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2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog 
2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Film, B.A.

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The B.A. in Film is a liberal arts-based program in film history, theory, and criticism, including coursework in film genres, aesthetics, industry and technology, filmmaking and screenwriting, as well as advanced seminars. Degree work culminates in a capstone course in which students do substantive research and writing on topics ranging from eco-cinema to Hollywood stardom, from Detroit media to audience and reception theory.

The B.A. in Film Production is a liberal arts-based B.A. including a solid foundation in film history and theory and a specialized sequence of filmmaking courses. The broad-based approach gives students options to work in narrative, documentary, animation, motion graphics and effects, essay, short-form, and experimental filmmaking. Students get hands-on experience with every aspect of the process, from writing scripts, directing, cinematography, lighting, and audio, to editing and post-production effects work. Degree work culminates in an intensive capstone course that enables students to graduate having produced a substantive thesis film project.

Requirements for the liberal arts major in film, B.A.

The film major requires a total of 48 credit hours. Only 16 transfer credits may be counted towards the film major. Only courses in which the student has earned a grade of C may be counted towards the film major.

1. One introductory-level course selected from

4. One additional course in film electives selected from

5. Four courses in film electives selected from

*To count as an elective course toward this requirement, FLM 3906, FLM 4930, or FLM 4996 must be taken for a total of 4 credits; or, FLM 3906, FLM 4930, and/or FLM 4996 may be taken for 2 credits each to satisfy a single 4-credit elective. Two-credit FLM 3906 courses may not be used to satisfy more than one 4-credit elective.

*Note:  No more than two non-FLM designated courses in this category may be counted toward the film major.


Students using this catalog to meet film major requirements may also use any course subsequently approved as satisfying requirements in the Film electives category and published in a later catalog.

Additional Information

In addition to these major requirements, students must complete the Oakland University General Education Requirements , the College of Arts and Sciences College Exploratory Requirement , and an appropriate number of free elective classes to meet the overall credit requirement for the degree (in most cases 124; some degrees may require a greater number).

As a general rule, no more than eight credits of coursework used to satisfy one major, minor or concentration may be applied toward another, but exceptions to this rule may be allowed with the written approval of the program coordinators.

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