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Film Studies Curriculum

Film Studies Major Concentrations

Film Studies majors have three concentrations to choose from: Film Analysis, Film Production, and Screenwriting.

 

  • Film Analysis

In the Film Analysis concentration, students have the opportunity to take the broadest range of film studies courses. This concentration is recommended for students who are interested in pursuing careers in education, journalism (film or arts criticism), archiving, or any position on the corporate side of the entertainment industry (agent, manager, publicist, etc.).

 

  • Screenwriting

The Screenwriting concentration prepares students for a career in the field. It is designed for students who are interested in writing scripts for film or television. Courses from Basic Screenwriting through Writing Adapted Screenplays work on developing writing skills as well as “pitching” the script.

 

  • Film Production

The Film Production concentration is designed for students who desire to be involved in the production side of the business. Students can choose to take the core courses for this concentration on the CBU campus or in one semester at the Los Angeles Film Studies Center (LAFSC), a program sponsored by the Council for Christian Colleges  & Universities.  Students will learn the technology and artistry of filmmaking in classes ranging from film directing to video editing and get hands-on experience making their own films.

*We do recommend that all Film Studies majors complete the semester at LAFSC. Previous students who have attended this program have given it rave reviews.

 

FILM STUDIES MAJOR  (45-46 units) BA

All Film Studies majors take the following courses. Majors take their remaining courses within their concentrations (see below).

Core Courses (27 units)

Lower Division Requirements

DES      110       Design Thought Foundations I

FLM     105       Introduction to Film Studies

FLM     150       Film History

FLM     250       Film Theory & Criticism

 

Upper Division Requirements

FLM     305       Christianity and Film

FLM     350       Film and Literature

FLM     450       World Cinema

FLM     499       Senior Capstone Project

 

Upper Division Electives

Complete three (3) units from the following:

FLM    430        Film and Sound

FLM     470       Adaptation and Intertextuality

 

Concentration Courses (18-19 units)

Students must complete all requirements in one of the following concentrations: Film Analysis, Film Production, Screenwriting.

 

Film Analysis (18 units)

Complete eighteen (18) additional units, of which twelve (12) must be upper division, from the following:

ART      385       Film as Visual Art

DES      112       Design Thought Foundation II

DES      498       Portfolio

FLM     200       Special Topics in Film Studies

FLM     210       Film Genre

FLM     300       National Cinema

FLM     301       Basic Screenwriting

FLM     302       Writing Short Screenplays

FLM     303       Asian Cinema

FLM     340       Major Directors

FLM     400       Special Topics in Film Studies

FLM     403       Writing Adapted Screenplays

FLM     420       Independent Film and Counter-Cinema

FLM     491       Film Practicum (1-15 units)

FLP       306       Basic Production: Line Producing

FLP       360       Cinematography

FLP       406       Film Directing

GDM    341       Video Fundamentals

PHY      112       The Physics of Hollywood with Lab

 

Film Production (18-19 units)

There are two options for completing the Film Production concentration: students can complete the concentration on the CBU campus, or students can complete the concentration by attending the Los Angeles Film Studies Center semester-long program. The student may choose either option to complete the concentration. As a participant in the Coalition for Christian Colleges and Universities and a “sending institution” for the Los Angeles Film Studies Center (LAFSC), CBU affords students the opportunity to study for one semester through the Center in Los Angeles, California. Completing this concentration at LAFSC is contingent upon admittance to their program. A student may choose to complete the Film Production concentration on the CBU campus and still attend the valuable LAFSC semester “abroad” program, applying the LAFSC units as elective credits.

 

Core Requirement for Film Production students (3 units)

DES      112       Design Thought Foundations II

 

Students completing the Film Production concentration on the CBU campus:

Complete all of the following:  (9 units total)

FLM     301       Basic Screenwriting

FLP       306       Basic Production: Line Producing

FLP       360       Cinematography

FLP       406       Film Directing

GDM    341       Video Fundamentals

 

Students completing the Film Production concentration at the Los Angeles Film Studies Center (LAFSC):

Complete all of the following:  (10 units total)

Hollywood Production Workshop (4 units)

Faith and Artistic Development (3 units)

Narrative Storytelling (3 units)

Note: All LAFSC students also are required to take Internship: Inside Hollywood (6 units).

 

Screenwriting (18 units)

DES      112       Design Thought Foundations II

ENG      201       Introduction to Literature for Majors  OR  ENG 273 Introduction to Creative Writing

FLM     301       Basic Screenwriting

FLM     302       Writing Short Screenplays*

FLM     403       Writing Adapted Screenplays*

Complete three (3) additional units from the following: ART 385, DES 498, FLM 300, 303, 340, 400, 420, 491, FLP 306, 360, 406, GDM 341.

*Students who attend the Los Angeles Film Studies Center (LAFSC) program may variance the Professional Screenwriting course at LAFSC for either FLM 302 or 403 if not also pursuing the Film Production concentration.