Film and Video Production
Be sure to meet with your advisor!
To find out who your advisor is, go to MyBanner > Student > Student Records > View Major and Advisor Information
To find your advisor's office location and hours, go to FACULTY.
This checklist will help you keep track of your degree requirements.
This worksheet will help you work out your registration plan.
FILM & VIDEO PRODUCTION PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS
SECONDARY ADMISSION POLICY FOR FILM & VIDEO MAJORS
In order to maintain high-quality instruction, the Film & Video Production major limits the number of students accepted each year into the major. Students who have been accepted into the major through the Secondary Admission process are then allowed to take CFV 226 and all 300- and 400- level film/video courses.
In order to apply for Secondary Admission, students are required to achieve a minimum 3.0 GPA in the three Film/Video pre-admission courses (CFV 123, 124, and 125) and a 2.5 GPA for their overall courses. Other requirements and achievements are necessary. View all application guidelines at: ADMISSION POLICY & GUIDELINES
CFV 370 REQUIREMENT
All FVP majors are required to take one section of CFV 370. CFV 370 topics rotate so be sure to check the current schedule on Banner. CFV 370 can be repeated if the topic differs from previous sections taken.
CFV 375 World Cinema can fulfill your CFV 370 requirement.
CFV 370 01 American Cinema - MW 9:00 - 10:50 am
CFV 370 02 History of Animation - MW 3:00 - 4:50 pm
CFV 370 01 Issues of Representation - MW 1:00 - 2:50 pm
CFV 375 01 World Cinema - MW 1:00 - 2:50 pm
Course permits are required for a variety of situations such as "permit only" courses, "majors only" courses, "course overload" permits, etc. All course permits are placed online so you do not actually receive a hard copy of a permit.
The type of permit needed determines who will place the permit online for you. In the case of "course overload" (aka "closed-class permit") ONLY the instructor can approve the permit.
If you receive a notice during registration regarding "majors only" then perhaps you have not registered as a Film & Video Production major and need to do so.
In order to take many of the "CFV" courses, you must formally declare yourself a Film & Video Production major. You can declare your major on MyBanner > Student > Student Records > Change Major (this is located at the bottom of the menu.)
"Instructor Permission Only" permits are required in order to register for the following Film and Video Production courses:
CFV 328 Intermediate Film Practicum (Summer Film Project - First time SFP)
CFV 428 Advanced Film Practicum (Summer Film Project - Second time SFP)
CFV 399 Independent Study (these are reserved for RARE, UNIQUE situations)
CFV 490 Internship For more information go to: Internships
CFV 498 Senior Project/Thesis See Senior Projects/Thesis Seminar
••• FAQ •••
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
How do I find out who my advisor is?
Login to myBanner > STUDENT RECORDS > VIEW MAJOR AND ADVISOR INFORMATION
Once I know who my advisor is, how do I find his/her office and open office hours?
On this Film & Video website, go to: FACULTY . The office hours for each faculty member are listed.
How can I change my advisor?
Login to myBanner > STUDENT RECORDS > CHANGE MAJOR
What should I take with me to an advising session?
It is recommended that you take a completed Checklist with you to your advising session. You will want to visit your myPath evaluation in order to properly fill out your checklist.
Additionally, you should take all of the advising materials from previous advising sessions including notes, emails, transcripts, etc. This is especially true for transfer students.
What other resources are available for advising Film & Video majors?
The CLAS Academic Advising Center is located in C-1-140 MAK. To schedule an appointment, go into the Center, or give them a call at 616-331-8585.
Do I have to take all of the School of Communications Core classes before applying to the Film & Video Production major?
No. Only the three Film & Video Production pre-admission courses are required before applying to the major. CFV 123, CFV 124, and CFV 125.
On this site, go to: Admission Policy and Guidelines in the main menu. Your pre-admission course instructors will also discuss the application process each semester.
Login to myBanner > STUDENT RECORDS > CHANGE MAJOR
When should I declare my emphasis area?
We recommend that you discuss this with your advisor as soon as you are formally admitted into the major. Remember that your myPath Evaluation will not be accurate until you have declared your emphasis area. (The five courses for the emphasis will be missing from your requirements.)
Keep in mind that your two required SWS courses may not be taken from the same discipline. One must be from outside the student's major unit.
This requirement has changed. You are now required to take COM 300 instead.
Is it better to do a Senior Project or an Internship?
There are benefits to both, so this is a personal decision. Senior Thesis/Projects offers the opportunity to strengthen your reel of personal work, or to finally write that research paper or script that you've been contemplating. This is a good choice for those who want to take full advantage of being in college as making personal films becomes much more challenging once you have graduated.
An Internship provides the opportunity to connect with people in the industry and to observe an organization first hand. This is a good choice for those who are ready to network and begin applying their skills in a professional environment.
If you plan to take Senior Thesis/Projects, you must propose your thesis paper, script, or film before you can register. See the Senior Thesis/Project menu for a full description of requirements.
How many credits is a Senior Thesis/Project?
1 to 6 credits are possible with Senior Thesis/Project. You'll want to discuss this with your advisor and consider how intensive the project is and also how many credits you still need to graduate. 120 credits are required to graduate, so plan accordingly.
How do I register for an Internship?
Once you have found an employer for your internship, you begin the process online. Once you and your employer complete the online process, you will be notified as to when you are able to register. Go to the Internship menu for full details.
Is it better to do an Internship or a Senior Project?
There are benefits to both, so this is a personal decision. An Internship provides the opportunity to connect with people in the industry and to observe an organization first hand. This is a good choice for those who are ready to network and begin applying their skills in a professional environment.
Senior Thesis/Projects offers the opportunity to strengthen your reel of personal work, or to finally write that research paper or script that you've been contemplating. This is a good choice for those who want to take full advantage of being in college as making personal films becomes much more challenging once you have graduated.
How do I find an internship?
There are several ways to approach this. You can begin by going to the Career Services office to receive help in preparing your resumé and cover letter, and to peruse the collection of internship opportunities that they have collected.
There are times when employers contact individual faculty and many times those are emailed to all FV students. Other times faculty are aware of students who are looking for an internship and connect the employer and the student. It's good to let all of your professors know that you are looking for an internship and what type of internship you would prefer.
The bottom line is that you are responsible for finding the internship and being resourceful and assertive will serve you well.
How many credits is an Internship?
1 to 6 credits are possible with an Internship. This is directly related to how many hours you will work for your employer. You'll want to discuss this with your employer and consider how intensive the internship will be and also how many credits you still need to graduate. 120 credits are required to graduate, so plan accordingly. Go to the Internship menu for full details.
Page last modified October 9, 2012