Bachelor in Media and Film Studies

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Bachelor in Media and Film Studies

We live in a media-saturated world. Print media, television, cinema, the Internet, and radio are central to the ways in which we now communicate, educate, and create art. Studying film and media allows us to better understand how media connects us to the world and how we interact with each other. After graduation, an MFS student is well prepared to join this evolving media-based world in which we live.

Media and Film Studies at Birmingham-Southern College is an innovative, interdisciplinary program that is grounded in Film and Media Studies while being informed by other disciplines in the social sciences, the humanities, and the arts. The program also stresses the ways in which academic study and artistic practices are mutually informative. Students in the MFS program develop and apply their skills in critical thinking, oral communication, and persuasive writing, in the true liberal arts tradition.

What is Media and Film Studies?

Media and Film Studies at Birmingham-Southern College focuses on the critical examination of film and film production; the historical and cultural understanding of the text; and the analysis of the psychological, sociological, and political impacts of mass media. In addition to the film, the course of study represents all forms of media and media production, including art, digital systems, print and broadcast news, the trade press, television, photojournalism, the Internet, and emerging information systems, as well as social media.

As a Media and Film Studies major at Birmingham-Southern, you will take a core set of courses before selecting one of three concentrations: Mass Media, Media, and Culture, or Media Production.

Areas of Concentration

In addition to the core requirements [link to core requirements page], you will individualize your major by taking an additional four electives in one of three concentration areas:

Media Production: This concentration concerns the production of media, including video production, screenwriting, web-based media, photography, art, music, and traditional print journalism. You have the opportunity to apply theory to practice in one or more of these production modes.

Courses Offered:

  • AR 222 Camera Mechanics and Composition
  • AR 324/424 Photography as Witness: Photojournalism and the Art of Visual Narrative
  • CS 170 Intro. to Computing
  • EH 204 Writing for the Media
  • EH 305 Journalism Workshop
  • HON 215 Discovering Photography
  • HON 216 Printmaking: History and Process
  • MFS 220 Film Production 1
  • MFS 221 Film Production 2
  • MFS 222 Screenwriting
  • MU 158 Music Technology

Media and Culture: This concentration investigates the formal qualities of film and media in their proper historical context. This includes examining industry pressures, aesthetic conventions, and technological changes. Media and Culture also consider various theoretical frameworks for understanding media's relationship with other artistic practices and the ways it engages the spectator.

Courses Offered:

  • AR 324/424 Photography as Witness: Photojournalism and the Art of Visual Narrative
  • EH 248 Monsters, Monarchs, and Monastics: Legacies of Medieval Lit in Popular Culture
  • EH 349 Literature and the Arts
  • EH 384 Literature of the American Indian
  • EH 420 Studies in the Drama
  • HON 215 Discovering Photography
  • MFS 250 History of Documentary Film
  • MU 122 Music in Film
  • PL 263 Philosophy of Film: Cinematic Wisdom West to East
  • RE 239 Christian Scriptures in Literature, Art, and Film

Mass Media: This concentration uses the tools of the social sciences to study the psychological, sociological, and political impacts of mass media on how we think and organize ourselves in society. This includes questions about the relationship between media (both old and new) and politics and democracy, media and social organization, and the role of political and social psychology in altering the way people think and process information.

Courses Offered

  • AR 324/424 Photography as Witness: Photojournalism and the Art of Visual Narrative
  • EH 204 Writing for the Media
  • EH 305 Journalism Workshop
  • HON 284 The Psychology of Mass Media
  • PS 111 Humor and the Cynical Political Mind
  • PS 195 Talk Talk Spin Spin: Politics, Media, and Political Culture
  • PS 345 American Political Behavior
  • PS 473 Selected Topics: Politics Through Documentary
  • PY/PS 369 Political Psychology
  • PY 417 Senior Seminar: Research in Psychology
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