Proposing a Production Thesis
By week 7 of Spring Quarter of the third year, students must meet with the Director of Undergraduate Studies (DUS) to declare their intention to complete a Production Thesis 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 / storyboards alone will not be considered for the creative thesis option.
Some guidelines for the form and substance of the proposal:
- the proposal should be no more than three (3) pages double-spaced;
- students should list the production courses they have taken that make them qualified to complete a production thesis;
- the proposal should include a synopsis of the film planned - access to locations, actors, or social actors, the anticipated equipment required, length of the final piece, a short plan of work, and a rationale explaining why the film should be made.
The DUS and one other CMS faculty member will evaluate all proposals for the creative BA project option and decisions will be made by the last week of Spring Quarter - decisions are based primarily on the feasibility of the project, the quality of the proposal, 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.
Majoring in Cinema and Media Studies: Intensive Track, Production Thesis
The Intensive Track Major in Cinema and Media Studies consists of thirteen courses—six required courses and seven electives—and the completion of a BA Production Thesis (and accompanying paper).
- Introduction to Film (CMST 10100): this course provides an introduction to the basic concepts of film analysis. It should be completed before other Cinema and Media Studies courses; it must be completed before other required courses.
- History of International Cinema I - Silent Era (CMST 28500)
- History of International Cinema II - Sound to 1960 (CMST 28600)
- History of International Cinema III - 1960 to Present (CMST 28700)
- Advanced Seminar (CMST 29201 - Autumn or CMST 29202 - Spring*): open only to upper-year students who have declared a major in Cinema and Media Studies, the Advanced Seminar functions as a capstone course. It will allow students the opportunity to explore in more depth key disciplinary and methodological questions related to the study of cinema and media. Particular topics will be determined by the individual faculty instructor and will vary from the Autumn to Spring quarters and from instructor to instructor. Majors are required to enroll in one section, but are welcome to use the second as an elective for their major requirements if the subject matter is of interest.
- *for AY2021 only, CMST 29203 - Winter will be offered in place of CMST 29201 - Autumn
- There are additional stipulations for those pursuing a Production Thesis - students must enroll in the year-long workshop series Intensive Track - Production Thesis Workshop (CMST 28999) and the Senior Thesis (CMST 29900) in their final quarter.
Elective Courses: The seven (7) remaining courses should originate in or be cross-listed with CMS. Students are encouraged to consider broad survey courses as well as those with more focused topics (e.g., courses devoted to a single genre, director, or national cinema). Three (3) of these electives courses must focus on film / media production.
It is strongly encouraged for students completing in AY21 / intending to pursue a Production Thesis in future years enroll in the Autumn 2020 course 'Developing Your Film' (CMST 28933).
Prerequisite Production Courses
To be considered for this option, students must have taken at least three (3) production classes by the end of Autumn Quarter of their fourth year in the College. Of these courses, at least two (2) must originate with the Cinema and Media Studies Department and be taught by CMS faculty. The third course can originate in CMS, the Department of Visual Arts, or Theater and Performance Studies.
- 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.