Required Coursework

Film and Media Studies courses are offered by several departments. Choose “Film Studies” in the “School of Arts and Sciences” dropdown menu on the course descriptions page to view currently offered courses. Search courses.

Required Courses

Core Required Courses for Film and Media Studies Majors

  • World Film History—ENGFLM 0540 or HA&A 0820
  • Film Analysis—ENGFLM 0530 or HA&A 0801
  • Advanced Seminar in Film Studies—ENGFLM 1920

One Production Course:

  • 35mm Photography and Darkroom (formerly Black and White Photography 1) —FILMST 0200
  • Filmmaking 1: Fundamentals (formerly Motion Picture Fundamentals) —FILMST 0001
  • Filmmaking: Production and Criticism ENGFLM 0590
  • (Prior to 2018 Introduction to Digital Editing—FILMST 0400)
  • Composing Digital Media ENGCMP 0610

Core Requirements for Film and Media Studies Minor

  • World Film History—ENGFLM 0540 or HA&A 0820
  • Film Analysis—ENGFLM 0530 or HA&A 0801

Elective Courses

Film and Media Studies courses are offered through a variety of departments. All listed courses can be used to fulfill the requirements for the major or the minor. Courses are divided into three categories relating to distributional requirements.

Category I: National Cinemas and Filmmakers

CHIN 0082 Hong Kong Cinema
CHIN 1059 Adapted for the Screen: Chinese Literature and Film
CHIN 1065 Sources on East Asia: Chinese New Wave Cinema
CHIN 1084 Masterpieces in Chinese Lit & Film
CHIN 1085 and JPNSE 1085 Introduction to East Asian Cinema
CHIN 1088 New Chinese Cinema
CHIN 1089 The World of China: Chinese National Cinema
ENGFLM 1190 British Film
ENGFLM 1226 Eastern European Communism at the Movies
ENGFLM 1290 History of American Film I
ENGFLM 1291 History of American Film II
ENGFLM 1390 Contemporary Film
ENGFLM 1410 Bollywood and Indian Cinema
ENGFLM 1420 Transnational East Asian Cinemas
ENGFLM 1470 and HA&A 1840 Film Directors (May be taken more than once if topic and course title change.)
ENGFLM 1471 Orson Welles
ENGFLM 1472 Hitchcock's Films
ENGFLM 1476 The Films of Stanley Kubrick
ENGFLM 1495 City Symphony
ENGFLM 1670 Global Anime
FR 0085 French Film: 1930-1960
GER 1380 New German Cinema
HA&A 1805 Early French Film
HA&A 1806 American Independent Film
HIST 1226 Eastern European Communism at the Movies
ITAL 0086 Italian Cinema
ITAL 1089 Special Topics: Italian Cinema
ITAL 0088 Italian America on Screen
JPNSE 1057 Japanese Culture and Society through Cinema
POLISH 0870/0873 Contemporary Polish Cinema
POLISH 0871 Contemporary Polish Cinema: Wajda
POLISH 0872 Contemporary Polish Cinema: Kieslowski
RUSS 0870 History of Russian Film I: Beginnings to Stalin
RUSS 0871 History of Russian Film II: Stalin to Present
RUSS 1771 History of Soviet Cinema
SLAV 1220 The Holocaust in E. European Film and Literature
SLOVAK 0890 Slovak, Czech and Central European Film
SLOVAK 1770 Czech and Slovak Cinema
SPAN 1404 U.S. Latino Film
SPAN 1407 Latin American Film
SPAN 1603 Peninsular Film
SPAN 1700 Comparative Hispanic Topics
SPAN 1707 Hispanic Film

Category II: Themes, Genres, and Theory

AFRCNA 0088 Contemporary Africana Films
ENGFLM 0520 and HA&A 1157 Film Theory
ENGFLM 0532 Introduction to Film Genres
ENGFLM 0570 Introduction to New Media
ENGFLM 1293 American Photography/American Culture
ENGFLM 1391 Topics in Contemporary Cinema
ENGFLM 1479 Children and Media
ENGFLM 1480 Topics in Film (Students may enroll for courses under this number more than once, as topic changes.)
ENGFLM 1481 Youth Film
ENGFLM 1482 The Star System and the Movies
ENGFLM 1483 Film Sound
ENGFLM 1485 Film and Politics
ENGFLM 1486 Photography & Its Social and Political Context
ENGFLM 1487 Film Censorship and American Culture
ENGFLM 1490 Political Media
ENGFLM 1493 City Made Strange
ENGFLM 1610 Topics in Genre
ENGFLM 1613 Topics in Film Genre and Theme
ENGFLM 1615 The War Film
ENGFLM 1680 Animation
ENGFLM 1681 Film Comedy
ENGFLM 1682 Photographers and Phtography since WWII
ENGFLM 1683 & HA&A 1820 Documentary Film
ENGFLM 1685 Film Musical
ENGFLM 1688 Film Western
ENGFLM 1692 Film Melodrama
ENGFLM 1695 Horror Film
ENGFLM 1696 Film Noir
ENGFLM 1699 Science Fiction Film
ENGFLM 1703 Gender and Film (previously Women and Film)
ENGFLM 1752 Television Analysis
ENGFLM 1790 Film and Literature
ENGWRT 0560 Screenwriting and the Narrative
GER 1384 Fascism and Film
HA&A 0470 Photography and Art
HA&A 0810 Experimental Cinema
HA&A 1157 & ENGFLM 1015 Film Theory
HA&A 1806 American Independent Film
HA&A 1810 Experimental Video
ITAL 1069 Literature into Film in the Italian Tradition
JPNSE 1057 Japanese Film as Literature
JPNSE 1058 Westerns and Samurai Films
JPNSE 1059 Japanese Society and Culture through Cinema
THEA 1373 Design for Film

Category III: Film/Photo/Video Production

ENGFLM 0590 Filmmaking: Production and Criticism
ENGFLM 1497 Urban Scavenger
ENGFLM 1684 Mockumentary: Production and Criticism
ENGFLM 1930 Internship - ONLY ONE internship can be counted as part of the major.
FILMST 0001 Filmmaking 1 (formerly Motion Picture Fundamentals)
FILMST 0245 Photo-editing 1
FILMST 0500 Super 8 and 16mm Film Production (Formerly Film Production I)
FILMST 1500 Film Production II
FILMST 0120 Photography 1 (formerly Basic Digital Photography)
FILMST 0121 Animation 1 (formerly Animation Production)
FILMST 0130 3-D Computer Animation
FILMST 0151 Web Design 1 (formerly Introduction to Web Design)
FILMST 0200 35mm Photography and Darkroom (formerly Black and White Photography 1)
FILMST 0201 Medium Format Photography (formerly B & W Photo 2)
FILMST 1200 B & W Photo 3
FILMST 0220 Color Photography 1
FILMST 0221 Photography 2
FILMST 1210 Color Photography 2
FILMST 0225 Studio Lighting Techniques
FILMST 0230 Non-Silver Printing 1
FILMST 1225 Non-Silver Printing 2
FILMST 0235 Documentary Photography
FILMST 0245 Photgraphic Editing Workflow, previously titled: Photoshop Foundations
FILMST 0400 Post-production 1 (formerly Introduction to Digital Editing)
FILMST 0410 Photography 3 (Formerly Advanced Digital Photography)
FILMST 0420 Post-production 2 (formerly Advanced Digital Editing Techniques)
FILMST 0601 Filmmaking 2 (formerly Video Production I)
FILMST 1600 Filmmaking 3 (formerly Video Production II)
FILMST 0610 Digital Effects 1 (formerly Digital Effects and Compositing)
FILMST 1120 Directing Actors
FILMST 1130 Directing Motion Pictures (formerly Technical Directing)
FILMST 1132 Elements of Screenwriting (formerly Intro to Screenwriting)
FILMST 1133 Developing the Feature Script (formerly Script Development)
FILMST 1134 Filmmaking 4: Capstone (formerly Writing and Producing the Short Script)
FILMST 1140 Acting for the Camera
FILMST 1141 Acting for the Camera: Advanced Techniques
FILMST 1145 Sound for Motion Pictures (formerly Sound for Film and Video)
FILMST 1156 Cinematography
FILMST 1580 Electronic Cinematography
FILMST 1157 Lighting for Motion Pictures (formerly Lighting for Film and Video)
FILMST 1160 Crew Production Workshop
FILMST 1170 Digital Non-Linear Editing
FILMST 1550 Film Thesis I
FILMST 1575 Film Thesis II
FILMST 1600 Filmmaking 3
FILMST 1650 Video Thesis I
FILMST 1675 Video Thesis II
FILMST 1201 View Camera Techniques
FILMST 1220 The Zone System
FILMST 1230 Experimental Darkroom
FILMST 1235 Experimental Camera
FILMST 1900 Internship in Film
FILMST 1901 Independent Study in Film
FILMST 1910 Internship in Photography
FILMST 1911 Independent Study in Photography
FILMST 1920 Internship in Video
FILMST 1921 Independent Study in Video

Note: With the exception of ENGFLM classes, all Category III courses are offered by special arrangement through Pittsburgh Filmmakers. Note that some course names have changed, some added, and others discontinued.  Not all courses listed at this time are offered after 2018.  Enrollment in these classes will be limited to those whose course tuition is covered by A&S. Enrollment in these classes will be granted first to Film and Media Studies majors and then to other full-time A&S students, on a first-come, first-served basis, all of whom must be in good academic standing. To apply for a seat in a Pittsburgh Filmmakers course, students must register with the Film and Media Studies office (454 Cathedral of Learning) during A&S registration. Be forewarned that failure to attend the first class of the term will mean automatic loss of the seat. Non-majors will not be permitted to take more than one production course per term.