Film-Video Recommended Academic Plan

Effective Fall 2011

This major is under an administrative enrollment control. Please review the Entrance-to-Major requirements found at http://dus.psu.edu/students/etm/requirements.html

Semester 1

Course DetailsCredits
COMM 150 The Art of the CinemaNotes for: COMM 150

COMM 150

Requirements for this course
  • # Course is an Entrance-to-Major requirement.#
  • * Course requires a grade of 'C' of better.*
3
ENGL 015 (GWS) Rhetoric and Composition Notes for: ENGL 015

ENGL 015

Requirements for this course
  • † Course satisfies General Education and degree requirements.
or ENGL 030 (GWS) Honors Freshman CompositionNotes for: ENGL 030

ENGL 030

Requirements for this course
  • † Course satisfies General Education and degree requirements.
3
Humanities (GH)Notes for: Humanities

Humanities

Requirements for this course
  • † Course satisfies General Education and degree requirements.
3
Natural Sciences (GN)Notes for: Natural Sciences

Natural Sciences

Requirements for this course
  • † Course satisfies General Education and degree requirements.
3
Foreign LanguageNotes for: Foreign Language

Foreign Language

Students must complete the 12th credit level of a foreign language. Credits will vary based on skill level.
4
1
Total credits 17

Semester 2

Course DetailsCredits
COMM 250 Film History and TheoryNotes for: COMM 250

COMM 250

Requirements for this course
  • * Course requires a grade of 'C' of better.*
3
Natural Sciences (GN)Notes for: Natural Sciences

Natural Sciences

Requirements for this course
  • † Course satisfies General Education and degree requirements.
3
Social and Behavioral Sciences (GS)Notes for: Social and Behavioral Sciences

Social and Behavioral Sciences

Requirements for this course
  • † Course satisfies General Education and degree requirements.
3
Arts (GA)Notes for: Arts

Arts

Requirements for this course
  • † Course satisfies General Education and degree requirements.
3
Foreign LanguageNotes for: Foreign Language

Foreign Language

Students must complete the 12th credit level of a foreign language. Credits will vary based on skill level.
4
Total credits 16

Semester 3

Course DetailsCredits
COMM 242 Basic Video/FilmmakingNotes for: COMM 242

COMM 242

Requirements for this course
  • # Course is an Entrance-to-Major requirement.#
  • * Course requires a grade of 'C' of better.*
3
Arts (GA)Notes for: Arts

Arts

Requirements for this course
  • † Course satisfies General Education and degree requirements.
3
Quantification (GQ)Notes for: Quantification

Quantification

Requirements for this course
  • † Course satisfies General Education and degree requirements.
3
Social and Behavioral Sciences (GS) Notes for: Social and Behavioral Sciences

Social and Behavioral Sciences

Requirements for this course
  • † Course satisfies General Education and degree requirements.
3
Foreign LanguageNotes for: Foreign Language

Foreign Language

Students must complete the 12th credit level of a foreign language. Credits will vary based on skill level.
4
Total credits 16

Semester 4

Course DetailsCredits
Humanities (GH)Notes for: Humanities

Humanities

Requirements for this course
  • † Course satisfies General Education and degree requirements.
3
B.A. Knowledge Domain

B.A. Knowledge Domain

3
B.A. Knowledge Domain (US)

B.A. Knowledge Domain

3
Other Cultures

Other Cultures

3
Natural Sciences (GN)Notes for: Natural Sciences

Natural Sciences

Requirements for this course
  • † Course satisfies General Education and degree requirements.
3
Total credits 15

Semester 5

Course DetailsCredits
COMM 337W Intermediate Documentary ProductionNotes for: COMM 337W

COMM 337W

Requirements for this course
  • * Course requires a grade of 'C' of better.*
or COMM 338 Intermediate Narrative ProductionNotes for: COMM 338

COMM 338

Requirements for this course
  • * Course requires a grade of 'C' of better.*
or COMM 339 Intermediate Alternative ProductionNotes for: COMM 339

COMM 339

Requirements for this course
  • * Course requires a grade of 'C' of better.*
3
COMM 342W Idea Development and Media WritingNotes for: COMM 342W

COMM 342W

Requirements for this course
  • * Course requires a grade of 'C' of better.*
or COMM 340 Intermediate Cinematography and Editing TechniquesNotes for: COMM 340

COMM 340

Requirements for this course
  • * Course requires a grade of 'C' of better.*
3
Quantification (GQ)Notes for: Quantification

Quantification

Requirements for this course
  • † Course satisfies General Education and degree requirements.
3
CAS 100 (GWS) Effective SpeechNotes for: CAS 100

CAS 100

Requirements for this course
  • † Course satisfies General Education and degree requirements.
3
B.A. Knowledge Domain (IL)

B.A. Knowledge Domain

3
Total credits 15

Semester 6

Course DetailsCredits
COMM 337W Intermediate Documentary ProductionNotes for: COMM 337W

COMM 337W

Requirements for this course
  • * Course requires a grade of 'C' of better.*
or COMM 338 Intermediate Narrative ProductionNotes for: COMM 338

COMM 338

Requirements for this course
  • * Course requires a grade of 'C' of better.*
or COMM 339 Intermediate Alternative ProductionNotes for: COMM 339

COMM 339

Requirements for this course
  • * Course requires a grade of 'C' of better.*
3
COMM 342W Idea Development and Media WritingNotes for: COMM 342W

COMM 342W

Requirements for this course
  • * Course requires a grade of 'C' of better.*
or COMM 340 Intermediate Cinematography and Editing TechniquesNotes for: COMM 340

COMM 340

Requirements for this course
  • * Course requires a grade of 'C' of better.*
3
COMM 346 Writing for the Screen INotes for: COMM 346

COMM 346

Requirements for this course
  • * Course requires a grade of 'C' of better.*
or Elective

Elective

3
Non-Communications Elective

Non-Communications Elective

3
Elective

Elective

3
Total credits 15

Semester 7 (Two Semester Production Sequence: An application due at end of 6th semester is required in order to take the two semester production sequence)

Course DetailsCredits
COMM 448 Advanced Group Production INotes for: COMM 448

COMM 448

Requirements for this course
  • * Course requires a grade of 'C' of better.*
3
COMM 346 Writing for the Screen INotes for: COMM 346

COMM 346

Requirements for this course
  • * Course requires a grade of 'C' of better.*
or COMM 437 Advanced Documentary ProductionNotes for: COMM 437

COMM 437

Requirements for this course
  • * Course requires a grade of 'C' of better.*
or COMM 438 Advanced Narrative ProductionNotes for: COMM 438

COMM 438

Requirements for this course
  • * Course requires a grade of 'C' of better.*
or COMM 439 Advanced Alternative ProductionNotes for: COMM 439

COMM 439

Requirements for this course
  • * Course requires a grade of 'C' of better.*
or COMM 440 Advanced Cinematography and Lighting TechniquesNotes for: COMM 440

COMM 440

Requirements for this course
  • * Course requires a grade of 'C' of better.*
or COMM 443 Producing WorkshopNotes for: COMM 443

COMM 443

Requirements for this course
  • * Course requires a grade of 'C' of better.*
or COMM 444 Advanced Post-Production TechniquesNotes for: COMM 444

COMM 444

Requirements for this course
  • * Course requires a grade of 'C' of better.*
or COMM 445 Directing WorkshopNotes for: COMM 445

COMM 445

Requirements for this course
  • * Course requires a grade of 'C' of better.*
or COMM 446 Writing for the Screen IINotes for: COMM 446

COMM 446

Requirements for this course
  • * Course requires a grade of 'C' of better.*
3
ENGL 202 (GWS) Effective WritingNotes for: ENGL 202

ENGL 202

Requirements for this course
  • † Course satisfies General Education and degree requirements.
3
Health and Physical Activity (GHA) Notes for: GHA

GHA

Requirements for this course
  • † Course satisfies General Education and degree requirements.
1.5
Elective

Elective

3
Total credits 13.5

Semester 8 (Two Semester Production Sequence: An application due at end of 6th semester is required in order to take the two semester production sequence)

Course DetailsCredits
COMM 449 Advanced Group Production IINotes for: COMM 449

COMM 449

Requirements for this course
  • * Course requires a grade of 'C' of better.*
3
COMM 346 Writing for the Screen INotes for: COMM 346

COMM 346

Requirements for this course
  • * Course requires a grade of 'C' of better.*
or COMM 437 Advanced Documentary ProductionNotes for: COMM 437

COMM 437

Requirements for this course
  • * Course requires a grade of 'C' of better.*
or COMM 438 Advanced Narrative Production Notes for: COMM 438

COMM 438

Requirements for this course
  • * Course requires a grade of 'C' of better.*
or COMM 439 Advanced Alternative Production Notes for: COMM 439

COMM 439

Requirements for this course
  • * Course requires a grade of 'C' of better.*
or COMM 440 Advanced Cinematography and Lighting TechniquesNotes for: COMM 440

COMM 440

Requirements for this course
  • * Course requires a grade of 'C' of better.*
or COMM 443 Producing WorkshopNotes for: COMM 443

COMM 443

Requirements for this course
  • * Course requires a grade of 'C' of better.*
or COMM 444 Advanced Post-Production TechniquesNotes for: COMM 444

COMM 444

Requirements for this course
  • * Course requires a grade of 'C' of better.*
or COMM 445 Directing WorkshopNotes for: COMM 445

COMM 445

Requirements for this course
  • * Course requires a grade of 'C' of better.*
or COMM 446 Writing for the Screen IINotes for: COMM 446

COMM 446

Requirements for this course
  • * Course requires a grade of 'C' of better.*
or Elective (if COMM 346 taken in 5th semester)

Elective

3
Elective

Elective

5
Health and Physical Activity (GHA)Notes for: GHA

GHA

Requirements for this course
  • † Course satisfies General Education and degree requirements.
1.5
Total credits 12.5

Semester 7 (One Semester Production Sequence: Students must take one advanced production course (COMM 437, 438, or 439) during 7th or 8th semester. They may take one each semester, but should not take two production courses in the same semester.

Course DetailsCredits
COMM 437 Advanced Documentary ProductionNotes for: COMM 437

COMM 437

Requirements for this course
  • * Course requires a grade of 'C' of better.*
or COMM 438 Advanced Narrative ProductionNotes for: COMM 438

COMM 438

Requirements for this course
  • * Course requires a grade of 'C' of better.*
or COMM 439 Advanced Alternative Production Notes for: COMM 439

COMM 439

Requirements for this course
  • * Course requires a grade of 'C' of better.*
3
COMM 346 Writing for the Screen INotes for: COMM 346

COMM 346

Requirements for this course
  • * Course requires a grade of 'C' of better.*
or COMM 437 Advanced Documentary ProductionNotes for: COMM 437

COMM 437

Requirements for this course
  • * Course requires a grade of 'C' of better.*
or COMM 438 Advanced Narrative ProductionNotes for: COMM 438

COMM 438

Requirements for this course
  • * Course requires a grade of 'C' of better.*
or COMM 439 Advanced Alternative Production Notes for: COMM 439

COMM 439

Requirements for this course
  • * Course requires a grade of 'C' of better.*
or COMM 440 Advanced Cinematography and LightingNotes for: COMM 440

COMM 440

Requirements for this course
  • * Course requires a grade of 'C' of better.*
or COMM 443 Producing WorkshopNotes for: COMM 443

COMM 443

Requirements for this course
  • * Course requires a grade of 'C' of better.*
or COMM 444 Advanced Post-Production TechniquesNotes for: COMM 444

COMM 444

Requirements for this course
  • * Course requires a grade of 'C' of better.*
or COMM 445 Directing WorkshopNotes for: COMM 445

COMM 445

Requirements for this course
  • * Course requires a grade of 'C' of better.*
or COMM 446 Writing for the Screen IINotes for: COMM 446

COMM 446

Requirements for this course
  • * Course requires a grade of 'C' of better.*
3
ENGL 202 (GWS) Effective WritingNotes for: ENGL 202

ENGL 202

Requirements for this course
  • † Course satisfies General Education and degree requirements.
3
Elective

Elective

3
Health and Physical Activity (GHA)Notes for: Health and Physical Activity

Health and Physical Activity

Requirements for this course
  • † Course satisfies General Education and degree requirements.
1.5
Total credits 13.5

Semester 8 (One Semester Production Sequence: Students must take one advanced production course (COMM 437, 438, or 439) during 7th or 8th semester. They may take one each semester, but should not take two production courses in the same semester

Course DetailsCredits
COMM 346 Writing for the Screen INotes for: COMM 346

COMM 346

Requirements for this course
  • * Course requires a grade of 'C' of better.*
or COMM 437 Advanced Documentary ProductionNotes for: COMM 437

COMM 437

Requirements for this course
  • * Course requires a grade of 'C' of better.*
or COMM 438 Advanced Narrative ProductionNotes for: COMM 438

COMM 438

Requirements for this course
  • * Course requires a grade of 'C' of better.*
or COMM 439 Advanced Alternative ProductionNotes for: COMM 439

COMM 439

Requirements for this course
  • * Course requires a grade of 'C' of better.*
or COMM 440 Advanced Cinematography and Lighting TechniquesNotes for: COMM 440

COMM 440

Requirements for this course
  • * Course requires a grade of 'C' of better.*
or COMM 443 Producing WorkshopNotes for: COMM 443

COMM 443

Requirements for this course
  • * Course requires a grade of 'C' of better.*
or COMM 444 Advanced Post-Production TechniquesNotes for: COMM 444

COMM 444

Requirements for this course
  • * Course requires a grade of 'C' of better.*
or COMM 445 Directing WorkshopNotes for: COMM 445

COMM 445

Requirements for this course
  • * Course requires a grade of 'C' of better.*
or COMM 446 Writing for the Screen IINotes for: COMM 446

COMM 446

Requirements for this course
  • * Course requires a grade of 'C' of better.*
3
COMM 346 Writing for the Screen INotes for: COMM 346

COMM 346

Requirements for this course
  • * Course requires a grade of 'C' of better.*
or COMM 437 Advanced Documentary ProductionNotes for: COMM 437

COMM 437

Requirements for this course
  • * Course requires a grade of 'C' of better.*
or COMM 438 Advanced Narrative ProductionNotes for: COMM 438

COMM 438

Requirements for this course
  • * Course requires a grade of 'C' of better.*
or COMM 439 Advanced Alternative ProductionNotes for: COMM 439

COMM 439

Requirements for this course
  • * Course requires a grade of 'C' of better.*
or COMM 440 Advanced Cinematography and Lighting TechniquesNotes for: COMM 440

COMM 440

Requirements for this course
  • * Course requires a grade of 'C' of better.*
or COMM 443 Producing WorkshopNotes for: COMM 443

COMM 443

Requirements for this course
  • * Course requires a grade of 'C' of better.*
or COMM 444 Advanced Post-Production TechniquesNotes for: COMM 444

COMM 444

Requirements for this course
  • * Course requires a grade of 'C' of better.*
or COMM 445 Directing WorkshopNotes for: COMM 445

COMM 445

Requirements for this course
  • * Course requires a grade of 'C' of better.*
or COMM 446 Writing for the Screen IINotes for: COMM 446

COMM 446

Requirements for this course
  • * Course requires a grade of 'C' of better.*
or Elective (if COMM 346 taken in 5th semester)

Elective

3
Elective

Elective

5
Health and Physical Activity (GHA)Notes for: Health and Physical Activity

Health and Physical Activity

Requirements for this course
  • † Course satisfies General Education and degree requirements.
1.5
Total credits 12.5

Additional Notes

  • GWS, GQ, GA, GH, GS, GN and GHA are codes used to identify General Education requirements.
  • US, IL, and US;IL are codes used to designate courses that satisfy University United States/International Cultures requirements. All students are required to take one IL and one US course before graduation. A course designated as US;IL may be used as a US or an IL, not both.
  • W suffix signifies the course satisfies the University Writing Across the Curriculum requirement.

Program Notes

Film/Video is a controlled major; acceptance based on a portfolio review after completion of the 4th semester and completion of COMM 150 and COMM 242 with a grade of "C" or better in each course.

*Students studying at any of the commonwealth campuses that do not offer COMM 242 will need to change their campus to University Park early in the 4th semester to fulfill this requirement.

*Effective Fall 2012, all incoming Schreyer Honors College freshmen at University Park will take ENGL/CAS 137H in the fall semester and ENGL/CAS 138T in the spring semester.  These courses carry GWS designation and replace both ENGL 030 and CAS 100.*

Legend

# Course is an Entrance-to-Major requirement.
* Course requires a grade of 'C' or better.
† Course satisfies General Education and degree requirements.

Footnotes

Foreign Language
Students must complete the 12th credit level of a foreign language. Credits will vary based on skill level.
Foreign Language
Students must complete the 12th credit level of a foreign language. Credits will vary based on skill level.
Foreign Language
Students must complete the 12th credit level of a foreign language. Credits will vary based on skill level.