Wayne State University


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 directors, producers and other various roles 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:

Foundation Courses (13 credits)

COM 1600
– Introduction to Audio-TV-Film Production (3 credits)
COM 1610 – Fundamentals of New Media Production (3 credits)
COM 2010 – Introduction to Film (4 credits)
                      Fulfills the Cultural Inquiry General Education Requirement
COM 2210 – Media Writing and Storytelling (3 credits)

Core Courses (24 credits)

COM 2020 –
History of Film (3 credits)
COM 3380 – Video Field Production and Editing (3 credits)
COM 5270 – 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, should be taken in last twenty-one credits of study
COM 5540 – Film and Media Theory (3 credits)

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 – Screenwriting (for an additional 3 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 6190 – Internship (1-3 credits)
COM 6310 – Allesee Lectures in Media (1 credit, max. 3)
COM 6410 – Allesee Master Class (1-3 credits, max 6)
COM 6680 – Directed Projects in Film and Media Arts (1-4 credits)

Important Reminders: Every course required to complete an undergraduate major in the Department of Communication must be completed with a grade of "C" (2.0) or better. This includes all transfer credit that may be applicable to the major programs. All students pursuing this major must complete the university's general education requirements as well as the Department of Communication foreign language requirement, which includes completion of a foreign language through the second semester. A minimum of 120 total credit hours is required to earn a Bachelor's Degree.

Advising: Careful planning is required to assure timely completion of the program. An advisor should be consulted as soon as you decide to enroll in the Film program. All students are expected to follow the published curriculum for their major and to consult regularly with their advisor.

Special Activities: Course work is only one part of your undergraduate education. Employers pay close attention to the types of activities applicants participated in as students. There are many valuable campus activities to choose from. You are encouraged to participate in such activities as student government, the student newspaper (South End) and the student radio station, WAYN.  In addition, the Department of Communication sponsors the Wayne State University chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ), the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA), The Film and Media Group, as well as the nationally acclaimed debate and speech team.