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Special Departmental Policies 

A grade of C– or better must be achieved in any course taken to satisfy the requirements for the major. Prerequisites must be taken for a grade. 

 

Screen Arts and Cultures Advising +

Students who may be interested in a major in Screen Arts and Cultures are encouraged to consult with a department advisor. Appointments are scheduled online at: 

https://webapps.lsa.umich.edu/AdvAppts/AA_StuSelfSvc1.aspx?ctgy=SAC 

Effective Fall 2013; Course List additions Winter 2014

May be elected as an interdepartmental major

Prerequisites to the Major

SAC 236 and SAC 272, each completed with a minimum grade of C-.

Students will apply for entry to the major after having completed the prerequisites with a minimum grade point average of 2.0. In accord with LSA policies, students who do not meet the minimum grade requirement but still hope to declare the Screen Arts and Cultures major may retake one prerequisite course. If they meet the criteria above with the new grade they earn in the re-taken course, they may declare Screen Arts and Cultures as their major.

Requirements for the Major (30 credits). 

A grade of C– or better must be achieved in any course taken to satisfy the requirements for the major.

  1. Core Required Courses (21 credits).
    1. Two history courses:
      SAC 352 and one additional history course selected from among the following: SAC 353, 354, or 355.
    2. One theory course beyond the prerequisite selected from among the following:
      SAC 372, 375, 376, or 461.
    3.  Introduction to production course:
      SAC 290.
    4. Two production or writing courses selected from the following:
      SAC 300, 301, 302, 304, 306, 307, 310, 311, 400, 401, 402, 404, 406, 410, 411, 423, 427  [Effective W14 and made retroactive to prior terms].
    5. One studies course selected from among the following in national, regional, or transnational cinema:
      SAC 250, 313, 314, 316, 332, 333, 334, 341, 365, 368, 380, 381, 440, 441, 442, 458, 470, 485, or a similar course pre-approved by the advisor.
  2. Required Electives (9 credits; 3 courses): Three SAC courses at the 300 or 400 level with no more than two courses in production.

Honors Plan

The Honors plan in the Department of Screen Arts and Cultures offers qualified Screen Arts and Cultures majors a special opportunity. Upper-level students with strong academic records and a demonstrated ability to carry out the independent work required to complete an Honors thesis, screenplay, film, video or digital production are encouraged to apply. The Screen Arts and Cultures Honors major is not restricted to students who have been in the College Honors Program in their freshman and sophomore years.

Upon successful completion of the Honors plan, students may graduate with Honors, High Honors, or Highest Honors in Screen Arts and Cultures, depending on the evaluation of their thesis, screenplay, or project. These Honors designations appear on their diploma along with any College Honors designations they earn from their overall grade point.

Students accepted into the Honors plan also become members of the Honors Program of the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts. As members of the LSA Honors Program, they gain access to a variety of special services such as possible financial support for their Honors work. In addition, students may also apply for competitive scholarships administered by the Department of Screen Arts and Cultures to help with costs associated with Honors projects.

Admission. To be considered for the Honors major, students must have a grade point average of 3.5 or higher in the Screen Arts and Cultures major. Students must also identify a Screen Arts and Cultures faculty sponsor and file an application for admission to the Honors plan no later than three terms prior to the intended graduation date. For further information, contact the Screen Arts and Cultures Department at (734) 764-0147.

Screenwriting Submajor of Screen Arts and Cultures Major

The department offers a sub-major in Screenwriting to undergraduate students in the Screen Arts & Cultures major who demonstrate a special talent for writing for the screen.

Screen Arts and Cultures Major (Spring 2006-Summer 2013) +

Effective Spring 2006-Summer 2013

May be elected as an interdepartmental concentration program

Prerequisite to Concentration

SAC 236; SAC 272; plus one history course from the following: SAC 351, 352, 353, or 355.

Students will apply for entry to the concentration after having completed the prerequisites with a minimum grade point average of 2.0. In accord with LSA policies, students who do not meet the minimum grade requirement but still hope to declare the Screen Arts and Cultures concentration may retake one prerequisite course. If they meet the criteria above with the new grade they earn in the re-taken course, they may declare Screen Arts and Cultures as their concentration.

Concentration Program (30 credits)

A grade of C­ or better must be achieved in any course taken to satisfy the concentration requirements.

  1. Core Required Courses (18 credits).
    1. One history course beyond the prerequisite from among the following: SAC 351, 352, 353, or 355.
    2. One theory course beyond the prerequisite from among the following: SAC 372, 375, 376, or 461.
    3. Introduction to production course: SAC 290.
    4. Two production or writing courses from the following: SAC 300, 301, 302, 306, 310, 311.
    5. One studies course from among the following in national, regional, or transnational cinema: SAC 380, 440, 441, 442, 470, 485, or a similar course pre-approved by the advisor.
  2. Required Electives (12 credits; 4 courses). Students are required to take a total of 12 credits of electives with no more than one course in production.

 

Honors Concentration

The Honors concentration in the Department of Screen Arts and Cultures offers qualified Screen Arts and Cultures concentrators a special opportunity. Upper-level students with strong academic records and a demonstrated ability to carry out the independent work required to complete an Honors thesis, screenplay, film, video or digital production are encouraged to apply. The Screen Arts and Cultures Honors concentration is not restricted to students who have been in the College Honors Program in their freshman and sophomore years.

Upon successful completion of the Honors concentration, students may graduate with Honors, High Honors, or Highest Honors in Screen Arts and Cultures, depending on the evaluation of their thesis, screenplay, or project. These Honors designations appear on their diploma along with any College Honors designations they earn from their overall grade point.

Students accepted into the Honors concentration also become members of the Honors Program of the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts. As members of the LS&A Honors Program, they gain access to a variety of special services such as possible financial support for their Honors work. In addition, students may also apply for competitive scholarships administered by the Department of Screen Arts and Cultures to help with costs associated with Honors projects.

Admission. To be considered for the Honors concentration, students must have a grade point average of 3.5 or higher in the Screen Arts and Cultures concentration. Students must also identify a Screen Arts and Cultures faculty sponsor and file an application for admission to the Honors concentration no later than three terms prior to the intended graduation date. For further information, contact the Screen Arts and Cultures Department at (734) 764-0147.

Screenwriting Subconcentration of Screen Arts and Cultures Concentration

The department offers a sub-concentration in Screenwriting to undergraduate students in the Screen Arts & Cultures concentration who demonstrate a special talent for writing for the screen.

Film and Video Studies major (FALL 2005 - WINTER 2006) +

Film and Video Studies major (FALL 2005 - WINTER 2006)

May be elected as an interdepartmental major

Prerequisite to Major: FILMVID 236; FILMVID 272; plus one history course from the following: FILMVID 351, 352, 353, or 355.

Students will apply for entry to the major after having completed the prerequisites with a grade point average of 2.0. In accord with LSA policies, students who do not meet the minimum grade requirement but still hope to declare the Screen Arts and Cultures major may retake one prerequisite course. If they meet the criteria above with the new grade they earn in the re-taken course, they may declare Film-Video as their major.

Program of study in a major (30 credits). A grade of C- or better must be achieved in any course taken to satisfy the requirements for the major.

  1. Core Required Courses (18 credits).
    1. One history course beyond the prerequisite from among the following: FILMVID 351, 352, 353, or 355.
    2. One theory course beyond the prerequisite from among the following: FILMVID 372, 375, 376, or 461.
    3. Introduction to production course: FILMVID 290.
    4. Two production or writing courses from the following: FILMVID 300, 301, 302, 306, 310, 311.
    5. One studies course from among the following in national, regional, or transnational cinema: FILMVID 380, 440, 441, 442, 470, 485, or a similar course pre-approved by the advisor.
  2. Required Electives (12 credits; 4 courses). Students are required to take a total of 12 credits of electives with no more than one course in production.

 

Advising. Students who may be interested in a major in Screen Arts and Cultures are encouraged to consult with a Program advisor. Appointments are scheduled at 2512 Frieze Building, (734) 764-0147.

Honors Plan. The Honors major in the Department of Screen Arts and Cultures offers qualified Screen Arts and Cultures majors a special opportunity. Upper-level students with strong academic records and a demonstrated ability to carry out the independent work required to complete an Honors thesis, screenplay, film, video or digital production are encouraged to apply. The Screen Arts and Cultures Honors major is not restricted to students who have been in the College Honors Program in their freshman and sophomore years.

Upon successful completion of the Honors major, students may graduate with Honors, High Honors, or Highest Honors in Screen Arts and Cultures, depending on the evaluation of their thesis, screenplay, or project. These Honors designations appear on their diploma along with any College Honors designations they earn from their overall grade point.

Students accepted into the Honors major also become members of the Honors Program of the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts. As members of the LS&A Honors Program, they gain access to a variety of special services such as possible financial support for their Honors work. In addition, students may also apply for competitive scholarships administered by the Department of Screen Arts and Cultures to help with costs associated with Honors projects.

Admission. To be considered for the Honors major, students must have a grade point average of 3.5 or higher in the Screen Arts and Cultures major. Students must also identify a Screen Arts and Cultures faculty sponsor and file an application for admission to the Honors major no later than three terms prior to the intended graduation date. For further information, contact the Screen Arts and Cultures Department at (734) 764-0147

Film and Video Studies major (through Summer 2005) +

Film and Video Studies major (through Summer 2005)

May be elected as an interdepartmental major

Prerequisite to Major: FILMVID 230 or 236.

Program of study in a major. 36 credits minimum. A grade of C- or better must be achieved in any course taken to satisfy the requirements for the major.

  1. Core Required Courses (21 credits).

    1. General requirements for the major:

      • FILMVID 350 The History of American Film
      • FILMVID 360 The History of World Film
      • FILMVID 370 Television History
      • FILMVID 414 Film Theory and Criticism

    2. Production component requirements:

      1. FILMVID 290 Introduction to Film, Video and Television Production

      2. Two of the following, upon completion of FILMVID 290:

        • FILMVID 300 Filmmaking I
        • FILMVID 301 Video Art I
        • FILMVID 302 Television Studio I
        • FILMVID 306 Animation
        • FILMVID 310 Screenwriting
        • FILMVID 311 Writing for Television

  2. Required Electives (15 credits). Students are required to take a total of 15 credits of electives with no more than one class in production and at least one course in a national or regional cinema (FILMVID 440, 441, 442) exclusive of the U.S. or in a 300- or 400-level television studies course.

    Select electives from the following: FILMVID 320, 330, 331, 340, 361, 365, 366, 380, 400, 401, 402, 404, 406, 410, 417, 422, 423, 427, 440, 441, 442, 450, 451, 455, 460, 461, 470. With the exception of ENGLISH 330 and 331, other film, video, or television-centered courses taught outside the Program will be considered for elective credit on a case-by-case basis. Students should consult with their department advisor before taking a course which they wish to use to meet this requirement.

Advising. Students who may be interested in a major in Film and Video Studies are encouraged to consult with a Program advisor. Appointments are scheduled at 2512 Frieze Building, (734) 764-0147.

Honors Plan. The Honors major in the Program in Film and Video Studies offers qualified Film and Video Studies majors a special opportunity. Upper-level students with strong academic records and a demonstrated ability to carry out the independent work required to complete an Honors thesis, screenplay, film, video or digital production are encouraged to apply. The Film and Video Studies Honors major is not restricted to students who have been in the College Honors Program in their freshman and sophomore years.

Upon successful completion of the Honors major, students may graduate with Honors, High Honors, or Highest Honors in Film and Video Studies, depending on the evaluation of their thesis, screenplay, or project. These Honors designations appear on their diploma along with any College Honors designations they earn from their overall grade point.

Students accepted into the Honors major also become members of the Honors Program of the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts. As members of the LS&A Honors Program, they gain access to a variety of special services such as possible financial support for their Honors work. In addition, students may also apply for competitive scholarships administered by the Program in Film and Video Studies to help with costs associated with Honors projects.

Admission. To be considered for the Honors major, students must have a grade point average of 3.5 or higher in the Film and Video Studies major. Students must also identify a Film and Video Studies faculty sponsor and file an application for admission to the Honors major no later than three terms prior to the intended graduation date. For further information, contact the Film and Video Studies Program at (734) 764-0147.



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