Degree Requirements

Film Major

The Augsburg Film major reflects our belief that students are transformed through a well-rounded curriculum that encourages creativity, critical analysis and inquiry, ethical considerations, and an understanding of the synergy between theory and practice. The major explores the tension between art and commerce through dialogues with film industry members, internship and mentorship opportunities, film symposia, and Study Abroad. Students will gain experience in scripting, directing, editing, and acting for both 16mm film and digital. Students will be introduced to the study of film theory, criticism, and culture. Students are encouraged to double major or to seek minors in related fields such as Art, English, Theater, Communication Studies, Women’s Studies, and American Indian Studies, to name a few.

Required of all Film Majors:

  • Nine Core Courses:
    • FLM 180 – Film Sight and Sound
    • FLM 216 – Film Production I
    • FLM 260 – Documentary Production I
    • FLM 420 – Issues in Contemporary Cinema
    • FLM 490 – Film Studies Keystone: Critical Conversations about Film and Vocation
    • COM 247 – Documentary History and Theory
    • ENL 241 – Intro to Cinema Arts
    • ENL 371 – History of Cinema
    • THR 232 – Acting
      •  or THR 233 – Acting for Camera

Three electives must be chosen from the three defined tracks below in consultation with your advisor, who is designated by the program director. Note that not all elective courses are offered every year, so alternatives within the track may have to be chosen.

Track 1: Production

Students interested in producing films or videos choose from:

  • ART 132 – Photography
  • ART 215 – Web Design I
  • ART 315 – Web Design II
  • ART 340 – Digital Imaging
  • ENL 228 – Broadcast and Online Journalism
  • ENL 328 – Screenwriting
  • FLM 124- Monster Movies
  • FLM 240- Animation
  • FLM 312 – Film Production II
  • FLM 348 – Intermediate Video Production
  • FLM 399 – Internship
  • FLM 495- Topics
  • FLM 499 – Independent Study
  • MUS 130 – Introduction to Music in the Fine Arts
  • PHY 119 – Physics for the Fine Arts
  • THR 328 – Theatrical Design

Track 2: Performance

Students interested in acting and directing choose from:

  • ENL 325 – Playwriting I
  • ENL 328 – Screenwriting
  • FLM 240- Animation
  • FLM 399 – Internship
  • FLM 495- Topics
  • FLM 499 – Independent Study
  • PHY 119 – Physics for the Fine Arts
  • THR 233 – Acting for Camera
  • THR 328 – Theatrical Design
  • THR 350 – Voice for Speech, Stage, and Screen
  • THR 366 – Stage Direction

Track 3: Theory and Culture

Students interested in analysis of film, film genres, and cultural context choose from:

  • AIS 264 – American Indian in the Cinema
  • AIS 364 – Indigenous Filmmakers
  • AIS 208/408 – Native American Women and Film
  • ART 240 – Art History Survey
  • ENL 221 – Intermediate Expository Writing About the Arts
  • ENL 228 – Broadcast and Online Journalism
  • ENL 328 – Screenwriting
  • ENL 240 – Introduction to Literary Study
  • ENL 430 – Advanced Studies in Theory and Method
  • FLM 124- Monster Movies
  • FLM 399 – Internship
  • FLM 495- Topics
  • FLM 499 – Independent Study
  • PHI 120 – Ethics
  • PHY 119 – Physics for the Fine Arts
  • REL 309 – Religion at the Movies
  • SPA 248 – Spanish and Latin American Culture Through Film

Film Minor

  • COM 120 – Mass Media and Popular Culture
  • COM 247 – Documentary History and Theory
  • ENL 241 – Introduction to Cinema Arts
  • ENL 371 – History of Cinema
  • FLM 180 – Film Sight and Sound
  • FLM 420 – Issues in Contemporary Cinema

Graduation Skills

The Critical Thinking (CT), Speaking (S), and Writing (W) graduation skills are embedded throughout the offered courses and are met by completing the major. The graduation skill in Quantitative Reasoning (QR) is met by completing the following courses: COM 281 (QF) and COM 352 (QFA) for Communication Studies majors and PHY 119 for Film majors.

Note: For transfer students, at least three of these six courses must be courses offered at Augsburg.

For a complete list of courses and descriptions, see the Course Description Search.