department advisor. Appointments are scheduled online at: https://webapps.lsa.umich.edu/AdvAppts/AA_StuSelfSvc1.aspx?ctgy=SAC

Grade Policies

The prerequisite for the FTVM  major may be taken for a grade or may be taken P/F.

A minimum grade of C– or better must be achieved in any course taken to satisfy the FTVM Major requirements.

Prerequisites

FTVM / RCHUMS 150 (FTVM / RCHUMS 236) - Introduction to Film, Television, and Media  completed with a minimum grade of C-. 

Students will apply for entry to the major after having completed the prerequisite. In accord with LSA policies, students who do not meet the minimum grade requirement but still hope to declare the Film, Television, and Media major may retake the prerequisite course. If they meet the criteria above with the new grade they earn in the re-taken course, they may declare Film, Television, and Media as their major.

Requirements

Minimum Credits: 32

1. Core Required Courses (25 credits).
A. Two history courses:
FTVM 352 - Film History: Origins to the French New Wave, and one additional history course selected from among the following:

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

B. Two theory courses:
FTVM 272-Classical Film Theory, and one additional history course selected from among the following:

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

C. Introduction to production course: FTVM 290- Introduction to Media Production.

D. Two production or writing courses selected from the following:

  •  FTVM 300 - Movie/Serial Television Production I
  •  FTVM 301 - Documentary I
  •  FTVM 302 - Multi-Camera Television Production
  •  FTVM 304 - Topics in Media Production I
  •  FTVM 305 - The Experimental Screen
  •  FTVM 306 - Animation and Digital Media Practices I
  •  FTVM 309 - Shorts from Short Stories
  •  FTVM 310 - Screenwriting I: The Feature Script
  •  FTVM 311 - Writing for Television I: The Spec Script
  •  FTVM 317 - WOLV TV
  •  FTVM 391 - Editing Theory & Practice
  •  FTVM 392 - Cinematography
  •  FTVM 393 - Screendance (only if elected FA 20 or later)

E. One studies course selected 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 / GERMAN 333 - Fascist Cinema
  •  FTVM / AMCULT / COMM 334 - Race, Gender, Sexuality and U.S. Culture in Video Games
  •  FTVM / ASIAN 341 - Bollywood and Beyond: An Introduction to Popular Indian Cinema
  •  FTVM / GERMAN / AMCULT 346 - Media Matter: From Print to Screen Culture
  •  FTVM 358 - Italian Film: History, Art, Entertainment
  •  FTVM 365 - Race and Ethnicity in Contemporary American Television
  •  FTVM 368 - Topics in Digital Media Studies
  •  FTVM / HISTART / HISTORY / JUDAIC 379 - Jewish Photographers Picture the Modern World (only if elected WN20 or later)
  •  FTVM / AMCULT / LATINOAM 380 - Studies in Transnational Media
  •  FTVM / AMCULT / LATINOAM 381 - Latinas/Latinos and the Media
  •  FTVM / AAS 440 - African Cinema
  •  FTVM 441 - National Screens
  •  FTVM / AAS 442 - Third World Cinema
  •  FTVM / ASIAN 458 - Film Culture in Korea
  •  FTVM / AAS 470 - Cultural Cinema
  •  FTVM 485 - The Global Screen
  •  ITALIAN 358 - Italian Cinema
  •  or a similar course pre-approved by the advisor.

2. Required Electives: 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).


Production Courses

  • FTVM 300 - Movie/Serial Television Production I
  • FTVM 301 - Documentary I
  • FTVM 302 - Multi-Camera Television Production
  • FTVM 303 - Mini Course in Media Production II
  • FTVM 304 - Topics in Media Production I
  • FTVM 305 - The Experimental Screen
  • FTVM 306 - Animation and Digital Media Practices I
  • FTVM 309 - Shorts from Short Stories
  • FTVM 310 - Screenwriting I: The Feature Script
  • FTVM 311 - Writing for Television I: The Spec Script
  • FTVM 317 - WOLV TV
  • FTVM 391 - Editing Theory & Practice
  • FTVM 392 - Cinematography
  • FTVM 400 - Movie/Serial Television Production II
  • FTVM 401 - Documentary II
  • FTVM 402 - Topics in Television Production
  • FTVM 403 - Television Sketch Comedy
  • FTVM 404 - Topics in Media Production II
  • FTVM 405 - Screendance
  • FTVM 406 - Animation and Digital Media Practices II
  • FTVM 410 - Screenwriting II: The Rewrite
  • FTVM 411 - Writing for Television II: Pilots
  • FTVM 421 - TV Pilots
  • FTVM 423 - Practicum for the Screenwriter
  • FTVM 427 - Screenwriting III


Studies Courses
o FTVM / SLAVIC 313 - Russian and Ukranian Cinema
o FTVM / POLISH 314 - Polish Cinema
o FTVM / CZECH 315 - Czech Cinema
o FTVM / ITALIAN 316 - Screening Italian-Americans
o FTVM 320 - Documentary Film
o FTVM 324 / COMM 251 - Understanding Media Industries
o FTVM 325 - New Line and New Hollywood Cinema
o FTVM / ENGLISH 330 - Major Director (rotating topics)
o FTVM / ENGLISH 331 - Film Genres and Types (rotating topics)
o FTVM 332 / GERMAN 330 - German Cinema
o FTVM 333 - Fascist Cinema
o FTVM / AMCULT 334 - Race, Gender, Sexuality, and U.S. Culture in Video Games
o FTVM 340 - Writing Film Criticism
o FTVM / ASIAN 341 - Intro to India Cinema
o FTVM / AMCULT / GERMAN 346 - Media Matter: From Print to Screen Culture
o FTVM 350 - The Silent Screen: Arts and Cultures
o FTVM 353 - Film History: Post New Wave
o FTVM 354 - New Media History
o FTVM 355 - Television History
o FTVM 358 - Italian Film: History, Art, Entertainment
o FTVM / WGS 361 (WOMENSTD 361) - Women in Film
o FTVM 365 - Race and Ethnicity in Contemporary American Television
o FTVM 366 - Film, Television, and Popular Culture (rotating topics)
o FTVM 367 - Introduction to Digital Media Studies
o FTVM 368 - Topics in Digital Media Studies (rotating topics)
o FTVM 372 - Contemporary Film Theory
o FTVM 375 - Television Theory
o FTVM 376 - Digital Media Theory
o FTVM / AMCULT / LATINOAM 380 - Studies in Transnational Media
o FTVM / AMCULT / LATINOAM 381 - Latinas(os) and the Media
o FTVM 422 - Topics in Avant-Garde Film
o FTVM 435 (335) – Authorship & the Archive: Exploring the Film, Theater, & TV Collections of the U of M Special Collections Library
o FTVM 440 / AAS 440 - African Cinema
o FTVM 441 - National Screens (rotating topics)
o FTVM 442 / AAS 442 - Third World Cinema
o FTVM 451 / AMCULT 490 - American Film Genres
o FTVM 455 - Topics in Film (rotating topics)
o FTVM / ASIAN 458 - Korean Film Culture
o FTVM 460 - Technology and the Moving Image
o FTVM / WGS 461 (WOMENSTD 461) - Explorations in Feminist Film Theory
o FTVM 475 – Popular Film and TV Culture
o FTVM 485 - The Global Screen

Optional Submajor: Screenwriting

 

Other Department Policies

Screenwriting Submajor of Film, Television, and Media Major

The department offers a sub-major in Screenwriting to undergraduate students in the Film, Television, and Media major who demonstrate a special talent for writing for the screen.

Distribution Policy

No course used to fulfill a major requirement may be used toward the LSA Distribution Requirement. In addition, courses in the FTVM and SAC subject areas may not be used toward the Distribution Requirement.

Honors

The Honors plan in the Department of Film, Television, and Media offers qualified Film, Television, and Media majors a special opportunity. Upper-level students with strong academic records and a demonstrated ability to carry out the independent work required to complete an Honors thesis, screenplay, film, video or digital production are encouraged to apply. The Film, Television, and Media Honors major is not restricted to students who have been in the College Honors Program in their freshman and sophomore years.

Upon successful completion of the Honors plan, students may graduate with Honors, High Honors, or Highest Honors in Film, Television, and Media, depending on the evaluation of their thesis, screenplay, or project. These Honors designations appear on their diploma along with any College Honors designations they earn from their overall grade point.

Students accepted into the Honors plan also become members of the Honors Program of the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts. As members of the LSA Honors Program, they gain access to a variety of special services such as possible financial support for their Honors work. In addition, students may also apply for competitive scholarships administered by the Department of Film, Television, and Media to help with costs associated with Honors projects.

Admission. To be considered for the Honors major, students must have a grade point average of 3.5 or higher in the Film, Television, and Media major. Students must also identify a Film, Television, and Media faculty sponsor and file an application for admission to the Honors plan no later than three terms prior to the intended graduation date. For further information, contact the Film, Television, and Media Department at (734) 764-0147.

Screen Arts and Cultures (Major) (Fall 2016 - Summer 2018)

Effective Fall 2016

Advising

Students who may be interested in a major in Screen Arts and Cultures are encouraged to consult with a department advisor. Appointments are scheduled online at: https://webapps.lsa.umich.edu/AdvAppts/AA_StuSelfSvc1.aspx?ctgy=SAC

Grade Policies

Prerequisites for the SAC major may be taken for a grade or may be taken P/F.

A minimum grade of C– or better must be achieved in any course taken to satisfy the SAC Major requirements.

Prerequisites

SAC / RCHUMS 236 - The Art of the Film, and SAC 272 - Classical Film Theory, each completed with a minimum grade of C-. 

Students will apply for entry to the major after having completed the prerequisites with a minimum grade point average of 2.0. In accord with LSA policies, students who do not meet the minimum grade requirement but still hope to declare the Screen Arts and Cultures major may retake one prerequisite course. If they meet the criteria above with the new grade they earn in the re-taken course, they may declare Screen Arts and Cultures as their major.

Requirements

Minimum Credits: 30
  1. Core Required Courses (21 credits).
      1. Two history courses:
        SAC 352 - Film History: Origins to the French New Wave, and one additional history course selected from among the following:
        • SAC 353 - Film History: Post New Wave
        • SAC 354 - New Media History
        • SAC 355 - Television History.
      2. One theory course beyond the prerequisite selected from among the following:
        • SAC 372 - Contemporary Film Theory
        • SAC 375 - Television Theory and Criticism
        • SAC 376 - New Media Theory
        • SAC 461 - Explorations in Feminist Film Theory
      3. Introduction to production course: SAC 290- Introduction to Media Production.
      4. Two production or writing courses selected from the following:
        • SAC 300 - Dramatic Narrative I
        • SAC 301 - Documentary I
        • SAC 302 - Television I
        • SAC 304 - Topics in Media Production I
        • SAC 305 - The Experimental Screen
        • SAC 306 - New Media Practices I
        • SAC 307 - Film Analysis for Filmmakers
        • SAC 309 - Shorts from Short Stories
        • SAC 310 - Screenwriting I: The Feature Script
        • SAC 311 - Writing for Television I: The Spec Script
        • SAC 317 - WOLV TV
        • SAC 391 - Editing Theory & Practice
        • SAC 392 - Cinematography
        • SAC 405 (FTVM 393) - Screendance (only if elected FA 20 or later)
      5. One studies course selected from among the following in national, regional, or transnational cinema:
        • SAC 250 / JUDAIC 250 / NEAREAST 280 - Jewish Film: Race, Ethnicity, and Nationality
        • SAC / SLAVIC / RCHUMS 313 - Russian and Ukrainian Cinema
        • SAC / POLISH 314 - Polish Cinema
        • SAC / ITALIAN 316 - Screening Italian-Americans
        • SAC 332 / GERMAN 330 - German Cinema
        • SAC / GERMAN 333 - Fascist Cinema
        • SAC / AMCULT / COMM 334 - Race, Gender, Sexuality and U.S. Culture in Video Games
        • SAC / ASIAN 341 - Bollywood and Beyond: An Introduction to Popular Indian Cinema
        • SAC / GERMAN / AMCULT 346 - Media Matter: From Print to Screen Culture
        • SAC 358 - Italian Film: History, Art, Entertainment
        • SAC 365 - Race and Ethnicity in Contemporary American Television
        • SAC 368 - Topics in Digital Media Studies
        • FTVM / HISTART / HISTORY / JUDAIC 379 - Jewish Photographers Picture the Modern World (only if elected WN20 or later)
        • SAC / AMCULT / LATINOAM 380 - Studies in Transnational Media
        • SAC / AMCULT / LATINOAM 381 - Latinas/Latinos and the Media
        • SAC / AAS 440 - African Cinema
        • SAC 441 - National Screens
        • SAC / AAS 442 - Third World Cinema
        • SAC / ASIAN 458 - Film Culture in Korea
        • SAC / AAS 470 - Cultural Cinema
        • SAC 485 - The Global Screen
        • ITALIAN 358 - Italian Cinema
        • or a similar course pre-approved by the advisor.
  2. Required Electives (9 credits; 3 courses): Three SAC courses at the 300 or 400 level, with no more than two courses in production (see list below).

Production Courses

    • SAC 300 - Dramatic Narrative I
    • SAC 301 - Documentary I
    • SAC 302 - Television I
    • SAC 304 - Topics in Media Production I
    • SAC 305 - The Experimental Screen
    • SAC 306 - New Media Practices I
    • SAC 307 - Film Analysis for Filmmakers
    • SAC 309 - Shorts from Short Stories
    • SAC 310 - Screenwriting I: The Feature Script
    • SAC 311 - Writing for Television I: The Spec Script
    • SAC 317 - WOLV TV
    • SAC 391 - Editing Theory & Practice
    • SAC 392 - Cinematography
    • SAC 400 - Dramatic Narrative II
    • SAC 401 - Documentary II
    • SAC 402 - Television II
    • SAC 403 - Television Sketch Comedy
    • SAC 404 - Topics in Media Production II
    • SAC 405 - Screendance
    • SAC 406 - New Media Practices II
    • SAC 410 - Screenwriting II: The Rewrite
    • SAC 411 - Writing for Television II: Pilots
    • SAC 421 - TV Pilots
    • SAC 423 - Practicum for the Screenwriter
    • SAC 427 - Screenwriting III

Optional Submajor: Screenwriting

Other Department Policies

Screenwriting Submajor of Screen Arts and Cultures Major

The department offers a sub-major in Screenwriting to undergraduate students in the Screen Arts & Cultures major who demonstrate a special talent for writing for the screen.

Distribution Policy

No course used to fulfill a major requirement may be used toward the LSA Distribution Requirement. In addition, courses in the FTVM and SAC subject areas may not be used toward the Distribution Requirement.

Honors

The Honors plan in the Department of Screen Arts and Cultures offers qualified Screen Arts and Cultures majors a special opportunity. Upper-level students with strong academic records and a demonstrated ability to carry out the independent work required to complete an Honors thesis, screenplay, film, video or digital production are encouraged to apply. The Screen Arts and Cultures Honors major is not restricted to students who have been in the College Honors Program in their freshman and sophomore years.

Upon successful completion of the Honors plan, students may graduate with Honors, High Honors, or Highest Honors in Screen Arts and Cultures, depending on the evaluation of their thesis, screenplay, or project. These Honors designations appear on their diploma along with any College Honors designations they earn from their overall grade point.

Students accepted into the Honors plan also become members of the Honors Program of the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts. As members of the LSA Honors Program, they gain access to a variety of special services such as possible financial support for their Honors work. In addition, students may also apply for competitive scholarships administered by the Department of Screen Arts and Cultures to help with costs associated with Honors projects.

Admission. To be considered for the Honors major, students must have a grade point average of 3.5 or higher in the Screen Arts and Cultures major. Students must also identify a Screen Arts and Cultures faculty sponsor and file an application for admission to the Honors plan no later than three terms prior to the intended graduation date. For further information, contact the Screen Arts and Cultures Department at (734) 764-0147.

Screen Arts and Cultures Major (Fall 2013-Summer 2016)

Effective Fall 2013-Summer 2016; Course List additions Winter 2014 and Winter 2016 

May be elected as an interdepartmental major

Prerequisites to the Major

SAC 236 and SAC 272, each completed with a minimum grade of C-.

Students will apply for entry to the major after having completed the prerequisites with a minimum grade point average of 2.0. In accord with LSA policies, students who do not meet the minimum grade requirement but still hope to declare the Screen Arts and Cultures major may retake one prerequisite course. If they meet the criteria above with the new grade they earn in the re-taken course, they may declare Screen Arts and Cultures as their major.

Requirements for the Major (30 credits). 

A grade of C– or better must be achieved in any course taken to satisfy the requirements for the major.

  1. Core Required Courses (21 credits).
    1. Two history courses:
      SAC 352 and one additional history course selected from among the following: SAC 353, 354, or 355.
    2. One theory course beyond the prerequisite selected from among the following:
      SAC 372, 375, 376, or 461.
    3.  Introduction to production course:
      SAC 290.
    4. Two production or writing courses selected from the following:
      SAC 300, 301, 302, 304, 306, 307, 310, 311.
    5. One studies course selected from among the following in national, regional, or transnational cinema:
      SAC 250, 313, 314, 316, 332, 333, 334, 341, 346, 358, 365, 368, 380, 381, 440, 441, 442, 458, 470, 485; GERMAN 346; AMCULT 346; or a similar course pre-approved by the advisor.
  2. Required Electives (9 credits; 3 courses): Three SAC courses at the 300 or 400 level, with no more than two courses in production
    Production Courses
    SAC 300 [Effective W14 and made retroactive to prior terms]
    SAC 301 [Effective W14 and made retroactive to prior terms]
    SAC 302 [Effective W14 and made retroactive to prior terms]
    SAC 304 [Effective W14 and made retroactive to prior terms]
    SAC 306 [Effective W14 and made retroactive to prior terms]
    SAC 307 [Effective W14 and made retroactive to prior terms]
    SAC 310 [Effective W14 and made retroactive to prior terms]
    SAC 311 [Effective W14 and made retroactive to prior terms]
    SAC 400 [Effective W14 and made retroactive to prior terms]
    SAC 401 [Effective W14 and made retroactive to prior terms]
    SAC 402 [Effective W14 and made retroactive to prior terms]
    SAC 403 [Effective F15]
    SAC 404 [Effective W14 and made retroactive to prior terms]
    SAC 405 [Effective W16]
    SAC 406 [Effective W14 and made retroactive to prior terms]
    SAC 410 [Effective W14 and made retroactive to prior terms]
    SAC 411 [Effective W14 and made retroactive to prior terms]
    SAC 423 [Effective W14 and made retroactive to prior terms]
    SAC 427 [Effective W14 and made retroactive to prior terms]

Honors Plan

The Honors plan in the Department of Screen Arts and Cultures offers qualified Screen Arts and Cultures majors a special opportunity. Upper-level students with strong academic records and a demonstrated ability to carry out the independent work required to complete an Honors thesis, screenplay, film, video or digital production are encouraged to apply. The Screen Arts and Cultures Honors major is not restricted to students who have been in the College Honors Program in their freshman and sophomore years.

Upon successful completion of the Honors plan, students may graduate with Honors, High Honors, or Highest Honors in Screen Arts and Cultures, depending on the evaluation of their thesis, screenplay, or project. These Honors designations appear on their diploma along with any College Honors designations they earn from their overall grade point.

Students accepted into the Honors plan also become members of the Honors Program of the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts. As members of the LSA Honors Program, they gain access to a variety of special services such as possible financial support for their Honors work. In addition, students may also apply for competitive scholarships administered by the Department of Screen Arts and Cultures to help with costs associated with Honors projects.

Screen Arts and Cultures Major (Spring 2006-Summer 2013)

Effective Spring 2006-Summer 2013

May be elected as an interdepartmental concentration program

Prerequisite to Concentration

SAC 236; SAC 272; plus one history course from the following: SAC 351, 352, 353, or 355.

Students will apply for entry to the concentration after having completed the prerequisites with a minimum grade point average of 2.0. In accord with LSA policies, students who do not meet the minimum grade requirement but still hope to declare the Screen Arts and Cultures concentration may retake one prerequisite course. If they meet the criteria above with the new grade they earn in the re-taken course, they may declare Screen Arts and Cultures as their concentration.

Concentration Program (30 credits)

A grade of C­ or better must be achieved in any course taken to satisfy the concentration requirements.

  1. Core Required Courses (18 credits).
    1. One history course beyond the prerequisite from among the following: SAC 351, 352, 353, or 355.
    2. One theory course beyond the prerequisite from among the following: SAC 372, 375, 376, or 461.
    3. Introduction to production course: SAC 290.
    4. Two production or writing courses from the following: SAC 300, 301, 302, 306, 310, 311.
    5. One studies course from among the following in national, regional, or transnational cinema: SAC 380, 440, 441, 442, 470, 485, or a similar course pre-approved by the advisor.
  2. Required Electives (12 credits; 4 courses). Students are required to take a total of 12 credits of electives with no more than one course in production.

 

Honors Concentration

The Honors concentration in the Department of Screen Arts and Cultures offers qualified Screen Arts and Cultures concentrators a special opportunity. Upper-level students with strong academic records and a demonstrated ability to carry out the independent work required to complete an Honors thesis, screenplay, film, video or digital production are encouraged to apply. The Screen Arts and Cultures Honors concentration is not restricted to students who have been in the College Honors Program in their freshman and sophomore years.

Upon successful completion of the Honors concentration, students may graduate with Honors, High Honors, or Highest Honors in Screen Arts and Cultures, depending on the evaluation of their thesis, screenplay, or project. These Honors designations appear on their diploma along with any College Honors designations they earn from their overall grade point.

Students accepted into the Honors concentration also become members of the Honors Program of the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts. As members of the LS&A Honors Program, they gain access to a variety of special services such as possible financial support for their Honors work. In addition, students may also apply for competitive scholarships administered by the Department of Screen Arts and Cultures to help with costs associated with Honors projects.