Film Production and Media Studies

Film Production Entrance to Major Requirements

Admission to the film production major is selective and based on a formally-structured review process. Students can enter the major through one of two processes.

For students admitted to the University summer/fall 2015 or earlier:

  • Students need to submit a portfolio during finals week of spring semester. See portfolio review guidelines for more information about the process.

For students admitted to the University summer/fall 2016 or later:

Students can enter the major through one of two processes.

ONE: Students who meet the criteria below may request the film major using Update Academics on LionPath. All such requests will be referred to a Dean's Review. Students will be approved for the major for the following semester if they meet the minimum entrance-to-major requirements.

  • Minimum third semester classification
  • Minimum 3.00 cumulative GPA
  • Grades of B (3.0) or better in COMM 150 and COMM 242

TWO: Students who do not meet these criteria may submit a portfolio for review. Portfolios are accepted and reviewed once a year, during finals week of spring semester. All students are required to have successfully completed COMM 150 and COMM 242, with a grade of C or better, to submit their portfolio.

It is each student’s responsibility to contact an academic adviser or campus representative regarding an early change of assignment to University Park when necessary to meet this requirement.

For more information, consult the Frequently Asked Questions.

Scheduling Film Courses as a Film Production Major

The intermediate-level core courses (COMM 337W, 338, 339, 340 and 342W) are controlled for students in the major.

Students will not be able to schedule these courses until their major designation has been changed to film.

You should schedule other classes that you need (besides those required for the film production major) on your enrollment date. Please consult with your academic adviser to schedule appropriately for your current, approved major.

For those undergoing portfolio review, it is also recommended that you schedule fall courses for an alternate major during your enrollment date. If you are accepted into the film-video major, the advising center can assist you in adding two core film courses to your fall schedule.