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Program of Study - Film Studies

New majors: 

Take FILM 2120, intro to cinema, as soon as possible. It is a prerequisite for upper level film studies courses.

Get to know departmental advisor Dina Canup in room 302 -- if she doesn't have the answer to your question, she'll know who will.

Check out the Film Studies Program Plan -- it can help you make progress toward important goals and maximize your time at UGA.  

If you're interested in film production, you may want to consider Georgia Film Academy courses and/or a double major in Entertainment and Media Studies in addition to the film studies major production-related courses.

Film Studies Ambassadors Delaire Gackle ( and Niara Thompson ( or @neptoonsfiend on Instagram) are happy to talk to new and prospective film studies majors about life in the program. Delaire is a film studies major pursuing a certificate in film and media scoring; Niara is a double major in film studies and entertainment and media studies who is also pursuing a certificate in film and media scoring.

Up to date requirements for the degree can be found in the UGA Bulletin. During their first 60 credit hours, the student will work with a professional advisor in the office of the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences (with few exceptions). Students may also contact the department's upper division Academic Advisor with specific questions about the major. Once they have  earned 60 total credit hours, they will be advised in the Department of Theatre and Film Studies and also be assigned a faculty mentor. Students with double majors should see their advisor in each major department every semester in order to receive complete advisement before registration.

Major Courses Required for the Bachelor of Arts Degree in Film Studies

Major courses in addition to Core Areas I-V, Franklin College Requirements, and University Requirements

Major Requirements

9 hours. All require FILM 2120 as a prerequisite.

FILM 5900                 Film Theory (prerequisite: FILM 4250, 4260, or 4270)

Choose two of the following:

FILM 4250                 History of Cinema I (1895-1945)

FILM 4260                 History of Cinema II (1945-1990)

FILM 4270                 History of Cinema III (1990-present)

Major Electives 

18 hours. Select any six of the following courses if not taken in major requirements.

FILM 2120 is a prerequisite for almost all upper-division film courses.

FILM 4100                 Latinx Film and Visual Culture (Fulfills multicultural requirement)

FILM 4250                 History of Cinema I (1895-1945)

FILM 4260                 History of Cinema II (1945-1990)

FILM 4270                 History of Cinema III (1990-present)

FILM 4600                 Women and Film

FILM 4620                 Genre Cinema

FILM 4640                 Latin American Film and Media

FILM 4650                 French Film History

FILM 4660                 History of Animation

FILM 4670                 Film, Technology, and Style

FILM 4680                 Intro to Digital Video Production

FILM 5481                 Special Topics in Cinema

FILM 5640                 Directing for Cinema

FILM 5680                 Editing for Film and Video

FILM 5690                 Special Effects for Film and Video

FILM 5700                 Internship in Film/Media

THEA 3020                Basic Dramatic Writing

THEA 3700                Design for Film/TV

THEA 4000                Dramatic Writing I (prereq. THEA 3020)

THEA 5620                Dramatic Writing II (prereq. THEA4000)

FILM 5810                Computer Animation for Dramatic Media I             

FILM 5820                Computer Animation for Dramatic Media II

FILM 5830                Computer Animation for Dramatic Media III

Additional options:

AFAM 4490               African American Women in Cinema

CMLT 4210               Literature and Cinema  (also fulfills Franklin literature requirement)

CMLT 4220               East Asian Cinema (also fulfills Franklin literature requirement)

CMLT 4230               African Cinema (also fulfills Franklin literature requirement)

GRMN 3300              Introduction to German Cinema

GRMN 3820              German Film (taught in German)

ITAL 4040                 Italian Cinema, Culture, and Literature

RUSS 3300                Introduction to Russian Cinema

SPAN 4081                Spanish Film (taught in Spanish)

SPAN 4082                Latin American Film (taught in Spanish)                

Area VI requirements:

18 hours in 2000-level Fine Arts and Humanities courses from FILM, ARHI, ARTS, ARST, COMM, DANC, MUSI, CLAS, ENGL, HIST, PHIL, WMST.

  1. No course will count toward the major unless it is earned with a grade of “C” or better
  2. At least 18 hours taken towards completion of the major requirements must be in residence. No non-equivalent transfer credits may be used towards the major. 
  3. Refer to College-wide requirements when selecting 21 hours of elective courses. Film Studies majors will need 12 hours of upper division (3000-5000 level) credit beyond the major requirements to meet UGA upper division hour requirements. A second major or a minor/certificate will usually cover the additional upper division hours needed, but these additional hours may be taken in any subject.
  4. Film Studies Majors are encouraged to pursue a double major, minor, or certificate; popular options for film studies majors include Entertainment and Media Studies, Theatre, English, Comparative Literature, History, Art History, a foreign language, a certificate in New Media Studies and other areas of interest.
  5. Undergraduates, with careful planning, may carry a double major by judicious arrangement of electives and required general education courses. Students interested in a double major should be advised in both major departments.
  6. Film production courses with Georgia Film Consortium may count towards area 6 fine arts and humanities requirements.

In place of graduation checks, students apply to graduate. They can do this up to two semesters ahead; for example, in spring, they can apply for fall. This triggers the graduation advising office to check to see if they have missing requirements or are on track. Students should apply to graduate as soon as they are able so that they can make any schedule adjustments that seem prudent.

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