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The major in film provides undergraduates a strong foundation in both film production and film studies. This combination allows students to gain the practical skills to succeed on a film set in both “below the line” and “above the line” roles, to experience the mechanics of film production in industry and independent settings, and to develop facility in critical and analytical thinking through the study of global film culture, history and aesthetics.

The major in film requires 42 semester hours. No course with a grade of “D” or below may be counted toward this major or fulfill prerequisite requirements for any major in the School of Journalism & Broadcasting. One-half of the hours in the film major must be at the 300- or 400-level. Students must take a minimum of 72 semester hours in courses outside of the School of Media unit including the general education requirements.

In addition to meeting institutional requirements for graduation, the film major must have a minor or second major that is approved by the major faculty advisor and that is outside of both the School of Media minor. Students may not select a minor from those offered within the School, unless taken as a second minor. 


 Course descriptions can be found at https://www.wku.edu/undergraduatecatalog/.


 Major in Film- 42 hours (Reference #667) (catalog term fall 2018 and thereafter)

Prospective majors may take no more than 12 hours in the major before admission. Students must meet the following requirements before they can be admitted:

  1. Completion of a minimum of 24 hours of coursework applicable to a baccalaureate degree;
  2. A minimum overall grade point average of 2.5
  3. Completion of ENG 100 with a grade of ‘C’ or better and 9 additional hours in the Colonnade Program:
  4. Completion of the following courses with a grade of ‘C’ or better: FILM 100, FILM 201, FILM 202. 

Students seeking admission to the film major may choose from the following courses: FILM 100, FILM 155, FILM 201, FILM 202, FILM 250, BCOM 366, and FILM 369. Students not meeting the above admission requirements will not be admitted to the film major and cannot register for any additional courses in the major.

(Pre-requisites in parentheses)

FILM 100      Film Industry and Aesthetics

FILM 155      Film Attendance [0 credit hours] [must be completed four times]

FILM 201      Introduction to the Cinema [Colonnade E-AH | AH]

FILM 202      Basic Film Production (FILM 100 and 201)

FILM 250      Screenwriting (FILM 201 or BCOM 325)

FILM 282      Film Production Workshop I (FILM 202)

BCOM 366    Editing I (BCOM 266 or FILM 201)

FILM 369       Introduction to World Cinema (FILM 201 or permission)

FILM 382       Film Production Workshop II (FILM 250 & 282, BCOM 366)

FILM 486       Film Studies Capstone [spring] (Major in film & senior standing)

15 hours

Students must take five of the following courses, including at least two in the Film Studies category and two in the Film Production category. Other

courses may be approved as a restricted elective upon approval of the faculty advisor in the major and the program coordinator.



FILM 366      History of Narrative Film [spring even years] (ENG 100, 200)

FILM 399      Special Topics in Film [May be repeated with change of content]

FILM 465       Film Genres [spring] (ENG 100, 200, and FILM 201; or permission of  of instructor) [May be taken twice as long as genres differ]

FILM 466      Film Theory [fall odd years] (FILM 201, 366 & ENG 365 or permission)

FILM 469      Topics in World Cinema (FILM 369)

ENG 309        Documentary Film [spring odd years] (ENG 200 or permission)

ENG 365        Film Adaptation [fall even years] (ENG 100, 200)

BCOM 481    Problems in Mass Communication [Special Topic: World Cinema/Study Abroad only] (Permission of instructor)

PS 303            Politics in Film [fall even years]

ANTH 448     Visual Anthropology (Junior level or higher)

FREN 450      Topics in Francophone Cinema (FREN 320, 321; or permission)

GERM 437    German Literature and Film (GERM 314 or equivalent)

SPAN 490      Hispanic Cinema (SPAN 370 or SPAN 371 & one other 300-level class)

SUS 295         Pop Culture & Gender [spring] (21 hours of Foundations & Explorations courses, or junior status)


FILM 376      Cinematography [spring] (BCOM 366 and FILM 282)      

FILM 377      Film Sound [fall] (BCOM 366 and FILM 282)

FILM 378      Film Directing [spring] (FILM 250, FILM 282, PERF 101, & BCOM 366)

FILM 379      Producing for Film [fall] (FILM 250, FILM 282, BCOM 366)

FILM 450      Feature Screenwriting (FILM 250)

FILM 482      Film Production Workshop III (FILM 376, 377, 378 and 379)

BCOM 378    Film Animation

BCOM 380    Editing II

BCOM 480    Editing III (BCOM 366)

PJ 231            Introduction to Photojournalism

PJ 330            Short Form Documentary (PJ 334 or permission of instructor)

PERF 101       Acting

THEA/BCOM 303    Acting for the Camera


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The School of Media at WKU is ACEJMC accredited for majors in Broadcasting, Journalism and Photojournalism.



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