Film and Media Studies
Lauren Steimer, Director
Film and Media Studies majors study the media—its many forms, industries, aesthetics, audiences and impacts on global culture. Students gain the knowledge and skills necessary to critically engage with a wide array of media forms and practices as citizens, creators, and scholars. Major and minor programs of study cultivate increasingly important skills for the 21st century: analytic and interpretive skills, knowledge of diverse and global media histories, writing and research, and communication and collaboration. in problem solving, writing, research, analysis, oral communication, and collaboration. Students apply these skills to investigations of past, present, and future media artworks, industries and audiences. Students who earn a degree in Film and Media Studies enter diverse career paths within the entertainment and media industries, professional fields such as law and education, work for NGO and nonprofit organizations, and more.
Students who might want to major or minor in film and media studies should begin with either FAMS 240 (CC-AIU) or FAMS 300 (CC-GHS). FAMS 110 (CC-AUI) is designed for non-majors who seek a broad introduction to foundational concepts in the analysis and production of media arts.
Introduction to the critical study of film, video, photography, audio, and new media.
Cross-listed course: MART 110
Carolina Core: AIU
How the film industry developed and the impact the movies have had on global popular culture. Does not count toward the film studies major.
Carolina Core: AIU
Introduction to the critical study of film and media. Students will closely analyze moving images and develop written arguments about film and media.
Carolina Core: AIU
Surveys the development of cinema and related media from the 1820s to the present. Attention to the relations among key technological, cultural, and industrial changes, their causes, and consequences.
Carolina Core: GHS
Provides the foundation for the study of globalized film and media industries.
Cross-listed course: GLST 308
Examination of the post-1975 blockbuster film phenomenon with an emphasis on marketing, finance, and reception.
Examination of industrial structures, network histories, production cultures, and regulation contexts of contemporary British television.
Scholarly study of the formal and aesthetic evolutions of graphic novels, comic books, and other related forms.
Cross-listed course: ENGL 350
Survey of Chinese language cinema. Chinese film history and vocabulary with which to discuss film texts. Covers classic leftwing cinema, Hong Kong martial arts films, as well as the Hong Kong, Taiwan, and PRC New Waves. Taught in English. Films subtitled.
Cross-listed course: CHIN 365
Contract approved by instructor, advisor, and program director is required.
Graduation with Leadership Distinction: GLD: Research
Critical study of a popular genre (e.g., horror, science fiction, melodrama), or set of genres, in film and media. Course content varies and will be announced in the schedule of courses by title. May be repeated as topics vary.
Internship in Film and Media Studies. (Variable) Supervised professional experience working with media production, distribution, exhibition, archiving, and/or education.
Intensive study of a specific topic in U.S. film and media studies. May be repeated as content varies by title.
Foundational techniques in multidisciplinary software development, specifically of applications designed to present sensitive, sometimes controversial, materials in ways to engender empathic awareness of the interactor.
Cross-listed course: CSCE 571