Summer 2013 Undergraduate Catalog
College of Arts and Sciences

+ Film

Film—Department of Theatre and Film,
212 Wolfe Center, 419-372-2222

The Film Major gives students a foundation in film history, aesthetics, production, and methods of analysis that illuminate global and cultural perspectives. Students who select the specialization in film production gain experience in all aspects of production and are prepared to begin careers as writers, producers, and directors. BGSU graduates have been accepted into prestigious MFA film programs and highly competitive professional programs such as those sponsored by the Director's Guild of America. Students who choose the specialization in film studies develop expertise in analyzing the film industry and individual films. They are prepared to begin careers in journalism, festival organization, film acquisition and distribution, and, with professional training, entertainment law. Film studies students have been accepted into graduate film studies programs and have launched successful electronic publications on film, media, and culture.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the baccalaureate degree, students in film are expected to:

  • Comprehend, analyze, and critically evaluate film as an aesthetic form and cultural text;
  • Recognize the social, economic, and technological factors that shape films from different historical periods, gender and ethnic perspectives, domestic and international cultural contexts;
  • Apply critical thinking and aesthetic judgment in the analysis of fiction and nonfiction film, experimental and mainstream cinema, feature and short form narratives;
  • Work collaboratively to solve specific film/video production problems as a writer, producer, director, cinematographer, gaffer, editor, sound mixer, or other member of the production/post-production team;
  • Demonstrate a sense of professionalism through creative and intellectual independence.

Major, Bachelor of Arts (39 hours) — minor required — click click to display detailed requirements for Summer 2013 course requirements

Film Majors meet with advisors in the Department of Theatre and Film to:

  • select electives in the core requirements and their emphasis area;
  • choose a minor in another field that best contributes to their program of study;
  • determine protocols for internship or studio experience (1 hour);
  • prepare for participation in Major Event (two semesters);
  • develop the skills, network, and portfolio to be a successful scholarship candidate.

Minor (21 hours) — click click to view course requirements for Summer 2013 course requirements

Selected film courses are available through Distance Learning and can be used to satisfy the requirements for the Bachelor of Liberal Studies degree.

The Department of Theatre and FIlm offers grant-in-aid scholarships in acting, technical theatre, and film/video/multimedia production to qualified undergraduates. The grant-in-aid scholarships are awarded on a competitive basis, with students submitting applications, letters of recommendation, and completing an interview. Students interested in obtaining a grant-in-aid application packet should contact the department office, (419) 372-2222 or

UFO: University Film Organization

The BGSU student organization known as UFO is a remarkable resource for anyone interested in making films or participating in film culture. The group sponsors several 48 Hour Film Project competitions throughout the year and hosts the long-running BGSU Film and Media Festival held every April. The festival features workshops with film professionals and screenings of student work in the region.

Study abroad program
All BGSU undergraduate theatre and film majors may apply for participation in the BGSU/University of Wales student exchange program. If accepted into this program, students spend a semester studying theatre and/or film in the Department of Theatre, Film and Television Studies at the University of Wales, located in scenic Aberystwyth. Site of the largest undergraduate theatre program in Great Britain, the University of Wales, is also the home of the prestigious Performance Research Centre.

The Projector: An Electronic Journal on Film, Media and Culture

The Department of Theatre and Film at BGSU also provides the online home for The Projector, a peer-reviewed journal with an international editorial board. Established and emerging scholars are encouraged to submit research articles to the journal. Submission guidelines can be found at: