BA Overview and Curriculum

The Film Studies Program is an interdisciplinary curriculum in the College of Arts and Sciences, directed by the Department of Media Study. The BA program requires a minimum of 46 credits (14 courses). Students select four courses from three different thematic groupings to create a comprehensive and focused set of courses in Film and Media Theory.

Four courses are sourced from Film Theory, History, Criticism & Analysis (14 credit hours), four from Critical Theory (12 credit hours), three are sourced from World Cinema (10 credit hours), and the remaining three courses are selected from a list of available Elective Courses (9 credit hours).

Regardless of a student’s individual research interests, the following courses must be included in the final collection of courses.

DMS 107 FILM HISTORY I or
DMS 108 FILM HISTORY II
DMS 109 INTRODUCTION TO FILM INTERPRETATION
ENG 379 FILM GENRES
DMS 259 MEDIA ANALYSIS
ENG 441 CONTEMPORARY CINEMA I
ENG 442 CONTEMPORARY CINEMA II

Please consult the online catalogue for details (FST Curricular Plan):

http://undergrad-catalog.buffalo.edu/academicprograms/fif/FilmStudiesBA.pdf

Admission:

Students are admitted into the Film Studies major at the end of your Sophomore Year, when they have accumulated at least 50 overall credit hours with a minimum Q.P.A. of 2.0. Prospective majors will also need to take 3 courses within the major with a minimum Q.P.A. of 2.5 before declaring the major.

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 will insure that students declaring the interdisciplinary major have both the breadth and particular preparation to succeed in the major. To facilitate the articulation of transfer courses into the Major, the advisor will confer with each of the incoming transfer students.

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