Film is the craft of storytelling through creatively combining writing, drawing, graphic and set design, performance, cameras, lights, sounds, and other digital technologies. The Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies (B.I.S.) Film Pathway provides UWG students an opportunity to engage with and integrate knowledge and techniques of these multiple creative and technical fields in the intellectual and professional endeavor of Film. Each BIS in Film student develops a degree plan as detailed in the Courses section, selecting courses from at least two of the following film-related disciplines:

  • Critical Studies
  • Screenwriting
  • Art and Lens-Based Media
  • Production Design
  • Performance
  • Production

For more information, please see the Academic Catalog. A program brochure is available for download in the Courses tab below.

  • Overview

    This pathway offers students an interdisciplinary approach to the study of Film. Each BIS in Film student develops a degree plan as detailed above, selecting courses from at least two of the following film-related disciplines: Critical Studies, Screenwriting, Art and Lens-Based Media, Production Design and Mise-En-Scene, Performance, and Production. For more information on this pathway, please see the College of Arts and Humanities section of this catalog.

    Method of Delivery

    Face to Face

    Accreditation

    The University of West Georgia is accredited by The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).

    Credit and transfer

    Total semester hours required:

  • Cost

    This program may be earned entirely face-to-face. However, depending on the courses chosen, a student may choose to take some partially or fully online courses.

    Save money

    UWG is often ranked as one of the most affordable accredited universities of its kind, regardless of the method of delivery chosen.

    Details

    • Total tuition costs and fees may vary, depending on the instructional method of the courses in which the student chooses to enroll.
    • The more courses a student takes in a single term, the more they will typically save in fees and total cost.
    • Face-to-face or partially online courses are charged at the general tuition rate and all mandatory campus fees, based on the student's residency (non-residents are charged at a higher rate).
    • Fully or entirely online course tuition rates and fees my vary depending on the program. Students enrolled in exclusively online courses do not pay non-Resident rates.
    • Together this means that GA residents pay about the same if they take all face-to-face or partially online courses as they do if they take only fully online courses exclusively; while non-residents save money by taking fully online courses.
    • One word of caution: If a student takes a combination of face-to-face and online courses in a single term, he/she will pay both all mandatory campus fees and the higher eTuition rate.
    • For cost information, as well as payment deadlines, see the Bursar's Office website

    There are a variety of financial assistance options for students, including scholarships and work study programs. Visit the Office of Financial Aid's website for more information.

  • Courses

    Coursework

    BIS in Film students build a degree plan (see "Degree Plan" below) around at least two film-related disciplines, selecting at least 3 courses from each, as follows:

    CRITICAL STUDIES
    Required
    FILM 3100 Film Theory

    Choose any two
    ENGL 4109 Film as Literature
    COMM 3356 Film and Culture 
    PHIL 3160 Philosophy in Literature and Film
    FREN 3xxx/4xxx 
    GRMN 3xxx/4xxx
    SPAN 3xxx/4xxx
    FILM 4081 Independent Study
     
    SCREENWRITING
    Required
    ENGL 3200 Intermediate Creative Writing (Topic: Screenwriting)

    Choose any two
    COMM 3305 Short Form Screenwriting & Analysis
    ENGL 3200 Intermediate Creative Writing (Different genre than screenwriting)
    ENGL 4210 Advanced Creative Writing (Topic: Screenwriting)
    THEA 4415 Playwriting II

    ART AND LENS-BASED MEDIA
    Required
    Art 3701 Introduction to Photography

    Choose any two
    ART 3704 Intro to Time-Based Media/Video I
    ART 4702 From Still to Moving Images
    ART 4007 Digital Media for the Artist

    PRODUCTION DESIGN
    Choose any three
    THEA 3290 Costume Design
    THEA 3212 Period Styles in Design
    THEA 3214 Stage & Film
    COMM 4405 Sound Design

    PERFORMANCE
    Required
    THEA 3491 Advanced Acting for the Cinema

    Choose any two
    THEA 4412 Business of Acting
    THEA 4293 Advanced Movement
    THEA 4291 Advanced Voice
    THEA 3392 Period Scene Study
    THEA 3391 Acting Shakespeare

    PRODUCTION
    Required
    COMM 3553 Fundamentals of Film

    Choose any two
    COMM 4405 Sound Design
    COMM 4406 Digital Cinematography & IMage Design
    COMM 4407 Film & Video Post-Production
    COMM 4408 Producing Film & Video Production
    COMM 4425 Documentary Practices

    BIS DEGREE PLAN
    All BIS students, including those following a pre-designed pathway, such as Film, submit a BIS Degree Plan, which specifies each of the four elements below and thereby defines the student's interdisciplinary pathway. A degree plan must be finalized by the time the student earns 60 credit hours. If the the student declared the major after earning 60 hours toward a bachelor's degree, the degree plan must be finalized after one full semester as a BIS major.

    1) DEGREE THEME--A topic, question, problem, or phenomenon that serves as the organizing frame for the student’s program of study. In other words, the degree theme is the student’s object of study. The degree theme for BIS Film Pathway students is "Film".

    2) TWO DISCIPLINES--A set of upper-level courses from at least two different disciplines in which the student will develop an understanding of perspectives, concepts, and techniques from different fields of study that can be drawn upon to address the degree theme. Specifically, a BIS major is required to earn at least nine hours at the 3000/4000 in each of at least two disciplines (nine in each). For the Film Pathway, the six disciplines are Critical Studies, Screenwriting, Art and Lens-Based Media, Production Design, Performance, and Production (shown above).

    3) INTERDISCIPLINARY COURSES--A sequence of interdisciplinary courses through which the student will learn about and apply concepts and tools for integrating insights from different disciplines to produce a comprehensive perspective or answer to her or his degree theme. These courses include:

    • XIDS 2000 Introduction to Interdisciplinary Studies

    • XIDS 3000 Interdisciplinary Methods

    • XIDS 4000 Interdisciplinary Capstone

    4) CAPSTONE PROJECT--A capstone project that reflects the student’s degree theme. The project, whether analytical, applied, creative, or service-oriented, is one that is summative and integrative. XIDS 3000 and 4000 are designed to provide scaffolding for the student’s capstone work. 

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