Make an impact in an increasingly visual culture. Tell stories in film, television, radio and new media platforms. Learn how to write, direct, edit and produce under the experience of our excellent faculty.

The major in film and media provides an integrated liberal arts foundation emphasizing the intersections between faith, culture and film and media. Coursework for this major provides both introductory and advanced study in communication, particularly as it plays out in film, television, radio, the Internet and new media platforms (social networks), multiple forms of digital communication, advertising and/or other media arts. Through coursework primarily in history, theory, criticism and practice of film and media arts, you will gain:

  • An understanding of how a life of faith can inform the study of film and media.
  • An introduction to the elements of media production.
  • An appreciation of the way film and media work as art forms within culture.
  • Extensive knowledge of film and media history.
  • Extensive knowledge of classical and contemporary film and media theory.
  • Skills to analyze and criticize film and media through oral and written presentation.
  • An understanding of the global context and practice of film and media.
  • Experience in developed, historical and critical research and writing in the areas of film and media.

Student involvement

Join Student Video Productions; participate in Visual Arts Guild; work for the AV (Audio Visual) department; intern at a local news station like WOOD TV or Fox 17.

Course Requirements 2015-2016

(35-40 semester hours)

Courses from one emphasis

Studies Concentration (18-21 semester hours)

  • One from
  • Two from
  • Two from
  • CAS 395 Special Topics in Communication or an additional CAS 399 Senior Seminar (must have taken at least two courses in the major, or obtained permission of instructor; may be repeated twice for credit under a different topic)

Production Concentration (18-20 semester hours)

  • CAS 290 Intermediate Digital Filmmaking (prerequisite CAS 190 Introduction to Digital Filmmaking)
  • One from
    • CAS 248 Writing for the Media
    • CAS 249 Digital Audio Production
    • CAS 250 Multi-Camera Production (prerequisite CAS 190Introduction to Digital Filmmaking)
  • CAS 351 Advanced Digital Filmmaking (Prerequisite CAS 290 Intermediate Digital Filmmaking or permission of instructor)
  • One from
  • One from
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To graduate with honors in film and media studies you must:

Earn a grade of B+ or better in six honors courses, to total at least 18 semester hours, including at least two courses in the film and media major, one of which must be a 300-level course. To have a course count as an honors course, you and a professor must create a contract for honors work. At least two honors courses must be outside of CAS.

  • maintain a GPA of 3.5 both in the film and media major and overall.

  • present to the department an honors paper in your senior year, usually during the spring semester.

What can you do with a major in film and media studies?

As a CAS major you have the opportunity study audio/visual media and how it communicates in film, television, radio, new media platforms, advertising and other digital media arts. The rise of online video hosting services, podcasts, independent film studios, video advertising and other digital media production centers is making these creative and technical skills more relevant every day.

  • The Film Industry is one of the largest players in the global entertainment field and its value is growing by the billions every year. Film majors go on to produce big budget movies, compelling social justice documentaries, influential advertisements, and countless other multimedia ventures. Jump-start your career by working with filmmakers in Grand Rapids, collaborating on projects with your professors, or even completing an internship in Los Angeles.
  • As new web companies are beginning to produce high-quality television content to compete with cable company giants, television studios are evolving to keep up. Use your production skills to break into this rapidly developing field.
  • Other institutions like Youth Ministry, non-profits, and eCommerce sites need creative individuals who know how to use digital media to reach a diverse array of audiences.

Here are just a few of the careers you could consider:

  • film maker
  • producer
  • director
  • editor
  • cinematographer
  • critic sound technician
  • screenwriter
  • film and media analyst
  • educator
  • media/web producer

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