Multimedia Studies: Film, Video & New Media

Film, Video and New Media Studies

Overview Criteria and Requirements

NOTE: FAU and Miami Dade College (MDC) recently created an articulation agreement allowing MDC graduate to transfer seamlessly to the BA degree in Film, Video, and New Media (FVNM). MORE . . .

Credits to Graduate: 120
Credits in Major: 38-39
Upper Division Credits in Arts & Letters: 12
FAU Residence Credits: 30
Upper Division Credits: 45

Overall 2.5 GPA required for entry into major
Overall 2.5 GPA must be maintained to remain in major
Grade of "C" or better is required for each course in the major. All courses in the major must be graded. Pass/Fail is not accepted.

The Sequence in Film, Video and New Media is a comprehensive curriculum that includes courses in film studies, television studies, video production, computer animation, and studies and practices in multimedia, interactive media, and new technologies. As a group, these courses analyze the power and responsibility of American and international film, video and digital media from formal, historical, economic and ideological perspectives.

The sequence is committed to understanding film, video, new media and television texts in relation to the worlds they represent; the course of study emphasizes not only the meanings of these texts but also the processes by which these meanings are constructed and disseminated. The goal is to help the undergraduate understand the study and creation of visual media within the larger contexts of human visual and verbal expression, and to shape students into sophisticated readers and producers of visual culture. Courses consider both mainstream and alternative media, and include industrial and artistic approaches, linking production techniques and aesthetics to industry, history and politics.


The following courses are required:

  • FIL 2000 Film Appreciation
  • FIL 3803 Film Theory
  • VIC 4943 Multimedia Practicum

Practicum prerequisite: Fundamentals of Multimedia, Fundamentals of 3D Computer Animation or Video Production; seniors only. Download and fill out the Capstone Eligibility Form, and submit it to the SCMS Office.

Production Fundamentals

One (1) course from the following:

  • DIG 3110 Fundamentals of Multimedia
  • DIG 3305C Fundamentals of 3D Computer Animation
  • RTV 3260 Video Production


One (1) course from the following:

  • DIG 4026 History and Theory of Computer Arts and Animation
  • FIL 4036 Film to the 1940s
  • FIL 4037 Film since the 1940s
  • RTV 4400 Television Studies


One (1) course from the following:

  • COM 4332 Studies in New Media
  • FIL 4851 Film Criticism
  • MMC 4501 Visual Media Criticism

Production and Contexts

Six (6) courses from the following two subcategories, minimum of 18 credits*:


  • ART 1300C Drawing 1
  • ART 2205C Color Fundamentals
  • ART 2330C Drawing 2 - Figure Drawing
  • CAP 4028 Introduction to Game Programming
  • COM 3945 Communication Internship
  • DIG 3207 Digital Video Editing
  • DIG 3253C Digital Audio Recording and Editing
  • DIG 3306C Advanced 3D Computer Animation
  • DIG 3323C Advanced 3D Computer Modeling for Animation
  • DIG 3725C 3D Video Game Design
  • DIG 3773C Immersive Media for Games and Virtual Reality
  • DIG 4122C Visual Design for Film, Animation, and Games
  • DIG 4394C Advanced Digital Compositing for Animation
  • DIG 4412 Narrative Video Production
  • FIL 4106 Scriptwriting
  • MMC 3711 Interactive Multimedia
  • MMC 4713 New Media Narrative
  • PGY 2800C Digital Photography 1
  • RTV 3228C Television Production
  • RTV 3229 Experimental Video Production
  • RTV 3332C Documentary Video Production
  • ANT 3391 Anthropology of Film
  • DIG 4713 Video Game Studies
  • ENG 4114 Literature and Film
  • FIL 4056 Women and Film
  • FIL 4058 Radical Film, New Media and Social Movements
  • FIL 4364 Documentary Film and Video
  • FIL 4672 Hollywood, Censorship, and Regulation
  • FIL 4832 Horror Film
  • FIL 4843 Studies in Asian Cinema
  • GEB 3052 Intro to the Business of Motion Pictures
  • ITT 3520 Italian Cinema: From Text to Screen
  • MMC 3601 Minorities and the Media
  • MMC 4263 Media, Society and Technology
  • MMC 4704 Media, Representation, and Diversity
  • RTV 4403 U.S. Telecommunication Industry
  • RTV 4412 Gender and Television
  • SPT 4720 Spanish Literature and Film

* History, Criticism, and Production Fundamentals courses listed in the sequence may be substituted in Production and Contexts if they are not used to fill another requirement. COM 4930: Special Topics courses must be pre-approved by an advisor for use toward major requirements.

Academic Learning Compact

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