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The Media School

Minor in Film Production (Minors)

Students on Summer 2021, Fall 2021, or Spring 2022 requirements FILMPRDMIN

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.


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:
      • MSCH-C 223 Introduction to Design and Production
    2. Single-Cam Production. One (1) course:
      • MSCH-C 229 Introduction to Single-Camera Production
    3. Intermediate Motion Picture Production. One (1) course:
      • MSCH-P 361 Intermediate Motion Picture Production
  2. Electives. Three (3) 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 352 Editing for Cinema
      • MSCH-P 354 Program Graphics and Animation
      • MSCH-P 369 Sound Design
      • MSCH-P 422 Color Correction & Finishing
      • MSCH-P 453 Postproduction
      • MSCH-P 455 Topics in Music Scoring for Visual Media
    • Screenwriting
      • MSCH-P 331 Scriptwriting
      • 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 Topical Seminar in Industry and Management
      • 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 472 Media Internship
      • MSCH-X 490 Projects in Media
  3. Minor GPA, Hours, and Minimum Grade Requirements.
    1. 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.
    2. Minor 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.
    3. Minor Upper Division Credit Hours. At least 9 credit hours in the minor must be completed at the 300–499 level.
    4. 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.

Minor 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 contained on the course lists for the academic program requirements at the time the course is taken--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

This program of study cannot be combined with the following:

  • Bachelor of Arts in Journalism (JOURBAJ)
  • Bachelor of Arts in Media (MEDIABA)
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts in Cinematic Arts (CINEARTBFA)
  • Bachelor of Science in Game Design (GAMEDSGNBS)
  • Minor in Cinema and Media Studies (CNMDASTMIN)
  • [Discontinued credential name unavailable] (NMISTACRT)

Exceptions to and substitutions for minor 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.