Carnegie Mellon University

Film & Visual Media - Additional Major

If students wish to declare an additional major (also sometimes called a double major) in Film & Visual Media, curriculum requirements will depend upon your primary major declaration. Because some of the same courses are required for each of the 5 major programs in the department, students who have primary majors in English have an amended set of requirements for additional majors in order to account for course overlap.

Curriculum for Student with Primary Majors Outside of the Department of English:

Curriculum: 12 courses, 108 units minimum

Required Introductory Courses (2 courses, 18 units):

76-239 Introduction to Film & Visual Media Studies
76-259 Film History

Production Core Courses (2 courses, 18 units minimum):

76-292 Introduction to Film Production
xx-xxx one additional elective production course

Options include but are not limited to:

54-401 Through the Lens: Storytelling with the Camera
54-487 Dramaturgy: Production
54-595 Martin Scorsese and His Films (emphasis on camera techniques, special effects, sound and lightning)
60-415 Animation Studio
60-416 Documentary Storytelling
76-374 Mediated Narrative
76-463 The Visual Story: Filmmaking for Screenwriters
76-481 Introduction to Multimedia Design

Screenwriting Core Courses (2 courses, 18 units):

76-269 Survey of Forms: Screenwriting
76-469 Screenwriting Workshop

Digital Media Core Courses (2 courses, 18 units minimum):

Options include but are not limited to:

15-104 Introduction to Computing for Creative Practice
60-141 Black and White Photography I
60-142 Digital Photography I
60-239 Reading Pictures, Writing Photography
60-241 Black and White Photography II
60-242 Digital Photography II
60-245 Portrait Photography
60-353 Media Performance: History, Theory, and Contemporary Practice
60-376 Large Format Photography: The Antiquarian Avant-garde
62-150 IDeATe Portal: Introduction to Media Synthesis and Analysis
76-314 Data Stories
76-388 Topics in Digital Humanities: Coding for Humanists
76-382 Media: Past, Present, and Future
76-419 Media in a Digital Age
76-429 Topics in Digital Humanities: Politics and Early Modern Drama
76-429 Topics in Digital Humanities: Early Modern Theatre and Conversion
76-472 Multimedia Storytelling in a Digital Age

Literary & Cultural Studies Core Courses (2 courses, 18 units):

Options include but are not limited to:

76-221 Books You Should Have Read By Now
76-241 Introduction to Gender Studies
76-245 Shakespeare: Tragedies and Histories
76-247 Shakespeare: Comedies and Romances
76-317 Contemporary American Fiction
76-333 Race and Controversy in the Arts
76-335 21st-Century American Fiction
76-341 Gender and Sexuality in Performance
76-342 Love: A Cultural History
76-352 Listening Spaces
76-422 Gender and Sexuality Studies
76-453 Literature of the Empire
76-455 Performance Theory

Topics in Film & Visual Media Studies Courses (2 courses, 18 units):

Options include but are not limited to:

76-226 Film and Literature: Mystery, Sexuality, and Culture in American Film
76-297 Radicals, Heretics, and Hackers: Russian Outlaws in History, Literature, and Film
76-298 Mechanization on Film
76-312 Crime and Justice in American Film
76-338 Rise of the Blockbuster Film
76-339 Topics in Film (can be taken more than once as different faculty teach different content when offered)
76-353 Transnational Feminisms: Fiction and Film
76-367 Fact into Film: Translating History into Cinema
76-377 Shakespeare and Film
76-438 The Wire: Crime, Realism, and Long-Form TV
76-439 Advanced Seminar in Film and Visual Media Studies
76-448 Shakespeare on Film
76-449 20th Century American Literary and Cultural Studies: College Fiction and Film
76-454 Literary and Cultural Studies: Hollywood Film Genre
79-214 Paris in Revolt: History, Literature, and Film
79-225 West African History in Film
79-270 Century of Russian Film
79-306 Fact into Film: Translating History into Cinema
79-308 Crime and Justice in American Film
79-309 The Chinese Revolution through Film (1949-2000)
79-319 India through Film
79-326 German History through Film
79-339 Juvenile Delinquency & Film: From Soul of Youth (1920) to West Side Story (1961)
79-340 Juvenile Delinquency & Film: From "Juvenile Court" (1973) to "The Wire" (2002-08)
79-341 The Cold War in Documents and Film
79-391 Stardom, Gender, and American Film
79-427 Radicals, Heretics, and Hackers: Russian Outlaws in History, Literature, and Film
79-434 Literature, Politics, Film in Russia and East Europe
79-438 The Film Festival: The New Chinese Cinema
82-215 Arab Culture through Film and Literature
82-278 Japanese Film and Literature: the Art of Storytelling     
82-284 Multicultural Pittsburgh: A Creative Media Exploration of Community, Language and Identity  
82-296 A Century of Russian Films
82-355 Topics in Hispanic Studies (The Hispanic World through Film)
82-411 Filmothea: Interdisciplinary Film Workshop
82-428 History of German Film
82-455/56 Topics in Hispanic Studies (subject to variation by semester: only some sections have a significant film component)
82-533 Visions of China: Modern Chinese Society and Culture through Documentary Films and New Media

Curriculum for Students with Primary Majors Within the Department of English:

for Primary Majors in Creative Writing
for Primary Majors in Literature & Culture
for Primary Majors in Professional Writing