Major

How to Declare

Students who wish to declare a film major should first fill out a major declaration form, found here on the Registrar's wesbite.  Once the form is filled out, students can come to 417 Barnard Hall, where the Film Administrative Assistant will assign a major adviser.  The majority of students will be assigned Ross Hamilton, the Chair of the Film department.  Students should then bring the completed form to the Registrar's Office.  

New Film Major Requirements

Current seniors (class of 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 7 classes are required, and 5 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 W3001):  Introduction to Film and Media Studies (prerequisite for further film courses at Columbia and Barnard. Open to first-year students.)

2. FILM GU4000: 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 UN2030: Cinema History 3: 1960-90
FILM W3010: Cinema History 4: After 1990

LABS IN CRITICAL/CREATIVE PRACTICE – 1 REQUIRED:

FILM UN2410: Laboratory in Writing Film Criticism
FILM UN2520: Laboratory in Nonfiction Film-Making
FILM UN2420: Laboratory in Screenwriting
FILM UN2510: Laboratory in Fiction Filmmaking
FILM BC3119: Screenwriting
FILM BC3120: Feature Film Screenwriting
FILM BC3200: Production
FILM BC3260: Inside the TV Writers' Room
FILM BC3275: Non-Fiction Digital Video Production

INTERNATIONAL CINEMA REQUIREMENT:

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

SENIOR THESIS SEMINAR:

Choose either:

FILM Q3900: Senior Seminar in Film Studies
or the English/Film Senior Seminar given by the Barnard English Dept.

ELECTIVE COURSES – CHOOSE 5 in either the Film department or in related departments that will help you construct your film major (to be approved by Professor Hamilton).  These course include but are not limited to:

FILM UN2310: Documentary Tradition
FILM UN2190: Topics in American Cinema
FILM UN3925: Narrative Strategies in Screenwriting
FILM UN3930: Seminar in International Film
FILM UN2400: Script Analysis
FILM UN2290: Topics in World Cinema: Arab and Africa
FILM UN3910: Senior Seminar in Filmmaking
FILM UN3920: Senior Seminar in Screenwriting
FILM UN3925: Narrative Strategies in Screenwriting
FILM Q3900: Senior Seminar in Film Studies
FILM BC3245: American TV Drama

Please Note

  1. The prerequisite for all classes is  Introduction to Film and Media Studies, open to first-year students.
  2. The Film Program does not offer Independent Study.
  3. There is no minor in Film Studies.
  4. Regretfully, auditors are not allowed in Barnard Film Production or Screenwriting classes.