The FMS Media Lab is part of the FMS Library and houses four 27" Retina screen iMac editing stations equipped with the newest Adobe CC software suite. In addition to the Macs, the media lab also has HD camcorders, tripods, lighting, and audio equipment available for check-out to FMS majors and those enrolled in FMS production courses.
Department of Film and Media Studies
Film and Media Studies (FMS) is an interdisciplinary program in the College of Arts and Sciences designed to give students a broad understanding of film and media history, theory, and criticism. An interdisciplinary program, the FMS curriculum is built around a core of Film and Media Studies courses and a rich variety of electives, including offerings in the Departments of Anthropology, African and African American Studies, English, Communication, History, and Modern Languages, as well as in the College of Journalism and Mass Communication and the College of Fine Arts. The comprehensive undergraduate degree provides students with the knowledge and skills required for careers in media-related fields, film production, academics, or other jobs in the liberal arts and humanities.
Programs & Facilities
Digital Media Lab & Library
The FMS Film Library holds a large collection of screenplays, DVDs, and VHS cassettes for reference. Students can schedule appointments to watch films on one of the library’s HD televisions by calling (405) 325-6639, or emailing the library/media lab assistant. You can view and search our film catalog at Collectorz.
Student Film Production Club
The Student Film Production Club works to promote student productions, educate its members, and develop their skills in the field of video production. Although sponsored by the Film and Media Studies program, the club is open to all OU students and provides its members a place to develop production projects and meet other like-minded people. In addition to holding regularly scheduled meetings and special events, the club also maintains information on this page and a Facebook page to facilitate student contact.
CineClub is devoted to the screening of foreign-language, art and independent, as well as experimental films. Interested students should contact Dr. Man-Fung Yip for more information.
The undergraduate degree in Film and Media Studies is an interdisciplinary course of study that provides a comprehensive background to both the scholarly and practical study of the moving image. The curriculum covers the history, theory, criticism, art, and practice of film and other screen media through its core course requirements. Students will learn the skills needed to interpret film and other screen media critically, and “to read” and write about them creatively and analytically. Courses will also focus on social, political, cultural, and economic contexts. Interdisciplinary electives in the major allow students the flexibility to pursue their specific interests, be they film and media studies, writing about film, screenwriting, or production.
Students can also minor in Film and Media Studies.
Graduate programs in Film and Media Studies may be constructed according to the standard interdisciplinary degree procedures of the Graduate College. Participating members of the Film and Media Studies faculty are available to assist with degree planning at the master’s or Ph.D. Levels.
FMS 1013. Introduction to Film and Media Studies.3 Credit Hours.
An examination of the history, role, impact, nature and delivery systems of film and media in the United States and the international community. (F, Sp, Su) [IV-AF].
FMS 1113. Introduction to New Media.3 Credit Hours.
Provides students with an overview of new media studies, focusing on digital culture and computerized technology. Focuses on issues including convergence, the blurring of producer and consumer, and social aspects of media. (F, Sp) [III-SS].
FMS 1123. History of Video Games.3 Credit Hours.
Presents the history of video games as an expressive and artistic medium. Focuses on the technological, cultural, and economic factors that influence game production and reception. (F, Sp) [IV-AF].
FMS 1313. Narrative Production Basics.3 Credit Hours.
Prerequisite: FMS 1013 or concurrent enrollment. Students will be introduced to common American strategies for fictional narrative digital cinema production from development and preproduction through distribution. Emphasis is placed on application of practical knowledge of production techniques, technologies, protocols and aesthetic conventions for narrative storytelling. (F)
FMS 2013. Film and Media History to 1960.3 Credit Hours.
Prerequisite: FMS 1013. Survey of world film and media history from the origins of cinema through 1960, including silent cinema, the transition to sound, classical Hollywood and important international film movements. Emphasizes an understanding of cinema in aesthetic, technological, economic and social terms. (F)
FMS 2023. Film and Media History: 1960 to Present.3 Credit Hours.
Prerequisite: FMS 1013. Survey of Hollywood, independent and world film and media since 1960, including various new cinema movements, New Hollywood, media conglomeration and globalization. Emphasizes an understanding of the aesthetic, economic and social dimensions of film and media at the end of the twentieth and the beginning of the twenty-first centuries. (Sp)
FMS 2033. Writing About Film.3 Credit Hours.
Prerequisite: 1013, English 1213 or Expository Writing 1213. This course teaches specialized writing skills for writing about film. Topics covered will include the vocabulary of film writing, basic cinema research skills and techniques to write for academic and general audiences. (F, Sp)
FMS 2970. Special Topics/Seminar.1-3 Credit Hours.
Special Topics. 1 to 3 hours. May be repeated; Maximum credit nine hours. Special topics course for content not currently offered in regularly scheduled courses. May include library and/or laboratory research, and field projects. (Irreg.)
FMS 3213. Media Theories & Methodologies.3 Credit Hours.
Prerequisite: 2013 or 2023. Familiarize students with classical film theory that evolved during the early days of cinema up through contemporary film and media theory, as a foundation for understanding and analyzing the way media shape and reflect culture. (F)
FMS 3223. Topics in Film Genre.3 Credit Hours.
Prerequisite: 1013. May be repeated once with different genres; maximum credit six hours. Offers students a systematic in-depth study of one or two specific genres such as westerns, romantic comedy, horror, film noir, and melodrama. (Irreg.)
FMS 3233. Filmmakers up Close.3 Credit Hours.
Prerequisite: 1013. May be repeated once with change of filmmakers; maximum credit six hours. An in-depth study of one or two filmmakers through the study of their films. Filmmakers include directors, screenwriters, actors, and others who have a significant role in making movies. (Irreg.)
FMS 3243. Hispanic Cinema.3 Credit Hours.
Prerequisite: 1013. Analytical study of exemplary motion pictures from the Hispanic world: Spain, Mexico, Cuba, Brazil, and Argentina. (Irreg.) [IV-AF]
FMS 3313. Digital Cinema Production.3 Credit Hours.
Prerequisite: FMS 1013. Film and media production with narrative structure. Students will learn to handle equipment and edit in-camera. (F, Sp)
FMS 3323. Editing: History, Theory, Practice.3 Credit Hours.
Prerequisite: FMS 1013. Combines the history, theory, and practice of digital editing in a narrative context. Explores early experimentation in film editing, the evolution of equipment and techniques, major montage/ editing theories, and famous editors, while also providing hands-on shooting and editing experience. (Irreg.)
FMS 3440. Mentored Research Experience.3 Credit Hours.
0 to 3 hours. Prerequisites: ENGL 1113 or equivalent, and permission of instructor. May be repeated; maximum credit 12 hours. For the inquisitive student to apply the scholarly processes of the discipline to a research or creative project under the mentorship of a faculty member. Student and instructor should complete an Undergraduate Research & Creative Projects (URCP) Mentoring Agreement and file it with the URCP office. Not for honors credit. (F, Sp, Su)
FMS 3683. Social Issues and Film.3 Credit Hours.
Prerequisite: 1013. Analytical study of films that engage one or more social issues such as race relations, gender roles, class conflict, nationalism and imperialism. Focus will be on their various aesthetic approaches such as social realism, anti-realist techniques, and satire. (Irreg.) [IV-AF].
FMS 3703. Topics in Film and Media Production.3 Credit Hours.
Prerequisite: FMS 1013. May be repeated once with change of content; maximum credit six hours. An in-depth critical and applied study of a particular type of production, with topics such as Advanced Single-Camera Production, Aesthetics and Practice of the Short Film, and Making the Feature Film. (Irreg.)
FMS 3713. Topics in Writing for the Screen.3 Credit Hours.
Prerequisite: FMS 1013. May be repeated once with change of content; maximum credit six hours. An in-depth critical and applied study of a particular screenwriting topic such as "Writing for Television," "Writing the Short Film," and "Advanced Screenwriting." (Irreg.)
FMS 3800. Internship.1-4 Credit Hours.
1 to 4 hours. Prerequisite: FMS 1013, junior standing, and permission of instructor. May be repeated with change of internship; maximum credit four hours. Participation in supervised internship with submission of journals describing work performed, regular reports, on-site supervisor evaluation, assigned readings, and final assessment of experience. (F, Sp, Su)
FMS 3801. Career Planning in Film and Media Studies.1 Credit Hour.
Prerequisite: FMS 1013. Designed to help students professionalize themselves by gaining general career skills (developing a resume, interviewing skills), information specific to careers in film and media (on-set etiquette and performance expectations), and introductions to industry professionals (through guest lectures and informational interviews with FMS alumni). (Irreg.)
FMS 3810. Variable Topics.1-3 Credit Hours.
1 to 3 hours. Prerequisite: 1013 or permission of instructor. May be repeated with change of content; maximum credit twelve hours. Varied projects concerning particular aspects of film and video history, genre, and methods of film or video production. (Irreg.)
FMS 3833. Masterpieces of World Cinema.3 Credit Hours.
Prerequisite: 1013. May be repeated with change of content; maximum credit six hours. Survey of world film and the principles underlying historical and critical approaches to the cinema, emphasizing an appreciation of international cinema as an aesthetic, economic, and social factor in the twentieth century. (Irreg.)
FMS 3843. Topics in National Cinema.3 Credit Hours.
Prerequisite: 1013. May be repeated with change of content; maximum credit six hours. Analytical study of exemplary motion pictures in terms of major periods, themes, and formal parameters in relation to national cultural histories, such as the French New Wave, Film Noir or American silent film. (Irreg.)
FMS 3853. Feature Screenwriting.3 Credit Hours.
Prerequisite: 1013 and permission of instructor. An introduction to writing for the screen, including a variety of assignments leading up to developing and writing a feature screenplay. (F, Sp)
FMS 3960. Honors Reading (HONORS).1-3 Credit Hours.
Prerequisite: 1013, permission of the Honors Program. Independent study in film and video history, theory, and production for students enrolled in the Honors Program. In-depth analysis of specialized topics. (F, Sp, Su)
FMS 3970. Honors Seminar.1-3 Credit Hours.
1 to 3 hours. Prerequisite: admission to Honors Program. May be repeated; maximum credit six hours. Subjects covered vary. Deals with concepts not usually treated in regular courses. (Irreg.)
FMS 3980. Honors Research (HONORS).1-3 Credit Hours.
Prerequisite: 1013, permission of the Honors Program. Open only to students enrolled in the Honors Program. Individualized research with a Film and Video Studies faculty member leading toward work for the Honors thesis. In-depth research of specialized topic in film and video theory, history, or production. (F, Sp, Su)
FMS 3990. Independent Study.1-3 Credit Hours.
1 to 3 hours. Prerequisite: permission of instructor and junior standing. May be repeated once with change of content. Independent study may be arranged to study a subject not available through regular course offerings. (F, Sp, Su)
FMS 4013. Capstone in Film and Media.3 Credit Hours.
Prerequisite: Majors only; 24 hours of major credit; senior standing. Special problems or topics in film and media studies selected by the instructor and indicated by its particular title. Emphasis will be on the individual preparation of a research paper and/or creative project in the topic area. (Sp) [V].
FMS 4960. Directed Readings.1-4 Credit Hours.
1 to 4 hours. Prerequisite: good standing in University; permission of instructor and dean. May be repeated; maximum credit four hours. Designed for upper-division students who need opportunity to study a specific problem in greater depth than formal course content permits. (Irreg.)
FMS 4970. Special Topics/Seminar.1-3 Credit Hours.
1 to 3 hours. Prerequisite: Senior standing or permission of instructor. May be repeated; maximum credit nine hours. Special topics or seminar course for content not currently offered in regularly scheduled courses. May include library and/or laboratory research and field projects. (Irreg.)
FMS 4990. Independent Study.1-4 Credit Hours.
Prerequisite: 1013, permission of the instructor. Specialized study in film and media history, theory, and production, or other topic mutually agreed upon by the student and the instructor. The course enables the student to pursue in-depth analysis of special interest topics in Film and Media Studies. (F, Sp, Su)
|Last Name||First/Middle Name||Middle init.||OU Service start||Title(s), date(s) appointed||Degrees Earned, Schools, Dates Completed|
|Boyd||Katrina||G||2011||ASSISTANT PROFESSOR OF FILM AND MEDIA STUDIES, 2011||PhD, Indiana Univ, 2001; MA, Indiana Univ, 1990; BA, Univ of Texas, 1986|
|Nedeljkovich||Mihajlo||1992||PROFESSOR OF FILM AND MEDIA STUDIES, 2011; ADJUNCT PROFESSOR OF INTERNATIONAL AND AREA STUDIES, 2014||PhD, Ohio Univ, 1992; MFA, Univ of California Los Angeles, 1985; BA, Belgrade Univ, 1980|
|Rueda||M. Carolina||2011||ASSISTANT PROFESSOR OF FILM AND MEDIA STUDIES, 2014||PhD, Univ of Pittsburgh, 2012; MA, Univ of Cincinnati, 2007; BA, Univ of Oklahoma, 1990|
|Sturtevant||Victoria||M||2002||ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR OF FILM AND MEDIA STUDIES, 2008; ADJUNCT ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR OF WOMEN'S AND GENDER STUDIES, 2008||PhD, Emory Univ, 2002; MA, Emory Univ, 1999; BA, Toledo Univ, 1995|
|Yip||Man-fung||2011||ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR OF FILM AND MEDIA STUDIES, 2017||PhD, Univ of Chicago, 2011; MPhil, Hong Kong Univ Sci & Tech, 2001; BS, Chinese Univ of Hong Kong, 1995|