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Film and Media Studies

What Is Film?

Film is one of the leading art forms of the 21st century. To understand the cinematic medium is to be aware of its impact as a cultural and artistic force. Film at Perimeter College examines the analysis, history, theory and critique of the film industry, allowing students to learn how art, business and technology combine to create films that express our 21st century culture.

Why Study Film?

Georgia has seen explosive growth in the film industry in recent years. Major studios such as EUE/Screen Gems, Pinewood, Tyler Perry, Eagle Rock and Triple Horse have built new facilities in Georgia. This activity generated $6 billion in Georgia in 2015 and created 23,000 new jobs with average salaries of $48,000-$65,000. The Film guided pathway at Perimeter College is the first step on a student’s film career journey. Students will be able to examine the convergence of art, technology, industry, politics and culture and learn to think critically about movies and other forms of visual media. They will learn how cinematography, lighting, music and sound design reinforce the themes and character development in films. The film pathway also is designed to help students smoothly transition to the bachelor’s degree program at Georgia State University, where film is one of the most popular majors.

The Film pathway at Perimeter College provides a first step toward the following interesting and exciting careers:

  • Corporate and commercial production
  • Film and video production: production assistant, camera assistant, camera person, gaffer, grip, wardrobe, script supervisor, editor, animation artist, assistant producer, assistant director, producer and director
  • Sound recording and mixing
  • Education--film history and video production
  • Television Broadcasting
  • Webcasting/Video Production for the Internet
  • Writing
For additional potential salary and job information, Bureau of Labor Statistics - For potential job and salary information, visit the Bureau of Labor Statistics

1945 Film and Media Studies Pathway

Associate of Arts, Pathway – Film and Media Studies

Areas A-E of the Core Curriculum (42 Credit Hours) Area F: Courses Appropriate to the Pathway (18 Credit Hours)
  1. World language at the 1002 level or higher (3 Credit Hours)
  2. Required Courses (6 Credit Hours):
    • [FLME 1010] Film Aesthetics and Analysis (3 Credit Hours)*
    • [FLME 2700] History of the Motion Picture (3 Credit Hours)*
  3. Select additional elective courses to complete 18 hours in Area F:
    • AAS 1140 Introduction to African and African-American History and Culture (3 Credit Hours)
    • AAS 2010 Introduction to African-American Studies (3 Credit Hours)
    • AH 1700 History of Western Art I: Prehistoric through Medieval Art (3 Credit Hours)
    • AH 1750 History of Western Art II: The Renaissance through Contemporary Art (3 Credit Hours)
    • AH 1850 Art of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas (3 Credit Hours)
    • ECON 2105 Principles of Macroeconomics (3 Credit Hours)
    • ECON 2106 Principles of Microeconomics (3 Credit Hours)
    • ENGL 2120 British Literature (3 Credit Hours)
    • ENGL 2130 American Literature (3 Credit Hours)
    • [FLME 2000] Introduction to Film Genres (3 Credit Hours)
    • HIST 1111 Survey of World History to 1500 (3 Credit Hours)
    • HIST 1112 Survey of World History since 1500 (3 Credit Hours)
    • HIST 1140 Introduction to African and African-American History (3 Credit Hours)
    • HIST 2110 Survey of United States History (3 Credit Hours)
    • JOUR 2500 Foundations of Media Research (3 Credit Hours)
    • MUA 1500 Jazz: Its Origins, Styles, and Influence (3 Credit Hours)
    • MUA 1900 Dramatic Music from the Renaissance through the Twentieth Century (3 Credit Hours)
    • MUA 1930 Music, Society, and Culture (3 Credit Hours)
    • PHIL 2010 Introduction to Philosophy (3 Credit Hours)
    • POLS 2101 Introduction to Political Science (3 Credit Hours)
    • POLS 2401 Global Issues (3 Credit Hours)
    • PSYC 1101 Introduction to General Psychology (3 Credit Hours)
    • SOCI 1101 Introduction to Sociology (3 Credit Hours)
    • SOCI 1160 Introduction to Social Problems (3 Credit Hours)
    • [SCOM 1500] Public Speaking (3 Credit Hours)
    • THEA 2040 Introduction to the Theatre (3 Credit Hours)
    • WGSS 2010 Introduction to Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies (3 Credit Hours)
    • World language 1001 (if no previous experience with language) (3 Credit Hours)
    • World Lang 2001 (3 Credit Hours)
    • World Lang 2002­ (3 Credit Hours)
  • Students must have a 2.5 grade-point average in the Area F courses indicated (*) to be eligible for the B.A. program in Film and Media at Georgia State University-Atlanta and to take 3000- and 4000-level FLME courses. (See B. A. Program Eligibility Requirements in section 3270 of the Georgia State University bachelor’s catalog.)
  • See “World Language Requirement for B.A. and B.I.S. degrees” in section 3030 of the Georgia State University bachelor’s catalog.


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