Interdisciplinary Film/Video Studies

The interdisciplinary film and video studies major is a professionally-oriented program with a strong liberal arts foundation. It brings together faculty and courses from the School of Languages & Cultures, English, Theatre, and Computer Graphics and Technology as well as from  Information Technology at Purdue (ITaP), and the Elliott Hall of Music. The goal of this program is to help prepare students to meet the new challenges they will encounter as citizens and professionals in the information age. The program helps students learn how to analyze, integrate, and apply the theories that form the basis of the film/video discipline.

Points of Pride

  • Purdue’s Hall of Music Productions (Elliott Hall of Music), taking  advantage of its excellent staff, equipment, venues, and real-world environment, teaches some of the production courses in this major. Hall of Music Productions has won ADDY awards from the Association of Advertising and Marketing Professionals for graphic design and effects for sporting events, DVD cover designs, and promotion posters. The group has also earned Telly Awards (for outstanding local, regional, and cable TV commercials and programs) for video produced for the Jumbotron.
  • Film and Video Students have worked as interns  and externis and in various capacities with sports and entertainment organizations and individuals ranging from the CMA Music Festival to the tours of Jimmy Buffett, Hilary Duff, Hootie and the Blowfish, Alan Jackson, Brad Paisley, and with corporations such as Ford, Qwest, and Verizon.
  • In 2009, the first Senior Capstone Film Project in Community Service was completed.  A team of five students created an exercise video for children aged 3-5 in conjunction with the Tippecanoe Community and Family Resource Center/Head Start/Early Head Start..


  • Film critic
  • Television production
  • Production assistant
  • Entertainment careers
  • Many other positions in business/management, not necessarily related to film but able to capitalize on students’ broad-based liberal arts skill set developed in this major

Plan of Study

See Plan of Study for list of courses in different areas.

A. The following courses are required (12)

FVS 26100 Technical Video Production I
ENGL 38600 History of Film to 1938
ENGL 38700 History of Film from 1938 to the present
THTR 13300 Survey of Acting for Non Theatre Majors (Aesthetic Awareness)

B. TWO courses from Cinema of different cultures (6)

CHNS 33000 Chinese Cinema
FR 33000 French Cinema
GER 33000 German Cinema
ITAL 33000 Italian Cinema
JPNS 33000 Japenese Cinema
PTGS 33000 Luso-Brazilian Cinema
RUSS 33000 Russian & Eastern European Cinema
SPAN 33000 Spanish & Latin American Cinema

C. TWO courses in Production and Editing (6)

FVS 33200 Technical Video Production II
FVS 33600 Screen Writing
FVS 33700 Non-Linear Editing I
FVS 33800 Non-Linear Editing II
FVS 44200 Digital Film Production
FVS 45000 Intern in Video Media Production
FVS 49000 Directed Readings in Film/Video Studies
FVS 49100 Special Topics in Film/Video Studies

D. THREE courses from the following areas (9)
(Courses may be used as long as the course was NOT used to satisfy the requirement for Section B or C.)
(Student may take NO MORE than TWO courses in either Area)

Area 1 Aesthetics & Theory(see pdf below)

Area 2 Production(see pdf below)

Program Course Requirements (57-58 credits): (See PDF for full list here)

ONE of the following:

ENGL 10600 First Year Composition
ENGL 10800 Accelerated First Year Composition

COM 1140 Fundamentals of Speech Communication
Other Language (12) (Proficiency through level IV in one language)
West Heritage
United States Tradition
Other Cultures
Aesthetic Awareness
Racial and Ethnic Diversity
Gender Issues
Social Ethics
Individual and Society
Global Perspective
Natural Sciences
Natural Sciences Lab

Electives (20-21 credits)

University Core Requirements

Courses selected above must meet the following University Core Requirements:

Human Cultures Humanities
Human Cultures Behavioral/Social Science
Information Literacy
Science Selective
Science Selective
Science Technology Society Selective
Written Communication
Oral Communication
Quantitative Reasoning

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Print Plan of Study

Film and Video Studies Program

Rueff School of Visual and Performing Arts

Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN 47907 (765) 494-4600

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