Carnegie Mellon University

Film & Visual Media - Primary Major

In addition to satifsying all of the Dietrich College degree requirements for B.A. candidates, which include the General Education curriculum, Film & Visual Media majors must complete coursework in the following areas below.

Learn how to declare the primary major in Film & Visual Media.

Curriculum: 12 courses, 108 units minimum

Required Introductory Courses (2 courses, 18 units):

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