Undergraduate Degree & Course Catalog
2016-17

Film Studies - Degrees & Policies

Degrees Offered

Undergraduate: BA
Graduate: MAH

Advisement

Students who meet the acceptance criteria may arrange an appointment with the academic advisor. The advising office is located in 231 Center for the Arts. Students should bring their UB card to each appointment.

Transfer Policy

Film studies coursework taken at another institution is evaluated for transferability to UB by the director of the FST program. Students should provide a transcript and syllabi for courses taken.

Transfer students and continuing students who have accumulated 50 or more credit hours overall will be able to declare the major provisionally until they are able to complete the courses within the major. This insures that students declaring the interdisciplinary major have both the breadth and the particular preparation to succeed in the FST major. To facilitate the articulation of transfer courses into the major, the academic advisor confers with each incoming transfer student.

Film Studies - B.A.

Acceptance Criteria

Completion of the prerequisite courses with a minimum GPA of 2.5.

Advising Notes

Admission to the major is granted at the end of the sophomore year, when students will have accumulated at least 50 overall credit hours with a minimum GPA of 2.0.
Students must meet with the academic advisor of the FST program prior to application to the major (usually at the end of the sophomore year).
No course can count twice.

Prerequisite Courses

Any three of the required courses for the major.

Required Courses

DMS 107 Film History I or DMS 108 Film History II
DMS 259 Media Analysis
ENG 379 Film Genres
ENG 441 Contemporary Cinema I or ENG 442 Contemporary Cinema II
Ten additional courses, chosen from the Electives and Course Groupings section below

Undergraduate Credit Requirements Chart
Credits Required for Major 50
Additional Credits Required for UB Curriculum 40
Additional Credits Required for Electives 30
Total Credits Required for Degree 120

Students should consult with an academic advisor to determine how any transfer or exam credit might be utilized in meeting general education, prerequisite, or major requirements.

See Baccalaureate Degree Requirements (UB Curriculum) for general education and remaining university requirements.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of all requirements, the student will have knowledge to:
  • Identify, recall and reproduce elements of media technology and theory: being able to operate the technology, such as cameras, sound equipment and use of computers and software for robotics, gaming and programming
  • Comprehend, explain and interpret media theory and use of media technology: being able to retain the theoretical/ practical information learned and to, in turn, explain it
  • Apply, produce and demonstrate use of media technology and theory: to be able to use the knowledge gained to apply media theory and to produce media objects skillfully
  • Deconstruct, analyze and compare media objects and theory: to breakdown media objects for analysis, and to create comparisons using media theory
  • Critique, evaluate and appraise media objects and theory: skillfully incorporate media technology and theory into critiques and appraisals. Be able to take the knowledge one step further than simply knowing and applying it
  • Critique, evaluate and appraise media objects and theory: skillfully incorporate media technology and theory into critiques and appraisals. Be able to take the knowledge one step further than simply knowing and applying it

Electives and Course Groupings

Electives
Three courses* for a minimum of 9 credit hours in this category:
AAS 253 Blacks in Film I
AAS 254 Blacks in Film II
AAS 417 Contemporary Black Film Culture
AMS 100 Non-Western Images in Film
DMS 101 Basic Filmmaking
DMS 103 Basic Video or DMS 105 Basic Documentary
DMS 109 Introduction to Film Interpretation
DMS 213 Immigration & Film
DMS 405 Ethnographic Film
DMS 409 Nonfiction Film
DMS 411 Film Theory
DMS 413 Film Narrative
DMS 418 Film Comedy
DMS 440 Women Directors
DMS 484 Language Media Poetics
ENG 441 Contemporary Cinema I
ENG 442 Contemporary Cinema II
FR 341 The French Film
ITA 410 Special Topics
ITA 429 Italian Cinema I
ITA 430 Italian Cinema II
SPA 408 History of Spanish Cinema

*Or their equivalent as determined by the Director of the Film Studies program

Film Theory-History-Criticism-Analysis
Required:
DMS 107 Film History I or DMS 108 Film History II
ENG 379 Film Genres

Select two additional courses* for a minimum of 14 credit hours in this category:
DMS 225 Digital Literature Survey
DMS 305 Film Analysis I
DMS 306 Film Analysis II
DMS 409 Nonfiction Film
DMS 411 Film Theory
ENG 256 Literary Types: Film
ENG 413 Film Directors
ENG 420 Film Theory
ENG 426 Studies in Genre
WS 379 Gender and Hollywood Films

Critical Theory and Cultural Studies
Required:
DMS 259 Media Analysis

Select three additional courses* for a minimum of 13 credit hours in this category:
DMS 425 Visual Media Poetics
DMS 426 Sound Media Poetics
SOC 334 Introduction to Cultural Studies
SOC 368 Sociology of Film
WS 415 Media & Gender
WS 459 Television, Gender & Society

World Cinema
Required:
ENG 441 Contemporary Cinema I or ENG 442 Contemporary Cinema II

Select two additional courses* for a minimum of 10 credit hours in this category:
AAS 253 Blacks in Film I
AAS 254 Blacks in Film II
AAS 417 Contemporary Black Film Culture
AMS 100 Non-Western Images in Film
DMS 333 Third World Cinema
DMS 440 Women Directors
FR 341 The French Film
ITA 410 Special Topics
ITA 429 Italian Cinema I
ITA 430 Italian Cinema II
SPA 408 History of Spanish Cinema

Recommended Sequence of Program Requirements

View the Finish in Four Curricular Plan for the Film Studies BA which is a recommended sequence of courses to help achieve this degree in four years.

Last updated: February 22 2022 21:08:39