Film and Media Production Track

Beginning in Spring 2017, students have the opportunity to pursue the Film and Media Production Track within the Film Studies Major.  The Film and Media Production Track combines courses emphasizing historical, theoretical and critical understandings of film and digital media with training in the technical and creative practices of filmmaking to prepare students to participate in multiple modes of audiovisual practices and environments that characterize the digital age. 

The Film and Media Production Track within the Film Studies Major requires 13 courses (39 credits) distributed as follows (students must take the following courses):

I.     Two required Critical Studies courses

o   Film Analysis (ENGFLM 0530) 

o   World Film History (ENGFLM 0540)  

II.     One required foundational course in Production & Criticism:

o   Filmmaking: Production and Criticism (ENGFLM 0590) OR Motion Picture Fundamentals (FILMST 0001)

III.     Five required Film/Media Production courses (check prerequisites for each on the website and with advisors):

o   Digital Studio: Video (SA 1380) OR Video Production 1 (FILMST 0601)

§  Prerequisite: Filmmaking: Production & Criticism (ENGFLM 0590) or Motion Picture Fundamentals (FLMST 0001)

o   Technical Directing (FILMST 1130)

§  Prerequisite: Filmmaking: Production & Criticism (ENGFLM 0590) or Motion Picture Fundamentals (FLMST 0001)

o   Video Production 2 (FILMST 1600)

§  Prerequisite: Digital Studio: Video (SA 1380) or Video Production 1 (FILMST 0601)

o   Screenwriting and the Narrative (ENGWRT 0560 – Writing Intensive Course) OR Introduction to Screenwriting (FILMST 1132) 

o   Writing and Producing the Short Script (FILMST 1134 – Capstone Course)

§  Prerequisites: All previous category III requirements and departmental consent.

IV.     One Technical Elective course from among the following:

o   Digital Cinematography (FILMST 1580)

§  Prerequisite: Digital Studio: Video (SA 1380) or Video Production 1 (FILMST 0601)

o   Script Development (FLMST 1133)

§  Prerequisite: Introduction to Screenwriting (FILMST 1132)

o   Advanced Digital Editing Techniques (FLMST 0420)

§  Prerequisite: Digital Studio: Video (SA 1380) or Video Production 1 (FILMST 0601) or Film Production (FILMST 0500)

o   Lighting for Film and Video (FLMST 1157)

§  Prerequisite: Digital Studio: Video (SA 1380) or Video Production 1 (FILMST 0601) or Film Production 1 (FILMST 0500)

o   Sound for Film and Video (FLMST 1145)

§  Prerequisite: Digital Studio: Video (SA 1380) or Video Production 1 (FILMST 0601) or Film Production 1 (FILMST 0500)

o   Directing Actors (FILMST 1120)

§  Prerequisite: Acting for the Camera (FILMST 1140)

o   Animation

§  Prerequisite: Filmmaking: Production and Criticism (ENGFLM 0590) or Motion Picture Fundamentals (FILMST 0001)

o   Film Production I (FILMST 0601)

§  Prerequisite: Filmmaking: Production & Criticism (ENGFLM 0590) or Motion Picture Fundamentals (FILMST 0001)

o   Digital Effects & Compositing (FLMST 0610)

§  Prerequisite: Digital Studio: Video (SA 1380) or Video Production 1 (FILMST 0601)

V.     Two Topical Elective courses from among the following:

o   Mockumentary Filmmaking: Production and Criticism (ENGFLM 1684)

§  Prerequisite: Filmmaking: Production and Criticism (ENGFLM 0590) Motion Picture Fundamentals (FILMST 0001) or Video Production 1 (FILMST 0601) or Composing Digital Media (ENGCMP 0610) or Introduction to Screenwriting (FILMST 1132)

o   Digital Studio: Animation (SA 1385)

§  Prerequisites: Digital Studio: Imaging (SA 1270)

o   Film Studies Internship (ENGFLM 1930; must obtain departmental approval)

o   Making the Documentary (ENGFLM 1610)

o   Visiting Filmmaker: Feature Film Production (ENGFLM) (must obtain departmental approval)

VI.     Two courses in Themes/Genres/Theory or National Cinemas/Filmmakers

Spring 2017 offerings include: 

1420 ENGFLM Transnational East Asian Cinemas

1476 ENGFLM The Films of Stanley Kubrick

1480 ENGFLM Topics in Film: African Cinemas

1613 ENGFLM Topics in Film Genre and Theme: Irish Cinema

 See Pitt Film Studies Course List for a list of current courses and all offerings.

 

Additional Conditions/Requirements for Major:

• Students must maintain a C average or above in all major courses.

• No more than three courses (9 credits) within the major can be taken for Satisfactory/Audit.

• Only one film internship (ENGFLM 1903 or A&S 1900) can be counted as part of the major.

• Writing (W) requirement: Students must complete at least one W-course in the major.

 

Further Guidance for Film Studies Majors:

In addition to fulfilling major requirements, several courses in Film Studies also fulfill your Disciplinary Approaches Requirements for Arts and Sciences. Listed here are some such courses and the requirements they fulfill.  Review listings each term for new and revised offerings.

Degree Plan

First Year Fall

Film Analysis (ENGFLM 0530) AND Filmmaking: Production & Criticism (ENGFLM 0590) or Motion Picture Fundamentals (FILMST 0001)

First Year Spring

Digital Studio: Video (SA 1380) or Video Production 1 (FILMST 0601) AND World Film History (ENGFLM 0540)

Second Year Fall

Video Production 2 (FILMST 1600) AND Technical Directing (FILMST 1130)

Second Year Spring

Screenwriting and the Narrative (ENGWRT 0560 – Writing Intensive Course) or Introduction to Screenwriting (FILMST 1132)  AND Course in "Themes/Genres/Theory" or "National Cinemas/Filmmakers"

Third Year Fall

1 Technical Elective AND 1 Topical Elective

Third Year Spring

1 Themes/Genres/Theory or National Cinemas/Filmmakers (Writing Intensive)

Fourth Year Fall

Topical Elective

Fourth Year Spring

Writing and Producing the Short Script (FILMST 1134 – Capstone Course)