Degree Requirements

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 our Film Artist series. 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, Philosophy, 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

ENL 241 – Intro to Cinema Arts

COM 247 – Documentary History and Theory

FLM 260 – Documentary Production I

ENL 371 – History of Cinema

FLM 420 – Issues in Contemporary Cinema

FLM 490 – Film Studies Keystone: Critical Conversations about Film and Vocation

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

COM 243 – Studio Production

ENL 228 – Broadcast and Online Journalism

ENL 328 – Screenwriting

FLM 312 – Film Production II

FLM 348 – Intermediate Video Production

FLM 399 – Internship

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

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

FLM 399 – Internship

FLM 499 – Independent Study

Track 3: Theory and Culture

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

ART 240 – Art History Survey

AIS 264 – American Indian in the Cinema

AIS 364 – Indigenous Filmmakers

AIS 208/408 – Native American Women and Film

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 399 – Internship

FLM 499 – Independent Study

PHI 120 – Ethics

PHY 119 – Physics for the Fine Arts

SPA 248 – Spanish and Latin American Culture Through Film

REL 309 – Religion at the Movies

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.