Film Media

Part of the Harrington School of Communication and Media (uri.edu/harrington), the Film Media Program offers a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree and a minor.

Faculty: Professor Wills, director. Professors Ma, Manteiga, Sama, Swift, Walton, and Wood; Associate Professors De Bruin, Echevarría, Healey- Jamiel, Mandel, Meagher, Moore, and Trimm; Assistant Professors Chadha and Kealhofer-Kemp; Adjunct Professor DeSchepper; Adjunct Assistant Professors Bergstrom, Neugent, Tierney and Zorabedian; Lecturers Brown and Romanow.

The Major. Film media is an interdisciplinary program offering hands-on experience in documentary, experimental, narrative, and new media production, balanced with an emphasis on international cinemas, film/media history, criticism, and theory. Our curriculum reflects the dynamic and diverse nature of this field, approached from a perspective of film history and media theory. Students learn to work with the evolving and overlapping technologies involved in the production of moving images (including film, digital video, 3D animation, game design, and new media), with an understanding of the broadening and globalization of their cultural and aesthetic contexts. A wide range of courses is available to the film media student—courses that examine the historical, theoretical, and global approaches to the analysis and creation of moving images. The film media program prepares students for careers in such areas as independent filmmaking; animation and media design; film and television industries; advertising, marketing, and public relations; and media criticism. Graduates of this program are also prepared to continue with graduate studies, either in film and media production for an M.F.A., or in a master’s or doctoral program in film and media studies.

Students majoring in film media must complete a minimum of 30 credits (maximum 45) in approved courses toward the major. All students must complete the core courses: FLM 101 or 101H, FLM 203 (or ENG 302), FLM 204 (or FLM 205), including the senior-level seminar FLM 495; a minimum of 6 credits from the production and technique category and 6 credits from the critical studies category; a minimum of 6 elective credits in courses that count toward the film major (following). This wide range of choices in film media courses permits students to design a major that will meet both personal and professional goals. Students must have a plan of study approved by an academic advisor in the film media program before beginning their coursework in the major.

Production & Technique: These courses focus on the different approaches to and practices of film/video production—how moving images are created, designed, and used to serve a variety of functions: ART 204, 215, 304, 306, 316; COM 341, 342, 445; FLM 110, 351, 401, 445, 491A; JOR 230, 331.

Critical Studies: These courses emphasize the important traditions of genre and the literary and aesthetic approaches toward understanding and valuing film media, and integrates them into their broad historical, cultural, and ideological contexts: AAF 352; ARH 374, 376, 377; CLS 451; COM 346, 414; ENG 205 D, 245, 300A, 300B, 302, 303, 304, 305D, 352, 451; FLM 203, 204, 205, 352, 444, 451, 491B, 495; FRN 320; GWS 350; HIS 358; HPR 324, 411; ITL 315; JOR 311; PHL 256; SPA 320; THE 182. FRN 320, ITL 315, and SPA 320 are taught in English. Other courses may be used for this category with prior approval of the program director. The following topics courses have been pre-approved:  HPR 324 Images of Masculinity in Films, HPR 324 Rebel Images in Films, HPR 411 Film and Video Practicum, and GWS 350 Women and Film. Other film-based courses may count toward the major or the minor with the permission of the film media program director.

A total of 120 credits is required for graduation. At least 42 of these must be in courses numbered 300 or above.

The Minor. Students who declare a minor in film media must complete 18 credit hours (at least 12 at the 200-level or higher) from those courses currently eligible to count toward the major. Courses in general education may count toward the minor. All courses must be taken for a grade except for the internship (Field Experience). It is strongly suggested that at least one course in the minor be from each of the following two approaches to film and media study:

Production. These courses focus on the practices of film/video/media production, the design and creation of moving images.

Criticism. These courses address critical and theoretical approaches to film media and the broader contexts of international film history, genre, and ideology in which they are situated.