Film and Video Studies Minor

Minimum number of credits required to earn minor: 18
GPA requirements to earn minor: None
Minimum Grade requirements for courses to count toward minor: C-
Contact Information: Michael Grillo, Department of Art, 107 Lord Hall, 581-3246; grillo@maine.edu

The Film and Video minor provides a critical focus for interdisciplinary studies of core cultural issues, including those addressing the diversity of modes of conceptualization, social identity, questions on the cultural implications of technology, aesthetic development, and conceptualization of history, among others. The minor draws courses from several departments, including Art, Communications and Journalism, English, History, Modern Language and the Classics, and New Media.

Students in the minor will have options of pursing intersecting paths addressing history, theory, and practice, so that they could best focus the minor to their major and other studies. The minor requires a minimum of 18 credits, as follows: (Please visit catalog.umaine.edu for course descriptions)

Introductory course (total of 3 credits)


  • CMJ 245 – Film Criticism and Theory Credits: 3
  • ENG 280 – Introduction to Film Credits: 3
  • HTY 218 – History of Film Credits: 3

Two or more History and Theory (minimum of 6 credits)


  • ARH 369 – Film and Video Theory Seminar Credits: 3
  • CMJ 398 – Topics in Mass Communication Credits: 3
  • FRE 390 – Topics in French Credits: 1-3
  • FRE 430 – French Film Survey Credits: 3
  • FRE 490 – Advanced Topics in French Credits: 1-3
  • GER 420 – German Film Credits: 3
  • GER 490 – Topics in German Credits: 1-3
  • MLC 421 – World Cinema: Multiple Perspectives on Identity and Culture Credits: 3
  • SPA 420 – Spanish Film Credits: 3
  • WGS 360 – Feminism and Cinema Credits: 3

Two or more Practice courses (minimum of 6 credits)


  • CMJ 351 – Multimedia Production Credits: 4
  • NMD 204 – Introduction to Time-Based Art and Design Credits: 3
  • NMD 245 – Film Criticism and Theory Credits: 3
  • NMD 295 – Topics in New Media Credits: 1-3
  • NMD 343 – Digital Narrative Workshop I Credits: 3
  • NMD 344 – Time-Based Art and Design I Credits: 3
  • NMD 324 – Year in Film I Credits: 3
  • NMD 370 – Digital Art IIA: 3D Modeling and Animation Credits: 3
  • NMD 371 – Digital Art IIB: Digital Video Credits: 3
  • NMD 398 – Topics in New Media Credits: 1-3
  • NMD 424 – Year in Film II Credits: 3
  • NMD 430 – Topics in New Media Credits: 1-3
  • NMD 498 – Practicum in New Media I Credits: 3
  • NMD 499 – Practicum in New Media II Credits: 3