Film and Media Studies

This degree track combines three disciplines (film history, culture and theory, and production) into a coherent course of study to meet career and educational goals. You will have the opportunity to study, theorize, and produce film and other media, gaining experience writing critically about aesthetics, culture, and history; deploying philosophical and critical-theoretical lenses on culturally-produced film and media texts; and learning and utilizing emerging digital tools to compose, produce, and edit their own aesthetic and cultural texts. You will graduate with greatly enhanced critical thinking, viewing, and writing skills, as well as with hands-on experience with valuable technological tools for creation of digital texts and objects—skills immediately transferable to countless careers or further education. Read more about this new degree option on UTSA Today.


Curriculum

The minimum number of semester credit hours for this degree is 120, at least 39 of which must be at the upper-division level.

Core Curriculum Requirements: 42 hours

Students seeking a B.A. degree in the Film and Media Studies path of Multidisciplinary Studies must fulfill the university core curriculum requirements. 

Degree Requirements: 78 hours

Students seeking a B.A. in the Film and Media Studies path of Multidisciplinary Studies must fulfill the following 78 semester credit hours.

Multidisciplinary Studies Foundation Courses: 6 semester credit hours

  • Technology Requirement: IS 1403 or CS 1033 (3 semester credit hours)
  • Communication Requirement: COM 1043, COM 1053, COM 2113, or ENG 2413 (3 hrs)

Multidisciplinary Studies Fields of Study: 39 semester credit hours

All candidates for this degree must complete three areas of focus. Courses selected to satisfy each area must be approved by the Film Studies Program Director, the Multidisciplinary Studies Program Coordinator, and the Dean of Undergraduate Studies. Furthermore, the courses used to satisfy each focus area must be completed with at least a 2.0 grade point average.

BA-MDST Film and Media Studies 22-24 Catalog (BA-MDFM-UC)

FALL   SPRING
FIRST YEAR
AIS 1203 or 1223 Academic Inquiry and Scholarship 3   MDS 2013 Intro to Multidisc Studies 3
WRC 1013 Freshman Comp I 3   WRC 1023 Freshman Comp II 3
POL 1013 Government-Political Science Core 3   POL 1133 or 1213 Government-Political Science Core 3
CORE Creative Arts Core 3   CORE Mathematics Core 3
Focus Area 1 Focus Area 1 selection 3   Focus Area 2 Focus Area 2 selection 3
TOTAL   15   TOTAL   15
SECOND YEAR
CORE Language, Philosophy & Culture Core 3   CORE Social and Behavioral Sciences Core 3
CORE American History Core 3   CORE Life & Physical Sciences Core 3
CORE Life & Physical Sciences Core 3   CORE American History Core 3
Focus Area 1 Focus Area 1 selection 3   Focus Area 2 Focus Area 2 selection 3
Focus Area 3 Focus Area 3 selection 3   Focus Area 3 Focus Area 3 selection 3
TOTAL   15   TOTAL   15
THIRD YEAR
CORE Component Area Option 3   Comm. Requirement COM 1043, 1053, 2113, 2343, 2733; ENG 2413 3
Free Free Elective 3   Free Free Elective 3
Tech. Requirement CS 1033, 1083, 1173; DS 4003, 4013; IS 1413, 1053 3   Free Free Elective 3
Focus Area 1 Focus Area 1 selection 3   Focus Area 1 Focus Area 1 selection 3
Focus Area 2 Focus Area 2 selection 3   Focus Area 2 Focus Area 2 selection 3
TOTAL   15   TOTAL   15
FOURTH YEAR
Focus Area 1 Focus Area 1 selection 3   Focus Area 3 Focus Area 3 selection 3
Focus Area 3 Focus Area 3 selection 3   Free Free Elective 3
Free Free Elective 3   Free Free Elective 3
Free Free Elective 3   HUM 4813 Internship or other Free Elective selection 3
HUM 4813 Internship or other Free Elective selection 3   HUM 4973 or MDS 4983 Seminar 3
TOTAL   15   TOTAL   15

Focus Area 1 - Film History

Course Number  Title  Prerequisite C- or better
ANT 2113 Anthropology Goes to the Moves  
ANT 4243 Ethnographic Film  ANT 1013 or ANT 2053 recommended
CSH 1213 Topics in World Cultures (when film topic)  
CSH 2113 The Foreign Film  
CSH 3823 Advanced Topics in World Cultures (when film topic)  WRC 1023 or the equivalent
ENG 2023 Literature and Film  WRC 1013 and WRC 1023
HIS 3803 World History in the Cinema  
HUM 2053 History of Film  
HUM 3103 American Film WRC 1013 and WRC 1023
HUM 3203 Film Genres WRC 1013 and WRC 1023
HUM 3303 Major Filmmaker WRC 1013 and WRC 1023
HUM 3353 Film and Medicine  
HUM 3343 Antiquity on Film  
HUM 3403 Literature into Film  WRC 1013 and WRC 1023
MES 3113 Film Studies  WRC 1013 and WRC 1023
MUS 2743 Music and Film  

Focus Area 2 - Culture and Theory

Course Number  Title Prerequisite C- or better
AMS 2043 Approaches to American Culture
AMS 3243 Studies in Transnationalism
AMS 3343 Studies in Race and Ethnicity
AMS 3443 Studies in Gender and Sexuality
ANT 3803 Media, Power, and Public Culture ANT 1013 or ANT 2053 recommended
COM 2343 Introduction to Mass Communication WRC 1013 and WRC 1023
COM 2733 Introduction to Digital Communication WRC 1013 and WRC 1023
ENG 3393 Literary Theories ENG 2213
ENG 4393 Feminist Theory of Literature WRC 1013 and WRC 1023
HUM 3173 Digital Humanities
HUM 3333 Gender, Sexuality & Film
HUM 3323 Race, Ethnicity & Film
HUM 3703 Topics in Popular Culture WRC 1013 and WRC 1023
HUM 4953 Special Studies in Humanities (when film topic)
POL 3743 Politics in Film POL 1013
SOC 3423 Mass Media in Society

Focus Area 3 - Production

Course Number  Title Prerequisite C- or better
ART 1023 Digital Art Foundations
ART 2223 New Media: Basic ART 1003 and ART 1023
ART 2313 Photography: Basic ART 1003 and ART 1023
ART 3513 Photography: Intermediate ART 2313
ART 4033 Studio Art Problems 9 hrs of 2000 level basic ART courses and consent of instructor
ENG 4433 Advanced Professional Writing ENG 2413
HUM 2043 Basics of Screenwriting WRC 1013 and WRC 1023
HUM 4013 Screenwriting Workshop HUM 2043
MES 3333 Digital Video Production WRC 1023 or the equivalent
MES 4333 Digital Video Practicum MES 3333
MUS 4433 Multimedia Production
COM 3723 Digital Media Production I
COM 4723 Digital Media Production II
CS1153 Game Programming

Other courses that include a focus on film or media may be proposed as substitutions in satisfying focus area requirements.

Introduction to Multidisciplinary Studies: 3 semester hours

All candidates for this degree must complete MDS 2013: Introduction to Multidisciplinary Studies.

Seminar for Multidisciplinary Studies Majors: 3 semester hours

All candidates for this degree must complete HUM 4973 or MDS 4983: Senior Seminar for Multidisciplinary Studies (Film and Media Studies path)

Free Electives: 27 semester credit hours

All candidates for this degree must complete 27 semester hours of free electives, at least 15 of which must be at the upper-division level. Within these hours, students in the Film and Media Studies path are strongly encouraged to pursue a film/media internship (HUM 4811, 4812, or 4813).

Want to learn more about this program?

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Film Studies Program Director Paul Ardoin

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Interdisciplinary Education Advising