Wayne State University

Curriculum

Major in Film

About the major: The major in film combines the study of film history and analysis with film/video production and scriptwriting, providing a well-rounded understanding of film as a visual and narrative art form and of the process of filmmaking.

Career opportunities: Students who major in film may be preparing for careers as film teachers, film librarians and archivists, film critics, script writers or workers in film production. Additional study at the graduate level is usually required to achieve these goals.

Requirements: Students majoring in film must complete 46 credit hours, distributed as follows:

1. The following courses (13 credits) are required before undergraduate students can declare a major and take further course work:

COM 1600 – Introduction to Audio-TV-Film Production (3 credits)
COM 1610 - Fundamentals of New Media Production (3 credits)
COM 2010 – (VP) Introduction to Film (4 credits)
COM 2210 – Media Writing and Storytelling (3 credits)

2. The core required courses (24 credits) for film majors are as follows:

COM 2020 – (VP) History of Film (3 credits)
COM 3380 – Video Field Production and Editing (3 credits)
COM 5270 – (WI) Screenwriting (4 credits, max 8)
COM 5400 – Techniques of Film and Video Production (4 credits)
COM 5410 – Producer's Workshop (3 credits)
COM 5440 - Film Production (4 credits)
[Senior capstone course, should be take in last 21 credits of study]
COM 5540 - Film and Media Theory (3 credits)

3. Elective courses: (9 credits) are required from the following list:

COM 5020 – Studies in Film History (3 credits, max. 12)
COM 5060 – Documentary & Non-Fiction Film & Television (4 credits)
COM 5270 – (WI) Screenwriting (for an additional 4 credits)
COM 5384 – Topics in Production Design and Theory (3 credits, max. 6)
COM 5390 – Digital Animation (3 credits) 
COM 5420 – Director’s Workshop (3 credits, max. 6)
COM 5440 – Film Production (4 credits)
COM 6190 – Internship (1-3 credits)
COM 6310 – Allesee Lectures in Media (1 credit, max. 3)
COM 6410 – Allesee Master Class (1-3 credits, max. 3) 
COM 6680 – Directed Projects in Film and Media Arts (1-4 credits)