Multimedia Studies: Film, Video & New Media

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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.

In Multimedia Studies, the BA degree sequence in FILM, VIDEO, AND NEW MEDIA attracts diverse and creative students who crave an opportunity to engage with the rapidly evolving media world. From its origins as an interdepartmental program in film studies, the program in the School of Communication and Multimedia Studies is currently home to roughly ___ majors. FVNM coursework immerses students in a dynamic curriculum rooted in a liberal arts education, which emphasizes the links between media history, analysis and creative practice. Our majors study the relationships between different forms of cinema and digital media through a well-rounded sequence that spans film studies, media studies, digital film production, and computer animation. FVNM graduates are critically sophisticated, historically knowledgeable, and technologically proficient.

The research interests of accomplished scholars and creators on our faculty shape our upper-level curriculum’s coverage of commercial, independent, and experimental media, through courses in documentary, activist media, world cinema, queer media, digital cultures, interactive and web-based media, animation, and video games. Our students are encouraged to craft individual paths through rigorous scholarly work and hands-on practical training, preparing them to thrive in media-related sectors, including arts and entertainment, education, and technology.

All majors in the FVNM sequence complete a core of foundational courses designed to establish a baseline of visual media literacy and practical competence. Each student then takes advantage of a flexible curriculum to explore individual interests and cultivate areas of expertise. This prepares them with the insights and skills to make a critical difference in a host of capacities in media and society.


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.

Attention SCMS Students--Effective Fall 2021: Submission of the course authorization form will no longer be required to register for Capstone/Practicum. Eligible students must have senior class status (90+ credit hours) and major (Communication Studies or Multimedia Studies, MMJ or FVNM) to register. Please log on to My FAU when you are able to register for the course. See your specific registration day and time at .

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 3543C 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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