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CTEMS Course Overview

Students who seek to declare CTEMS as the major will submit a portfolio of original work of at least one of the following: * Short filmic work (animation, video, documentary, experimental, narrative). The work should have a definitive beginning, middle and end.* A traditional portfolio of at least 3-5 works in media such as drawing, painting, design, illustration, sculpture or photography. Work should exhibit a creative idea/theme * A 5ā€“7 page piece of fictional prose that demonstrates your interest/talent/passion in the medium. Applicants should focus on narrative structure, character development, plot and the use of setting in the piece. *The first act of a script for film, television, or stage (no more than fifteen pages).

Students must take the following courses (30 hours out of the 42 required for the major): To satisfactorily complete all courses and related electives for the major and minor, a grade of C or higher is required.

HCTM 235 Intro. to Film 3 hours
HCTM 237 Intro. to Television 3 hours
HCTM 255 Classic AA Cinema or HCTM 258 Intro. to AA Cinema 3 hours
HCTM 300 Screenplay I 3 hours
HCTM 302 Screenplay II or HCTM 303 Writing for Television, Short Film 3 hours
HCTM 320 Film Criticism & Theory 3 hours
HCTM 325 Great Films (Domestic & International) 3 hours
HCTM 348 Hollywood, Politics, Power 3 hours
ENG 388 New Media Technology 3 hours
HCTM 425 Senior Capstone: Film Production 3 hours
    Total: 30 hrs

Students may not transfer in hours to substitute for any of the above courses. Up to six transfer hours of approved credits may count towards the required elective hours for the major. In addition to the above 30 hrs, the major requires twelve hours in electives.

Approved electives courses include:

  • ENG 392 Creative Writing,
  • CHI 302 Chinese Language and Culture through Film and Literature
  • SOC 300 Gender and the Media
  • HPSY 389 Black Men, Black Boys and the Psychology of Modern Media
  • Eng 461 West African Fiction and Film
  • French 320 French Literature, Language and Culture Through Film

Elective course offerings will vary from semester to semester, but must have approval and be related to the study of film, television, media, visual culture, or

The minor requires 18 hours, which must include the following: HCTM 235, HCTM 237, HCTM 255 or 258, HCTM 320, and HCTM 325.

Internships

If a CTEMS major student gets hired for an unpaid internship for which he hopes to receive credit hours within the major area, he should make this request to the CTEMS program director and request credit hour approval consideration. Internships may be eligible to receive one to three credit hours. The internship must last over the course of the summer and a minimum of eight weeks or over the course of an academic semester (fall or spring) with a film company, television studio, network, etc. No credit hours for internship will be granted retroactively (past completed internships). Internships for which a major seeks credit hour approval within his major must be specifically aligned with the program curriculum. Internships are not a substitute for any of the core CTEMS courses and are eligible for elective hour credit only.

Internship credit hour approval process:

  • Request that the immediate supervisor or company human resources director/internship coordinator electronically submit a signed letter on official letterhead to the program director. It should be submitted at least three weeks before the start of the internship. The letter should detail the duration, hours, location, and the specific internship duties that the student will perform and whether or not receiving credit hours is a requirement of the internship. The proposed internship will then be evaluated and the student and Registrar's Office notified if it is acceptable to receive credit hours.

  • A student must actually be enrolled for an internship with the approved number of credit hours (1-3) that the internship can receive. The Registrar's office handles the enrollment through the program director. The internship appears on the student's record as any course would unless they are not paid for within the necessary time frame. These hours must be paid for in the same way that regular course hours require payment according to the costs for the semester or summer term and via the process and timetable set by the Financial Aid Office.

  • Upon completion of the internship, the supervisor should notify the CTEMS program director in writing that the internship was successfully completed according to the terms outlined in the signed description letter.