Film Major/Minor

Film Major/Minor | Media Major/Minor | Graduating with Honors | Course Catalog

MAJOR IN FILM (36 cr)

Major in Film(pdf)

  1. Students must take FILM 101. 3 credits.
  2. FILMP 160 is a prerequisite for ALL Film Production courses. 3 credits.
  3. A maximumof 6 credits in MEDIA courses (MEDIA, MEDP or MEDPL) at the 200 or 300 level may be applied toward the major in Film. Students must meet any prerequisites for these courses.
  4. Independent Study, Honors Projects, and Internship courses do not count toward the major.

Film Advisor: Prof. Joel Zuker • HN 528 • (212) 650-3477 • jzuker@hunter.cuny.edu

( I ) Analytical Course Requirements (12 CR)

(A) Film Style and Close Analysis (6 credits):
FILM 201 - Practical Film Analysis (required)
*Students must choose (1) additional course from the following:

  • FILM 224 - Cinematic Space
  • FILM 231 - Studies of Selected Directors (may be repeated for credit under different topic)
  • FILM 323 - Film Tech and Aesthetic Theory (may be repeated for credit under different topic)
  • FILM 323.51 - Aesthetics of Film Sound
  • FILM 324 – Narrative Strategies
  • FILM 333 - Styles and Theories of Film Acting

(B) Film History (6 credits):

  • FILM 211 - Film History I: 1895-1945
  • FILM 212 - Film History II: Since 1945
  • FILM 213 - National Cinema (may be repeated for credit under different topic)
  • FILM 397 - Topics in Film History (may be repeated for credit under different topic)
( II ) Production Course Requirements (12 CR)

(A)Required Production Sequence (9 CR):

  • FILMP 251 - Film Production I (required)
  • FILPL 276 - Screen Writing I (W) (required)
  • FILMP 352 - Film Production II (required)

(B)Advanced Production Course (3 CR):
Pick (1) from the following:

  • FILMP/MEDP 316 - Experimental Modes of Production
  • FILMP 371 - Screen Directing I
  • MEDP 311 - Directing Documentary Video Production
  • FILPL 377 - Screen Writing II (W)
( III ) Elective Course Requirements (6 CR)

Pick (2) from the following, either Analytical or Production courses may be chosen.
* At least (1) elective must be a 300 level or above course.

Analytical:

  • FILM 214 - Multicultural Perspectives in Cinema (may be repeated for credit under different topic)
  • FILM 215 - Women in Film
  • FILM 222 - Topics in Genre Studies (may be repeated for credit under different topic)
  • FILM 223/MEDIA296 - Topics in LGBTQ Film and Media (may be repeated for credit under different topic)
  • FILM 230 – Movies in American Culture
  • FILM 232 - Experimental Film and Video
  • FILM 299 - Special Topics in Film (may be repeated for credit under different topic)
  • FILM/MEDIA 315 - Nonfiction Film and Video
  • FILM 322 - Contemporary Film Theory
  • FILM/MEDIA 326 - America in American Film and Video
  • FILM/MEDIA 327 - Representation of Race
  • FILM/MEDIA 328 - Images of Resistance in the Media
  • FILM/MEDIA 332 - Myths and Images in the Media
  • FILM 334 - Theatrically and Presentation of Self
  • FILM 344 - History of Cinematography
  • FILM 391 - Problems in Film Research
  • FILM 499 - Advanced Analytical Seminar

Production:

  • FILMP 286 - Sound for Film and Video I
  • FILMP/MEDP 316 - Experimental Modes of Production
  • FILMP 341 - Producing the Film
  • FILMP 371 - Screen Directing I
  • FILMP 377 - Screen Writing II (W)
  • FILMP 372 - Screen Directing II
  • FILMP 381 - Techniques of Cinematography
  • FILMP 382 - Narrative Editing
  • FILMP 383 - Sound Design
  • FILMP 399 - Special Topics in Advanced Film Practice
  • FILMP 451 - Film and Video Production Seminar
Honors, Advanced Courses, and Independent Study

* These courses do not count toward the major. Please see the Department for more information.

  • FILM 401 - Independent Research
  • FILM 402 - Honors Project
  • FILMP 498 - Internship
Minor

Students who wish to minor in Film must complete a total of 15 credits in addition to Film 101, which is a prerequisite for all Film courses.

1. Prior to declaring a Film Minor, students must take FILM 101.

2. Film Minors must then enroll in any 200-level history course. FILM 101 is the prerequisite for both courses.

3. Once Film Minors complete this film history requirement, they must take two classes from the 200-level (6 crs. total) and two classes from the 300-level (6 crs. total).  No film production classes (designated FILMP) are available to Film Minors, with the exception of Screenwriting I (FILMP 27600 - Screen Writing I - The Short (W)) and FILMP 37700 - Screen Writing II The Feature (W)). Film Minors must satisfy all other course prerequisites.

Electives: All courses in the department may be taken toward a minor or as electives by students with majors in other departments, provided that the necessary prerequisites have been met. In certain circumstances these prerequisites can be waived with permission of the instructor.