The Certificate in Film and Media Studies program, at the undergraduate-level, is designed to give participants the knowledge, skills, and abilities to begin a career in a film studies related field. This certificate program provides a foundation of technical, entrepreneurial, and management principles for professionals working or expecting to find work in the ever-changing global media landscape. The curriculum includes courses in film industry perspectives, media production and management, media economics, story formation, and specialized courses devoted to the businesses of film, TV and Trans-media. Courses are packaged to target specific areas of development that will augment depth of knowledge or skills, help students remain competitive in the job market, advance their careers, or help them pursue personal enrichment. A total of seven courses build strong foundation skills in core subject areas and develop analytical, critical, and creative thinking. Elective courses guide students into optional and advanced areas in film and media studies. Students who join the program should expect to acquire the core knowledge and skills needed to understand and assist in the implementation of film production.
(Domestic students only, not yet available for international students)
To receive the Certificate in Film and Media Studies from Southern States University, students must successfully complete the five (7) required core courses and two (2) electives for a total of 40.5 credit hours, which is equivalent to 405 contact hours. Students must complete the requirements within a five (5) quarter period.
Program Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of the program, graduates will be able to:
Program Learning Outcome 1. Analyze the major processes and roles in film production.
Program Learning Outcome 2. Apply the techniques and requirements for creating a video.
Program Learning Outcome 3. Explain the history of film and basic film theories and how to recognize them in different types of films in the modern film era.
Program Learning Outcome 4. Analyze the economics and business-aspects of the film industry. Develop the overall structure of a screenplay.
Certificate in Film and Media Studies – Courses
Required Courses (7 courses) 32.5 Quarter Credits
|FIL 101||The Filmmakers||4.5||Quarter Credits|
|FIL 102||Introduction to Film Theory and History||4.5||Quarter Credits|
|FIL 220||Production Management and Planning||4.5||Quarter Credits|
|FIL 250||TV/Film Post Production Processes||5.5||Quarter Credits|
|FIL 301||Story Analysis and Development||4.5||Quarter Credits|
|FIL 411||Film Directing||4.5||Quarter Credits|
|FIL 433||Producing||4.5||Quarter Credits|
Electives (2 Required from graduate certificate) 12 Quarter Credits
|FIL 510||Entertainment Law||4.0||Quarter Credits|
|FIL 520||Transmedia||4.0||Quarter Credits|
|FIL 540||Hollywood||4.0||Quarter Credits|
|FIL 550||Advanced Film Theory and History||4.0||Quarter Credits|
|FIL 560||The Business Of TV/Film||4.0||Quarter Credits|
|FIL 570||Entrepreneurship in Media||4.0||Quarter Credits|
|FIL 597||Professional Internship||4.0||Quarter Credits|
Certificate in Film and Media Studies requirements
|Certificate in Film and Media Studies – Required Courses||7||32.5|
|Certificate in Film and Media Studies – Elective Courses||2||8|
|Total for Certificate in Film and Media Studies||9||40.5|