Film and Media Studies


Why study Film and Media Studies?

Film, television, and screen media have grown increasingly ubiquitous and complex in the 21st century, making it essential that we are able to understand, control, and create media in the workplace and in our professional, civic and private lives. The  interdisciplinary BA program in Film & Media Studies is built to train students to comprehend, analyze, and participate in local and global film and screen media cultures and industries.  Majors will explore important issues, theories, movements, and histories of media throughout the globe. They will study both traditional and new media and technologies from film and television to video games and web series. They will gain both theoretical and practical knowledge of the many ways of making and distributing screen media. The major in Film and Screen Media Studies will prepare students for careers in media and technology, education, journalism, filmmaking, audio-visual archives, as well as prepare them for graduate studies in media.

In addition to classroom instruction, the program offers numerous internships and international study tours that provide experiential learning and practical training. The program is designed to pair with a variety of other majors and minors to equip students with a strong and marketable toolbox of relevant skills and certifications.

Admission Requirements

For information, please visit UC’s Undergraduate Admissions pages if you are a high school applicant, transfer student, international student, or admitted student.

Career Possibilities:

  • Film programmer
  • Museums & festival curator
  • Game designer
  • Journalist
  • Editor
  • Screenwriter
  • Teacher
  • Filmmaker
  • Copywriter
  • Digital marketing
  • Media producer

Minor in Film and Media Studies (18 credits)

Core Courses [12 Credits] These courses should be taken in the first 3 semesters of studies. It is recommended that you take 1051 first, but 1052 and 1053 need not be taken in chronological order.

FILM1051 Introduction to Film Studies                                                    

FILM1052 Film and Media History                                                                      

FILM1053 Global Film and Screen Media                                                            

FILM 2001 Exploring Screen Media                                                                       

Experiential Requirement [3 Credits]

FILM 2081 – Theory and Practice (also DMC 2081)

FILM 2091 – Study Tour: Europe

FILM 2092: Study Tour: Montreal

FILM 2095: Internship

Elective Film and Screen Media Course [3 Credits] Students will select one course from the following list (or another approved course)

FILM 2005 – Topics

FILM2008 – Game Studies

FILM 2052 Cinematic Storytelling (Also ENGL 2052)

FILM 2053 Nazis in Cinema (also GRMN 2053)

FILM 2060 Sex and Race at the Movies (also WGS 2060)

FILM3001 – Film Movements (Or the course in the offering department that 3001 is linked to)

FILM3002 – Film Theory 

FILM 3009 – Advanced Topics in Film and History

FILM 3094 – Issues in Film Studies

FILM 3096 – Race and Gender in Video Games

FILM4005 – Seminar in Film and Screen Media Studies

FILM 4035 – Travels in European Cinema

FILM5050 – Capstone

The graduate certificate in Film & Media Studies unites faculty and students from three Colleges (A&S, CCM, and DAAP) in order to offer students training in both theory and practice. UC's strengths in media production and in visual studies combine to offer students hands-on experience in production along with training in the analysis of media and visual culture.

Any student in good standing in his or her graduate program qualifies. Applications will be made to the Director of Film Media and Visual Studies. Applications will consist of: (1) a statement of purpose, (2) a transcript, and (3) a letter of support from the applicant's graduate program director. To apply please go to the online application

Admission to A&S is generally available for any off-campus student who was admissible directly from high school and has a cumulative 2.0 GPA  and a 2.0 in the most recent institution.

Students who were not admissible directly from high school must have:

  • 24 semester (36 quarter) hours earned
  • at least a cumulative 2.0 GPA. 

Transfer students should apply using our transfer student online application

University transfer scholarships are available to those who meet specific requirements and ANY admitted A&S transfer student might qualify for an A&S transfer scholarship. Deadlines and eligibility criteria are online via the previous links.

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Admission to A&S is generally available for any on-campus student who was admissible directly from high school and has a cumulative 2.0 GPA,

Application Deadlines

Applications accepted at any time.

The University of Cincinnati and all regional campuses are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Contact Information

Professor Gary Weissman
225C Arts & Sciences Building
Cincinnati, OH 45221-0069
(513) 556-5860

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Program Code: 15BAC-FILM-BA