Minor in Film Studies

The Minor in Film Studies trains students to apply film criticism as well as to participate in the production of short films. The program includes six core courses, three of which focus on film analysis. The developing ideas and applying them to script formats leads to the acquisition of technical skills required for filmmaking. Two electives are devoted to Arab Cinema on one hand and to the genre of animation film on the other.

Program Objectives

  • Improve the ability of students to view films critically.
  • Create an awareness of international film industries and their significance for the development of film history.
  • Illustrate the individual steps in the film production process.
  • Engender participation in original film production.
  • Situate local productions within the larger context of world cinema.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • Analyze a wide variety of films critically
  • Demonstrate knowledge of key developments in film history
  • Generate ideas for original film production
  • Contribute to the creation of short films.
  • Apply generic skills such as critical thinking, problem-solving and team work

Degree Requirements

Required Credit Hours : minimum 18 hours

Core Courses: Students must take these courses

Required Courses (15.00 hours)

Credit Hours
FIL240Introduction to Film & Visual Studies TA3.000
FIL245Film & Culture World Cinema TA3.000
FIL340Developing Ideas for Film3.000
FIL345Principles of Screenwriting TA3.000
MSC485Practicum in Digital Production3.000

Elective Courses (3.00 hours)

Credit Hours
FIL350Cinema in the Arab World TA3.000
MSC487Women and Media3.000
FIL312Animation Filmmaking3.000