College of Humanities and Social Sciences


The specialized Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies concentration in film and video studies emphasizes film and video studies and its components including videoconferencing, multimedia, and editing. As low-end, high quality video equipment becomes more affordable, more organizations (profit and nonprofit) are investing in in-house production studios and staff. Their needs include traditional videography, videoconferencing, web design, multimedia, and digital editing.

Five academic units offer courses relevant to the concentration: Within the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, the English Department offers a course in film theory. College of Education and Human Development offers courses in interactive and distance learning, which provide a background for pedagogy and a wide spectrum of interactive skills. Within the College of Visual and Performing Arts, the Communication Film and Video Studies program offers courses in the theory and practice of video production and screenwriting and the Art and Visual Technologies Department offers courses on computer-mediated visual applications, including the study of multimedia tools and design, digital and electronic art, animation, and virtual reality.

Students must have a basic knowledge of video production. Students with little or no video experience must take FAVS 599 Seminar in Video Production within the first 9 credits of the program. Students with video experience who wish to waive this requirement must provide a demo reel of their past work.

Degree Requirements (Catalog Year 2014-2015)

One required course of proseminar (1 credit)

MAIS 796 - MAIS ProSeminar Credits: 1

Five to six required courses (15-19 credits)

FAVS 599 - Special Topics Credits: 1-6 (take 3 credits when topic is Video Production) This requirement may be waived by the director for students with a video production background. They take an additional 3 credits of electives).
FAVS 570 - Screenwriting Credits: 3
ENGH 670 - Visual Culture: Theories and Histories Credits: 3 or COMM 655 - Theories of Visual Communication in Telecommunications Credits: 3
AVT 599 - Special Topics in Art and Visual Technology Credits: 1-6 (take 4 credits) or FAVS 535 - Sound and Lighting Credits: 3
FAVS 550 - Internship Credits: 3
FAVS 590 - Independent Study Credits: 1-6 (take 3 credits) or FAVS 597 - Independent Production Credits: 1-3 (take 3 credits)

Elective courses (12 to 16 credits)

The number of elective credits will vary depending on whether required introductory course is waived and whether the student took AVT 599 (4 credits) or FAVS 535 (3 credits). Students may take courses from the list below or other relevant courses chosen in consultation with an advisor.

A total of 6 credits combined of EDIT 571 and EDIT 572 may be applied to the degree.

AVT 620 - Theory, Criticism, and the Visual Arts Credits: 3
AVT 685 - Video Art Credits: 4
FAVS 599 - Special Topics Credits: 1-6 (take 3 credits)
COMM 590 - Seminar in Communication Credits: 3
COMM 602 - Theories and Research of Mass Communication Credits: 3
COMM 696 - Directed Readings and Research Credits: 1-3
EDIT 571 - Visual Design and Applications Credits: 1-3
EDIT 572 - Digital Audio/Video Design and Applications Credits: 1-3
ENGH 555 - Introduction to Cinema Studies Credits: 3
HIST 697 - Creating History in New Media Credits: 3
or other relevant course chosen in consultation with an advisor

Proposal (1 credit)

MAIS 797 - Interdisciplinary Studies Proposal Credits: 1

Project or thesis (3 credits)

MAIS 798 - Interdisciplinary Studies Project Credits: 1-5 (take 3 credits) or MAIS 799 - Interdisciplinary Studies Thesis Credits: 1-5 (take 3 credits)

Total: 36 credits

Requirements may be different for earlier catalog years. See the University Catalog archives.

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