Major

New Film Major Requirements

Current sophomores, juniors, and seniors (classes of 2015, 2016, 2017) may choose to fulfill the requirements of the earlier major. Please consult your major adviser for more details.

Please note that Columbia courses have been renumbered and retitled, but content remains the same.

The major requirements remain at a total of 36 credits, namely twelve 3-point courses. However, only 6 classes are required, and 6 are electives. Moreover, we will no longer separate survey courses into “American” and “International.” Please note that most classes are offered only one semester per academic year.

TWO INTRODUCTORY-LEVEL COURSES:

1. FILM BC3201 (or FILM W3000): Introduction to the Study and Theory of Film (prerequisite for further film courses at Columbia and Barnard. Open to first-year students.)

2. FILM W4000: Film and Media Theory

TWO OF THE FOLLOWING, ONE OF WHICH MUST BE W3003 OR W3006:

FILM W3003: Cinema History 1: Beginnings to 1930
FILM W3006: Cinema History 2: 1930-60
FILM W3008: Cinema History 3: 1960-90
FILM W3010: Cinema History 4: After 1990

LABS IN CRITICAL/CREATIVE PRACTICE – 1 REQUIRED:

FILM W3820: Laboratory in Writing Film Criticism
FILM W3830: Laboratory in Nonfiction Film-Making
FILM W3831: Laboratory in Screenwriting
FILM W3832: Laboratory in Fiction Filmmaking
FILM BC3119: Screenwriting
FILM BC3120: Feature Film Screenwriting
FILM BC3200: Production
FILM BC3301: Advanced Production

INTERNATIONAL CINEMA REQUIREMENT:

One course on a non-American cinema (from Film or other departments)

SENIOR THESIS SEMINAR:

Choose either:

FILM W3900: Senior Seminar in Film Studies
or ENGL BC3998, section 2: English/Film Senior Seminar: The Family in Fiction & Film: The Poetics of Growing Up

ELECTIVE COURSES – CHOOSE 6:

FILM W3050: Documentary Tradition
FILM W3300: Topics in American Cinema
FILM W3851: Narrative Strategies in Screenwriting
FILM W3870: Seminar in International Film: Poland
FILM W3870: Seminar in International Film: France
FILM W4005: Script Analysis
FILM W4145: Topics in World Cinema: Latin America
FILM W3842: Senior Seminar in Filmmaking
FILM W3850: Senior Seminar in Screenwriting
FILM W3851: Narrative Strategies in Screenwriting
FILM W3900: Senior Seminar in Film Studies
FILM BC3245: American TV Drama

Please Note

  1. The prerequisite for all classes is Introduction to the Study and Theory of Film, open to first-year students.
  2. The Senior Seminar requirement can be fulfilled at Columbia in the fall or at Barnard in the spring (ENGL BC3998.2 - M. Spiegel).
  3. The Film Program does not offer Independent Study.
  4. There is no minor in Film Studies.
  5. Regretfully, auditors are not allowed in Barnard Film Production or Screenwriting classes.