The Film and Media Studies emphasis provides an interdisciplinary study of film and media, including the history and theory of global cinema culture, critical media studies and extensive training in media production. Our courses emphasize critical thinking, creative exploration and skill development by combines the study of film history and theory with the art and practice of film-making. Students write, produce, direct and edit several narrative, documentary and experimental shorts while studying histories and theories of the moving image. Students work with video, animation, non-linear editing systems and audio production tools. Internships and extracurricular activities prepare students for creative success, professional careers and advanced graduate studies. The program is aligned with UMKC’s visual and performing arts mission.
The department has media classrooms and production spaces for student projects, that include a video production studio with multi-camera and “green-screen” capabilities, a sound recording facility with narration booth and radio console, and post production media labs outfitted with latest software, including Final Cut Pro, Avid, Pro Tools, Photoshop, After Effects, Flash, etc. These software packages provide the tools to not only edit sound and video, but to produce animation, motion graphics, and rich media content for the web. A student equipment checkout lab maintains an extensive inventory of production equipment ranging from traditional film cameras, such as Super 8 and 16mm; to the latest HD video cameras providing the capabilities for professional digital cinematography. Location lighting equipment includes tungsten, fluorescent & HMI instruments. Pro sound gear packages are also available to students including a wide variety of microphones, booms, mixers and digital recorders. Our facilities foster the ability to light, shoot and edit professionally, allowing the students to tell compelling stories that make an impact on audiences.
The UMKC General Education Core is the university-wide curriculum that all undergraduate students will complete. The 30-credit hour core curriculum includes three course types designated as Anchor, Discourse and Focus and is detailed in the General Education section of the catalog.
Every undergraduate student must take a course covering the United States Constitution and the Missouri State Constitution before graduation. Course options are included in the program requirements section below.
Candidates for all baccalaureate degrees must complete the online UMKC RooWriter Writing Assessment after they have passed Discourse 200 (or its equivalent) but before they have attained 90 credit hours. Incoming transfer students with more than 90 credit hours must complete the RooWriter by the end of their first semester of enrollment or within one semester after passing Discourse 200 (or its equivalent). Students who have not completed the RooWriter Writing Assessment within two semesters after passing Discourse 200 (or its equivalent) will be blocked from enrollment until they successfully complete the RooWriter. Additional information is available in the Undergraduate Academic Regulations and Information section of the catalog.
Information on exit examinations and/or major field exams is available in the Undergraduate Academic Regulations and Information section of the catalog.
Student Learning Outcomes
Students graduating from this program will:
- Assess films, film culture and film history using film theory.
- Specify relationships between film form and meaning using close textual analysis.
- Identify social, political and aesthetic elements of cinema
- Research and formulate theoretical questions and synthesize original scholarship in appropriate written form.
- * Construct short films in a variety of modes possibly such as narrative, documentary, animated and promotional. (*media production courses are encouraged but not required.)
Program Specific Recommendations for UMKC General Education Core Coursework
|Anchor I 1||3|
|Anchor II (ANCH 201 Recommended) 1||3|
|Anchor III 1||3|
|DISC 100||Discourse I: Reasoning and Values (Speech and Writing)||3|
|DISC 200||Discourse II: Culture and Diversity (Writing and Speech)||3|
|DISC 300||Discourse III: Civic and Community Engagement (Speech and Writing)||3|
|Focus A (Satisfied in program requirements below)|
|Focus B (Satisfied in program requirements below)|
|Focus C (May be satisfied by Constitution course requirement below)|
|Focus Elective 1||3|
|'Total credits' in this section indicates the number of General Education Core credit hours that are not met by the degree specific requirements outlined below.|
See the UMKC General Education Core section of the catalog for available Anchor and Focus course options.
Constitution Course Requirement
Section 170.011.1 of the Missouri Revised Statutes, 2015, states that all candidates for a degree issued by a college or university in the state of Missouri must have “satisfactorily passed an examination on the provisions and principles of the Constitution of the United States and of the state of Missouri, and in American history and American institutions.”
Courses at UMKC that satisfy this state requirement are:
|Choose one of the following:||3|
|The Supreme Court And The Criminal Process|
|U.S. History to 1877 (Focus C) 1|
|U.S. History Since 1877 (Focus C) 1|
|Constitutional History of the United States|
|Honors American Government (Focus C) 1|
|American Government (Focus C) 1|
Course may satisfy both the UMKC General Education Core (Focus C) and Constitution requirements.
There are a few other ways this requirement can be satisfied for students transferring to UMKC:
- Take an equivalent course from the list above at a regionally accredited institution.
- Earn credit for one of the above courses through AP, IB, or CLEP.
- Take a course that directly satisfies the Missouri Constitution Requirement at another Missouri institution.
- Have a previous bachelors degree (or higher) from a regionally accredited institution.
- Have an Associate of Arts degree from a regionally accredited institution.
- Complete the 42 Hour Core at a Missouri institution and have it listed on the official transcript.
College of Arts & Sciences Degree Requirements
Students pursuing the bachelor of arts and bachelor of science degrees must complete a major. Students pursuing the bachelor of liberal arts degree must complete a minor. Additional details are available in the Student Services section of the catalog.
|ALEKS Math Placement|
|Arts and Humanities Division of CAS 1||6|
|Science and Math Division of CAS||6|
|Social and Behavioral Sciences Division of CAS||6|
|Writing Intensive Course (300-level or above; Satisfied in program requirements below)|
|Foreign Language (3rd Semester Level)||9|
|MATH 110||College Algebra (or any 200-level or above Math/Stat course) 2||3|
|or MATH 116||Mathematics For Liberal Arts|
|or MATH 120||Precalculus|
|Laboratory Science Experience||1|
This requirement may be fulfilled by courses from either the UMKC General Education Core or the College of Arts and Sciences Degree Requirements.
Film and Media Studies Emphasis
In addition to the 6 credit hours of the department's core courses (COMM-ST 110, COMM-ST 483 or COMM-ST 471), the Film and Media Studies emphasis requires COMM-ST 330, COMM-ST 339 and 21 hours of Film and Media Studies electives for a total of 33 credit hours. Students are required to take one writing intensive course in any department.
Students must maintain a 2.0 GPA in their major courses. Only major courses with a grade of C- or higher will be accepted for credit in the major, and counted toward the major GPA. With prior permission, three hours of elective credit from another department may be accepted as Communication Studies elective credit. Transfer students may transfer a maximum of 15 hours from another institution, and must complete a minimum of 18 credit hours within the department.
Students must successfully complete the major requirements below with at least 18 credit hours taken in the department at UMKC with 12 of those hours at the 300-level or above.
|Department's Core Courses|
|COMM-ST 110||Fundamentals Of Effective Speaking And Listening||3|
|COMM-ST 483||Research Seminar In Communication Studies||3|
|or COMM-ST 471||Advanced Media Production|
|COMM-ST 330||Introduction To Film Studies (Focus A)||3|
|COMM-ST 339||Introduction to Film Theory||3|
|Film and Media Studies Electives|
|Select seven of the following:||21|
|Introduction to Film and Video Production|
|Mass Media, Culture And Society|
|Concepts of the Hero in Ancient Literature and World Cinema|
|Rhetorical Theory And Criticism|
|Art of the Short Film|
|Topics in Film Genre|
|Fundamentals Of Writing For The Media|
|Introduction to Screenwriting|
|Radio Production I|
|Intermediate Media Production|
|History Of The Film Industry|
|Documentary Film History|
|The World(s) Of Alfred Hitchcock|
|Topics in World Cinema|
|Topics in Sound & Cinema|
|Topics in Gender and Cinema|
|Special Studies (variable topics - topics must be within the Film/Media Studies Emphasis)|
|Client-Based Media Production|
|Advanced Media Production|
|Directing Actors and Scenes|
|Communication Studies Activities|
|Special Problems In Communication Studies (restricted to 3 cr. hrs. with any one instructor)|
Students must take elective credit hours to meet the minimum credit hour requirement for their degree, including at least 36 credit hours of coursework at the 300-level or above. The minimum required by the university is 120 credit hours, of which at least 30 credit hours must be taken at UMKC, but some degree programs require more.
Minimum GPA: 2.0
Total Credit Hours: 120
Tools for Planning and Fulfilling Academic Requirements
UMKC's Major Maps are detailed, semester by semester plans that lead a student to complete all degree requirements within four years. Plans include benchmarks and critical courses by term that assist a student’s evaluation of progress and major “fit”. In order to ensure that the appropriate courses are taken, students are encouraged to consult with the undergraduate advisor for this major.
UMKC’s Degree Audit System provides an individual evaluation of all degree requirements (General Education Core, Degree Specific, Major Specific, etc.) for student’s officially recorded (Office of Registration and Records) and “what if” plans of study. This evaluation is used to certify all graduation requirements.