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The Media School

Concentration in Film, Television, and Digital Production (Bachelor of Arts in Media)

Students on Summer 2020, Fall 2020, or Spring 2021 requirements MDAC11

Film, Television, and Digital Production students will be prepared for a broad range of production careers. The curriculum includes film but also covers multi-camera television studio production and a variety of other modes to prepare students with general expertise in video production for screens of all sizes.


The major requires at least 36 credit hours (12 in the Media Core and 24 in the Concentration), 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 210 Introduction to Games
      • MSCH-C 211 Screening Gender and Sexuality
      • MSCH-C 212 Screening Race and Ethnicity
      • MSCH-C 213 Introduction to Media Psychology
      • MSCH-C 214 Race, Prejudice, and the Media
      • MSCH-C 215 History of Videogames
      • MSCH-C 216 Social Scientific Perspectives of Gender and Media
      • MSCH-C 218 Sports, Media and Society
      • MSCH-C 219 Media in the Global Context
      • MSCH-C 241 Watching Film
      • MSCH-C 247 Screen Cultures
      • MSCH-C 249 Media Technologies and Culture
    4. Making Media. One (1) course:
      • MSCH-C 223 Introduction to Filmmaking
  2. Concentration.
    1. Multi-Camera Production. One (1) course:
      • MSCH-C 228 Multi-Camera TV Studio Production I
    2. Single-Camera Production. One (1) course:
      • MSCH-C 229 Introduction to Single-Camera Production
    3. Electives. Six (6) courses:
      • Narrative Filmmaking
        • MSCH-P 335 Production as Criticism
        • MSCH-P 360 Motion Picture Production
        • MSCH-P 361 Intermediate Motion Picture Production
        • MSCH-P 362 Cinematography
        • MSCH-P 438 Experiments with the Film Camera
        • MSCH-P 440 Directing the Cinematic Story
        • MSCH-P 441 Directing Actors for Cinema
        • MSCH-P 460 Advanced Motion Picture Production
        • MSCH-P 467 Short Film
        • MSCH-P 468 Advanced Collaborative Workshop: Double Exposure
      • Postproduction
        • MSCH-P 453 Postproduction
        • MSCH-P 352 Editing for Cinema
        • MSCH-P 354 Program Graphics and Animation
        • MSCH-P 369 Sound Design
        • MSCH-P 422 Color Correction & Finishing
        • MSCH-P 455 Topics in Music Scoring for Visual Media
      • Screenwriting
        • MSCH-P 331 Introduction to Screenwriting
        • MSCH-P 431 Feature Film Screenwriting
        • MSCH-P 432 TV Series Writing
      • Producing
        • MSCH-M 330 Production Management
        • MSCH-M 332 Media Law for Producers
        • MSCH-M 453 Media Industry Topics
        • MSCH-P 436 Advanced Production Workshop
      • Documentary
        • MSCH-P 344 Introduction to Documentary Filmmaking: Theory & Practice
        • MSCH-P 434 Advanced Documentary Filmmaking: Theory & Practice
        • MSCH-P 435 Advanced Documentary Workshop
      • Audio/Sound
        • MSCH-P 353 Production Audio
        • MSCH-P 369 Sound Design
        • MSCH-P 455 Topics in Music Scoring for Visual Media
      • Other Production Courses
        • MSCH-P 351 Advanced Video Field and Post Production
        • MSCH-P 356 Multi-Camera TV Studio Production II
        • MSCH-P 416 Program Analysis and Criticism
        • MSCH-P 436 Advanced Production Workshop
        • MSCH-P 470 LA Production
        • MSCH-X 360 The Media School in Los Angeles
        • MSCH-X 472 Media Internship
        • MSCH-X 490 Projects in Media
  3. 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.