Academics New! Film Major 2013-2014

Students completing this program will

  • Demonstrate fundamental aesthetically-driven skills essential to 16 mm filmmaking and/or digital media production
  • Develop films grounded in ethical storytelling and production processes
  • Apply creative problem-solving and collaborative practices in their work
  • Synthesize knowledge and skills through the creation and completion of short films

Steeped within the traditions of independent filmmaking, students learn the fundamentals of fiction and non-fiction film production techniques through a production-based program inspired by independent motion picture production and creative avenues through evolving digital technologies.  Our curriculum integrates hands-on production work with film studies grounded in a liberal arts education that fosters ethical storytellers who artfully explore the human condition in creative ways. 

With an opportunity to focus on the environment, social change, natural history and science filmmaking, students are encouraged to develop fiction, non-fiction and experimental films that will identify and reach underserved audiences that exist outside mainstream media and commercial venues.  All aspects of the program stress professionalism with an emphasis on quality as well as collaborative and creative processes. 

Our foundational Filmmaking I-IV core classes provide students hands-on opportunities to master the fundamentals of 16mm and digital video production, develop the craft and artistry involved in a digital post-production workflow and create effective cinematic stories with strong core values.  Learners have access to digital post-production studios 24/7 during the academic year.

The Film Major provides students with broad based academic training and hands-on professional experience for a wide range of careers in the California’s independent film, digital media and entertainment industries, scientific exploration and documentation, social and cultural change, and the emerging digital portal opportunities of the future, including mobile delivery.  In just the last decade, digital media has changed the way audiences consume media and the way filmmakers make and deliver it.  HSU Film trains students as an independent voice that is part of the change advocated by HSU’s mission statement.

Specifically, Film Major graduates from HSU Film find jobs as Cinematographers, Camera Assistants, Associate Producers, Film Editors, Sound Mixers, Boom Operators, Grant Writers, Grips, Gaffers, Line Producers, Feature Film Producers, Documentary Directors, Media Consultants, Videographers, Script Supervisors, Production Designers, Production Coordinators, Art Directors, and Production Assistants. 

Students are encouraged to have a Minor area of study that complements their film interests, expands their skill set, enhances the depth of their culminating reel (i.e. portfolio), and advances their post-education professional employment opportunities.  Interdisciplinary studies foster better critical thinkers and more active participants in social change.  The combination of a science or social science minor and a film major empowers students to better disseminate their research to new and underserved audiences, which in turn positively impacts social change.

Rural Northwester California offers more than Coastal Redwoods and ocean research for HSU’s strong science programs. This area is also home to the growing back-to-earth organic and sustainable agriculture and enlightened social movements that are engendering social change in our society.  HSU has long been known as one of the most “unique” CSU campuses for its science and art curriculums, as well as for its local culture of expanded human consciousness and work to sustainably preserve the environment.

Requirements for the Film Major

Total unit requirement: 49

A minimum grade of C- is required for all courses in the major.
F=offered fall only;  S=spring only;  A=offered alternate years as funding permits

Film Core: 24 units

FILM 315 Filmmaking I (4) [FS]
FILM 375 Filmmaking II (4) [S]
FILM 415 Filmmaking III (4) [F]
FILM 475 Filmmaking IV (4) [S]
FILM 305* Art of Film: Beginning to 1950s + FILM 317 Art of Film Discussion: Pre 1950s (4) [F]
FILM 306* Art of Film: 1950s to Present + FILM 318 Art of Film Discussion: Post 1950s (4) [S]

Integrated Film & Theatre Core: 14 units

TA 104* Story Through Word and Image (4) [F]
TA 230 Theatre and Film Aesthetics (4) [S]
TA 448 Critical Analysis Stage & Film (4) [S]
TA 494 Senior Seminar (2) [F]

Art Requirement: 3 units

ART 104* Art History or ART 250 Beginning Darkroom Photography (3) [FS]

Film Electives: 8 units (Select one course from each group)

Choose One

  • FILM 350 Writing for Film (4) [FA]                                    
  • FILM 455S Grant Writing (4) [FA] 
  • FILM 465 Film Seminar (4) [FA]
  • FILM 477 Film/Digital Prod Wkshp (1-4) [FSA]

Choose One

  • FILM 360 Science, Environment, & Natural History Digital Production (4) [SA]                                    
  • FILM 362 Social Change Digital Production (4) [SA]
  • FILM 425 Film Directing & Prod. Processes (4) [SA]           

*Satisfies General Education Area C
Lower Division TA 104 & ART 104 (selected ART 104 classes also fulfill HSU’s DCG Requirement)
Upper Division FILM 305/306


Ann Alter

David Scheerer