Undergraduate Catalog 2023-2024

Film, Bachelor of Arts (667P, 667)

Program Coordinator

Sara R. Thomason, sara.thomason@wku.edu, (270) 745-5890

The major in Film provides undergraduates a strong foundation in both film production and film studies. This combination allows students to gain the practical skills to succeed on a film set in both “below the line” and “above the line” roles, to experience the mechanics of film production in industry and independent settings, and to develop facility in critical and analytical thinking through the study of global film culture, history and aesthetics.

Admission Requirements

Students wishing to enter the major in Film initially are admitted as majors Seeking Admission (reference 667P). Prospective majors may take no more than 12 hours in the major before admission. Students must meet the following requirements before they can be admitted:

  1. Completion of a minimum of 24 hours of coursework applicable to a baccalaureate degree;
  2. A minimum overall grade point average of 2.5;
  3. Completion of ENG 100 with a grade of “C” or higher and 9 additional hours in general education;
  4. Completion of the following courses with a grade of “C” or higher: FILM 100, FILM 201, FILM 202, and FILM 250.

Students not meeting the above admission requirements will not be admitted to the Film major and cannot register for any additional courses in the major.

Program Requirements (36 hours)

A baccalaureate degree requires a minimum of 120 unduplicated semester hours. More information can be found at www.wku.edu/registrar/degree_certification.php.

Students who began WKU in the Fall 2014 and thereafter should review the Colonnade requirements located at: https://www.wku.edu/colonnade/colonnaderequirements.php.

The major in Film requires 36 semester hours. No course with a grade of “D” or below may be counted toward this major or fulfill prerequisite requirements for any major in the School of Media. One-half of the hours in the film major must be at the 300 or 400 level. 

In addition to meeting institutional requirements for graduation, the Film major must have a minor or second major that is approved by the major faculty advisor and that is outside of both the School of Media and the Film Studies minor. Students may not select a minor from those offered within the School, unless taken as a second minor.

Core Courses
FILM 100Film Industry and Aesthetics3
FILM 155Film Attendance (Must be completed twice)0
FILM 201Introduction to the Cinema3
FILM 202Basic Film Production3
FILM 250Screenwriting I3
FILM 282Film Production Workshop I3
FILM 369Introduction to World Cinema3
BCOM 366Editing I3
or FILM 256 Film Editing I
Total Hours21
Students must take an additional 15 credit hours in Film, including at least two courses in the Film Studies category and two in the Film Production category 115
Film Studies:
Introduction to Film Genres
Special Topics in Film
Topics in World Cinema
Documentary Film
Film Adaptation
History of Narrative Film
Film Genres
Film Theory
Problems in Mass Communication
Politics and Film
Visual Anthropology
Popular Culture and Gender: Signs & Narratives
Film Production:
Film Production Workshop II
Film Animation
Feature Screenwriting
Film Production Workshop III
Film Capstone
Basic Television Production
Field Production
Field Production II
Television Directing
Editing III
Short Form Documentary
Advanced Short Form Documentary
Acting for the Camera
Topics in Scriptwriting
Ethnographic Video Production
Total Hours15

Other courses may be approved as a restricted elective upon approval of the faculty advisor in the major and the program coordinator. 

Finish in Four Plan

First Year
FILM 1003FILM 2023
FILM 2013FILM 2503
ENG 1003FILM 1550
COMM 1453Colonnade: Literary Studies3
FILM 1550Colonnade: Social & Behavioral Science3
Colonnade: Quantitative Reasoning3Colonnade: Natural & Physical Science w/lab3
 15 15
Second Year
FILM 2823FILM Studies Elective3
BCOM 366 or FILM 2563FILM Diversity Elective3
HIST 101 or HIST 1023Colonnade: Natural & Physical Science3
Minor Course3Minor Course3
Minor Course or Foreign Language, if needed3General University Elective3
FILM 1550FILM 1550
 15 15
Third Year
FILM 3693FILM Studies Elective3
FILM 3822Colonnade: Writing in the Disciplines3
Colonnade: Connections (Social and Cultural)3Colonnade: Connections (Local to Global)3
Minor Course3Minor Course3
Minor Course3General University Elective3
 14 15
Fourth Year
FILM Production Elective3FILM 482 (OR FILM Elective)3
Minor Course3FILM 4863
General University Elective3Colonnade: Connections (Systems)3
General University Elective3General University Elective3
General University Elective3General University Elective3
 15 15
Total Hours 119

Hours include a minor requiring 21 total hours.