Major in Film Studies 2013-2014

The Film Studies department reserves the right to change major requirements at any time. Please check with the Film Studies department or the CU Boulder catalog for the most current listing of requirements. You are subject to the requirements in effect at the time you declare your major as an Arts & Sciences degree seeking student.

No more than 6 hours of independent study may be credited toward the major. All course work submitted for the Film Studies degree must have a grade of C or better. The Arts and Sciences 18-hour minimum of upper-division hours must be met with Film Studies courses.

In addition to the general requirements of the College of Arts and Sciences, students must complete the following required courses.
Courses required for a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Film Studies at CU-Boulder and Colorado Community College applicable courses.

Literature and Arts Requirement for both B.A. and B.F.A. students:

In addition to the 6-hour literature and the arts core requirement, Film Studies majors must take an additional 6 hours (3 of them upper-division) of literature and the arts core courses to satisfy the degree requirements.

Students taking the HUMN 1010/1020 sequence are exempted from the 3-hour upper-division requirement.

Major in Film Transfer Table
CU-Boulder Required Courses Colorado Community College Applicable Courses
  • HUMN 1010 (6) Introduction to Humanities 1
  • HUM 121 (3) Survey of the Humanities I and
  • HUM 122 (3) Survey of the Humanities II

Note: Students must take BOTH HUM 121 and HUM 122 to receive credit for HUMN 1010. If only a portion is taken, student will receive elective credit.

  • HUMN 1020 (6) Introduction to Humanities 2

Bachelor of Arts

The Film Studies Program requires a minimum of 38 hours in support of the B.A. requirements, including film courses and courses taken in other departments.

In addition to the general requirements of the College of Arts and Sciences, students must complete the following required courses:

Major in Film Transfer Table
CU-Boulder Required Courses Colorado Community College Applicable Courses

Required Critical Studies Courses:

(14 credit-hours)

  • FILM 1502 (3) Introduction to Film Studies

(This course is a prerequisite for FILM 2000 and 3051.)

  • FILM 3051 (4) Film History 1 and
  • FILM 3061 (4) Film History 2

(Must be taken in chronological order. FILM 1502 is a prerequisite)

  • FILM 3104 (3) Film Theory and Criticism

Critical Studies Elective Requirements:

B.A. students must complete 18 hours from the following courses.

At least 12 credit hours must be upper-division.

  • FILM 2002 (3) Recent International Cinema
  • FILM 2003 (3) Film Topics (Course may be taken for credit more than once, provided that the topics vary)
  • FILM 2005 (3) Movies and Screenplays
  • FILM 2013 (3) Film and the Quest for Truth
  • FILM 2312 (3) Film Trilogies
  • FILM 2412 (3) Melodrama and Culture
  • FILM 2513 (3) Major Asian Filmmakers
  • FILM 2521 (3) Classics of the Foreign Film: 1960s to the present
  • FILM 2613 (3) Good/Evil through Film
  • FILM 3002 (3) Major Film Movements (Course may be taken for credit more than once, provided that the topics vary)
  • FILM 3003 (3) Major Film Directors (Course may be taken for credit more than once, provided that the topics vary)
  • FILM 3004 (3) Films of Alfred Hitchcock
  • FILM 3005 (3) Issues in Film Comedy
  • FILM 3012 (3) Documentary Film
  • FILM 3013 (3) Women and Film
  • FILM 3022 (3) Jung, Film, and Literature
  • FILM 3023 (3) Stage Drama into Film: O’Neill and Williams
  • FILM 3032 (3) Stage Tragedy and Film
  • FILM 3033 (3) Color and Cinema
  • FILM 3042 (3) Horror Film
  • FILM 3043 (3) Topics in Film Critical Studies
  • (This course maybe taken for credit more than once, provided that the topics vary.)
  • FILM 3081 (3) American Film in the 1980s and 1990s
  • FILM 3091 (3) Post War American Film/Culture/Politics
  • FILM 3191 (3) The Golden Age
  • FILM 3211 (3) History of Russian Cinema
  • FILM 3301 (3) Contemporary Issues in Russian Film
  • FILM 3422 (3) Genre: Hollywood Musical
  • FILM 3503 (3) German Film Through WWII
  • FILM 3504 (3) Topics in German Film
  • FILM 3513 (3) German Film After WWII
  • FILM 3514 (3) German Film and Society after 1989
  • FILM 3603 (3) Sound and Vision
  • FILM 3901 (1-6) Independent Study (Total number of independent study credit hours cannot exceed 6)
  • FILM 3940 (1-6) Film Studies Internship
  • FILM 4001 (3) Screening Race, Class, and Gender in the U.S. and the Global Borderland
  • FILM 4003 (3) Film and Fiction
  • FILM 4004 (3) Topics in Film Theory (This course maybe taken for credit more than once, provided that the topics vary.)
  • FILM 4013 (3) Film, Photography and Modernism
  • FILM 4023 (3) Topics in International Cinema (This course maybe taken for credit more than once, provided that the topics vary.)
  • FILM 4024 (3) Adv. Research Seminar (This course may be taken for credit more than once, provided that topics vary)
  • FILM 4043 (1-3) Topics in Film Studies: Critical Studies (This course maybe taken for credit more than once, provided that the topics vary.)
  • FILM 4105 (3) Advanced Screenwriting
  • FILM 4135 (3) Art and Psychoanalysis
  • FILM 4453 (3) Elective Affinities: Avant-garde Film and the Arts
  • FILM 4604 (3) Colloquium in Film Aesthetics
  • Any FILM class cross-listed with another department (i.e. foreign language) that has been approved by the Film Studies chair (3 credit hours).

Some Production Electives may be taken for B.A. credit, but they are not required.

Please see your advisor for specific courses.

Bachelor of Fine Arts

The Film Studies Program requires a minimum of 46 hours in support of the B.F.A. degree requirements.

In order to graduate with a BFA degree, students must first satisfy a number of prerequisites and then submit a formal application to the BFA program at the prescribed time (deadline will be posted each semester on the film studies website).

In addition to the general requirements of the College of Arts and Sciences, students must complete the following required courses:

Major in Film Transfer Table
CU-Boulder Required Courses Colorado Community College Applicable Courses

Required Critical Studies Courses:

(11 credit-hours)

  • FILM 1502 (3) Introduction to Film Studies

(This course is a prerequisite for FILM 2000 and 3051)

  • FILM 3051 (4) Film History 1 and
  • FILM 3061 (4) Film History 2

(Must be taken in chronological order.)

Required Production Courses:

(14 credit-hours)

  • FILM 2000 (3) Beginning Filmmaking or
  • FILM 2300 (3) Beginning/Intermediate Filmmaking

(Either FILM 2000 or 2300 may be taken for degree credit. Only one of the two courses may be counted toward the B.F.A. degree. FILM 2300 is offered summer session only)

  • FILM 2500 (3) Intro to Cinematography
  • FILM 3400 (3) Cinema Production 1
  • FILM 3515 (1) Camera Workshop
  • FILM 3525 (3) Editing Workshop
  • FILM 4500 (3) Advanced Filmmaking

(This course may be taken for credit more than once.)

Production Course Electives:

B.F.A. students must take 9 credit hours from any combination of the following courses:

  • FILM 2010 (3) Moving Image Computer Foundations
  • FILM 2105 (3) Intro to the Screenplay
  • FILM 2610 (3) Animation Production
  • FILM 2900 (3) Lighting Workshop
  • FILM 3010 (3) Film Production Topics
  • FILM 3030 (3) Cinema Alternative Process
  • FILM 3501 (3) Film Production Management or
  • FILM 3563 (3) Producing the Feature Film (Both are usually offered through Continuing Education; only one may count toward the film studies degree)
  • FILM 3600 (3) Digital Post-production Process
  • FILM 3620 (3) Experimental Digital Animation
  • FILM 3700 (3) Digital Audio Design
  • FILM 3900 (1-6) Production Independent Study (Total number of independent study credit hours cannot exceed 6, and they cannot be used to duplicate regular course offerings)
  • FILM 3920 (3) Professional Seminar
  • FILM 3940 (1-2) Internship
  • FILM 4000 (3) Advanced Digital Post Production
  • FILM 4005 (3) Screenwriting: Short Form
  • FILM 4010 (1-3) Topics in Film Studies: Production (This course may be taken more than once.)
  • FILM 4021 (3) Directing/Acting for the Camera
  • FILM 4030 (3) Visiting Filmmakers Seminar (This course may be taken for credit more than once.)
  • FILM 4075 (3) Scriptwriting Workshop
  • FILM 4105 (3) Advanced Screenwriting
  • FILM 4240 (3) Beginning Video Production
  • FILM 4340 (3) Intermediate Video Production
  • FILM 4440 (3) Advanced Video Production
  • FILM 4500 (3) Advanced Filmmaking (taken a second time)
  • FILM 4505 (3) Screenwriting: Long Form
  • FILM 4600 (3) Creative Digital Cinematography (Course may be taken for credit more than once.)

Critical Studies Elective Requirement:

B.F.A. students must complete 6 credit-hours from the following courses:

  • FILM 2002 (3) Recent International Cinema
  • FILM 2003 (3) Film Topics (Course may be taken for credit more than once, provided that the topics vary.)
  • FILM 2005 (3) Movies and Screenplays
  • FILM 2013 (3) Film and the Quest for Truth
  • FILM 2312 (3) Film Trilogies
  • FILM 2412 (3) Melodrama and Culture
  • FILM 2513 (3) Major Asian Filmmakers
  • FILM 2521 (3) Classics of the Foreign Film: 1960s to the present
  • FILM 2613 (3) Good/Evil through Film
  • FILM 3002 (3) Major Film Movements (Course may be taken for credit more than once, provided that the topics vary.)
  • FILM 3003 (3) Major Film Directors (Course may be taken for credit more than once, provided that the topics vary.)
  • FILM 3004 (3) Films of Alfred Hitchcock
  • FILM 3005 (3) Issues in Film Comedy
  • FILM 3012 (3) Documentary Film
  • FILM 3013 (3) Women and Film
  • FILM 3022 (3) Jung, Film, and Literature
  • FILM 3023 (3) Stage Drama into Film: O’Neill and Williams
  • FILM 3032 (3) Stage Tragedy and Film
  • FILM 3033 (3) Color and Cinema
  • FILM 3042 (3) Horror Film
  • FILM 3043 (3) Topics in Film Critical Studies (Course may be taken for credit more than once, provided that the topics vary.)
  • FILM 3081 (3) American Film in the 1980s and 1990s
  • FILM 3091 (3) Post-war American Film/Culture/Politics
  • FILM 3104 (3) Film Theory and Criticism
  • FILM 3191 (3) The Golden Age
  • FILM 3211 (3) History of Russian Cinema
  • FILM 3301 (3) Contemporary Issues in Russian Film
  • FILM 3422 (3) Genre: Hollywood Musical
  • FILM 3503 (3) German Film through WWII
  • FILM 3504 (3) Topics in German Film
  • FILM 3513 (3) German Film After WWII
  • FILM 3514 (3) German Film and Society after 1989
  • FILM 3603 (3) Sound and Vision
  • FILM 3901 (1-6) Independent Study (Total number of independent study credit hours cannot exceed 6 and they cannot be used to duplicate regular course offerings)
  • FILM 3940 (1-6) Film Studies Internship
  • FILM 4001 (3) Screening Race, Class, and Gender in the U.S. and the Global Borderland
  • FILM 4003 (3) Film and Fiction
  • FILM 4004 (3) Topics in Film Theory (FILM 4004 fulfills the critical thinking CORE requirement. This course also may be taken for credit more than once, provided that the topics vary. )
  • FILM 4013 (3) Photography and Modernism
  • FILM 4023 (3) Topics in International Cinema 3 (This course may be taken for credit more than once, provided that the topics vary.)
  • FILM 4024 (3) Adv. Research Seminar (This course may be taken for credit more than once, provided that the topics vary.)
  • FILM 4043 (3) Topics in Film Studies: Critical Studies (This course may be taken for credit more than once, provided that the topics vary.)
  • FILM 4105 (3) Advanced Screenwriting
  • FILM 4135 (3) Art and Psychoanalysis
  • FILM 4453 (3) Elective Affinities: Avant-garde in Film and the Arts
  • FILM 4604 (3) Colloquium in Film Aesthetics
  • Any FILM class cross-listed with another department (i.e. foreign language) that has been approved by the Film Studies chair (3 credit hours).

Film courses that do not count for the major at CU

The following course does not count for the Film Studies major; however, it may be used to fulfill lower-division general elective credit at CU Boulder.

Major in Film Transfer Table
CU-Boulder Required Courses Colorado Community College Applicable Courses
  • Lower-division elective
  • HUM 164 (3) American Cinema