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The certificate program in film and video studies explores film theory and the practice of the moving image. Through this interdisciplinary program, students have an opportunity to develop their interests, skills and understanding of the forms, channels, technologies and histories of the media arts.

In the certificate program in film and video studies, students explore film theory and the practice of the moving image, and they have an opportunity in this interdisciplinary program to develop their interests, skills and understanding of the forms, channels, technologies and histories of the media arts.

Coursework helps students become more astute critics of film and media arts. They learn about the history of film, television and video arts as well as their place in social, cultural and political expression. Students also strengthen their critical thinking skills through an analysis of the ongoing philosophical, aesthetic, political and technological debates about film, media and video.

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Film and Video Studies (Certificate)

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Program requirements

The certificate in film and video studies consists of 18 credit hours, of which 12 credit hours must be upper division. A minimum of six upper-division hours must be completed through courses offered by the School of Humanities, Arts, and Cultural Studies. Students choose a focus in either film studies, or media and video studies. The film studies emphasis focuses on the impact of film and video. The media and video studies emphasis is concerned with the rendering of film and video. All courses used to satisfy the requirements for this certificate must be passed with a minimum grade of "C" (2.00) or better.
Core Requirement -- 3 credit hours
Foundation Requirement -- 3 credit hours
Emphasis Tracks
Film Studies Emphasis - students will choose six credit hours from the Applied/Practical course list and three credit hours from the Theoretical, Conceptual and Historical course list.
Media and Video Studies Emphasis - students will choose nine credit hours from the Theoretical, Critical, Performance and/or Production course list.
Film Studies Emphasis: Applied/Practical Courses (choose two courses) -- 6 credit hours
Film Studies Emphasis: Theoretical, Conceptual and Historical Courses (choose one course) -- 3 credit hours
Media and Video Studies Emphasis: Theoretical, Critical, Performance and/or Production Courses (choose three courses) -- 9 credit hours
Capstone -- 3 credit hours
The project should reflect the integration of coursework with creative initiative to generate a product that stands alone as a piece of original work.
For the Film Studies Emphasis, the project will focus on an intellectual analysis of some dimension of film products, reception, institutions, economics, and so forth.
For the Media and Video Studies Emphasis, the project may be intellectual or creative (performance or production) in nature. Projects will be examined and evaluated by at least one faculty member involved in the film and video studies certificate.
Depending on a student's undergraduate program of study, prerequisite courses may be needed in order to complete the requirements of this certificate.

Degree requirements

A certificate in film and video studies is awarded for the successful completion of 18 credit hours, 12 of which must be upper-division (300 and 400 level). Students must complete a minimum of six upper-division credit hours offered by the School of Humanities, Arts and Cultural Studies and 12 credit hours at ASU. A "C" (2.00 on a 4.00 scale) or better is required in all upper-division course work.

Depending upon a student's undergraduate program of study, prerequisite courses may be needed in order to complete the requirements of this certificate.

Students choose a focus in media and video studies or film studies. The film studies emphasis focuses on the impact of film and video. The media and video studies emphasis is concerned with the rendering of film and video.

Film Studies Emphasis: (18 credit hours):

Core course: (3 credits, choose one course)
IAP 201 Introduction to Interdisciplinary Arts, HU (3) OR
IAP 202 Perspectives on Interdisciplinary Arts and Performance (3)

Foundational courses: (3 credits, choose one course)
IAP 101 Art, Artist and Culture, HU (3)
IAP 102 Foundations I: Performance Techniques and Composition (3)
IAP 103 Foundations I: Interdisciplinary Digital Media (3)
IAP 104 Foundations I: Fundamentals of Sound Art (3)
IAP 105 Foundations I: Fundamentals of Visual Art (3)

Theoretical, conceptual and historical courses: (3 credits, choose one course)
ENG 365 History of Film, HU (3-4)
IAP 364 Documentaries (3)
IAP 465 Media Technologies and the Arts (3)
IAP 473 Aesthetic Research, L or HU (3)

Applied and practical courses: (6 credits, choose two courses)
COM 429 Semiotics and Visual Communication (3)
IAP 322 Multitrack Digital Recording (3)
IAP 361 Digital Editing and Media Literacy, CS (3)
IAP 364 Documentaries (3)
IAP 394 Topic: Acting for the Camera (3)
IAP 466 Digital Interactivity, Advanced (3)
IAP 467 Acoustic Ecology (3)
IAP 474 Art and Film, L or HU (3)

Capstone project: (3 credits)
IAP 480 Senior Project (3)*

*The project should reflect the integration of course work with creative initiative to generate a product that stands alone as a piece of original work. For the film studies emphasis, the project will focus on an intellectual analysis of some dimension of film products, reception, institutions, economics and so forth.

Media and Video Studies emphasis: (18 credit hours)

Core course: (3 credits, choose one course)
IAP 201 Introduction to Interdisciplinary Arts, HU (3) OR
IAP 202 Perspectives on Interdisciplinary Arts and Performance (3)

Foundational courses: (3 credits, choose one course)
IAP 101 Art, Artist and Culture, HU (3)
IAP 102 Foundations I: Performance Techniques and Composition (3)
IAP 103 Foundations I: Interdisciplinary Digital Media (3)
IAP 104 Foundations I: Fundamentals of Sound Art (3)
IAP 105 Foundations I: Fundamentals of Visual Art (3)

Theoretical, critical, performance or production courses: (9 credits, choose three courses)
COM 429 Semiotics and Visual Communication (3)
ENG 365 History of Film, HU (3-4)
IAP 334 Conceptual Development in the Arts (3)
IAP 361 Digital Editing and Media Literacy, CS (3)
IAP 363 Sound, Image and Media (3)
IAP 364 Documentaries (3)
IAP 365 Digital Interactivity (3)
IAP 394 Topic: Acting for the Camera (3)
IAP 465 Media Technologies and the Arts (3)
IAP 466 Digital Interactivity, Advanced (3)
IAP 467 Acoustic Ecology (3)
IAP 473 Aesthetic Research, L or HU (3)
IAP 474 Art and Film, L or HU (3)

Capstone project: (3 credits)
IAP 480 Senior Project (3)**

**The project should reflect the integration of course work with creative initiative to generate a product that stands alone as a piece of original work. In the media and video studies emphasis, the project may be intellectual or creative (performance or production) in nature. Projects will be examined and evaluated by at least one faculty member involved in the film and video studies certificate.

Enrollment requirements

The certificate in film and video studies is open to all ASU undergraduate majors. Students wishing to pursue this certificate should consult an academic advisor in the School of Humanities, Arts and Cultural Studies to ensure the appropriate set of courses is taken and the required paperwork is submitted.

A student pursuing an undergraduate certificate must be enrolled as a degree-seeking student at ASU. Undergraduate certificates are not awarded prior to the award of an undergraduate degree. A student already holding an undergraduate degree may pursue an undergraduate certificate as a nondegree-seeking graduate student.

Career outlook

The certificate in film and video studies helps students prepare for careers such as editors, art directors, video producers and directors, video and interdisciplinary project directors, and digital media specialists in areas such as video and film production, film studies, media studies or digital design. The valuable skills students gain through the program also prepare them for graduate study.

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