Majors, minors + certificates

Minor in Film Production (Minors) (FILMPRDMIN)The Media School

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


The Film Production minor enables the development of foundational production skills required to create cinematic work such as short films, documentaries, and web features. Courses in the minor cover all facets of cinematic production using industry standard technologies. The curriculum focuses on learning to write, shoot, and edit at a basic, but competent, level and developing awareness of industry practices related to equipment, workflow, and on-set communication.

This minor provides both an aesthetic perspective and technical foundation of cinema production. Courses in fundamental areas of the discipline are complemented by specialized electives that model industry roles, which builds an extensible skillset for a variety of film and film-related professional activities. The knowledge gained can be applied to many different fields, including advertising, education, and all forms of the performative and fine arts.

Minor requirements

The minor requires at least 18 credit hours, including the requirements listed below.

  1. Core Production Sequence.
    1. Introduction to Design and Production. One (1) course:
    2. Single-Cam Production. One (1) course:
    3. Intermediate Motion Picture Production. One (1) course:
  2. Electives. Three (3) courses:
    • Narrative Filmmaking
    • Postproduction
    • Screenwriting
    • Producing
    • Documentary
    • Audio/Sound
    • Broadcast TV
    • Other Production Courses
  3. GPA and Hours Requirements.
    1. Minor Residency. At least 9 credit hours in the minor must be completed in courses taken through the Indiana University Bloomington campus or an IU-administered or IU co-sponsored Overseas Study program.
    2. Minor Upper Division Courses. At least 9 credit hours in the minor must be completed at the 300–499 level.
    3. 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 minor.
    4. Minor GPA. A GPA of at least 2.000 for all courses taken in the minor—including those where a grade lower than C- is earned—is required.