Film and Video - Information for Students

A strong hands-on emphasis characterizes the Film and Video Production major. Courses of study include animation, cinema studies, documentary and nonfiction, fiction filmmaking, new media, and sound design. The curriculum integrates production experience with the insights offered by media history, theory, and criticism.


Letters of Recommendation

If you need a letter of recommendation from any of the Film and Video faculty, please read the Guidelines below.

Requesting a letter of Recommendation

 

 


Production Grants

The Film and Video Area offers $100-$1,000 to support production of film, video, audio, computer-generated media, or any combination of these. Must be for credit, as part of class.

Production Grant Information

 


Becoming a Film and Video Production major

Students interested in the Film and Video Production major are urged to declare their major promptly upon admission to GVSU (do not wait for secondary admission to the Film/Video major) and to maintain regular contact with their advisor to ensure proper course enrollment and steady progress toward full acceptance.


Secondary Admission

In order to maintain high-quality instruction, the Film and 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 FVP 226 and FVP 227 as pre-requisites for all 300- and 400- level film/video production courses.

 Admission Guidelines


Internships

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.

Internship Guidelines

 


Senior Thesis/Project Seminar

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.

Senior Thesis/ Project Guidelines

 


Study Abroad

Many of our students have benefited greatly from the opportunity for foreign travel by choosing to study abroad. In most cases, your study abroad program will fulfill your two ISSUES requirements. Visit the Padnos International Center at 130 LOH, or click here for more information.


4-year degree plans for BA and BS

These two documents are general guides for students interested in pursuing a BA or a BS degree in Film and Video Production. They should not be used as a replacement for meeting with your advisor.

The Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree requires a three-semester proficiency in a foreign language. This is a good choice if you plan to continue your studies to attain a Graduate or PhD degree.
 
The Bachelor of Science (BS) degree requires that you complete the following the following three courses: 1) STA 215 Introduction to Statistics;  2) COM 275 Foundations of Communication Research; and 3) COM 375 Communication Research.

Sample 4-Year Plan for a Bachelor of Arts (BA)

Film and Video Production

Central to your success and timely graduation is taking FVP 123 and FVP 125 in the first year and applying to the major in the second semester. In addition, you will want to take FVP 226/227 in the following semester or academic year in order to have optimum success in the upper-level production courses. Please contact your advisor immediately if sections close during registration, leaving you without a spot in any of these three critical courses.

YEAR ONE

Placement tests are available for WRT 150, MTH 110 Basic Skills requirements. You can find more information and register for the tests at: www.gvsu.edu/testserv

Courses

Credits

MTH 110 (University Requirement)

4

GenEd

3-4

GenEd

3-4

FVP 123 or 125

3

 

13-15

Courses

Credits

WRT 150 (University Requirement)

4

COM 101

3

Foreign Language 101 (BA Cognate)

4

FVP 123 or 125

3

 

14

YEAR TWO

Make formal application to the Major (1st Monday in November, April, August). See the Film & Video Production website for Application Guidelines: www.gvsu.edu/filmvideo

Courses

Credits

FVP 226/227

4

Foreign Language 102 (BA Cognate)

4

GenEd

3

Elective

3-4

 

14-15

Courses

Credits

COM 201 or COM 215

3

FVP 261or FVP 282

3

Foreign Language 201 (BA Cognate)

4

FVP Advanced (300-level)

3

 

13

YEAR THREE

Courses

Credits

GenEd

3-4

FVP 282 or FVP 261

3

FVP History/Theory/Criticism

3

FVP Advanced (300/400-level)

3

FVP Advanced (300/400-level)

3

 

15-16

Courses

Credits

GenEd

3-4

GenEd

3-4

World Perspective or US Diversity

3

FVP History/Theory/Criticism

3

FVP Advanced (300/400-level)

3

 

15-17

YEAR FOUR

Confirm graduation requirements with your advisor and on myPath. Apply for graduation.

Courses

Credits

Issues & Themes

3

FVP 495 (Capstone)

3

FVP Advanced (400-level)

3

World Perspective or US Diversity

3

GenEd

3-4

 

15-16

Courses

Credits

Issues & Themes

3

FVP 498 or FVP 490

1-6

GenEd

3-4

Elective

3

Elective

3

 

13-19

IMPORTANT: Remember to complete two (2) SWS courses with a grade of “C” or better. These must come from two different disciplines. FVP 348 Film Theories and COM 215 are SWS courses, which can also fulfill Film/Video Foundation and School of Communications’ Core requirements. To search for other SWS offerings, go to: http://bit.ly/KqqiI5

This is a general guide, which is not applicable to every student, and should not be used as a replacement for meeting with your advisor.

Core Film List

This is a comprehensive list of recommended titles for students to see.

Core Film List

 


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