Filmmaking Major Curriculum

With our Upside-Down Curriculum, you'll get a head start on your filmmaking craft by starting Filmmaking classes in your first semester. By the time you finish your first year, you will have taken upward of five courses related to your major!

Filmmaking Curriculum 2018–2019


First Year

First Semester

Introduction to Filmmaking
(FLM 110)

Media & Society
(COM 120)

Concepts of the Self
(COR 110)

The Rhetoric of Self
(COR 115)

Math Elective

Second Semester

Film Studies: Screenings
(FLM 100)

Screenwriting I
(FLM 128)

Cinematography & Lighting
(FLM 225)

Audio Production for Film
(FLM 125)

Concepts of Community
(COR 120)

The Rhetoric of Community
(COR 125)


Second Year

First Semester

Film Studies: Screenings
(FLM 100)

Film History I
(FLM 210)

Audio & Visual Editing
(FLM 230)

Documentary Filmmaking
(FLM 260)

Aesthetic Expressions
(COR 220)

Choose 200-level COR course
(COR XXX)

Second Semester

Film Studies: Screenings
(FLM 100)

Film History II
(FLM 211)

Filmmaking I
(FLM 215)

Directing & Acting for the Screen
(FLM 285)

Choose 200-level COR
(COR XXX)

Choose 200-level COR course
(COR XXX)

Talk to your advisor and/or the Office of International Education about possible curriculum adjustments in order to create a semester abroad in your 3rd year.


Third Year

*In the third year, students MUST take COR 310, 320 and two COR 330 courses. COR 310 and 320 MUST be taken together and the two COR 330 courses MUST be taken together. Either pair may be taken in either semester.

First Semester

FLM 300-level course OR
FLM Elective

Choose two Local Contexts, Global Connections courses*
(COR 330)

The Global Condition*
(COR 310)

Human Rights & Responsibilities*
(COR 320)

Science Elective

General Elective

Second Semester

Topics in Cinema
(FLM 301) 

Filmmaking II
(FLM 315)

Video Compositing & Special Effects
(FLM 330)

Integrative Film Practices
(CCC 310)

Choose two Local Contexts, Global Connections courses*
(COR 330)

The Global Condition*
(COR 310)

Human Rights & Responsibilities*
(COR 320)


Fourth Year

First Semester

The Business of Film
(FLM 320)

Filmmaking III
(FLM 415)

Choose two FLM electives

Second Semester

Filmmaking Capstone
(CCC 410)

Filmmaking Internship
(FLM 490) OR
CCM Elective

Contemporary Media Issues
(COM 315) OR
Legal Issues in Communication
(COM 365) OR another
Media/Cinema Studies Elective