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Film/Video Studies

A student in Film/Video Studies develops a firm theoretical and practical understanding of this medium of information, culture and art. To major in film/video studies, a student selects courses relating to (1) the study of film as intellectual exchange and as art; (2) American and foreign contributions to the history of film and film aesthetics; (3) the close relationship between film and other art forms; and (4) the application of theoretical and practical knowledge to the production of films and videotapes. The film student is allowed a wide choice in terms of emphasis within the program. Courses to satisfy this major are drawn from the offerings of the School of Languages and Cultures and the departments of English and Theatre. Supplemental production courses are delivered by professionals from Purdue's Elliott Hall of Music and by Information Technology at Purdue (ITaP).

Suggested Arrangement of Courses

Freshman Year

First SemesterSecond Semester
(3) COM 11400 (Fundamentals of Speech Communication) (3) THTR 13300 (Survey of Acting for Non-Theatre Majors)
(4) ENGL 10600 (First-Year Composition) or 
(3) ENGL 10800 (Accelerated First-Year Composition)*
(3) Film Requirement, Note A
(3) FVS 26100 (Technical Video Production I), Note A (3) Mathematics and Statistics*
(3) Mathematics and Statistics* (3) Western Heritage*
(3) Other Languages* (3) Elective
(15-16) (15)

Sophomore Year

Third SemesterFourth Semester
(3) ENGL 38600 (History of Film to 1938) (3) ENGL 38700 (History of Film from 1938 to Present)
(3) Film Requirement, Note A (3) Film Requirement, Note B
(3) Film Requirement, Note B (3) Natural Sciences*
(3) Aesthetic Awareness* (3) Racial and Ethnic Diversity*
(3) Individual and Society* (3) United States Tradition*
(15)   (15)  

Junior Year

Fifth SemesterSixth Semester
(3) Film Requirement, Note C (3) Film Requirement, Note C
(3) Film Requirement, Note C (3) Other Cultures*
(3) Gender Issues* (3) Internship
(3) Global Perspective* (3) Elective or minor
(3) Elective or minor (3) Elective or minor
(15)   (15)  

Senior Year

Seventh SemesterEighth Semester
(3) Film Requirement, Note C (3) Film Requirement, Note C
(3) Elective or minor (3) Elective
(3) Elective or minor (3) Elective
(3) Elective (3) Elective
(3) Elective (3) Elective
(15)   (15)  


Film/Video Studies Notes

* See "Core."

  1. Complete two of the following courses: CHNS/FR/ GER/ITAL/JPNS/PORT/RUSS/SPAN 33000.
  2. Six hours chosen from FVS 33200, 33600, 33700, 33800, 44200, 45000, 49000 and 49100.
  3. Nine hours chosen from any of the courses listed in D1 (Aesthetics or Theory) or D2 (Production). Courses cannot have been used to satisfy a requirement in Section A or B. Students may take no more than two courses in either area. Contact advisor for the Film/Video Studies Program about the list of available courses to meet this requirement.