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Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of General Studies in Film and Media Studies

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Film and Media Studies Programs

Film/video production experience is provided through course work at Oldfather Studios. B.A. and B.G.S. requirements are quite different, so it is important to check with a department adviser. The B.A. in film and media studies introduces students to the overall field of film and media studies and prepares them for graduate study. The B.G.S. in film and media studies prepares students broadly in film/video production.

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Requirements for the B.A. Major

Film and Media Studies Core Knowledge and Skills. Majors must complete a course in each of the following areas:

  • Introduction to the Film Medium. Satisfied by FMS 100.
  • American Popular Culture of: _____ . Satisfied by FMS 380.
  • Film and Media Aesthetics. Satisfied by FMS 200.
  • History of the Silent Film. Satisfied by FMS 310.
  • History of the American Sound Film. Satisfied by FMS 311.
  • Classical Film/Media Theory. Satisfied by FMS 530.
  • Contemporary Concepts in Media Studies. Satisfied by FMS 531.
  • Documentary Film and Video. Satisfied by FMS 592.
  • Experimental Film and Video. Satisfied by FMS 593.

Film and Media Studies Required Electives. Majors must complete a course in each of the following areas:

  • Production or Animation. Satisfied by one of the following:

FMS 275 Basic Video Production (3) H
FMS 276 Basic Film Production (3) H
FMS 576 Animation (3) H
History of the International Sound Film
Satisfied by one of the following:
FMS 312 History of the International Sound Film to 1950 (3) H
FMS 313 History of the International Sound Film Post 1950 (3) H

  • Film and Media Electives. Satisfied by 7 hours elected from courses in the Film & Media Studies department (any course with an FMS prefix).

Major Hours & Major GPA

While completing all required courses, majors must also meet each of the following hour and grade-point average minimum standards:

Major Hours
Satisfied by 40 hours of major courses.

Major Hours in Residence
Satisfied by a minimum of 15 hours of KU resident credit in the major, of which 8 must be at the junior/senior (300+) level.

Major Junior/Senior Hours
Satisfied by a minimum of 30 hours from junior/senior courses (300+) in the major.

Major Junior/Senior Graduation GPA
Satisfied by a minimum of a 2.0 KU GPA in junior/senior courses (300+) in the major. GPA calculations include all junior/senior courses in the field of study including F’s and repeated courses. See the Semester/Cumulative GPA Calculator.

Graduation Plan

With careful planning and commitment to a full-time course load, you can graduate in 4 years. Download a sample 4-year plan for film and media studies.

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Requirements for the B.G.S. Major

Film and Media Studies Core Knowledge and Skills. Majors must complete a course in each of the following areas:

  • Introduction to the Film Medium. Satisfied by FMS 100.
  • Film and Media Aesthetics. Satisfied by FMS 200.
  • History of the Silent Film. Satisfied by FMS 310.
  • American Popular Culture of: _____. Satisfied by FMS 380.
  • Classical Film/Media Theory. Satisfied by FMS 530.
  • Contemporary Concepts in Media Studies. Satisfied by FMS 531.

Film and Media Studies Required Electives. Majors must complete a course in each of the following:

  • Documentary or Experimental Film and Video. Satisfied by one of the following:

FMS 592 Documentary Film and Video (3) H.

FMS 593 Experimental Film and Video (3) H

  • Screenwriting, Film or Video Production. Satisfied by one of the following:

FMS 273 Basic Screenwriting (3) H

FMS 275 Basic Video Production (3) H

FMS 276 Basic Film Production (3) H

  • Film History or Criticism. Satisfied by one of the following:

FMS 311 History of the American Sound Film (3) HL / H

FMS 312 History of the International Sound Film to 1950 (3) H

FMS 313 History of the International Sound Film Post 1950 (3) H

FMS 621 American Film Criticism (3) H

  • Film and Media Electives. Satisfied by 15 hours elected from courses in the Film & Media Studies department (any course with an FMS prefix).

Major Hours & Major GPA

While completing all required courses, majors must also meet each of the following hour and grade-point average minimum standards:

Major Hours
Satisfied by 42 hours of major courses.

Major Hours in Residence
Satisfied by a minimum of 15 hours of KU resident credit in the major, of which 8 must be at the junior/senior (300+) level.

Major Junior/Senior Hours
Satisfied by a minimum of 30 hours from junior/senior courses (300+) in the major.

Major Junior/Senior Graduation GPA
Satisfied by a minimum of a 2.0 KU GPA in junior/senior courses (300+) in the major. GPA calculations include all junior/senior courses in the field of study including F’s and repeated courses. See the Semester/Cumulative GPA Calculator.

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