BA/BS in Film Requirements

Interested students should declare the Film Major at the start of their enrollment at PSU so that, once prerequisites are met, they can enroll in majors-only courses.

Students under 75 credits should see COTA advisors.

Students should sign up for the school listserv as soon as they declare the major since this weekly mailing provides students with important and up-to-date information. Sign up by bringing your email to the School of Theater and Film office, 127 Lincoln Hall or email theatre-film@pdx.edu

Revised Film Major Requirements for Students entering PSU in Fall 2015 and after:


Requirements for the Major in Film
The Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Sciences in Film is designed to offer students the opportunity to major in a diverse film curriculum that prepares them for a variety of careers in visual expression and understanding. Students in the program will study all forms and genres of the moving image, ranging from the silent film era to present day cinema, television, and digital video production. The faculty are committed to providing strong emphasis on written, oral and visual expression and critical thinking, diverse and international perspective, and creative experiences. In addition to meeting the general University degree requirements, the major in film will plan a program with a faculty adviser that meets the following minimum requirements:

1.     Core                                                                                  28 credits
FILM 131 Film Analysis (4)                                                       
FILM 231 Advanced Film Analysis (4)
FILM 280 Classical Film Theory (4)                                                        
FILM 381 Film History I (4)                                                                             
FILM 382 Film History II (4)                                                                             
FILM 383 Film History III (4)                                                                            
FILM 480/580 Contemporary Film Theory (4)                                           

2.     Critical and Theoretical Practices                             16 credits
Choice of 16 credits from the following; Max. 8 credits can be taken in FILM 360
FILM 257 Narrative Film Production I (4) 
FILM 258 Documentary Film Production I (4)
FILM 358 Narrative Film Production II (4)
FILM 359 Narrative Film Production III (4)
FILM 360 Topics in Film Production (4)
FILM 361 Documentary Film Production II (4)
FILM 362 Documentary Film Production III (4)
FILM 374 Topics in Screenwriting (4)
FILM 408 Wksp: Directing Actors for the Camera (4)
TA 252 Makeup (2)
TA 311 Scene Design I (4)
TA 313 Scene Design II (4)
TA 314 Lighting Design I (4)
TA 321 Introduction to Costume Design (4)
TA 348 Acting for the Camera (4)                        
ART 255: 2D Animation (4)
ART 257: Introduction to Video Art (4)
ART 296: Digital Drawing & Painting (4)
ART 356: Visual Storytelling (4)
ART 357: Intermediate Video Art (4)
ART 455 Time Arts Studio (4)
WR 416 Screenwriting (4)

3.     Historical and Cultural Contexts                                        12 credits
Choice of 12 credits from the following, 8 credits must be at the 400 level; Max. 4 credits can be taken in FILM 370
FILM 370U Topics: Theater, Media, and Culture (4)
FILM 384U American Cinema and Culture I (4)                 
FILM 385U American Cinema and Culture II (4)                
FILM 484/584 Anatomy of a Movie I (4)
FILM 485/585 Anatomy of a Movie II (4)
FILM 486/586 Topics in Film and the Moving Image (4)
ArH 291 History of Animation (4)

4.     International Cinemas                                                    4 credits
FILM 487/587 Topics in International Film and the Moving Image (4)

Additional International Cinema electives that are offered within the university are listed on the program website.

5.     Electives                                                                            12 credits
FILM 135/365 Classic Movies (4)
FILM 370U Topics: Theater, Media, and Culture (4)
TA 322 History of Dress I (4)
TA 474/574 Dramatic Writing I (4)
TA 475/575 Dramatic Writing II (4)

Additional electives that are offered within the university are listed on the program website. Students may also seek program adviser approval to substitute elective coursework from Section 4 and other film courses in the university.

72 total credits

Courses taken under the undifferentiated grading option (pass/no pass) will not be accepted toward fulfilling major requirements. Additional courses may be required as prerequisites. All courses used to satisfy the major requirements must be graded C or above.

At least 16 credits of upper-division major courses must be taken in residence at Portland State University.

Requirements for a Major in Film (Prior to entering PSU in fall 2015)

The Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science in Film is designed to offer students the opportunity to major in a diverse film curriculum that prepares them for a variety of careers in visual expression and understanding. Students in the program will study all forms and genres of the moving image, ranging from the silent film era to present day cinema, television, and digital video production. The faculty are committed to providing strong emphasis on written, oral and visual expression and critical thinking, diverse and international perspective, and challenging creative experiences.

Film B.A./B.S. Requirements

In addition to meeting the general University degree requirements, the major in film will plan a program with a faculty adviser that meets the following minimum requirements:

Courses

FILM 131

Film Analysis

4

FILM 381

Film History I: 1894 to the Second World War

4

FILM 381L

Lab for Film 381

0

FILM 382

Film History II: Cinema and Modernism (1946-1970s)

4

FILM 382L

Lab for Film 382

0

FILM 383

Film History III: Contemporary World Cinema (1970s-Present)

4

FILM 383L

Lab for Film 383

0

FILM 480

Film Theory

4

TA 301

Script Analysis

4

16 credits chosen from the following:

FILM 384

American Cinema and Culture I

4

FILM 385

American Cinema and Culture II

4

FILM 484

Anatomy of a Movie I: Product of the Studio Era

4

FILM 485

Anatomy of a Movie II: The Independent Film

4

TA 474

Dramatic Writing I

4

TA 475

Dramatic Writing II

4

Film Curriculum Electives

 

*16 elective credits chosen from the Film curriculum courses with at least 12 carrying numbers 300 or above

16

Total Credit Hours: 56

Courses taken under the undifferentiated grading option (pass/no pass) will not be accepted toward fulfilling major requirements. Additional courses may be required as prerequisites. All courses used to satisfy the major requirements must be graded C or above.

At least 16 credits of upper-division major courses must be taken in residence at Portland State University.

*Students may also seek program adviser approval to substitute elective coursework from other film courses in the university.

The Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Sciences in Film is designed to offer students the opportunity to major in a diverse film curriculum that prepares them for a variety of careers in visual expression and understanding. Students in the program will study all forms and genres of the moving image, ranging from the silent film era to present day cinema, television, and digital video production. The faculty are committed to providing strong emphasis on written, oral and visual expression and critical thinking, diverse and international perspective, and creative experiences.

Graduation Pathways

Film majors who start their college career at PSU should follow the Early Declare Pathway to graduation in consultation with a COTA or Film advisor: BA/BS in Film Degree Map.