Bachelor of Arts, Major in Mass Communications: Film

Film

The Film concentration provides students interested in digital cinema with the basics of film production and the visual lexicon. This includes fundamental film production and post-production skills as well as an examination of contemporary and historical films in terms of style and context. Students develop skills to critically examine film texts and to appreciate production workflow, preparing them for an exciting career in the film industry.

Requirements

All students who choose to declare a major or minor in Mass Communication or Ag/Com will be required to pass the Pearson Grammar Competency Lab with a score of 80 percent or better before they will be allowed to register for 3000 or 4000-level courses in MCOM.  The lab is offered free of charge. Please visit Grammar Module for additional information. 

All students declaring a major or minor in Mass Communication or Ag/Com are required to receive a grade of C or better in all MCOM courses.

All undergraduate students are required to complete at least six hours of writing enhanced courses within the discipline, of which three hours must be advanced.

Bachelor of Arts, Major in Mass Communications: Film
Core Curriculum
Component Area I (Communication)6
Component Area II (Mathematics) 13
Component Area III (Life and Physical Science) 28
Component Area IV (Language, Philosophy, and Culture)3
Component Area V (Creative Arts)3
Component Area VI (U.S. History)6
Component Area VII (Political Science/Government)6
Component Area VIII (Social and Behavioral Sciences) 33
Component Area IX (Component Area Option) 4, 54
Degree Specific Requirements (9 hours)
PHIL 2306Contemporary Moral Issues 43
Select one of the following: 33
Introduction To Economics
Principles Of Macroeconomics
Principles Of Microeconomics
Foreign Language - 14 Hours - 4 Courses (WOLC 1411, WOLC 1412, WOLC 2311, WOLC 2312): 214
Mass Communication Core (14 hours)
MCOM 1130Media Literacy 51
MCOM 1330Media, Culture and Society (Writing Enhanced)3
MCOM 1332Writing For Mass Media (Writing Enhanced)3
MCOM 2371TV & Film Production3
MCOM 3026Media Practicum1
MCOM 4371Mass Media Law And Ethics (Writing Enhanced)3
Courses Required for Concentration (27 hours)
MCOM 2366Film Appreciation3
MCOM 1371Audio Production & Performance3
MCOM 3351Moving Image Aesthetics3
MCOM 3352Cinematography3
MCOM 3353Advanced Editing for Film & TV3
MCOM 3359Directing for Film and TV3
MCOM 3372Single Cam & Non-Linear Edit I3
MCOM 3375Scriptwriting3
MCOM 4373Advanced Production3
Concentration Electives (12 hours)12
Media Practicum
Film History I
Select Film Genre
Film History II
Studio Production
Field & Studio Audio Recording
Multi-Camera Studio Production
Production Management
Multi-Camera Field Production
Special Topic
Independent Study
Film Theory
New Media Platforms
Advanced Screenwriting
Advanced Audio Production
Professional Internship
Select Option A or B15
Option A: 15 Credits in 1 Subject Area, 9 Upper Level
Option B: 15 Credits in Business, 9 Upper Level
Total Hours120

Notes

Students should use elective and/or minor hours to satisfy the 42 advanced hour requirement. All students must complete at least 120 hours to graduate.

First Year
FallHoursSpringHours
Component Area I3Component Area I3
Component Area II13Component Area III4
HIST 130123HIST 130223
MCOM 1330 (Writing Enhanced)3MCOM 13323
MCOM 13713MCOM 23713
 15 16
Second Year
FallHoursSpringHours
Component Area III4ECON 2300, 2301, or 230263
MCOM 113031MCOM 33513
MCOM 23663PHIL 230673
POLS 230543POLS 230643
WOLC 141154WOLC 141254
 15 16
Third Year
FallHoursSpringHours
Component Area V3MCOM Concentration Elective93
MCOM 33523MCOM 33593
MCOM 33533MCOM 33723
Option A or B: Lower Division Course83MCOM 33753
WOLC 231153WOLC 231253
 15 15
Fourth Year
FallHoursSpringHours
MCOM Concentration Elective93MCOM Concentration Elective96
MCOM 30261MCOM 43733
MCOM 43713Option A or B: Upper Division Course86
Option A or B: Upper Division Course83 
Option A or B: Upper Division Course83 
 13 15
Total Hours: 120
MCOM Concentration Elective Courses 9
Select four of the following:
MCOM 3026Media Practicum3
MCOM 3354Film History I3
MCOM 3355Film History II3
MCOM 3356Select Film Genre3
MCOM 3373Studio Production3
MCOM 3376Field & Studio Audio Recording3
MCOM 3377Multi-Camera Studio Production3
MCOM 3378Production Management3
MCOM 3379Multi-Camera Field Production3
MCOM 4022Special Topic (Limited to 3 SCH)3
MCOM 4099Independent Study (Limited to 3 SCH)3
MCOM 4350Film Theory3
MCOM 4351New Media Platforms3
MCOM 4376Advanced Audio Production3
MCOM 4393Global Media3
MCOM 4398Professional Internship3

Notes

Students should use elective and/or minor hours to satisfy the 42 advanced hour requirement. All students must complete at least 120 hours to graduate.

The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) marketable skills initiative is part of the state’s 60x30TX plan and was designed to help students articulate their skills to employers.  Marketable skills are those skills valued by employers and/or graduate programs that can be applied in a variety of work or education settings and may include interpersonal, cognitive, and applied skill areas.

The BA in Mass Communications: Film is designed to provide graduates with the following marketable skills:

  • Demonstrate strong oral, aural, and written communication skills.
  • Utilize leadership, critical thinking, and team-working skills.
  • Conduct the collection, analysis, and management of digital data.
  • Conceptualize and produce original and creative media.
  • Produce media campaigns for social and digital platforms.