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Film and Media Studies Suggested 4-year Plan

» Film and Media Studies (B.A.): Suggested 4-year Plan for 2023-24

How to Use your 4-year Plan

  • This is a suggested 4-year plan for your major and not meant to replace regular academic advising.
  • The plan is flexible and can be changed to accommodate studying abroad, a second major/minor(s) or AP/IB credits.
  • You should work with an academic advisor to develop a plan that meets your interests and goals.
  • You must earn a minimum of 120 credits to graduate and 48 major-specific credits to earn a B.A. in Film and Media Studies.
  • Transfer students should contact the program advisor for degree planning.
  • If you have any questions, please contact dodgeacademicsupport@chapman.edu.

Suggested 4-year Plan

  • We encourage you to select your General Education (GE) and minor/second major/Themed Inquiry/Honors program around the plan below. Once you fill your GE classes around your major classes, you will have a better idea of space remaining each semester when choosing your Exploration Focus.
  • To be enrolled full time, you must take at least 12 credits a semester.
  • In order to graduate within 4 years, we recommend you take 30 credits a year.
  • As you select your electives, please review the list of Selected Electives at the bottom of the page.

Year 1

Fall Semester (6 credits for major)

  • FTV 140 - Introduction to Film and Media Aesthetics, Lecture and Laboratory (3 credits)
  • FS 244 - History of Film to 1959, Lecture and Laboratory (3 credits)

Spring Semester (6 credits for major)

  • FTV 130 Introduction to Visual Storytelling (3 credits)*
  • FS 245 History of Film 1960 - Present, Lecture and Laboratory (3 credits)

* You must earn at least a C- in FTV 130 in order to satisfy major requirements. (You must earn a C- or above in all other courses to satisfy major requirements.)

 


 

Year 2

Fall Semester (9 credits for major)

  • FS 241 - Film Analysis, Lecture and Laboratory (3 credits)
  • TWP 246 - History of Television (3 credits)
  • One of the following**:
    • FS 342 - Film Genre and Auteur Studies (3 credits)
    • FS 443 - Advanced Topics in World Cinema (3 credits)
    • FS 444 - Advanced Topics in Film and Media Studies (3 credits)

Spring Semester (6 credits for major)

  • FS 342 - Film Genre and Auteur Studies (3 credits)
  • FS 444 - Advanced Topics in Film and Media Studies (3 credits)

** You will need to take all three of these as required courses. In addition, you must repeat two of the classes (with different subjects) in any semester after your first year.

 



Year 3

Fall Semester (6 credits for major)

  • FS 443 - Advanced Topics in World Cinema (3 credits)
  • FS 445 - Film Theory and Criticism, Lecture and Laboratory (3 credits)

Spring Semester (6 credits for major)

  • FS 455 The Practices of Writing about Film (3 credits)
  • One of the following:**
    • FS 342 Film Genre and Auteur Studies (3 credits)
    • FS 443 Advanced Topics in World Cinema (3 credits)
    • FS 444 Advanced Topics in Film and Media Studies (3 credits)

** You will need to take all three of these as required courses. In addition, you must repeat two of the classes (with different subjects) in any semester after your first year.

 


 

Year 4

Fall Semester

You can take courses outside your major or major-required courses above that you have not completed.

Spring Semester (3 credits for major)

  • FS 498 - Film and Media Studies Capstone Seminar (3 credits)

  


 

Suggested Electives

  • PHIL 101 - Introduction to Philosophy (3 credits)
  • SOC 101 - Introduction to Sociology (3 credits)
  • ANTH 102 - Cultural Anthropology (3 credits)
  • FP 133 - Audio Techniques (3 credits)
  • ENG 204 - Introduction to Creative Writing (3 credits)
  • AVE 247 - History and Aesthetics of Animation and Visual Effects (3 credits)
  • ENG 270 - Foundations of Rhetorical Studies (3 credits)
  • FP 293 - Production Design I (3 credits)
  • ENG 302 - Writing About Diverse Cultures (3 credits)
  • SOC 306 - Social Movements (3 credits)
  • AVE 310 - Animation and Visual Effects Industry Insiders (3 credits)
  • FTV 310 - Industry Insiders (3 credits)
  • HUM 310 - Theoretical Foundations of Latinx and Latin American Studies (3 credits)
  • PHIL 319 - Philosophy of Women/Women of Color (3 credits)
  • ENG 328 - Writing for Video Games (3 credits)
  • CCI 333 - CCI and International Contexts (3 credits)
  • FS 339 - Hollywood’s Greatest Year: 1939 (3 credits)
  • PHIL 340 - Philosophy of Mind (3 credits)
  • PRA 351 - Business Presentations (3 credits)
  • FS 353 - Korean Cinema Today (3 credits)
  • FTV 361I - Structure of an International Film Festival (3 credits)
  • SOC 370 - Race and Ethnicity (3 credits)
  • HON 371 - The World of Fellini’s Cinema (3 credits)
  • FTV 377 - Agents and Managers (3 credits)
  • DOC 380 - Community Voices: Pre-Production (3 credits)
  • FS 388 - Producing the Undergraduate Film Journal (3 credits)

 

 

Chapman Catalog

Film and Media Studies (B.A.)


View all requirements, courses, and electives and elective groups on the Film and Media Studies (B.A.) catalog page.