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The Media School

Concentration in Cinema and Media Studies (Bachelor of Arts in Media)

Students on Summer 2020, Fall 2020, or Spring 2021 requirements MDAC10

Cinema and Media Studies students will pursue a program of study that emphasizes the critical, cultural, historical, and aesthetic study of media, including, but not limited to, film.


The major requires at least 36 credit hours (12 in the Media Core, 15 in the Concentration, and 9 in the Specialization), including the requirements listed below.
  1. Media School Core.
    1. Introduction to Media. One (1) course:
      • MSCH-C 101 Media
    2. Managing Media. One (1) course:
      • MSCH-C 200 The Videogame Industry: Systems and Management
      • MSCH-C 203 Foundations of Journalism
      • MSCH-C 204 Behind the Prize
      • MSCH-C 206 Media Reporting in a Global World
      • MSCH-C 207 Introduction to Media Industry and Management
      • MSCH-C 208 Principles of Public Relations
      • MSCH-C 209 Introduction to Advertising and Integrated Marketing Communication
    3. Thinking Media. One (1) course:
      • MSCH-C 211 Screening Gender and Sexuality
      • MSCH-C 212 Screening Race and Ethnicity
      • MSCH-C 241 Watching Film
      • MSCH-C 247 Screen Cultures
    4. Making Media. One (1) course:
      • MSCH-C 223 Introduction to Filmmaking
      • MSCH-C 228 Multi-Camera TV Studio Production I
      • MSCH-C 229 Introduction to Single-Camera Production
  2. Concentration.
    1. Cinema and Media Studies. Two (2) courses:
      • MSCH-F 306 Writing Media Criticism
      • MSCH-F 311 History of Media and Culture
      • MSCH-F 326 Authorship in the Media
      • MSCH-F 340
      • MSCH-F 350
      • MSCH-F 375 Race, Gender, and Representation
      • MSCH-F 377 Cinemas of the Black Diaspora
      • MSCH-F 380 Hollywood I: The First Fifty Years, 1895-1945
      • MSCH-F 381 Hollywood II: 1945 to the Present
      • MSCH-F 382 American Independent Cinema
      • MSCH-F 383 Sound and Cinema
      • MSCH-F 391 Media Audiences
      • MSCH-F 392 Media Genres
      • MSCH-F 398 National and Transnational Cinemas
      • MSCH-F 413
      • MSCH-F 415 Contemporary Filmmakers
      • MSCH-F 420 Topics in Media History
      • MSCH-F 445 Media, Culture, and Politics
      • MSCH-D 337 Digital Media
      • MSCH-H 451 Media Scholar Capstone
      • MSCH-J 450 History of Journalism
      • MSCH-M 411 Media Industries and Cultural Production
      • Three (3) credit hours from the following:
        • MSCH-X 370 Community and Media
        • MSCH-X 472 Media Internship
    2. Film, Television & Digital Production. Two (2) courses:
      • MSCH-P 331 Introduction to Screenwriting
      • MSCH-P 335 Production as Criticism
      • MSCH-P 360 Motion Picture Production
      • MSCH-P 361 Intermediate Motion Picture Production
      • MSCH-P 433
      • MSCH-P 438 Experiments with the Film Camera
    3. Elective. One (1) course:
      • Additional course from the Cinema and Media Studies lists
      • Additional course from the Film, Television, and Digital Production lists
    4. Additional Requirements.
      • At least nine (9) credit hours in the concentration must be at the 300–499 level.
      • Except for the GPA requirement, a grade of C- or higher is required for a course to count toward a requirement in the concentration.
      • A GPA of at least 2.000 for all courses taken in the concentration—including those where a grade lower than C- is earned—is required.
  3. Specialization. One (1) Media Specialization from the list below.
  4. Major GPA, Hours, and Minimum Grade Requirements.
    1. Major GPA. A GPA of at least 2.000 for all courses taken in the major—including those where a grade lower than C- is earned—is required.
    2. Major Minimum Grade. Except for the GPA requirement, a grade of C- or higher is required for a course to count toward a requirement in the major.
    3. Major Upper Division Credit Hours. At least 18 credit hours in the major must be completed at the 300–499 level.
    4. Major Residency. At least 18 credit hours in the major must be completed in courses taken through the Indiana University Bloomington campus or an IU-administered or IU co-sponsored Overseas Study program.
    5. College Breadth. At least 58 credit hours must be completed in courses from College of Arts and Sciences disciplines outside of the major area.

Major Area Courses

Unless otherwise noted below, the following courses are considered in the academic program and will count toward academic program requirements as appropriate:

  • Any course at the 100–499 level with the MSCH prefix—as well as any other subject areas that are deemed functionally equivalent
  • Any course contained on the course lists for the academic program requirements—as well as any other courses that are deemed functionally equivalent—except for those listed only under Addenda Requirements
  • Any course directed to a non-Addenda requirement through an approved exception
  • Any course, consistent with the policies herein, that is part of a concentration, track, and/or specialization being pursued as part of this academic program

The following courses cannot be applied toward major requirements or the College Breadth requirement:

  • No common exclusions

This program of study cannot be combined with the following:

  • Bachelor of Arts in Journalism (JOURBAJ)
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts in Cinematic Arts (CINEARTBFA)
  • Bachelor of Science in Game Design (GAMEDSGNBS)
  • Certificate in New Media and Interactive Storytelling (NMISTACRT1)
  • Minor in Black Cinema and Media Studies (BLKCNMDMIN)
  • Minor in Cinema and Media Studies (CNMDASTMIN)
  • Minor in Film Production (FILMPRDMIN)
  • Minor in Game Design (GAMEDSNMIN)
  • Minor in Global Media (GLVMDIAMIN)
  • Minor in Media and Creative Advertising (MDCRADMIN)
  • Minor in Media and Diversity (MDIADIVMIN)
  • Minor in Media Law and Ethics (MDLWETMIN)
  • Minor in Media Persuasion (MDIAPRSMIN)
  • Minor in Media, Sex and Gender (MDGNDRMIN)
  • [Name unavailable] (NMISTACRT)
  • [Name unavailable] (PBLCRELMIN)
  • [Name unavailable] (FAMEDIAMIN)
  • [Name unavailable] (SPORTMDMIN)

Exceptions to and substitutions for major requirements may be made with the approval of the unit's Director of Undergraduate Studies, subject to final approval by the College of Arts and Sciences.