Film and Media Arts is an innovative major that focuses on the study and creation of motion pictures. It gives students hands-on training in screenwriting, video production, audio production, and nonlinear editing, while also developing their analytical, research, and communication skills through the study of film and visual media. Students learn not only how to think critically about movies but also how to make them in a collaborative, conservatory-like environment. Through a unique curriculum that emphasizes instruction inside the classroom and out in the real world, it delivers an education that integrates career preparation with a strong foundation in the liberal arts, preparing graduates for a wide variety of careers ranging far beyond Hollywood.
Students with a degree in Film and Media Arts will be equipped for professional success in the rapidly growing film and media industry as directors, cinematographers, editors, sound designers, and screenwriters. But they will also be prepared for many other careers in our increasingly visual culture, including interactive media design, new media management, digital media strategy, media research analysis, and media content delivery. Students will be equipped for further study or training as filmmakers, film scholars, film archivists, or film programmers as well. Graduates of the program will have the foundation for any occupation involving the creation or analysis of audiovisual media.
Requirements for Graduation:
To be eligible for graduation, students majoring in Film and Media Arts must complete a minimum of 120 credits, achieve a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 or higher, satisfy the College’s residency requirements, and complete the General Education Requirements of the College. A minimum grade of 2.0 is required for First Year Seminar and all courses taken as part of Foundations. Courses used to complete General Education Requirements may not be taken on a pass/fail basis.
The General Education Requirements of the college require students to successfully complete First Year Seminar, Foundations (FCO 103 will be a required co-requisite with FCO 105 for students who have a high school GPA below 3.20), Disciplinary Perspectives, and a Constellation. Students who enter the college with 30 credit hours completed will not take a First Year Seminar course and therefore must take an additional 3 credits for graduation. Transfer students that are awarded 60 or more credits upon acceptance to York College will not be required to complete a Constellation.