Advising Handbook for Film and Video

A major in media arts prepares students for careers in a variety of media-related fields including journalism, video, web design, and multimedia production. The program emphasizes theoretical and social aspects of the media as well as its technical and creative components.

Requirements for All Majors | Media Arts Major | Media Arts Minor

The following MEDA courses count towards the Analysis and Interpretation of Texts core requirement:

  • MEDA 110 Intro to Communication
  • MEDA 120 Film History and Analysis
  • MEDA 201 Interpersonal Communication
  • MEDA 220* Film and Society

*2 credit course

The following MEDA courses count towards the Artistic Practice and Creative Practice core requirement:

  • MEDA 250 Foundations of Video Production
  • MEDA 265 Web Design
  • MEDA 302 Documentary: Studies and Practice 
  • MEDA 303 Experimental: Studies and Practice
  • MEDA 304 Contemporary Explorations
  • MEDA 305 Communication Design II
  • MEDA 306 Animation: Studies and Practice
  • MEDA 320 Narrative Production: from script to screen
  • MEDA 322 Post-Production
  • MEDA 363 Publication Editing and Design

The Following Computer Science course that is part of the Integrated Media Major fulfills the Quantitative Reasoning core requirement:

  • CS 205    Programming for Multimedia

The Following MEDA courses fulfill the Civic Engagement (CE) core Cornerstone requirement:

  • MEDA 153 Video for Community Engagement
  • MEDA 350 Project Design
  • MEDA 353 Video for Community Engagement: Mentoring

Requirements of All Majors

Prospective media arts majors should be aware that a majority of the courses in the department are offered on a yearly or every-other year basis and that many courses, as indicated, are to be taken in a sequential manner. Students need to arrange their schedule so they can advance through the sequences as they are offered.

In the senior year or when a student has enough credits earned to have ‘senior status’, all Media Arts majors must complete MEDA 434 Media Law and Ethics during the Fall semester.

All Media Arts majors require the completion of the two-semester senior capstone. There are three different senior capstone seminars that are specific to the majors in the department. MEDA 491/492 is the year-long seminar for film and video majors, MEDA 493/494 is for integrated media majors, and MEDA 497/498 is for journalism. Media Arts majors choose to work with the professor(s) that best match the media in which they choose to conduct their capstone.

Internship Requirements

All students majoring in Media Arts are encouraged to seek out and complete an internship (MEDA 475 or 480) in their junior or senior year, however internships are not a degree requirement. The 475 course represents the standard college internship course wherein the student begins and completes a 1-4 credit internship experience within an academic term (Fall, Winter, Spring). The 480 course is a seminar course for students who wish to receive academic credit for an internship experience that has been recently completed or is underway and does not "fit" within the timeframe of an academic term. All internships, either 475 or 480, must be approved before they begin by the student’s advisor in the department to insure that the internship meets the standards and goals of the student’s degree program.

Studying Abroad

Media Arts majors should be advised that they can spend a semester abroad at York St. John University in York, England studying media studies and production. By working with an advisor from the MEDA faculty, they can take courses abroad that directly meet or replace requirements in a MEDA major.

Film & Video Major

Required Courses and Prerequisites

MEDA 120 Film History and Analysis and MEDA 250, Foundations of Video Production, are the pre-requisite for all other film and video production courses (with the exception of MEDA 152). MEDA 250 has a co-requisite of MEDA 120 Film History and Analysis. If a student cannot fit both into the freshmen schedules, they should prioritize taking MEDA 120. 

Students need to earn a C- or better in MEDA 120 and MEDA 250 to qualify for upper-division courses in the major.

Four-Year Schedule

A traditional four-year schedule for a film and video major might look like this:

1st year

  • MEDA 120 Film History and Analysis | 4 credits
  • MEDA 250 Foundations of Production | 4 credits    
  • MEDA 122 Introduction to Digital Media | 2 credits

2nd year

  • MEDA 320 Narrative Production: From Script to Screen | 4 credits
  • MEDA 322 Post Production | 4 credits​
  • MEDA 122 Introduction to Digital Media | 2 credits (if not taken freshmen year)

Choose 1-2 courses from (two are required in the major, offered every other year)

  • MEDA 302 Documentary: Studies and Practice | 4 credits
  • MEDA 303 Experimental: Studies and Practice | 4 credits
  • MEDA 306 Animation: Studies and Practice | 4 credits
  • MEDA 320 Narrative Production: From Script to Screen | 4 credits

Choose one course from the following (or one more from the above list):

  • MEDA 304 Contemporary Explorations in Video | 4 credits
  • MEDA 353 Video for Community Engagement: Mentoring | 4 credits
  • MEDA 332 Screenwriting | 4 credits
  • MEDA 333/THEA 333 Directing for Stage and Screen | 4 credits
  • MEDA 475/480 Internship/Internship Seminar (must be at least 4 credits)

3rd Year

Complete two of the following courses if not already completed:

  • MEDA 302 Documentary: Studies and Practice | 4 credits
  • MEDA 303 Experimental: Studies and Practice | 4 credits
  • MEDA 306 Animation: Studies and Practice | 4 credits
  • MEDA 320 Narrative Production: From Script to Screen | 4 credits

Choose one course from the following (or one more from the above list) if not already completed:

  • MEDA 304 Contemporary Explorations in Video | 4 credits - offered not often
  • MEDA 353 Video for Community Engagement: Mentoring | 4 credits - every semester
  • MEDA 332 Screenwriting | 4 credits - every semester
  • MEDA 333/THEA 333 Directing for Stage and Screen | 4 credits - offered not often
  • MEDA 475/480 Internship/Internship Seminar (must be at least 4 credits)
  • MEDA 391 Junior Seminar (required) | 2 credits - spring
  • MEDA 401 Narrative Film Theory and Criticism | 4 credits - spring odd years

4th year

Any course or courses not taken from the above ‘Choose’ lists

  • MEDA 401 Narrative Film Theory and Criticism | 4 credits - if not taken junior year
  • MEDA 434 Mass Media Law and Ethics | 4 credits
  • MEDA 491/2 Senior Capstone in Film/Video | 4 credits

Two-Year Plan

Students should consult with Jennifer Hardacker or Enie Vaisburd on the feasibility of this.

1st year

Fall

  • MEDA 120, Film History and Analysis
  • MEDA 250 Foundations of Video Production

One course from:

  • MEDA 101 Fundamentals of Speech (2)
  • MEDA 112 Media in Society
  • MEDA 122 Introduction to Digital Media (2)

One Course from:

  • MEDA 302 Documentary: Studies and Practice | 4 credits
  • MEDA 303 Experimental: Studies and Practice | 4 credits
  • MEDA 306 Animation: Studies and Practice | 4 credits
  • MEDA 320 Narrative Production: From Script to Screen
  • MEDA 391 Junior seminar | 2 credits
  • MEDA 401 Narrative Film Theory and Criticism

2nd year

Fall

(Any courses from above if not completed in the first year)
Two courses from:

  • MEDA 302 Documentary: Studies and Practice | 4 credits
  • MEDA 303 Experimental: Studies and Practice | 4 credits
  • MEDA 306 Animation: Studies and Practice | 4 credits
  • MEDA 320 Narrative Production from Script to Screen | 4 credits

Choose one course from (or one more from the above list if not already completed):

  • MEDA 304 Contemporary Explorations in Video | 4 credits
  • MEDA 353 Video for Community Engagement: Mentoring | 4 credits
  • MEDA 332 Screenwriting | 4 credits
  • MEDA 333/THEA 333 Directing for Stage and Screen | 4 credits
  • MEDA 475/480 Internship/Internship Seminar (must be at least 4 credits)
  • MEDA 434 Mass Media Law and Ethics | 4 credits
  • MEDA 491 Senior Capstone | 2 credits

Spring

  • MEDA 322 Post Production
  • MEDA 401 Narrative Film Theory and Criticism
  • MEDA 492 Senior capstone | 2 credits

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Film & Video Production Minor

Requirements for the Film & Video Production minor:

  • MEDA 120 Film History and Analysis | 4 credits
  • MEDA 250 Foundations of Video of Production | 4 credits

Take a minimum of 18 credits from the following:

  • MEDA 220 Film and Society | 4 credits
  • MEDA 302 Documentary: Studies and Practice | 4 credits
  • MEDA 303 Experimental Studies and Practice | 4 credits
  • MEDA 304 Contemporary Explorations in Video | 4 credits
  • MEDA 306 Animation: Studies and Practice | 4 credits
  • MEDA 320 Narrative Production: Script to Screen | 4 credits
  • MEDA 322 Post Production | 4 credits
  • MEDA 323 Cinematography | 2 credits
  • MEDA 353 Video for Community Engagement | 4 credits
  • MEDA 401 Narrative Theory and Criticism | 4 credits
  • MEDA 434 Mass Media Law and Ethics | 4 credits

Total: 24 Credits

Film Studies Minor: Requirements

MEDA 250 is a prerequisite for many of the other MEDA courses listed here. Film studies courses are offered across campus from different departments

Requirements for the Minor

Choose three from:

  • MEDA 302 Documentary: Studies and Practice 4 credits
  • MEDA 303 Experimental Studies and Practice 4 credits
  • MEDA 304 Contemporary Explorations in Video 4 credits
  • MEDA 306 Animation: Studies and Practice 4 credits
  • MEDA 353 Video for Community Engagement 4 credits
  • MEDA 434 Mass Media Law and Ethics 4 credits

Or any approved course(s) offered by other departments including, but not limited to, English, Politics and Government, and World Languages. Courses must be approved by Film/Video Professor Jennifer Hardacker.


Total: 24 credits

REV 6/2018