Minor in Film Studies

Program Learning Outcomes


Students should:

  • understand how to operate basic production equipment including video cameras, lighting equipment, sound recording devices and post-production editing software
  • understand basic concepts of storytelling, and how to write, plan, direct, shoot and edit short form films and focus on the development of the creative process in the digital video medium, and understand the social impact of storytelling and the power of providing exposure to those not often heard in the media
  • develop the ability to articulate ideas through the use of images and sound in film/video and should develop an understanding of the language of film
  • understand how to work collaboratively to create media projects that reflect their ability to work together and produce work that is greater than the sum of its parts

History & Theory

Students should:

  • be able to explain the key developments and genre differences in film history
  • be able to explain how these key developments were and continue to be embedded within larger cultural, economic, political, and social conditions around the world
  • be able to analyze and critically discuss the aesthetic quality of contemporary videos and films and should understand the formal and rhetorical devices to understand film language on its own terms
  • gain an understanding of film as artistic expression and understand how film, as an art form, fits into art history
  • recognize and be able to define key analytical concepts in Film Studies, including but not limited to: political economy, globalization, hegemony, culture, ideology, representation, aesthetics, rhetoric, reception, text, genre, myth, interpretation


20 units

Students must obtain a grade of “C” or higher in every class in the minor and may not count pre-requisite courses in which a grade of “C-” or lower is obtained.

Required (8 units)

  • MS 102 Introduction to Film Studies
  • MS 222 Video Production

Electives (12 units)

  • ENGL 205 Native American Literature and Film
  • MS 306 The Documentary
  • MS 317 Latin American Cinema
  • MS 318 Indian Cinema
  • MS 319 LGBT Cinema
  • MS 322 Media Production III: Advanced Production
  • MS 327 Media Production III: Scriptwriting
  • MS 330 Media Production III: Documentary Production
  • MS 331 Media Production III: Narrative Fiction/Film Production
  • MS 340 Media Production III: Experimental Cinema
  • FREN 340 French Cinema and Literature
  • MS 397 Directed Project
  • MS 398 Directed Study
  • LAS 362 History, Literature, and Film in Latin America

Additional Courses

Additional course options meet the 20 unit requirement. Students must obtain permission from Film Studies Director.

  • MS 195 Freshman Seminar
  • MS 390 Special Topics
  • MS 395 Media Workshop
  • MS 396 Media Internship

Contact Info

Department of Media Studies

Mon-Fri, 8a.m.- 4:30p.m.

Kalmanovitz Hall 103 (415) 422-5152