The specialized Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies concentration in film and video studies emphasizes film and video studies and its components including videoconferencing, multimedia, and editing. As low-end, high quality video equipment becomes more affordable, more organizations (profit and nonprofit) are investing in in-house production studios and staff. Their needs include traditional videography, videoconferencing, web design, multimedia, and digital editing.
Five academic units offer courses relevant to the concentration: Within the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, the English Department offers a course in film theory. College of Education and Human Development offers courses in interactive and distance learning, which provide a background for pedagogy and a wide spectrum of interactive skills. Within the College of Visual and Performing Arts, the Communication Film and Video Studies program offers courses in the theory and practice of video production and screenwriting and the Art and Visual Technologies Department offers courses on computer-mediated visual applications, including the study of multimedia tools and design, digital and electronic art, animation, and virtual reality.
Students must have a basic knowledge of video production. Students with little or no video experience must take FAVS 599 Seminar in Video Production within the first 9 credits of the program. Students with video experience who wish to waive this requirement must provide a demo reel of their past work.