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Organization, Regulations, and Courses 2021-22


Film and Media Studies

Chair Mary Flanagan

Professors M. Desjardins, M. Flanagan; Associate Professors  J. N. Mack, J. K. Ruoff, M. J. Williams, P. Young, J. D. Wernimont;  Assistant Professor I. Kwayana; Visiting Associate Professor W. F. Phillips; Associated Faculty G. Gemünden, D. Washburn, M. White Ndounou, T. Keaton, D. Garcia; Lecturers J. Rapf, J. D. Chamberlain, J. Bell, A. Nash, M. Roberts, S. Mizrahi.  

 

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Requirements for the Major in Film and Media Studies

The Film and Media Studies department at Dartmouth College offers a wide range of courses in the theory, history, and criticism of film and television as well as a number of courses in film and video production, digital media, and screenwriting. The major provides a common basis for all students in the theory, history, and criticism of film, television and new media, and at least one course with a production component. Beyond this, the major allows students to shape their own emphasis (for instance, history and criticism, or screenwriting). The major requirements are as follows:

Two Prerequisites

1. One introductory course: FILM 1 Introduction to Film: From Script to Screen; or FILM 2 Introduction to Television; or FILM 3 Introduction to Digital Arts and Culture

2. FILM 20 Film History I (Silent to Sound)

Nine Required Courses

1. One film history course from the following: 

  • FILM 21 Film History II (1930-1960)
  • FILM 22 Film History III (1960-1990)
  • FILM 23 Film History IV (1990-present)

2. One additional film or media history course from among the following:

  • FILM 21 Film History II (1930-1960)
  • FILM 22 Film History III (1960-1990)
  • FILM 23 Film History IV (1990-present)
  • FILM 45 U.S. Television History
  • FILM 42's National Cinema

Students may also petition to the Chair to count specific offerings of the following topics classes for credit in this requirement:

  • FILM 41's (such as FILM 41.09 History of Animation)
  • FILM 46's  (such as FILM 46.01 TV and Histories of Gender)
  • FILM 47's (such as FILM 47.05 History of Documentary)

3. FILM 40 Theories and Methodologies of Film and Media Studies

4. One television studies Course from among the following:

  • FILM 46's

5. and 6. Two additional studies courses from among the following:

  • FILM 41's Genre
  • FILM 42's National Cinema
  • FILM 43's Film Creator
  • FILM 44's Theory Meets Practice
  • FILM 45 U.S. Television History
  • FILM 46's Topics in Television
  • FILM 47's Topics in Film
  • FILM 48's Topics in Digital Culture and New Technologies
  • FILM 50's Topics in  Media Theory

7. One production course from among the following:

  • FILM 30 Documentary Videomaking
  • FILM 31 Filmmaking I: Basic Elements of Film
  • FILM 33 Writing for the Screen I
  • FILM 35 Animation: Principles and Practice
  • FILM 36's Videomaking
  • FILM 37 Directing for the Camera
  • FILM 51 Game Design Studio

8. and 9. Two courses at an advanced level, one of which must be the Culminating Experience:

  • FILM 32 Filmmaking II
  • FILM 34 Writing for the Screen II
  • FILM 38 Advanced Animation
  • FILM 39's Advanced Videomaking
  • Any courses between FILM 41's—FILM 48's
  • FILM 49's Practicum in Digital Culture and New Technologies
  • FILM 50's Topics in Media Theory
  • FILM 80 Independent Study
  • FILM 93 Major Project
  • FILM 95 Honors Project I

 

Modified Major in Film and Media Studies

Students may modify Film and Media Studies with another related discipline with the permission of the Chair of Film and Media Studies and that of the Chair of the related department. Film and Media Studies can be either the major or the minor part of a modified major. 

When Film and Media Studies is the major part of the modified major the requirements are as follows:

Two Prerequisites

1. One introductory course: FILM 1 Introduction to Film: From Script to Screen; or FILM 2 Introduction to Television; or FILM 3 Introduction to Digital Arts and Culture

2. FILM 20 Film History 1 (Silent to Sound)

Six Required Courses

1. One film or media history course from the following:

  • FILM 21 Film History II (1930-1960)
  • FILM 22 Film History III (1960-1990)
  • FILM 23 Film History IV (1990-present)
  • FILM 45 U.S. Television History
  • FILM 42's National Cinema

Students may also petition to the Chair to count specific offerings of the following topics classes for credit in this requirement:

  • FILM 41's (such as FILM 41.09 History of Animation)
  • FILM 46's  (such as FILM 46.01 TV and Histories of Gender)
  • FILM 47's (such as FILM 47.05 History of Documentary)

2. FILM 40 Theories and Methodologies of Film and Media Studies

3. One studies course from among the following:

  • FILM 41's Genre
  • FILM 42's National Cinema
  • FILM 43's Film Creator
  • FILM 44's Theory Meets Practice
  • FILM 45 U.S. Television History
  • FILM 46's Topics in Television
  • FILM 47's Topics in Film
  • FILM 48's Topics in Digital Culture and New Technologies
  • FILM 50's Topics in  Media Theory

4. One production course form among the following:

  • FILM 30 Documentary Videomaking
  • FILM 31 Filmmaking I: Basic Elements of Film
  • FILM 33 Writing for the Screen I
  • FILM 35 Animation: Principles and Practice
  • FILM 36's Videomaking
  • FILM 37 Directing for the Camera
  • FILM 51 Game Design Studio

5. and 6. Two courses at an advanced level, one of which must be the Culminating Experience:

  • FILM 32 Filmmaking II
  • FILM 34 Writing for the Screen II
  • FILM 38 Advanced Animation
  • FILM 39's Advanced Videomaking
  • Any courses between FILM 41's—FILM 48's
  • FILM 49's Practicum in Digital Culture and New Technologies
  • FILM 50's Topics in Media Theory
  • FILM 80 Independent Study
  • FILM 93 Major Project
  • FILM 95 Honors Project I

Modifying another Major with Film and Media Studies

If Film and Media Studies is the minor part of the modified major, the requirements are as follows:

One Prerequisite

1. One introductory course: FILM 1 Introduction to Film: From Script to Screen; or FILM 2 Introduction to Television; or FILM 3 Introduction to Digital Arts and Culture

Four Required Courses

1.,2.,3., and 4.  Four film and media courses from any category


    Minor in Film and Media Studies

    The minor requirements are as follows:

     

    One Prerequisite

    1. One introductory course: FILM 1 Introduction to Film: From Script to Screen; or FILM 2 Introduction to Television; or FILM 3 Introduction to Digital Arts and Culture. 

    Six Required Courses

    1. One film history course from among the following:

    • FILM 20 Film History I (Silent to Sound)
    • FILM 21 Film History II (1930-1960)
    • FILM 22 Film History III (1960-1990)
    • FILM 23 Film History IV (1990-present)

    2. One television studies course from among the following:

    • FILM 46's

    3. and 4. Two additional studies courses from among the following:

    • FILM 41's Genre
    • FILM 42's National Cinema
    • FILM 43's Film Creator
    • FILM 44's Theory Meets Practice
    • FILM 45 U.S. Television History
    • FILM 46's Topics in Television
    • FILM 47's Topics in Film
    • FILM 48's Topics in Digital Culture and New Technologies
    • FILM 50's Topics in  Media Theory

    5. One production course among the following:

    • FILM 30 Documentary Videomaking
    • FILM 31 Filmmaking I: Basic Elements of Film
    • FILM 33 Writing for the Screen I
    • FILM 35 Animation: Principles and Practice
    • FILM 36's Videomaking
    • FILM 37 Directing for the Camera
    • FILM 51 Game Design Studio

             Or one theory course among the following:

    • FILM 40 Theories and Methodologies of Film and Media Studies 
    • FILM 50's Topics in  Media Theory

    6. One other production, screenwriting, or studies course  (any additional course from FILM 20 and above) in line with the area of major interest. 

    Culminating Experience

    The Culminating Experience requirement is designed to offer each student an opportunity to fulfill an enhanced and focused project related directly to their emphasis within the major. It is required of both Majors and Modified Majors. This course will be selected and declared by each individual student, but must meet department requirements and schedules. Students will work with faculty to determine the optimal design for the Culminating Experience course.

     

    Students may propose one the following options to count as the Culminating Experience:

    • FILM 93 Major Project, a two-term commitment that can be in studies or production;  
    • FILM 95 and FILM 96 Honors Project I and II, a more ambitious and high caliber two-term commitment which requires that students have completed at least five major courses and have a 3.4 average in the major and 3.0 or higher College average;
    • Enroll in an advanced class already being offered by the department, in which the student will do extra work for the culminating experience as approved by the professor. The class cannot fulfill another requirement for the major. This is a one-term culminating project.

    Requirements

    • All Majors and Modified Majors are required to take FILM 40 before they propose or enroll in a culminating experience course. (FILM 40 should be taken in the Sophomore year. It may be approved for the Junior year, if absolutely necessary, in consultation with the Chair). 
    • Students are also expected to have completed FILM 1 , or FILM 2, or FILM 3, and FILM 20 prior to their Culminating Experience or to be enrolled in those courses in their senior fall. 

    Deadlines and Proposals

    • All Majors and Modified Majors must identify and consult a possible advisor by May 1st of their Junior year.
    • Students can find the Culminating Experience Proposal Cover Sheet on the department's website, under Undergraduate/Culminating Experience.
    • Each proposal must be worked out in consultation with a faculty advisor and the cover sheet must be signed by the advisor.
    • The proposal must be emailed to the Chair and copied to the department administrator. Proposals for summer or fall terms are due by May 15th. Proposals for winter or spring  terms are due by October 15th.

    Important Reminders

    • Production projects will be assessed in relation to the probability of their completion and to the rest of the production curriculum. Regularly scheduled courses will have priority regarding equipment demands.
    • Students may not be enrolled in more than one production course per term, including independent study courses.
    • Each faculty member is only available during select terms of each academic year. Projects related to a specific faculty member must be arranged in conjunction with their teaching schedule.
    • Students enrolled in Culminating Experience courses will complete this requirement at a celebratory dinner, to be held at least once per academic year, typically in the Spring term. Each student will make a brief presentation of their Culminating Experience project.

     

    Honors Program

    Students who have completed at least five major courses and who have an average in the major of 3.4 or higher (and a College average of 3.0 or higher) are eligible to apply for the Honors Program.

    Students wishing to do a production project must submit a proposal to the Department in the term before the project is to begin. Honors projects that do not include production must be approved by the advisor and the Chair. If this is a Culminating Experience project, the rules for culminating proposals apply. Students with modified as well as standard majors may apply. The member(s) of the Department who will supervise the project will be confirmed at the time the proposal is approved. An Honors project usually extends through two terms and receives two major credits. If the finished project does not achieve a grade of 3.3 or higher, the FILM 95 Honors status will revert to FILM 80 (Independent Study) or FILM 93 (Major Project). For additional information, students should consult the Department Chair.


    Transfer Credit

    Permission of the Chair and a detailed description of the course will obtain provisional approval for transfer credit. Final approval will be granted on the basis of the Chair’s review of the syllabus and evidence of the student’s work in the course for which transfer credit has been requested. Three courses taken at other institutions may be substituted in fulfillment of the major requirements, provided that the program as a whole is consistent with the intent of the major. Of the three transferred courses, no more than two may be in film theory, history, and criticism, and no more than two may be in production.