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Film & Photography Track Major Requirements

Visual and Dramatic Arts
The School of Humanities
Degree Requirements for BA in Visual & Dramatic Arts, Film Track

Department of Visual and Dramatic Arts majors are students who concentrate their focus of study in the visual and dramatic arts, with emphasis in the studio arts, film and photography, or theatre tracks.  Each student should discuss with their faculty advisor the selection of courses and any other matters of concern in the student’s academic life such as study and travel abroad, scholarships and internships, career goals or options, etc.

(For general university requirements, see Graduation Requirements in the Rice University General Announcements.)
 
Single Major, (12 courses required) 
FILM 225, Introduction to Filmmaking and Editing or FOTO 205, Photography I
FILM 327, Documentary Production and FILM 328, Filmmaking I; or FOTO 381, Digital Photo I and FOTO 383, Photography Bookmaking
FILM 420, Film Studio or FOTO 385, Photography Seminar
FILM 280, History and Aesthetics of Film, or FILM 284, Non-Fiction Film, or 383, Global Cinema, or FILM 4232, Film Genre: The Western, or FILM 435, Film  Authorship, or ARTS 388 Critical Studies for Studio Practice
Four electives in studio arts (ARTS), film (FILM), theatre (THEA), or photography (FOTO)
Two elective courses in theory/criticism of studio arts (ARTS), theatre (THEA) or film/media studies (offered in the departments of Anthropology, English, French Studies, History, etc.). NOTE: Open selections may be qualified by course prerequisites. Elective courses should be selected in consultation with a Visual and Dramatic Arts faculty advisor.
Junior Field Trip (recommended)

Double Major (10 courses required)
FILM 225, Introduction to Filmmaking and Editing or FOTO 205, Photography I
FILM 327, Documentary Production and 328, Filmmaking I; or FOTO 381, Digital Photo I and FOTO 383, Photgraphy Bookmaking
FILM 420, Film Studio or FOTO 385, Photography Seminar
FILM 280, History and Aesthetics of Film, or FILM 284, Non-Fiction Film, or FILM 383, Global Cinema, or FILM 432, Film Genre: The Western, or FILM 435, Film Authorship, or FILM 388 Critical Studies for Studio Practice
Three elective courses in ARTS, FILM, THEA, or FOTO
One elective course in theory/criticism of studio arts (ARTS), theatre (THEA), or film/media studies (offered in the departments of Anthropology,  English, French Studies, History, etc.) NOTE: Open selections may be qualified by course prerequisites. Elective courses should be selected in consultation with a Visual and Dramatic Arts faculty advisor.
Junior Field Trip (recommended)

Film track majors are strongly encouraged to explore arts-related courses offered in other departments that may enrich the film major, such as: philosophy, anthropology, science, history, cultural studies, language, writing, comparative studies, etc. Students should speak with their Visual and Dramatic Arts faculty advisor prior to enrolling.

The junior year field trip will be designed to help visual arts majors focus on the upcoming senior year of intensive studio work.  Trips may include local Houston alternative art, theatre, and film venues, museums, artist studios, and exhibitions as well as travel to destinations within the United States to visit significant arts sites and works.

Transfer Credit
No more than two courses may be transferred for the single or double major to satisfy degree requirements for BA in Visual and Dramatic Arts degree. The two transfer credit courses must be studio, film, photography, or theatre practice courses required for all majors. Advanced placement credit may not be used by Visual and Dramatic Arts majors to fulfill department degree requirements. 

 
Entering transfer students who are transferring coursework from another accredited college or university will be allowed to transfer their undergraduate art courses. Students must speak with the department chairman immediately upon transferring to Rice.
 
The Department of Visual and Dramatic Arts will accept academic work completed in the Spring at NYU program as well as the National Theater Institute program, Eugene O'Neill Theater Center, as transfer credit to fulfill major requirements (following university transfer credit guidelines).

See also Transfer Credit in the Information for Undergraduate Students section of the Rice University General Announcements.