Four-Year Degree Plan for Major in Film and Media Arts

Note that this is a sample four-year plan. There are other course sequences that will allow a student to graduate within four years as long as prerequisite courses are taken in the proper sequence. This sample plan does not guarantee course availability, and adjustments to students’ plans may be necessary if they are unable to take specific courses during specific semesters. Students who are placed into lower level FYW, MAT or other prerequisite courses will need to adjust their four-year plans accordingly. Similarly, students who bring in Advanced Placement, Dual Enrollment or transfer credit for courses will need to adjust their four-year plans. A minimum of a 2.0 GPA both overall and in the major is required for graduation. In addition to major requirements, all components of the Baccalaureate Experience must be completed in order to successfully graduate.

Degree Requirements

First (Freshman) Year - Fall Semester

MAT 155Finite Mathematics for Liberal Arts

4

or

MAT 160College Algebra

4

Humanities/Fine Arts or Social Science (Bacc. Exp.)

4

COM 226Introduction to Scriptwriting for Motion Pictures and Television

4

or

COM 232Visual Literacy

4

or

COM 241Introduction to Sound, Image and Motion

4

FYW 101Writing and Inquiry

4

GTW 101Gateways

1

or

HON 101Pathways to Honors 1

1

Total Credit Hours:17

First (Freshman) Year - Spring Semester

COM 226Introduction to Scriptwriting for Motion Pictures and Television

4

or

COM 232Visual Literacy

4

or

COM 241Introduction to Sound, Image and Motion

4

Natural Science (Bacc. Exp.)

3

Humanities/Fine Arts or Social Science (Bacc. Exp.)

4

AWR 201Writing and Research

4

GTW 102Gateways II

1

or

HON 102Pathways to Honors 2

1

Total Credit Hours:16

Second (Sophomore) Year - Fall Semester

COM 226Introduction to Scriptwriting for Motion Pictures and Television

4

or

COM 232Visual Literacy

4

or

COM 241Introduction to Sound, Image and Motion

4

or

COM 312Narrative Production

4

or

COM 313Documentary Production

4

or

COM 314Experimental Filmmaking

4

Humanities/Fine Arts or Social Science (Bacc. Exp.)

4

COM 260American Cinema

4

or

COM 261World Cinema

4

Total Credit Hours:16

Second (Sophomore) Year - Spring Semester

COM 260American Cinema

4

or

COM 261World Cinema

4

COM 312Narrative Production

4

or

COM 313Documentary Production

4

or

COM 314Experimental Filmmaking

4

Humanities/Fine Arts or Social Science (Bacc. Exp.)

4

Natural Science (Bacc. Exp.)

4

Total Credit Hours:16

Third (Junior) Year - Fall Semester

COM 340Screenwriting I

4

or

COM 342Producing for Motion Picture and Digital Media

4

or

COM 343Advanced Post-Production Techniques

4

COM 300 levelCritical Studies

4

or

COM 400 levelCritical Studies

4

COM 312Narrative Production

4

or

COM 313Documentary Production

4

or

COM 314Experimental Filmmaking

4

Humanities/Fine Arts or Social Science (Bacc. Exp.)

4

Total Credit Hours:16

Third (Junior) Year - Spring Semester

COM 312Narrative Production

4

or

COM 313Documentary Production

4

or

COM 314Experimental Filmmaking

4

or

COM 340Screenwriting I

4

or

COM 342Producing for Motion Picture and Digital Media

4

or

COM 343Advanced Post-Production Techniques

4

COM 300 levelCritical Studies

4

or

COM 400 levelCritical Studies

4

COM FMA Elective

4

Total Credit Hours:12

Fourth (Senior) Year - Fall Semester

COM 460Senior Seminar in Film and Digital Production

4

or

COM 465Senior Seminar in Cinema Studies

4

COM FMA Elective or internship

4

COM FMA Elective

4

COM FMA Elective

4

Total Credit Hours:16

Fourth (Senior) Year - Spring Semester

General elective or internship

4

General Elective

4

General Elective

4

General Elective

4

Total Credit Hours:16

One of these electives may come from the list of the FMA courses and electives as listed in the catalog OR open electives.

Total Credit Hours: 125

Other Important Notes

Internship in Communication (COM 354): To take an internship, students must have junior or senior standing and a minimum GPA of 3.0 in the major.

Closed courses: When recommended courses are not available in a given semester, students should continue working on their Baccalaureate Experience requirements or take FMA electives. In rare instances, it may be necessary to request to add a closed course. Students should discuss this option with their adviser and consult the UT website for instructions about this process.

Questions

Questions about this four-year plan should be directed to the faculty adviser. This is a recommended sequence of courses.