FAQs

What are the benefits of the minor?

The Film and Media minor is dedicated to exploring the relations between media, power, and social justice by integrating film and media theory, history, and creative practice. The program gives students a unique set of analytical and practical skills, which students combine to forge creative and original scholarship in Film and Media Studies. During the semester, students are invited to attend a number of exclusive events to further their knowledge of Film and Media Studies. The program encourages all forms of film and media scholarship including screenplays, audio documentaries, written essays, and experimental shorts. Furthermore, the program hosts a number of guest lectures, giving students the opportunity to learn from Oscar nominated directors, Hollywood producers, world renowned documentarians, and film festival directors.

Who is eligible to apply?

Only sophomores in the College are eligible to apply for the Film and Media Studies minor.

What kind of courses do you offer?

The Film and Media Studies Program offers a number of courses from basic introduction courses to advanced practical and theoretical studies. Students are encouraged to follow their own interests in the minor, whether that is primarily creative or theoretical. On top of a number of X-listed courses offered every semester, Film and Media Studies offers specialized courses on Film Festival Studies and Social Justice Documentary.

When do I apply?

The Film and Media Studies Minor application process takes part during the spring semester. Applications open January 1st. The deadline for admission in Fall 2017 is 2/7/17.

What does the application involve?

The application requires a brief (500 word) essay about your interest in Film and Media Studies and an outline of how you plan to complete the minor in your junior and senior year. You also need one faculty member who knows you to act as a reference.

What looks good on an application?

Strong applicants should explain how they’ve demonstrated their passion or interest in Film and Media Studies, whether through an internship, previous course work, or participation in events.

Do I need to take any courses before I apply?

There are no courses FMST requires you to take before you begin the minor. However, all courses that are X-Listed FMST will provide you with valuable insight into Film and Media Studies. A list of courses that are X-Listed FMST can be found on our website under the courses tab.

Can I take the minor and still study abroad?

Yes. However, Students who plan to study abroad in Fall 2015 should arrange to take substitute courses for FMST 100: Gateway to Film and Media Studies and ARTS 181: Intro to Filmmaking. Students who plan to study abroad in Spring 2016 should arrange to take substitute courses for FMST 399: Social Justice Documentary. Students who plan to spend a whole year abroad should consult with the Program Director prior to applying.

Can I transfer credits from abroad?

Yes, film and media courses taken abroad may count towards the minor with the Director’s approval. Typically, only one course taken abroad can count towards the minor.

Can courses I’ve already taken count towards the minor?

Usually students complete all the requirements for the minor in their junior and senior year. Students may, however, request that a course taken in their first or sophomore year retrospectively count towards the minor.

Can I see examples of student work?

Examples of student work are available on our website here. Student work is also available on the Social Justice Documentary course website.

What are the requirements for the minor?

Students admitted to the Program normally have four semesters to complete the minor. In fall of their junior year, FMST minors take:

  • FMST-100: Gateway to Film and Media Studies
  • ARTS-181: Intro to Filmmaking

In spring of their junior year, FMST minors take:

  • FMST-399: Social Justice Documentary

In their senior year they enroll in a four-credit, two semesters long Capstone Course: FMST-400 in the fall (1-credit) and FMST- 401 in the spring (3-credit).

The total requirements for the minor are:

  • FMST-100: Gateway to Film and Media Studies (or, if abroad, a substitute course approved by the Director that functions as an introduction to Film and Media Studies)
  • ARTS-181: Intro to Filmmaking (or, if abroad, a substitute course approved by the Director that emphasizes media creation)
  • FMST-399: Social Justice Documentary (or, if abroad, a substitute course approved by the Director that emphasizes social justice)
  • An elective of the student's choice
  • An elective of the student's choice
  • FMST-400 and FMST-401: 4-credit, yearlong Capstone course

More Questions?

You can email Lily Hughes at lh348@georgetown.edu or Dean Cook at cookbj@georgetown.edu or stop by the Film and Media Studies Office in 156 New South for more information.