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Media Concentrations

Media Studies majors have the option of concentrating their upper-division study in the area of Media Policy and Ethics.  Students are not required to have a concentration, but if they do, students can have only one. Concentrations do not involve additional requirements on top of the standard major requirements. Instead, each concentration requires that at least three (3) of the six (6) electives be focused on specialized courses from approved lists. For students who expect to graduate in May, the deadline for declaring a concentration is January 31 in the student’s final semester. If the student’s final semester is in the fall, and a January graduation is expected, the deadline for declaring a concentration the first Friday of the fall semester. To declare, students must complete a Declaration Form with their advisors and submit them to the Media Studies Main Office in Levering 104.

 

Media Policy and Ethics

This concentration requires the completion of three (3) courses focused on issues in media policy or media ethics. All courses must be at the 3000-level or above. Students may use courses from the pre-approved list here or may appeal the use of a course not listed. Any other courses, including cross-listed courses, which a student might wish to have count toward the concentration, must be approved by the Director of Undergraduate Programs for the Media Studies Department.

 
AMST 4410 Censorship
MDST 3102 Copyright, Commerce & Culture
MDST 3104 News & the Construction of Reality
MDST 3106 History of U.S. Broadcasting
MDST 3120 Global Media & Cybersecurity
MDST 3140 Mass Media and American Politics
MDST 3300 Global Media
MDST 3402 War and the Media
MDST 3404 Democratic Politics in the New Media Environment
MDST 3405 Media Policy and Law
MDST 3410 Media Ethics
MDST 3503 Special Topics: Issues & Controversies in the Media
MDST 3504 International Communication
MDST 3706 Media in China: Technology, Policy, and Commerce
MDST 4101 Privacy and Surveillance
MDST 4105 Media and Citizenship
MDST 4411 Free Speech and the Media
MDST 4704 Political Economy of Communication
PLAP  3140 Mass Media and American Politics
 

Film Concentration

Media Studies majors have the option of concentrating their upper-division study in the area of film by selecting one (1) Film Studies Core course; one (1) Practice of Film course and three (3) 3000-level or higher Film electives from the following list of pre-approved film studies courses. Any other film courses which a student might wish to have count toward the concentration must be approved by the Director of Undergraduate Programs of Media Studies. Note: The course used for the Practice of Film requirement must be the same course used for the Practice of Media requirement for the major. No more than one Practice of Media/Film course may be used towards the major.

Film Studies Core Course Requirement

Students must complete one of the following approved core courses:

DRAM   2810 Cinema s an Art Form
DRAM   3830 History of Film I
DRAM   3840 History of Film II
DRAM   3850 History of Film III
MDST    2200 Introduction to Film
MDST    2810 Cinema as an Art Form
MDST    3830 History of Film I
MDST    3840 History of Film II
MDST    3850 History of Film III
 

Practice of Film Requirement

Students must complete one Practice of Film requirement. This course will be used to simultaneously fulfill the Practice of Media requirement for the major. Only one of these courses may count towards the major and film concentration requirements.

ARCH    3450 Digital Moviemaking and Animation
ARCH    5420 Digital Animation and Storytelling
ARCH    5450 Digital Moviemaking and Animation
ARTS     2370  Introduction to Cinematography I
ARTS     2372  Introduction to Cinematography II
ARTS     3370  Intermediate Cinematography I
ARTS     3372  Intermediate Cinematography II
ARTS     4372  Advanced Cinematography II
DANC    3540 Dance for the Camera
DRAM   3651 Directing I
DRAM   3710 Playwriting I
DRAM   3720 Playwriting II
DRAM   4596 Special Topics in Directing
DRAM   4599 Special Topics in Playwriting
DRAM   4710 Playwriting III
DRAM   4730 Advanced Playwriting
MDST    3804 Scriptwriting for Film and Television
MDST    4801 Introduction to Documentary Production
MDST    4802 Intermediate Documentary Production

Approved Courses towards the Film Concentration Electives

Students must dedicate three (3) of their MDST electives at the 3000-level or above to courses in which film is the main object of study. These may be chosen flexibly from offerings in Media Studies and the other UVa Departments that offer film courses. The following courses are pre-approved for this requirement. Additional courses can be approved by the DUP.

AMST 2500 Racial Borders and American Cinema
AMST 4500 Stardom and American Cinema
AMST     4410 Censorship
ANTH 3559 Racial Borders and American Cinema
ANTH 3620 Cinema in India
ASL     4810 Deafness in Literature and Film
DRAM 3830 History of Film I
DRAM 3840 History of Film II
DRAM 3850 History of Film III
DRAM 3870 Contemporary Independent Film & Video
ENAM 4500 Advanced Studies in American Literature – American Film
ENMC   3559 Vietnam War in Literature and Film
ENNC 4500 Austen in Print and Film
ENSP  3850 The Dark Side of Hollywood: Film Noir
ENSP  5810 Film Aesthetics
ENSP  5830 Literature and Film
FREN  3584 Topics in French Cinema
FREN  4743 Africa in Cinema
FREN  5584 Contemporary French Cinema
GERM  5620 Studies in Drama
GETR  3590 Staging Revolution: Aesthetics & Politics of 20c Film and Theater
ISHU   3300 Socrates at the Cinema
ITTR    3710 From Fiction to Film
ITTR    3775 Acting Italian: Benigni, Goldoni, Fo
KRTR  3390 Gender in Modern Korean Film and Literature
MDST 3100 Film and Television in the 1960’s
MDST 3110 Hollywood Goes to Asia
MDST 3206 Documentary Film
MDST 3306 Sexuality, Gender, Class and Race in Teen Film
MDST 3310 Sound and Cinema
MDST 3402 War and the Media
MDST 3407 Racial Borders and American Cinema
MDST 3501 Topics in Directors and Auteurs
MDST 3502 Topics in Film Genre
MDST 3559 Celebrity Studies
MDST 3601 Screening History: Media and Cultural Memory
MDST 3620 World Cinema
MDST 3630 Screening Terrorism
MDST 3640 American Gangster Films
MDST 3650 Shooting the Western
MDST 3830 History of Film I
MDST 3840 History of Film II
MDST 3850 History of Film III
MDST 4200 Sex & Gender Go to the Movies
WGS   3210 Gender, Sport, and Film
WGS   4559 Gender in South Asian Cinema