The interdisciplinary minor in Film and Media Studies requires a total of six courses. There are four required courses and two electives. Students may use study abroad courses to help fulfil these requirements.

The minor is typically completed in your junior and senior year, however, a course that you completed as a first year or sophomore may be applied towards the minor with approval from Sky Sitney.

The two elective requirements can be fulfilled by enrolling in other FMST courses or cross-listed FMST courses.  Your elective requirements should reflect the type of research you want to complete in your capstone project. For example, if you want to write a sitcom pilot, you should consider enrolling in television course and a screenwriting course.

Upon approval by the Director of the Film and Media Studies, students may count up to two courses taken outside of Georgetown (via study abroad, the DC Consortium, or summer study) toward the requirements of the minor.

Required fall of your junior year

FMST-100: Gateway to Film and Media Studies

In our Gateway to the program, students encounter film theory and media history. You will learn the basics of what it means to be a Film and Media scholar and how Film and Media has shaped our society across history.

FMST-181: Introduction to Filmmaking

Intro to Filmmaking is designed to develop both technical and artistic skills using Mac computers as a creative tool to create short movies. In every class you will be introduced to new ideas and technical issues. These ideas will be developed in assignments and class critiques.

If you are abroad during fall of your junior year, you should consult with Sky Sitney to find a suitable substitute for these two courses.

Required spring of your junior year

FMST-399: Social Justice Documentary

In Social Justice Documentary Video, students will learn about the relations between documentary media and social change by making documentaries about the work of Community Based Organizations in Washington, D.C. Students will combine Film and Media Studies scholarship, video production skills, and Community Based Research and Learning as they view and discuss significant documentary films and videos, read about documentary theory and history, consider documentary as a tool for engaging the “real world,” and begin to practice writing, shooting, and editing video.

If you are abroad in spring of your junior year, you should consult with Sky Sitney to find a suitable substitute for Social Justice Documentary.

Required fall of your senior year
FMST-400: Capstone in Film and Media Studies

In the Capstone course, senior FMST students will engage with key ideas and texts in Film and Media Studies through close critical reading and creative theorizing.  Together, we will revisit aspects of your learning in the Gateway course and Introduction to Filmmaking, retracing your intellectual genealogies, identifying and returning to questions and approaches that have been important to you.  You will develop signature, culminating projects in workshop formats, regularly pitching ideas, providing and receiving feedback, and refining and developing your ideas.  By the end of the fall term, you will have engaged important critical questions in Film and Media Studies, connected questions and learning from your FMST curriculum, developed proposals for final projects, and planned effectively to carry out your capstone work in the spring 2016 semester.  Your learning in FMST-400 will continue in FMST-401 in the spring and will conclude with your final presentation of and reflection on your capstone work.

Required spring of your senior year

FMST-401: Capstone in Film and Media Studies II

In the Capstone course, students reflect on their learning in the minor and produce research representative of their experience in the minor. Capstone projects are usually collaborative, although they can take multiple different forms from experimental films, audio documentaries, research papers, short narrative projects, television pilots, screenplays, and short documentaries.

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