Undergraduate Concentration Calendar and Further Requirements

The following is a general calendar of important dates for undergraduates concentrating in Cinema and Media Studies. For more specific information on dates, deadlines, or any other concerns, contact the Program Coordinator or the Director of Undergraduate Studies.

Undergraduate Meetings

There are two meetings per year for current and prospective CMS undergraduates. These normally occur during the Autumn and Spring quarters and are led by the Director of Undergraduate Studies. These meetings provide information about upcoming courses, major requirements, and departmental opportunities. All current and prospective students are encouraged to attend. Additionally, all current and prospective students are invited to attend the CMS BA graduation celebration that takes place toward the end of Spring Quarter each year.

Required Course Timeline

1. Introduction to Film (CMST 10100): Students are encouraged to take this course in their first or second year. For a CMS concentration, this course must be completed before Spring Quarter of the third year.

2. History of International Cinema sequence (CMST 28500 and 28600): It is recommended that students complete this requirement by the end of their third year, and that the courses are taken in sequence. PQ: Prior or concurrent enrollment in CMST 10100.

3. Senior Colloquium (CMST 29800): All Cinema and Media Studies majors must enroll for this class during Autumn Quarter of their fourth year.

4. Students who have been approved for the creative BA thesis project option are required to enroll in Senior Creative Thesis Workshop during the Winter Quarter of their fourth year. The Senior Creative Thesis Workshop does not count toward distribution requirements for the major. It is to be taken in addition to Senior Colloquium.

5. Enrollment in BA Research Paper (CMST 29900) should take place in either Winter or Spring Quarters of the fourth year. Enrollment in CMST 29900 is required for all CMS seniors including those approved for the creative thesis option. Enrollment in CMST 29900 does not count toward distribution requirements for the major.

Creative Film or Video BA Thesis Project Option

Prerequisite Course Requirements

To be considered for this option, students must have taken at least 3 production classes by the end of Autumn Quarter of their fourth year in the College.

-Two of these classes must originate within CMS (CMST 23930; 23931; 28920).
-These classes should be combined to fulfill the further electives triplet in the CMS concentration.
-One of these courses may be taken during Autumn Quarter of the student’s fourth year in the College.
-Courses must be taken in their sequence (CMST 23930 and 23931) and prerequisites must be met.
-Introduction to Photography may be counted toward this requirement.
-One screenwriting course offered by TAPS or Creative Writing may be approved to count toward this requirement.

Proposing a creative thesis project

By the seventh week of Spring Quarter of the third year, students will meet with the Director of Undergraduate Studies to declare their intention to complete a creative BA thesis project option. At this time, students will submit a written proposal that describes the project and suggests a timeline for the work to be accomplished. The writing of screenplays alone will not be considered for the creative thesis option.

The Director of Undergraduate Studies and one other CMS faculty member will evaluate all proposals for the creative BA project option. Decisions will be made by the last week of Spring Quarter, and will be based primarily on the feasibility and quality of the project, and the student’s performance in required production classes. The number of projects approved may be limited by the advising capacity of the CMS faculty.

Further Requirements for the Creative Option

Senior Creative Thesis Workshop
Students who are accepted into the creative BA thesis option are required to enroll in the Senior Creative Thesis Workshop during the Winter Quarter of the fourth year in the College. This class does not count toward the CMS distribution requirements in the major, nor does it substitute for enrollment in Senior Colloquium.

Written Thesis
An accompanying paper establishing the relationship of the creative film or video component of the project to film, video, or media history, theory, or modes of production is required. This paper may incorporate an analysis of the production and post-production process. The paper will be submitted at the time of final submission of the creative work.

Advising Deadlines

3RD YEAR

Course Agreement Form: This form, outlining the program of study, must be approved by the Director of Undergraduate Studies by the end of Autumn Quarter.

Further Electives Form: This form must be completed and returned to the Cinema and Media Studies office, Gates-Blake 405, by the end of Winter Quarter.

Creative Thesis Project Proposal: By the seventh week students will meet with the Director of Undergraduate Studies to declare their intention to complete a creative BA thesis project option. A written proposal that describes the project and suggests a timeline for the work to be accomplished is required at this time. The writing of screenplays alone will not be considered for the creative thesis option.

4TH YEAR

BA Adviser Approval Form: This form must be completed and returned to the Cinema and Media Studies Office, Classics 304, by the 4th week of Autumn Quarter.

BA Project Deadlines

Autumn Quarter:
Bibliography and outline due to BA preceptor.

Winter Quarter:
Working drafts of written papers due to BA Adviser.
Creative treatments due to BA Adviser.

Spring Quarter:
Week 1
First full draft of BA research project due to Adviser.
Rough cut of film or video thesis component due to Adviser.

Week 4
Final draft of BA research project due to Adviser.
Final cut of creative film or video and final written component due to Adviser.
One copy of all materials must be submitted to the adviser (can be digital), and three paper copies (and DVD, Blu-ray or digital 'thumb' drive of video for creative projects) to the Cinema and Media Studies office in Classics 304.

Week 9-11
BA presentations and a celebratory event will take place.